Landscape Architecture History, Theory, & Practice

TPSS 352


Andrew Kaufman

Semesters taught:

Fall 2015


Surveying the development of landscape architecture as an art form from Mesopotamia to present. Exploring the theory, profession and art of landscape architecture in the world by physical, social, economic, political, and cultural environmental factors.

Skills and knowledge to be acquired:

OBJECTIVES: Students should be able to: • Gain a basic awareness of historical and contemporary design projects and their issues to establish a foundation for understanding various aspects of the landscape profession and its relation to other planning and design disciplines. • Recognize historic landscape styles and spatial diagrams of their respective layouts. • Encourage individual and collective critical inquiries into the discipline of landscape architecture. • Deepen the student's understanding of the aesthetic, ecological, social, environmental, cultural and political context of landscape architecture. • Expand each student’s knowledge of the cultural, physical, ecological, and professional dimensions of the field of landscape architecture. • Stimulate and expand each class member’s abilities in the deliberation, reflection and critique of landscape design from a reasoned and informed point of view.


The course will study place attachment, people-plant relationships, environmental attitudes and perception, personal space, urban public space, diversity, and the participation of space to understand the dynamic impacts humans have on the environment through time.



Cross-Listed courses:

ARCH 352