Category Archives: Landscape Architecture

Monday Minute, February 27, 2012: Quality and Diversity

Dear Colleagues, Last week, the Department of Landscape Architecture came through an accreditation review with flying colors. The accreditation team said that the professional degree in landscape architecture – the MLA – is very strong pedagogically, very popular with its students, and exceptionally clear in its focus on art, ecology, and community. The team also commended the landscape architecture faculty for integrating their teaching with their research and outreach activities to an extent rarely found in this field. Congratulations to our LA colleagues for a job well done! The one area of concern that the team raised applies, in many respects, to the entire college: the relative lack of diversity of our student body. At the recruitment events for…

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What do the Netherlands, Istanbul, and Japan have in common?

Students, do you want to travel this summer? You can earn credit for school living in Europe's largest port city, sketching buildings in the former capital of the Roman Empire, or participating in a traveling design studio across Japan. There are no language prerequisites for our design-based programs in the Netherlands, Istanbul, and Japan. Detailed program information (including cost) is available on the University's Learning Abroad Center website. Sustainable Urban Design in Rotterdam, Netherlands May 13 to June 2 Where: Based in Rotterdam, Netherlands with visits to Utrecht, Amsterdam Docklands, and Biesbosch National Park What: A course focused on climate change and sustainable urban design Who: Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Urban and Regional Planning students Info: Detailed…

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Master of Landscape Architecture Student Erica Shearer Remaking Detroit by Design

The population of Detroit fell by 25% between 2000 and 2010. While the Motor City make news for its growing number of vacant lots and abandoned homes, community groups are working hard to revitalize their city. Their efforts attracted the attention of Master of Landscape Architecture student Erica Shearer, who is working on a project exploring the role designers can play in community building. "While the city has been struggling for decades, the people have adapted. Amazing things are happening," saysShearer, who has been conducting a series of interviews and focus group with residents to understand how landscape architects can benefit from adapting the models of engagement used by successful community groups around Detroit. "I have listened to the…

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