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Jeffrey Hou
L ARCH 403
Seattle Campus

Cultural Landscape Studio

Studies of the landscape at various scales and in diversified contexts. Offers better understanding of visual components of landscapes, designer's capacity to evaluate and change these components, and resultant interaction with, and effect on, landscape user.

Class description

Cultural landscape is often understood as a landscape or spatial category in the context of preservation. But more importantly, it is also about seeing and understanding an environment and its underlying stories. The purpose of this experimental studio is to uncover stories in the landscape and weave together narratives and interpretations through design interventions. To uncover the multiple layers of meanings, identities and environmental processes, the studio involves collaboration of two teams of architecture and landscape architecture students at Tamkang University in Taiwan and University of Washington in Seattle . Through images, storytelling, interpretations and cross-cultural lenses, the students help each other decipher and respond to the untold narratives in two urban sites the Zhoumei neighborhood in Taipei and Central Waterfront in Seattle .

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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.
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Last Update by Jeffrey Hou
Date: 09/30/2004