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LANDARCH 294A/614 Construction Materials
3Cr Davidsohn

Instructor: Davidsohn

This course is an introduction to the materials, construction techniques and sustainable aspects of those materials commonly used by Landscape Architects, Designers and Contractors, within the framework of the New England landscape and climate. The focus of this course is the residential scale of landscape design and construction although public and commercial construction techniques will also be explored. Materials will be explored through examining material samples, image presentations and the practice of construction detail development and documentation. Natural and man-made materials will be discussed relative to their employment to satisfy certain functional and aesthetic needs. The course will also examine how landscape techniques are not separate from design, but are part of the design process that extends into construction. Read more.

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LANDARCH 297C - Studio II Spaces/Places
3Cr Sleegers

Instructor: Sleegers

Spaces/places in contextointroduction to design processes. The relationship of site context factors and design program to the formation of landscape spaces. A series of small problems such as: courtyard, plaza, small park, ceremonial space, each with a well defined program. Site visits and analysis, diagramming relationships between various activities, and developing an understanding of design processes.

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LANDARCH 297D - Studio II
3Cr McGirr

Instructor: McGirr

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LANDARCH 297M - BusinessConcepts/Landcont
3Cr Davidsohn

Instructor: Davidsohn

The goal of this course is to introduce you to the process of landscape project estimating. Having the ability to accurately estimate the material, equipment and labor requirements of a project and make a profit for the business can make you a valuable asset. Certain portions of estimating can be taught while others come only with experience and specific knowledge of the firm. Over the course of the semester we will explore different types of estimates, establishing hourly rates for crews, as well as base equipment charges, warrantees, making a profit and contracts. Read more.

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LANDARCH 297P - Step & Flash: Making a Piezoelectric Lighted Walkway
1Cr Aragón

Instructor: Aragón

This interdisciplinary one-credit course will focus on the incorporation of energy harvesting piezoelectric technology to create a prototype for a lighted walkway. Piezoelectric technology transforms mechanical energy into electricity. This project seeks to create an interactive walkway that is activated by pedestrians in an artistic and engaging way. The course will offer opportunities for hands-on experimentation and development of ideas. Jointly taught by a professor from Landscape Architecture and a professor from Electrical and Computer Engineering, this course is open to students from engineering, landscape architecture, architecture, art, and related fields.

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LANDARCH 298C Fundamentals of Site Grading
1Cr Davidsohn

Instructor: Davidsohn

Must be enrolled in LANDARCH 294A

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LANDARCH 397C - Studio IV Design for Institutional and commercial use
3Cr Clouse

Instructor: Clouse

Institutional and commercial scale -- issues of design for commercial and industrial uses. May cover the spectrum from a site plan for an office complex to a marina. Issues of cost, client needs, program, and politics. Site planning -- introduction to concepts of site planning for housing developments. Students perform a detailed site assessment using methods learned in natural factors and previous studio on a 100-acre (+/-) site and apply them to development of a master plan.

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LANDARCH 397D - Studio IV Design for Institutional and commercial use
3Cr Lindhult

Instructor: Lindhult

Institutional and commercial scale -- issues of design for commercial and industrial uses. May cover the spectrum from a site plan for an office complex to a marina. Issues of cost, client needs, program, and politics. Site planning -- introduction to concepts of site planning for housing developments. Students perform a detailed site assessment using methods learned in natural factors and previous studio on a 100-acre (+/-) site and apply them to development of a master plan.

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LANDARCH 494A/651 - Professional Practice
3Cr Brabec

Instructor: Brabec

Models of professional office structure: management, organizational behavior, and economics. Guest professionals give insights into the profession and how an office should be managed. Topics include: ethics, contracts, compensation, specifications, contract management, marketing, budgets, and cost analysis.

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LANDARCH 494LI - Landscape Planning & the Cultural Landscape
6Cr Ryan & Eisenman

Instructor:  Ryan & Eisenman

Landscape planning crosses scales from regional to site specific, taking a real world problem to creative sustainable solutions. An introduction to design research methods, inventory and assessment models and techniques for policy planning, regional scale design proposals, and site selection for particular development types. Implementation of a greenway solution.  Satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BS-LdArch majors.

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LANDARCH 504 Studio III
3Cr Davidsohn

Instructor: Davidsohn

Application of spatial theroy and design process to a specific site context. Develops map reading skills at various scales, strengthens drawing, lettering, and cross-section representation skills. Emphasis on landform design in a public park setting.

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LANDARCH 506 Studio IV
3Cr Aragón

Instructor: Aragón

Introduction to landscape analysis, assessment, and planning with focus on ecological, cultural, and visual landscape issues. Landscape planning from regional to watershed to local levels. Emphasis on inventory skills, map reading, data organization, interpretation, and assessment. Broad introduction to design and planning process.

