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Semester 1

Landscapes of Abandonment and Inhabitation (ARCH10041)


Architecture and Landscape Architecture





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As this is a 3rd year Architecture course, visiting students' eligibility (including any required Architecture academic background) must be assessed on a case-by-case basis. **Please note that Architecture courses have extremely limited spaces available, and are very popular, so students cannot be guaranteed a space in any Architecture course.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the Architecture department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

This course explores the concept of landscape through the perspective of population expansion and contraction in different historical periods of human history, including contemporaneity. In the course, you will focus on the understanding of fundamental theoretical and historical concepts related to the discipline of landscape architecture and related fields, and explore the interplay between humans and the environment towards a richer comprehension of contemporary realities.

Course Description

Faraway and everyday landscape typologies shape human inhabitations, as well as cosmogonies, cosmologies, myths and folklore of different cultures. These spaces are sometimes the place of conquests, other times the place of retreat; sometimes regarded with fear, other times with fascination. The same landscape typologies can be the archetypical images of inhabitation, and the archetypical images of abandonment. This course will unfold some of the meanings of landscape through the lenses of abandonment and inhabitation, shedding light over the pertinence of some concepts in particular historical periods and the cause of their oblivion in others, for example, concepts of nature and environment; wilderness and sublime; or landscape urbanism, social urbanism or informal urbanism. The course will be structured in weekly lectures and seminars where these topics will be explored and discussed. You will be asked to present one week's readings in the class, to develop a log report of each week's topic/readings, and finally, to choose one theme related to the course and develop it into a 3500-word essay.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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