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LAND 200 - Topics in Landscape Theory and Garden Design

  • 3 credits

LAND 200 – Topics in Landscape Theory and Garden Design provides students with topics of landscape theory and design principles in garden design through readings, videos, and lectures. Students will be engaged through online discussions and will record weekly exercises and course material with the development of a sketchbook and blog/website postings.

Academic goals for this course:

(1) Become accomplished in landscape history, theory and basic design strategies and processes.
(2) Develop a strong skillset for garden design at varying scales.
(3) Accomplish various visual communication tools and techniques.

Topics covered through readings, videos, and discussions are:

  • Garden Definition and the Three Natures
  • Drawing, Representation and Landscape Meaning
  • Regulating Climate: Spaces, Rooms, and Grottoes
  • Paths, Terraces, Stairs, Edges
  • Walls, Fences, Gates, Seating
  • Vegetation – Form, Texture, Shape, Volume, Color
  • Water Features

Important Information

All readings are provided.

Textbooks and Materials

All readings are provided.


Kelly Curl

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Kelly Curl is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and joined Colorado State University in 2010. Kelly earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Comprehensive Science and Mathematics from Villanova University and received her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining academia, she extended her professional practice as an Associate with PWP Landscape Architecture, Inc. Her past national and international projects included the 9/11 National Memorial in NYC, the San Jose International Airport, the planning of Novartis Headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, University of California in Merced, CA, and the Master Plan and new entry Cleveland Clinic Heart Center. Professor Curl’s present teaching experience includes Digital Methods and undergraduate design studios.