Landscape Architecture College of Design

Spring LDP Courses

  • LA1001: Sustainability by Design

    • CLE: Environment + Design Minor A or C

    • Instructor: TBD

    • This course explores how the physical environment of the Twin Cities region can adapt to deal with climate change, depleted energy resources, decreasing biodiversity, and other environmental impacts. The course will examine key environmental systems (water, energy, food, waste) in relationship to the form of our settlements and urban places, to understand how they currently function culturally and ecologically, and how they might function more sustainably in the future.
    • Sample Course Syllabus [PDF]
    • Lecture: Tuesday, Thursday 9.45 to 11.00
    • Discussion 1: Monday 8.00 to 8.50
    • Discussion 2: Tuesday 8.00 to 8.50
    • Discussion 3: Wednesday 8.00 to 8.50
    • Discussion 4: Friday 8.00 to 8.50
  • LA1301: Introduction to Landscape Architectural Drawing

    • CLE: Arts and Humanities + Design Minor B

    • Instructor: Brad Agee and John Larson

    • This is an introductory course that teaches students freehand drawing skills; hand drafting techniques, tools, and standards; and explores the types of drawings that are typically employed in the Landscape Architecture profession, such as plan, elevation, and 3D perspective views.
    • Sample Course Syllabus [PDF]
    • Section 1: Tuesday, Thursday 4.00 to 5.55
    • Section 2: Monday, Wednesday 9.05 to 11.00
    • Section 3: Tuesday, Thursday 6.20pm to 8.25pm
  • LA1401: The Designed Environment

    • Design Minor A

    • Instructor: Brad Agee

    • This course explores the designed environment—the intentionally designed places we frequent and inhabit. Students will learn to see design in the everyday world in order to understand the ideas and principles on which the designed environment is constructed.
    • Sample Course Syllabus [PDF]
    • Lecture: Monday, Wednesday 1.00 to 2.15
    • Discussion 1: Friday 1.00 to 2.15
    • Discussion 2: Friday 1.00 to 2.15pm
  • LA1601 and LA3601: Design and Equity

    • CLE: Diversity and Social Justice

    • Instructor: Kristine Miller

    • Equity can be defined as “fair and just access for all,” and is tied to specific areas of research including health, transportation and education. This course examines the ongoing design and planning of the Central Corridor to understand how the processes and products of design and planning can contribute to building more equitable cities.
    • Sample Course Syllabus [PDF]
    • Lecture: Friday 9.05 to 12.05
  • LA2302: Computer Aided Representation for Environmental Design

    • Instructor: Jonathan Von Blaseg

    • This course introduces the use of the computer as a tool in the illustration and layout of graphically communicating Environmental Design. Concepts that will be introduced include basic 2-D design, typography, layout, and basic cartographic symbology. Instruction will introduce the use of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, and SketchUp.
    • Course Prerequisites: LA1301, LA2301.
    • Sample Course Syllabus [PDF]
    • Section 1: Wednesday 5.00pm to 8.00pm
  • LA3002: Informants of Creating Landscape Space

    • Design Minor C

    • Instructor: Christine Dorius

    • This course is concerned with the design of space, its form, and its articulation through the use of landforms, structural elements, and plantings. The course content builds upon the skills learned in LA 3001 and focuses more sharply on the influences of sites, context, and functional program upon which designers make decisions about the nature, location, and experiential qualities of spaces they are designing. These explorations will transition from the use of 3-dimensional physical models to more conventional 2-dimensional drawing and representation techniques prevalent in current practice.
    • Course Prerequisites: LA3001.
    • Sample Course Syllabus [PDF]
    • Section 1: Friday 8.00 to 9.55
  • LA3004: Regional Landscape Planning

    • Instructor: David Pitt

    • The course provides an opportunity to develop rudimentary skills in landscape planning with particular reference to the relation of the urban development process to ecological processes. The course focuses on the proposition that ecological patterns and processes are vital informants in defining sustainable patterns of urban land use and associated infrastructure planning. In the laboratory portion of the course, students will become proficient in the use of ArcGIS software to assess various dimensions ecological patterns and processes.
    • Course Prerequisites: FR 3131 or concurrent registration in FR 3131 or GEOG 3561.
    • Sample Course Syllabus [PDF]
    • Lecture: Tuesday, Thursday 4.00 to 5.15
    • Lab: Tuesday 5.30pm to 8.30pm
  • LA3204: Holistic Landscape Ecology and Bioregional Practice

