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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE (A48)  (Dept. Info)Architecture  (Policies)

A48 LAND 530ASpecial Topics: Public Space and Ecological Knowledge3.0 Units
Description:Public space is shaped by design but also by political, social, and environmental dynamics. Ecological design, especially on public land, requires alignment of various values, desires, and systems. One factor that limits the cultivation of a more ecological urbanism is the knowledge gap about urban ecological systems. Urban ecology research is on the rise, but experiments sometimes come into tension with the public. This course will locate excellent examples of ecological design from history to the present, discuss the role of the advocacy and public awareness, and speculate about how design could further collaborate with ecology. The first half of the semester will be spent touring-in person or virtually-conversing with experts, and researching as a group. The second half of the semester will be spent studying a single public space to understand how ecological ideas are studied there and how ecological values are cultivated through design and operations. This course will ask the following questions. Should ecological agendas be a matter of science and governance, or does ecological urbanism require democratic participation? Can design communicate ecological ideas for a larger public? Could design even be instrumental in the discovery of new ecological ideas? Toward the end of the semester, the work will be speculative design and 1:1 intervention. Markers, signs, or some other system of interpretation will be staged in an attempt to draw urban residents into ecological ideas.
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