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Thaisa Way
L ARCH 353
Seattle Campus

History of Modern Landscape Architecture

Development of profession and art of landscape architecture in the United States, Europe, South America, and Japan in relation to prevailing social, economic, political, and cultural factors. Relationships with other professions, especially architecture and urban planning, and other arts, such as painting and sculpture. Open to non-majors. Offered: W.

Class description

This course provides an historic and critical overview of the evolution of modernism and modernist designs in terms of aesthetic, technological, social, and spiritual concerns in the built landscape. While we will begin our explorations in the late nineteenth century and end with discussions of contemporary work, the focus of the course will be on the period between approximately 1915 and 1985. Moving between practice and theory, between design as a creative art and as a way of thinking, we will consider a number of modernisms across the Americas and Europe.

Student learning goals

articulate definitions of modern landscape architectural practice and theory

explore relationships between architecture, landscape, and other media

explore discourses in the history on how design shapes contemporary practice.

perform research on topics in built environments

practice skills in critique and formal analysis of built work

articulate an analytical argument on issues related to the built environment

General method of instruction

Lectures: The course comprises a series of lectures, each of which will be illustrated with images. Readings: Reading assignments are provided for each of the weekly topics. Quizzes: Weekly Quizzes will be given every week Written Assignments/ Paper : Three brief papers will be assigned on a topic related to the course with a portfolio due at the end of the quarter

Recommended preparation

Some art history, architectural history, or landscape history. Geography courses are also helpful. Good reading and writing skills are important, as is good listening and note-taking skills.

Class assignments and grading

I. Participation: 33% (lectures and reviews)

II. Written Assignments: 33% (3 assignments plus portfolio)

III. Quizzes: 34% (9 out of 10 total quizzes)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Thaisa Way
Date: 11/24/2012