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Landscape exists as objective reality, but it is also shaped by the imagination of a culture. This course looks at landscape through the eyes of writers and artists in an effort to discover the values and concepts that inform our perceptions of the land. Representative prose, poetry, artworks, film and their representations focusing on nature, cities, and landscape from representative historical periods serve as springboards to creative and critical thinking and offer models for refining written expression. This course explores the fundamental/indispensable historical/theoretical background for designers working with the landscape, exposing students to inherent biases of various media, as well as the substantive and nuanced impacts of the cultural context of representative historical periods. Students explore the universal, underlying issues of landscape that frame our intellectual understanding of actual landscapes vs. idealized values of "landscape" as a preamble to framing their individual thesis topics. The class will assess how landscape and the imagination are these linked to specific cultural values and norms? What are the generators of these norms: values structure, climate, economic basis? How do the media used to explain or discuss these biases or shape the content?
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