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LANDARCH/SUSTCOMM 544 - Hist Arch & Ldscp II
3Cr Brabec & Carr

Instructor: Brabec & Carr

Covers the Renaissance to the present.

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LANDARCH 591I - Sustaing Green Infrastructure Planning & Design
3Cr Ryan

Instructor: Ryan

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LANDARCH 592M Material Experiments
3Cr Aragón​

Instructor: Aragón

This course will introduce students to innovative materials and technologies in landscape architecture. The study of landscape materiality will take place in two major forms: through a survey of contemporary material technologies, and through direct experimentation with the materials. The range of materials and technologies will be broad, ranging in subjects from upcycling, to smart materials, those with the potential to transform energy found in the environment into usable forms (i.e. electricity). The goal of the course is to generate prototypes and ideas that foster design innovation in landscape architecture.

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LANDARCH 604 - Studio VII Urban Design
3Cr DiPasquale

Instructor: DiPasquale

Application of urban design theories as they apply to various scales of urban design, with special attention focused on civic scale design elements and organization of spatial and functional requirements.

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LANDARCH 606 - Studio VIII
3Cr Sleegers

Instructor: Sleegers

Introduces students to the process of research, planning, design, and management of historically and culturally significant landscapes through selected real-world site projects.

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LANDARCH 635 - Research Issues in Landscape Architecture
3Cr M. Hamin

Instructor: M. Hamin

This course will familiarize students in landscape architecture and regional planning with research theory and methods necessary to prepare a successful master’s thesis or project proposal. Students will select a topic for their master’s thesis or project research, ask a faculty member to act as their advisor, conduct a literature review relevant to their topic, and develop research questions. Students will then be required to write a research proposal for their master’s thesis or project, and to have it approved by the LARP faculty member who will serve as their advisor. Students will learn basic skills needed to design a research study, such as developing their research questions and preparing and writing a literature review. Different research methods will be discussed so that students can understand how to apply them to the design of their own research. The course will introduce students to a range of research conducted by landscape architects and planners, including research being done by LARP faculty. Read more.

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LANDARCH/REGIONPL 661 - Cultural Landscapes: Documentation, Values, and Policy
3Cr Brabec

Instructor: Brabec

An important course for landscape architects, planners, and other professionals interested in the cultural landscape, this course will introduce students to the identification, understanding, documentation and policy implications of cultural landscapes. While it will touch on the issues of both designed and vernacular landscapes, the focus of the course will be vernacular landscape.

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LANDARCH/REGIONPL 663 - Heritage Landscape Mgmt
3Cr Carr

Instructor: Carr

This course offers students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the theory and practice of heritage management generally, and specifically in its application to the management, interpretation, and design of culturally significant landscapes, including urban landscapes, parks, gardens, historic sites, and agricultural landscapes all over the world.

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LANDARCH/REGIONPL 691S - Cultural Landscapes: Documentation, Values and Policy
3Cr Brabec

Instructor: Brabec

An important course for landscape architects, planners and other professionals interested in the cultural landscape, this course will introduce students to the identification, understanding, documentation and policy implications of cultural landscapes. While it will touch on the issues of both designed and vernacular landscapes, the focus for this course will be the vernacular landscape.

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SUSTCOMM 597A - Comp in Environmental Design
3Cr Lindhult

Instructor: Lindhult

This course is intended for students in landscape architecture, planning, and other related fields who are interested in learning about the ways computers may be applied in environmental design. Because landscape architects deal with the land, the class will focus on the digital tools used to model the landscape. There is no one application that does everything a landscape architect needs to do so you will be exposed to a number of different applications. We will then look at the process for integrating digital data between these different applications. Read more.

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REGIONPL 553 - Resrce Plcy&Plnng
3Cr M-Menezes

Instructor: M-Menezes

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REGIONPL 580/SUSTCOMM 591B - Sustainable Cities
3Cr M.Hamin

Instructor: M.Hamin

This course introduces students to the 3-E concept of sustainability: environment, economy, equity, and applies it to the built environment and policies at the municipal and regional level.

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REGIONPL 585 - Planning for Climate Change
3/4Cr E.Hamin

Instructor: E.Hamin

This seminar reads some of the most current literature on the future of the urban form given climate change, and allows time and shared space to reflect on what these coming changes mean for (primarily local) government as well as governance.  The class focus will be on implications of these coming conditions for built form both now and in the future, with a goal of developing a working understanding of what municipal, regional, and state planners and policymakers need to know now about these conditions to provide leadership to communities.

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REGIONPL 591I - Sustaining Green Infrastructure Planning and Design
3Cr Ryan

Instructor: Ryan

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REGIONPL 625 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Planning
3Cr Renski

Instructor: Renski

This is an introductory, graduate-level course in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in urban and regional planning.

