Come see Landscape Architecture projects from three courses taught by Assistant Professor of Architecture Natalie Yate, Faculty Assistant Laura Schatzman and Visiting Assistant Professor Christine Abbott. These are on display in our hall cases through April 23, 2016.
‘Testing Terrain Operations’
Testing, experimenting and simulating processes through multiple modes is essential to the understanding of landscape dynamics. The project “Terrain Operations” explores methods to visualize topographical change and experiment with the manipulation of flows over terrain.
Terrain Operations is a project in the Visualizing Ecological Process course A48.521, instructed by Natalie Yates.
‘Collecting Energy Landscapes’
“The collection replaces history with classification, with order beyond the realm of temporality. In the collection, time is not something to be restored to an origin; rather, all time is made simultaneous or synchronous within the collection’s world.” – Susan Stewart, On Longing
Landscape is dynamic as well as a product of memory. We experience it through looking, touching, smelling, and listening. How do we record our encounters, interpret our experiences, collect and reassemble them? Recently the Landscapes of Power Studio embarked on field research in Nevada, California and Arizona to study large landscapes of energy: the Hoover Dam, Tehachapi Wind Pass, the Solar Farms of the Mojave Desert, the Vortices of Sedona. While traveling they used cyanotype process, watercolor and photography to interpret their perceptions and experiences. They collected fragments of the landscape in small bottles.
Landscapes of Power is the second semester core studio in the Master of Landscape Architecture program, instructed by Natalie Yates and Laura Schatzman.
‘Modeling Contemporary Landscapes’
These models were constructed by graduate students studying landscape architecture, as a way of understanding specific projects in contemporary landscape design practice. They were part of a final precedent study for the course Modern and Contemporary Landscape Architecture (LAND 574), a class that surveys landscape architecture, including built projects and theoretical underpinnings, from the large park movement of the mid-19th century to early 21st century trends of landscape urbanism. Students took liberties in the methods of abstracting materials and space, tying this physical reading to a larger study of the project that looked at contextual, spatial, material and conceptual particulars.
The set of drawings on notecards represents a semester-long practice of drawing landscape projects at the start of each class as a way of engaging with the visual and material conditions of a specific landscape. Each student produced one drawing of a landscape for each class, yielding roughly 1,280 drawings over the last two fall semesters (2014, 2015). Assembling the set of in-class drawings together suggests the salient qualities our eye identifies, as it illustrates the individual readings of the same landscape image by individual students.
Course Details: A48 LAND 574 is offered every fall as part of the MLA program. Urban Design, Fine Art, & Architecture graduates as well as upper-level undergraduates are also open to join the class. Taught (since Fall 2014) by Visiting Assistant Professor Christine Abbott.