Landscape Representation I is the foundations design studio for first-year landscape architecture students. The studio fosters the practice of discipline, craftsmanship, and intellectual skills through the development of drawing and making through the iterative and reflective design process. Focus is on conceptual thinking, ordering, space, and composition in two and three dimensions. The midterm project investigates landform patterning through the conceptual manipulation of the ground plane in an installation of earthworks. For the final project a new “refiguring” of the pattern was required to be a part of a real “site” on campus. Modes of analog drawing and making include: collage, printing processes, photomontage, sketch perspective, diagramming, collage mapping, orthographic projections, and modeling.
Landscape Representation II is the second foundations design studio for first-year landscape architecture students. The studio provides a foundational familiarity with methods, media, and the common tools in the discipline of landscape architecture. The first project reviews orthographic projections by drafting a built project. The midterm project investigates modeling tools and methods while researching varying landform typologies. The final project explores the design process through diagramming and redesigning the LSU Campus Quad as the “site.” Both analog and digital modes of drawing and making include: modeling with clay and laser-cut models; measured drawings based on known data, measurements, and aerial photography; illustrative site plans and supporting diagrams using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.