Shifting landscapes – armature and processes
Image source: Tree survey of four woodland types, Miniature and Panorama: Günther Vogt

The course looks at shifting character of landscape to capture the constant and variables of any system – small or large, through a range of analog and digital representation. The course introduces students to the relationship between landscape architecture and representation through an overview of its history, techniques, conventions, and current trends. The coursework will include digital drawing modes as well as physical modelling and hand drawing techniques. Throughout the course work, these methods will be introduced through small workshops and input lectures.

Landscapes around us is dynamic and is in constant state of flux. Landscapes witness regular cycles of seasonal changes as well as the unprecedented sudden natural events. Being a resilient system, landscapes fight back through a series of self-adjusting mechanisms. These processes are evident across all scales – from a tiny leaf to an entire ecosystem. The course will focus around two concepts – the armature or the constant component of the landscape system, and the processes the system goes through to adjust to external changes.

The course is structured around two modules. Using the scale of a large urban tree, in the first module, students will carefully observe five dominant tree species in their surrounding locality and record them through photography and sketches. In the next module, the students will imagine a landscape in incremental scale across three scenarios - urban, peri-urban, and natural setting. The purpose of this varied exploration allows an individual to develop their own iterative representational approach that can eventually incorporate both analog and digital methodologies.



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