Instructor: Victoria McReynolds

Architecture at the Nameless Landscape


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Reading Questions

Essay 1 - Terrain Vague

Essay 2 - Isotropic Landscapes

Essay 3 - Drosscape


Beck, Chris

Helms, Cynthia

Rowe, Garik

Shadden, Jason

Strain, Yvonne

Villarruel, Frank


Essay Questions

Repeating what was previously explained, is important that you articulate your ideas and opinions through the information discussed in this seminar. Consider the subjective and objective analysis of the questions asked below and formulate your answers utilizing course terms, reading quotes, reference examples and applicable experiences.

1. Define what you think Landscape is.

2. Explain how Landscape(s) have been altered by sprawl, travel and distribution conditions and describe resultant environments from these alterations.

3. Describe a memorable landscape that you have experienced.

4. Describe what a Nameless Landscape is.

5. Provide an example of Architecture that responds to Landscape and describe, using term of the course, how the Architecture achieves this relationship.

6. Describe how boundary, borders, orientation, and tunnels effect the perception of the Nameless Landscape Strip Site.


Our next meeting in two weeks, Dec. 1, will consist of an open in-class writing exercise based on the landscape as your subjective & objective analysis, definition and architecture propositions. As preparation, review your essays, notes, readings, answers to reading questions, lecture slides, and course references posted on the wiki. It is important that you articulate your ideas and opinions through the information discussed in this seminar.

Below is a comprehensive list of terms that you will be expected to utilize as descriptive conditions when articulating landscape variations. Reference the lecture slides for visual comparisons.

terrain vague, isotropic, drosscape, folding, porosity, visual continuity, ironic hybrid, blended border, dissolved boundary, ambiguous infrastructure, shell, tunnel, visual boundary, physical boundary, border, margin, edge, door, trails, travel, distance, vessel, orientation, navigation, size, scale, use, function, aesthetics, ruins, nostalgia, signage, network, system, and wastescapes

For Dec. 1, have all work documented and uploaded to the wiki. It is important that your work has a strong level of craft and an aesthetic to the presentation. How you choose to construct the maps and propositions is up to you. The level of craft should continue into the quality of your documentation method.

Revist, reflect and re-read the work covered over these last three months.

--Victoria McReynolds 03:57, 18 November 2011 (UTC)

Urban Movement

Considered the father of Parkour, | David Belle speaks on experiencing the landscape - surprisingly in the frame of a Remington Razor advertisement. | David Belle - Parkour

and from Denmark, | Team Jiyo in a preview to their film on moving through urban space | My Playground - Preview

--Victoria McReynolds 21:12, 8 September 2011 (UTC)

Reading questions and Answers

A few reminders for this week:

> Email me a digital version of your writings from the first day of seminar, and

> Post your answers to the Reading 1.

> Questions for Reading 2 are posted. Submit your answers to Reading 2 prior to the start of class next week.

--Victoria McReynolds 22:54, 2 September 2011 (UTC)