Related Staff : Pat Xiao
This course introduced and explored the media of landscape and representation skills. It did not simply treat drawing forms as the medium of landscape imagination, but carefully examined the medium of landscape drawing and the intervals that exist between it and the landscape itself. Drawing in landscape architecture can be ‘a plot, necessarily strategic, maplike, and acted upon in essence’ (James Corner). In the course, drawing was thought of as a process that leads us to experience and express what we see and conceive, and to speculate and construct in physical space. The course focused on non-digital forms of drafting as an essential set of techniques for documenting, analyzing, and generating ideas. A series of techniques were introduced on a weekly basis, categorized in drawing and fabrication (projection, notation and representation), and communication of landscape media (spatiality, temporality and experience). The works required engagement with drawing grammar (perspective, orthographic projection), denotative interpretation (notation, diagram), material expression (physical model, collage, mapping), and narrative construction (montage, animation). Particular attention was paid to understanding the complex mechanism in the dynamic, projective, and dialectically constructed network of design, media, and imagination. Assignments aimed to familiarize students with new graphics skills that they obtained from the lectures. Three assignment projects were built one upon another to form a learning process that required students to develop their own methodologies for communication and design.