SCI 6241. Ecologies, Techniques, Technologies III: Ecology and the Design World

Semester: 

Fall
  • Professor: David Moreno Mateos
  • Term: Fall
  • Days: T, W
  • Time: Split schedule—see posting
  • School: Graduate School of Design
  • Course ID: 200468

Required for both MLA 1 and MLA AP students taking the third LA core-studio.

Ecological Principles for Design (Steven Handel):

The fundamentals of ecological science are introduced toward investigating, understanding, and shaping landscape structure, function, and change. Through lectures, discussions, field trips, and readings, the core principles of ecological science relevant to designing landscapes—from small to large—are introduced and integrated, from populations to communities, ecosystems, and the landscape ecological linkages among sites. Topics will include plant species reproduction and evolution, the relevance of biodiversity to landscape function and management, stresses facing designed landscapes, and the added values of ecological perspectives. We will discuss the particular problems and opportunities of urbanized landscapes, a dominant arena for modern landscape design work, as well as differences between natural and human-dominated landscapes. Disturbances, including climate change and sea level rise, intrude on ecological landscape design, and these processes must be included in site planning. Site analysis must include living and abiotic components of the ecosystem: How should this be addressed in your projects? Pragmatically, what can each site plan include for better ecological functioning? How can ecological needs be integrated with the other concerns of modern landscape design?