Course Title: Landscape Design Studio 2 (ARCH 102)
Instructors: Melissa Cate Christ, Ivan Valin, Scott Jennings Melbourne
This studio introduced the idea of landscape architecture as an environmental practice through an exploration of the fundamental concepts, methods, and challenges of designing within ecological contexts.
The course specifically examined the interaction of landscape structures and systems (geology, hydrology, climate) within urban and peri-urban environments. Students focused on a waterfront site in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) for the duration of the studio, and engaged in a range of design and research exercises in the development of landscape strategies and consequent site designs.
In addition to strengthening their knowledge and skills within the landscape discipline, students were exposed to issues and concepts that traditionally lie outside of the practice, in fields such as urban planning, engineering, and landscape ecology.
Work in the studio was complimented by a one week-long trip to Yangon to meet with the professionals and officials who are responsible for guiding the development of the city and to gain first-hand experience in field research and documentation.