Examines physical elements that compose a variety of visual environments including gardens and paintings; the cultural values underlying different types of American landscapes, from wilderness to cities; and the ways in which other cultures perceive, use, and create their own visual environments. (Gen.Ed. AT)
Since the rise of urban civilization, vegetated public space has been a strategy to enhance the experience of living in cities. The purpose of this course is to explore the theoretical and practical expressions of this urban greening aspiration, defined here as the introduction or conservation of outdoor flora in cities. Toward this goal, the course is organized in two parts: First, we will analyze the various discourses that have, and are currently, animating urban greening practice. Second, we will explore how urban greening is expressing itself in cities around the world today. This combined inquiry into theory and practice will enhance students' ability to develop urban greening strategies that respond to the needs of 21st century cities.
Survey of research issues in environmental design and planning. Designed to assist students in developing research in their area of interest. Includes selecting a topic for research, synthesizing the pertinent literature, developing research questions, designing a research study, and communicating the research findings verbally, visually, and in writing. This course satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BS-SUSTCOMM (formally BS-EnvDes) majors.