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Students moved through a series of exercises, beginning with abstract two-dimensional patterns of spatial organization and ending with the three-dimensional living systems of plants.
MLA Studio: Horizontals and Verticals
Beginning with a vocabulary based on patterns and geometries, students explore shaping space with a very limited palette of trees and shrubs in order to create spaces for resting and moving.
MLA Studio: Sculptural Contours
Exploring contour drawing as a powerful two-dimensional graphic devise used to represent the vertical dimension and the shape of land, students create sculptural reliefs based on line drawings.
MLA Studio: Design Intervention
Students use 37 identical objects to create a site intervention that engages the site as a context for design, creates spaces within a given landscape, uses scale and details for the experience of a space by humans.
MLA Studio: Stairs and Platforms
Given a sloped site, students create places for movement and resting using topography, stairs, and platforms.
MLA Studio: Materiality and Design
Working with form, texture, color and value, students investigated the design principles of pattern and transformation, and the material qualities of plants.
MLA Studio: Sticks and Stones
Using materials harvested from the landscape, students create a design using sticks and stones, bringing them together to construct a new creation in space that are then documented through drawings.
MLA Studio: Visual Books
Students explore and understand the site, expressing their understanding through the creation of a “visual book” about the site.
MLA Studio: Campus Quad Design
Students design a space on campus that can serve as a new “quad” that responds to the campus context and the conditions of the site.