Urban Systems

Urban Systems
22. July 2020 Cara Turett

Luke Harris

A combination of lectures and practical exercises will provide the tools to understand the landscape systems that structure and support the urban condition. Lectures will present global examples of urban systems related to soils, trees and forests, care, water evacuation, water supply, rivers and open waters

Students will learn how the territory, climate and geology create potentials and constraints for the development of cities around the world. By looking closely at the condition of the city, students will produce knowledge about the state of urban landscape systems. Lastly, students will understand how this methodology informs the design process.

The course emphasizes the importance of collaboration between landscape architects and other disciplines as a necessity to address the complex issues that face our cities today. By providing examples of successful and unsuccessful collaborations, the course models how students can be effective collaborators in practice.

The course is organized around core landscape systems: soil and geology, vegetation and water.

These lectures provide a coherent series of examples of urban systems throughout the world organized around key landscape themes. This framework provides a methodology for analyzing contemporary projects in relation to landscape systems and the urban condition. Students will develop this methodology through exercises that will be reviewed throughout the course.

  • Course 061-0104-00 V
  • 2 Lessons per Week
  • 2 Credits
  • Language: English
  • Prerequisites: Enrollment in MScLA Program