SCI 6141. Ecologies, Techniques, Technologies I

This course is an introduction to the understanding of plants from non-managed plant communities to managed living structures. Through field visits, observation, lectures, short design exercises, and readings students will define new notational systems, and translate the associations, structure and attributes of plant community into design languages that they will be able to apply in their futures design proposals. The methodology of the course is based on the translation into design language of empiric observations,  measurements ‘in situ”, and  research on cultural and vernacular living structures supported and extended to the context of their biophysical ecology. The goal of the course is to introduce the potential of plants as a means of design. The outcome of the course will be a wallpaper and a booklet describing typologies of plant communities designed and non-designed under a new notational system describing the main attributes of each typology. Black and withe note field, lecture sketches, diagrams, and series of curated drawings in axon, plan, and section will be the language of the course.


Matthew Cunningham
Douglas Reed







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Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning
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