In this course, students will be introduced to a range of landscape practices that regenerate soil health and enhance biological integrity. Traditional and pioneering approaches in designing with productive living systems will be critically discussed, including agroforestry, adaptive grazing, water harvesting, afforestation, and rewilding. An introduction to these strategies will enable students learn about key parameters for designing landscapes, as well as a perspective on ecological topics including succession, disturbance, and management.
Throughout the course, students will spend a third of course time on a local experimental site, designing and managing field experiments to investigate the practices introduced in course lectures. The site and associated experiments will be documented through a series of drawings. Through the field design exercises, drawings, and discussion, students will explore a rule-based methodological approach to designing with living systems. Additionally, the course will examine the potentials and challenges of these practices to influence landscapes at a territorial scale.