Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture


LA 3002 Landscape Design IV: Site Design

Landscape Design IV explores the application of process-oriented design, using writing to explore different approaches of design toward formulating a design philosophy and integrating haptic (hand-drawing) and digital techniques for presentation of visual communication. Students learn to explore the site design process, seek sources of design inspiration, create a sense of place, and investigate how to create more livable and sustainable places and neighborhoods. The spring 2016 studio was a Communication-Intensive certified course by the LSU Communications across the Curriculum program.

Learning objectives include:

  1. Knowing how to conduct a site analysis and to document physical features and environmental and seasonal conditions, context, site issues, and design opportunities
  2. Knowing how to develop a functional and facilities program, determine area needs and important functional relationships of program elements and the site
  3. Being able to prepare one or more circulation diagrams for vehicular and pedestrian needs
  4. Understanding the metrics of and being able to apply Accessibility Design Standards and vehicular circulation and parking and pedestrian circulation design criteria
  5. Being able to generate inspiration and concepts to inform and generate side design
  6. Being able to apply critical thinking through writing and drawing to solve landscape site design and develop skills in writing and drawing toward improving design communication challenges
  7. Being effective in communicating design results both graphically and orally to an audience, such as in a design review