LAND 241 Environmental Analysis Methods

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LAND241 ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS METHODS

CATALOG DESCRIPTION

LAND 241 03(1-4-0). Environmental Analysis Methods. S. Prerequisite: LAND 230 or concurrent registration in LAND 240. Exploration and understanding of natural and cultural landscapes through analytical methods.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

Students will understand the theory and methods (knowledge and applications) of environmental analysis, based on learning about theory and learning to do methods. Through projects, students will explore environments and prepare works for individual portfolios for entry into the profession.

GENERAL COURSE CONTENT

This landscape architectural analysis studio focuses learning on projects comprised of a series of tasks centered on exploration, evaluation, and representation of landscape.  All projects require students to analyze existing conditions and consider alternative possibilities based on nature and/or culture.  Each component of each studio project is focused to achieve particular student learning outcomes. Each project assignment includes explicit due dates and minimum requirements to be met.

The processes and outcomes of the studio projects are exploratory and ‘open-ended.’ The studio includes a range of projects and activities which can be thought of for their capacity to address skills development, concrete knowledge and tacit knowledge:

Skills development … occurs when students are working with and through categories or orders of landscape specific knowledge using landscape specific skills and conventions.

Concrete knowledge … tends to be structured, such as knowledge of climate, shadow, plants, landform, composition, and experience.

Tacit knowledge … is indicated by the student’s judgement in relation to knowledge and skills.  It is accumulated through applying skills and concrete knowledge during a process and allows an understanding of abstract notions of order and the conceptualization and synthesis of ideas for evaluation and representation.

REQUIRED TEXTS

Lynch, Kevin. Image of the City. MIT Press

White, Edward T. 2004. Site Analysis: Diagramming Information for Architectural Design, Architectural Media Ltd.

ADDITIONAL REFERENCES

ESRI, 2013. http://training.esri.com/gateway/index.cfm?fa=catalog.webCourseDetail&courseid=2500

Facebook, 2014. Landscape Architects Network.

http://www.lafoundation.org

http://www.sustainablesites.org

Photoshop, AdobeAE. Photoshop Text, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bfxtodn7H4

Ridley, Nathan C. Photoshop Layers, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4EooYoYYTQ

Zimmerman, Floyd, 2000. Site Analysis. http://www.aia.org/aiaucmp/groups/aia/documents/pdf/aiab089275.pdf

EVALUATION

Each of the projects of the course is of equal value. All projects must be completed and turned in to receive a grade for the course. Attendance is required – there will be a sign-in sheet for each class period – university approved absence is discussed in advance. Students are assessed on physical presence in the studio and skills progress, and are encouraged to contribute in class discussions and reviews.

Basis of Final Grade – Grade evaluations will be based upon quality and quantity of documented thought, representation, and organization. Grades for projects will account for 100 % of the grade for the course.

A Submittals are complete and of distinctive, professional school quality.

B Submittals are nearly complete and/or would be of distinctive, professional school quality with moderate revisions or additions.

C Submittals are moderately complete and/or would be of professional school quality with major revisions or additions.

D Submittals are incomplete and/or would be professional school quality with major revisions or additions. Students will advance in the program but should seriously consider re-organization of academic priorities.

F Student is actively disengaged from the course and/or submittals are incomprehensible. Students will not advance in the program.

 

Standard for evaluation – Students will be evaluated on the basis of ‘professional school quality’ as measured by comparison to representative student projects at this level. Project grades will require that each student take responsibility for evidence of scholarly activity. Grades will be assigned based on the instructor’s professional judgment.

 

SEQUENCES

LAND 241 ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS – SPRING TERM 2014
Martin Luther King Day 1/22 Introduction – Begin words of the profession project
1/27 Review words project – Begin natural area weekly blog (photos and character sketch) – Begin microclimate – wind rose and solar 1/29 Class discussion of project details and ideas, workshop
2/3 Review microclimate – wind and solar – Begin topography1 2/5 Class discussion of current issues, details and ideas, workshop
2/10 Review topography1 – Begin topography2 2/12 Class discussion of current issues, details and ideas, workshop
2/17 Review topography2 – Begin topography3 2/19 Class discussion of current issues, details and ideas, workshop
2/24 Review topography3 – Begin landscape character 2/26 Class discussion of current issues, details and ideas, workshop
3/3 Review landscape character – Begin landscape quality 3/5 Class discussion of current issues, details and ideas, workshop
3/10 Class discussion of current issues, details and ideas 3/12 Review landscape quality
Spring Break
3/24 Begin ArcGIS landscape ecology 3/26 Class discussion of current issues, details and ideas, workshop
3/31 Review ArcGIS landscape ecology – Begin land survey system 4/2 Class discussion of current issues, details and ideas, workshop
4/7 Review land survey system – Begin ArcGIS 2D spatial analysis 4/9 Class discussion of current issues, details and ideas, workshop
4/14 Review ArcGIS 2D spatial analysis – Begin ArcGIS 3D spatial analysis 4/16 Class discussion of current issues, details and ideas, workshop
4/21Review ArcGIS 3D spatial analysis – Begin sensory1 4/23 Class discussion of current issues, details and ideas, workshop
4/28 Review sensory1 – Begin sensory2 4/30 Class discussion of current issues, details and ideas, workshop
5/5 Review sensory2 – Begin multimedia 5/7 Class discussion of current issues, details and ideas, workshop
Project Review Week – We meet the date-time of the last exam for 241 (exam schedule for 10-11:40 M-W)

 

STATEMENT OF ACADEMIC HONESTY

Student Conduct

This course will adhere to the 2011 Academic Integrity Policy of the Colorado State University General Catalog and the Student Conduct Code for all graded elements with regard to appropriate uses of sources, internet or otherwise; receiving assistance from others; and the use of prior work.

CSU Honor Pledge:

I pledge on my honor that I will not receive or give any unauthorized assistance in this course and endeavor toward meaningful social and environmental responsibility.

 

 

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