Faculty: Nikhil Dhar | Prasanna Mattikop

TA: Richa Shah

Routes of Landscape Design

The studio aimed to reduce the fear of the empty page by emphasizing free, joyful and creative design exploration and innovation. The studio included the following steps

Phase 1: Study & Analysis: readings, films and case-studies introduced the students to theories, methods and ideas that connect to landscape design. These were used to create quick-and-dirty design options for hypothetical sites. The approaches and the designs were self-evaluated by all of the students based on certain criteria.

Phase 2: Just before mid-semester, the class divided into two groups, based on their personal interests and inclinations. One group continued to design and the other explored research directions.

Design group: real-life sites were studied and various design approaches used or new ones created through innovative thinking to create designs on these sites.

Research group: directions were examined that culminated in the production of research papers, matrices and in one case, a research-design interface. The research was undertaken with an emphasis on landscape perception and theoretical approaches to open space.

Studio Unit

Routes of Landscape Design: An exploration of conceptual thinking in open space design

Creating quick design solutions using ideas/methods/theories from the readings and films

Self-evaluation of designs ‘pros’, ‘cons’, and ‘other possibilities’ using a Design Approach Matrix.

Analyzing final selected sites and finalizing design/research approach.

Choosing one, a combination, or creating their own approaches for a spatial design. Refinement and testing of research models