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

A48 LAND 546D#pyrocene3.0 Units
Description:In California, Australia, the Amazon, and beyond, fire has become the "new normal." With wildfires burning hotter, faster, larger, and longer, the scholar Steven Pyne has declared a new "age of fire": the Pyrocene. This course investigates the Pyrocene at the intersection of landscape and urbanism as a phenomenon that demands new ways of understanding, practicing, and connecting architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture. Students will situate recent burn events -- from California's Wine Country and Camp fires to the 2019 Amazon fires to Australia's recent "Black Summer" -- in long cycles of time, attending to processes of transformation in the long tail of disaster as ecosystems reassert themselves and real estate speculation recolonizes land. Students will interpret burn events in the historical context of imbricated social and ecological crises: a crisis of growth, pushing development into wildland-urban interfaces; a crisis of climate change, accelerating burn seasons; and a crisis of colonization, suppressing indigenous land stewardship traditions. Where the media fixates on "morning after" devastation and gazes "in" at burn zone spectacle, students will endeavor to look "out" from sites of intensive destruction and regeneration, interrogating contemporary urbanism, landscape, economy, and ecology through a critical Pyrocene lens. Drawing on scholars such as T.J. Demos, Donna Haraway, and Jason W. Moore as well as the speculative fiction of Octavia Butler, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Kim Stanley Robinson, students will think about design practice within larger webs of life and politics, considering political coalitions and cultural forms that point out of the Pyrocene.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:C Fees:
Course Type:HomeSame As:A46 546DFrequency:None / History


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