The field of landscape architecture is rapidly expanding worldwide. The global shift in the design professions towards an emphasis on sustainability has given the profession additional prominence, as well as new challenges in the realms of practice and research.
The proposed program will advance expertise practice and cutting edge research in the field of landscape architecture.
Program Focus and Objectives
The Program will focus on emerging theories and practices in the field of landscape architecture. It will foreground issues that are central to Israeli landscape architecture and its unique cultural and physical context, and promote areas of research that will make a meaningful contribution to local practice. The following are the Program’s 3 areas of concentration:
a. History and theory of the production of Israeli landscape.
While landscape has become a central subject of study in the disciplines of architecture, geography, anthropology, environmental studies and art, there is no parallel theoretical framework for the study of landscape within the field of landscape architecture, and no existing framework for the study of the Israeli landscape. The graduate program will focus on the history of production of the local Israeli landscape from an interdisciplinary perspective. The program will draw on existing courses in the graduate program of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion, as well as from Geography departments in other institutions.
b. Natural systems and sustainability
The study of natural systems will be the basis for the study of a variety of topics such as: the application of spatial and ecological principles to urban and regional planning landscape ecology, regional biodiversity conservation, maintenance of water quality, and the strategic and physical design of national/regional infrastructure. The program will draw on existing courses from the Department of City and Regional Planning in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, and the Department of Environmental Engineering at the Technion Institute.
c. Planning and design of public space
Contemporary forms of urbanization and globalization have transformed the form, meaning and role of public space. The program will focus on public space in the Israeli context as the site of research and intervention from social, cultural ecological perspectives. The program will draw on existing courses in the graduate programs of Architecture and Town Planning and City and Regional Planning in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning.
Demand and potential student pool
The program is targeted to students holding a B.L.A., B.Arch, B.Sc in Engineering, or B.A. in a related discipline.
The program is based on 3 components: core courses, elective courses within an area of concentration, and research thesis or thesis project (design).
44 academic credits are required as follows:
Core courses – 10 credits
Electives – 14 credits
Thesis/ Thesis project – 20 credits
Total: 44 credits
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