METU Middle East Technical University
Faculty of Architecture, Ankara - Turkey

3 Credits

Representation and Interpretation of Landscape
Representation and Interpretation of Landscape
Course Representation and Interpretation of Landscape
This course is designed to guide the architecture students into the mystical dimensions of landscapes. To explore and to express hands on practices, experimental and analytical graphic presentations conclude the conceptual and practical foundation of the course.
Objective The objective of this course is to explore the mystical personalities of a given site. Through experimental methods of investigation, students will be encouraged to uncover the buried and often overlooked characteristics of a specified site. The design process begins when the designer introduces himself or herself to the site. From that point the land starts to unleash her secrets and to tell stories. Interpretations of these stories provide the backbone of a successful creation. A liaison between the site and the designer is the ultimate goal of this course.
Method The course has been designed in two sessions of studies:

The first Session consists of analytical and explorative approaches to study a landscape -an abandoned quarry site in the METU campus. Various lyric, ethical, conceptual and technical modes are used every week. These modes are different filters through which the site will be sifted. Deep and thorough "questive" and explorative studies are the fundamental activities of this session to measure, to listen, to read and to record the site.
Students are also required to pick a real character from life, perhaps a famous figure with a specific personality. The figure's characteristic quality to be briefly dramatized and represented in this session.

The second session consists of primarily interpretation and combination of both works of the first session. The students are expected to complete the semester with a creative, intuitive and poetic proposal for the named personality's characteristic use in the rediscovered quarry landscape and its surroundings. The product could be a spatial or visual work of design. Abstractive yet sensational approaches are encouraged along with functional proposals. Essentially, the minds of the designer students are the melting pot for the site and the human's presence. Students' individual backgrounds and their gifts are additive assets for the creation process.

Weekly drawings, models and alternative fabrications are required. More than two site visits during the semester at different times of the day are recommended. Long, physical and painstaking hiking and site visits are essential parts of the first five weeks of this course.

It is essential to understand the history and the potential succession of any given site's nature. A successful work of architecture is often the one that works with its base. The base as a landscape may include but not limited to: the whistle that the prevailing wind blows, the shadows that dance when we are not there, the water that flows under the snow. A conscious design initiates when the designer hears the trickles under the snow, sees the rock that crumbles, and feels the seed that germinates.

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