THE CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE  AS  ART, I: WATER, EARTH AND STONE                                                                                                                  COURSE DESCRIPTION: Full Course, 13 weeks, 3 hours a week This interactive seminar explores the evolution of the modern landscape from the mid 20th century to the contemporary scene. International in its scope, the course focuses on the work of seminal designers through the use of power point and video presentations which bring alive the vibrant concepts that impel their design. The work of Isamu Noguchi, James Rose, Dan Kiley, Luis Barragan, Andy Goldsworthy, Piet Oudolf, Martha Schwartz and Ken Smith will be analyzed by students in reference to materials, function and execution. A three day field trip to New York City, as landscape laboratory, will allow a first hand view of major works of public space that both inform and communicate. Conservation of resources and attention to environmental issues of the sustainable landscape will be highlighted.

THE CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE AS ART,  II: LIGHT, SOUND AND NARRATIVE STORYTELLING                                                                                                                    COURSE DESCRIPTION: Full course, 13 weeks, 3 hours a week                                                          This seminar focuses on landscape as an art form, examining how we experience the natural world. Historic developments are traced beginning with the earthwork artists of the 1960's, chronicling the evolution of environmental art and its role in the rehabilitation of degraded post-industrial sites. Light is investigated from its technical application to questions of dark sky solutions and light pollution, analyzing creations that use sunlight, shadow and artificial light to illuminate both public and private space. Light's symbolism, psychological impact and technical advances will be studied. The passage of time will be explored in the works of Maya Lin and Robert Adzema, as well as Sound scape design, from Julie Messervy’s interpretation of a piece of music in her 'Music Garden' to acoustic ecology (the natural sounds of the environment). The literate landscapes of Charles Jencks and Ian Hamilton Finlay, linking time, memory and events with encoded stories highlights the use of narratives in professional practice. The contemporary garden, as art and technology, presents us with provocative new perspectives. Full weekend site visit to New York City featuring gardens and studio visits to Christo’s, DIA Art Museum, Grounds for Sculpture Museum, Jackie Brookner and Robert Adzema, environmental artists. Field Trip to New York.  


SUSTAINABLE HOME AND LANDSCAPE: FIELD STUDY, OFF SITE, AT THE BEAVER LODGE 
Integrating the Responsibly Managed Sustainable Landscape with an Energy
Efficient Home 
Come to Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, for a three day intensive module in the foothills of the Berkshires. This course will explore the Beaver Lodge, a residence designed by Marie Stella. LEED certified PLATINUM. This hands-on laboratory setting will offer course work in the promotion of sustainability, innovative use of native plant materials, construction of rain gardens, green roofs, vegetated walls, rainwater harvesting, use of local green materials and organic vegetable gardening. Offsite visits to a local quarry and to native plant and wetland plant nurseries will be included. NOTE: This course will begin with students meeting in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, from 3:00PM to 8:00 on Friday. Students will then meet on Saturday, from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sunday, from 9:00AM-3:00PM. The module will conclude with final presentations taking place at The Landscape Institute from 10:00AM to 2PM on a date to be arranged. The cost of room, board, and transportation is not included in tuition.