Environmental and Cultural Landscape Studio

TPSS 656


Andrew Kaufman


  • To understand the complex relationships between landscape, culture, history, and environmental qualities in order to develop viable landscapes in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim.
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of Aloha ʻĀina (Hawaiian sense of place) and its relation to designing landscapes in Hawaii.
  • Understand and explain principles of environmental psychology and how it relates to landscape design, installation and maintenance.
  • Aesthetic and functional relationships between architecture, landscape and people.
  • Acquire design practical and theoretical sensitives.
  • Evaluate physical, environmental, economic, and social impacts of a landscape design.
  • Understand the connection of/between people, plants, and the landscape that surrounds them.

Skills and knowledge to be acquired:

Through an in depth study of historical and modern Hawaiian cultural landscape perspectives, a blending of social and geographic design principles will be developed to address designing in modern day Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Utilizing Western landscape principles as a basis, this course elevates the understanding of the connection with people and landscape that surrounds them. By incorporating environmental psychology, along with Hawaiian landscape sense of place, Aloha ʻĀina: landscape design, installation, and maintenance, develops a stronger meaning and sustainable qualities. This course focuses on holistic principles in order to synthesize historical, theoretical, ecological and practical design aesthetics, to deeply understand and respect the sense of place.


Exploring, understanding and implementing Hawaiian and Western cultural and environmental landscape design principles. A concentrated look at how to think about creating and respecting a sense of place through landscape design.

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