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Summer Quarter

The Department of Landscape Architecture is pleased to provide the following summer courses for 2017. Current students looking for electives, prospective students interested in the landscape architecture program, and individuals seeking educational enrichment opportunities are welcome to enroll. Some courses run for only half of the summer quarter while others last the whole term. The quarter ends in late August, leaving ample time for a break before classes resume in the autumn.  Registration begins: April 10.

This year the following classes will be offered:

  • LARCH 300: Introduction to Landscape Architecture (6 credits) VLPA
    Full Term: June 18 – August 18 2017
    T/Th  11:30am-5:40pm, Gould 312

This course introduces students to the history, design process and environmental concerns pertaining to the field of landscape architecture. Through course assignments, students will acquire design and graphic skills for the development of analysis, conceptual and representational drawings. Students will engage in critiques that encourage an understanding of design values and build fundamental verbal and graphic communication skills.
Course Instructor: Michael Lewis
This is a prerequisite course for students applying to the BLA program.
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  • LARCH 498 Neighborhood Design Studio: A Moveable Fea(s)t: (Re)connecting the Mobile City
    Full Term: June 18 – August 18 2017
    MWF 1:10-5:10p, Gould 312
This summer 2017, L498 Neighborhood Design Studio – Designing Democracy: City Hall Park will explore the role of landscape architects in cultivating diverse and healthy communities in complex and sometimes messy social, ecological and cultural settings. To what degree can the built environment “include” or “exclude” people?  Aside from shelter, how can landscape architects provide design / place for multiple users, including people experiencing homelessness? What role do mobility and access play in designing successful and vibrant parks and open spaces? How can designed spaces offer layered functions and meet divergent needs and still maintain or create a meaningful, dynamic and memorable sense of place?

 By working with practitioners, artists and agency representatives, the studio will investigate questions and propose solutions for City Hall Park, a site rich in history, politics and design located in the heart of downtown Seattle. The project will unfold with the guidance of the Seattle Office of Arts and Department of Transportation artist-in-residence Susan Robb, who is shepherding the downtown master art plan.

The goals of the studio are to develop preliminary conceptual designs for inclusive design that propose a:

  • welcoming and iconic gateway for diverse users and multimodes to and from downtown
  • mechanism to better serve and actively engage a diverse population of people living with homelessness
  • nexus for community gathering
  • place for revealing hidden social, ecological and design histories

The course will examine both temporary (built) onsite interventions and longer term/permanent solutions, using tactical urbanism as a mechanism to test design hypotheses, raise public sensitivity and consciousness, and provoke new and collective visions about the role of public space in democratic societies. These studio explorations will ultimately inform a real project, either a design build project (as a temporary solution) and/or ongoing efforts by the City of Seattle to more permanently re-envision this historic downtown park.

Course Instructor: Elizabeth Umbanhowar

  • LARCH 498A/598A Reading the Elwha: Exploring social, cultural, and biophysical transitions in the Elwha Watershed (4 credits)
    Partial B Term: July 20 planning meeting,  July 24th – 28th, 2017 field trip.

This one-week field course located in the Elwha River Watershed on the Olympic Peninsula examines the social, ecological, and economic impacts of the largest dam removal project in U.S. history. Each day students will explore different portions of the watershed and speak with officials and community members engaged in the dam removal process. Students enrolled in this course will travel to the Olympic Peninsula and spend five days tracing the river course of the Elwha River by reading and recording their observations. Students will be camping at designated sites and are asked to bring their own provisions. Transportation will be provided.
Course Instructor: Ken Yocom
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