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REGIONPL 635 - Research Issues in Landscape Architecture
3Cr Pader

Instructor: Pader

Survey of research issues and methods in landscape architecture and planning. Designed to assist students preparing their research for master's theses and projects. Includes selecting a topic for this research, synthesizing the pertinent literature, developing research questions and selecting a faculty advisor.

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REGIONPL 643 - Econ Dev Iss In Plan
3Cr Renski

Instructor: Renski

General introduction to methods and techniques for analyzing and solving problems related to planning, resource allocation, and policy analysis.

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REGIONPL 645 - Growth Management
3Cr Ramsey-Musolf

Instructor: Ramsey-Musolf

The role of policy in guiding optimal growth. Examination of constitutional issues, controversies regarding growth management practices, techniques used in designing growth management strategies, and future trends in growth management. Prerequisite: Reg Pl 651 or consent of instructor.

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REGIONPL 656 - Judicial Plan Law
3Cr Brabec

Instructor: Brabec

The law of land-use control as expressed in major judicial decisions in the U.S. Creation, expansion and powers of municipal corporations; use of legal planning tools such as zoning, abatement of nuisance, eminent domain, etc.

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REGIONPL 662 - Cultural Heritage Policy and International Sustainability Practice
3Cr M-Menezes

Instructor: M-Menezes

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the evolution of heritage conservation theories and practices at the international level, particularly focusing on sustainability and the urban environment.

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REGIONPL 798M - Industrial Practicum
3Cr Mullin

Instructor: Mullin

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SUSTCOMM 125 - Global Cities and Global Issues
3Cr Ramsey-Musolf

Instructor: Ramsey-Musolf

Cities are dynamic organisms whose inhabitants require food, water, shelter, safety, commerce, leadership, and equity. For most people, the city can be a wonderful place to live in. For persons without privilege, the necessary goods and services that are require for a quality life may be lacking. In this course, students will note that every village, town, city, or mega-city has some type of challenge. By examining cities within a global context, students should recognize that any challenge can also be viewed as an opportunity for implementing positive change. As such, we examine global cities in order to ask a central question: what does it mean to be an active and engaged citizen living in any city, town, or village?

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SUSTCOMM 205 - Dynamics of Human Habitation
GenEd 4Cr Pader

Instructor: Pader

In this course you will gain a working knowledge of human-environment relations, drawing from a variety of academic disciplines and geographic locations. We'll explore the relationship between the design and use of the physical environment—all you see around you—and the people who do the designing and using. By analyzing the physical environment you will begin to understand the complex and dynamic interaction among individuals, societies and the physical structures of their worlds. This provides the basis for examining different social values and "ways of seeing" found in a variety of societies. How do these values influence concepts of appropriate space-use and design, from the level of the home to the larger neighborhood and beyond? How are they, in turn, influenced by social, cultural and political values? Taking these issues even further, we look at how different concepts of what the environment “should” look like and how it “should” be arranged relate to stereotyping as well as ethnic, gender, class relations, physical and cognitive states, and misunderstandings therein. Read more.

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SUSTCOMM 394A - Writing in Environmental Design and Landscape Architecture
3Cr Eisenman

Instructor: Eisenman

Continuation of the writing skills developed in freshman writing with an emphasis on content and style appropriate to the environmental design and landscape architecture field.

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SUSTCOMM 395S Reinventing Springfield: Equality, Growth and the Next Economy
3Cr Rose

Instructor: Frederic Rose

This class will provide an overview of economic development issues, debates and analysis using Springfield, Massachusetts as an extended case study.

 

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SUSTCOMM 591A - The Roots and Branches of the 20th/21st Century LandArch, Planning, Building Architecture & Env Art
1-4Cr Volpe

Instructor: Volpe

Professor Joe Volpe has done onsite research on hundreds of landscapes works and will use his slides, products of his studies, exploring towns, cities, regions, parks, and many garden places in the world. Building on the spatial history of landscape design & planning this course explores the roots and branches of contemporary works toadvance your understanding of landscape garden places and to spark your future practice in environmental design as a more sustainable and beautiful landscape. Credits vary from 1 to 4 based on your choice of level of engagement: 1 Credit, simply join to enjoy and discuss the informative images of remarkable landscape places. 2 Credits, report on one or two landscape works; 3 Credits, report on two or three places; 4 credits, three or four reports.
These studies can be primarily visual and will be put on a web site, Roots & Branches of 20th/21st Century Landscape Architecture. PDF icon poster.pdf

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SUSTCOMM 591B - Sustainable Cities
3Cr M. Hamin

Instructor: M. Hamin

Open to Undergraduate Students only.

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