Related Staff : Ivan Valin, Michael Kokora, Scott Melbourne
The course introduced students to the fundamental practices of landscape planning and site design in a dynamic urban context. Studio Yangon 2016 was the third iteration of the Landscape Division’s multi-year design and research undertaking focusing on Yangon, the commercial capital and largest city in Myanmar (Burma). This year, the studio looked outside the urban core and central waterfront to investigate the large swaths of development that lie at the periphery of the metropolitan area. Through a series of design and research exercises, the studio identified opportunities for landscape systems to play an active role in the strategic development of these areas and of the city as a whole. In this course, the second of three studios in the MLA design curriculum, students continue to develop an iterative working process that responds to feedback and criticism. Students expand their capacity to work simultaneously in a range of scales and to consider landscape beyond form as processes and performance. Through discussions and precedent analysis, the studio engages in a critical dialogue with contemporary practices of landscape architecture and planning, examining their claims through the lens of a unique urban situation. Keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the landscape architecture, students explore issues and concepts that lie outside of the traditional boundaries of the discipline. Ultimately, students are hoped to develop an appreciation for the complex economic, ecological, and social factors that underlie urban environments, and to translate ideas into space, organization, and strategy.