    • Instructor: Laura Musacchio

    • This course will help you to develop greater insights into bioregional practice and how it responds to the holistic landscape ecology of great bioregions. The goal for this course will be to learn more about the scientific and cultural basis for bioregional design and how translation of theory to practice can be improved. We will explore how different practitioners are tackling this challenge in their projects, discuss the progress they are making, and how their knowledge can be applied to the design and ecology of sustainable bioregions and landscapes.
    • Course Prerequisite: EEB3001: Ecology and Society.
    • Sample Course Syllabus [PDF]
    • Lecture: Wednesday 6.00pm to 8.30pm
  • LA3413: Introduction to Landscape Architectural History

    • CLE: Global Prespectives + Historical Perspectives + Design Minor C

    • Instructor: Anna Bierbauer

    • Overall objectives of the course are to help students develop capacities of historical inquiry and cultural and ecological knowledge about designed transformations of land. The roles of creativity, innovation, discovery, expression and transmissions within and across disciplines and communities make the history of gardens and designed landscapes a cultural meeting point between global and local influences, between group and individual inspiration and across multiple types of political and other controls. Specific emphasis is placed on cultural definitions, demarcations, and diffusion of landscape form and use across the globe.
    • Sample Course Syllabus [PDF]
    • Lecture: Monday 9.05 to 11.00
    • Recitation: Wednesday 10.10 to 11.00
  • LA3501: Environmental Design and Its Biological and Physical Context

    • CLE: Environment + Design Minor C

    • Instructor: Steven Roos

    • This course considers the relationship of environmental design to the context in which design occurs. LA3501 examines the biological and physical world, both natural and human, and its effects on place making. This course will examine the relationship of biological and physical context to environmental design through a series of lectures and recitation exercises.
    • Sample Course Syllabus [PDF]
    • Lecture: Tuesday, Thursday 1.00 to 2.15
    • Discussion 1: Thursday 8.00 to 8.50
    • Discussion 2: Wednesday 8.00 to 8.50
    • Discussion 3: Wednesday 8.00 to 8.50
    • Discussion 4: Wednesday 8.00 to 8.50
    • Discussion 5: Thursday 8.00 to 8.50
    • Discussion 6: Thursday 8.00 to 8.50
    • Discussion 7: Friday 8.00 to 8.50
    • Discussion 8: Friday 8.00 to 8.50
  • LA3514: Making The Mississippi

    • CLE: Civic Life and Ethics + Design Minor C

    • Instructor: Pat Nunnally

    • The course examines, through a combination of historical overview and case studies, particular actions that have made the Mississippi River, the communities along its banks, and the relations between the river and human settlements. The second area of emphasis, is what role various members of the public have had in making the river.
    • Sample Course Syllabus [PDF]
    • Lab: Monday and Wednesday 1.00 to 2.15
  • LA4002: Implementation of Sustainable Landscape Practices

    • Instructor: Maura Rockcastle

    • LA 4002 will synthesize the previously developed understanding of sustainable landscape and planning practices, through the design exploration of a complex urban site. The goal of the design intervention is to create habitation patterns and socio/cultural systems that slow and reverse environmental degradation and climate change. Student work will focus on researching and creating landscape patterns that address multi-scalar sustainability issues that will be as evocative and meaningful to future generations of users as they are to the contemporary users.
    • Course Prerequisites: LA1301, LA2301, LA2302, LA3001, LA3002, LA3003, and LA4001.
    • Lab: Tuesday and Thursday 2.30 to 3.45
  • LA5204: Metropolitan Ecology

    • Instructor: Laura Musacchio

    • LA 5204 studies the form and function of features on the landscape. The goal is to understand how the spatial arrangement (or form) of land uses and land covers affect their function, for humans, biodiversity, and environmental processes. Simply put, landscape ecology examines the ecological effects of spatial patterns in the landscape.
    • Course Prerequisites: permission of instructor.
    • Lab: Tuesday 9.05 to 11.35