INTRODUCTION TO LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

LANDSCAPE ASSIGNMENT

Assignment 02: Exploring Blue + Green Infrastructure For this assignment, we will investigate in more detail how landscapes can function as “green” and “blue” infrastructure. These popular, color-coded terms are a bit “fuzzy” in definition as they blend into one another in practice.

There are many topics that one could explore, such as urban flooding/storm water management, coastal flooding/sea level rise, groundwater recharge, conservation/preservation, green roofs, food systems, and more. To begin, determine which type of landscape infrastructure you would like to explore further.

Consider the above suggestions and how natural and/or built landscapes can function to provide a range of water management, ecological, social, human health, and/or other benefits. Essay Next, you will compose a short essay discussing your selected topic and how green or blue infrastructure can help to solve particular challenges associated with the topic, as well as provide multiple community benefits. To provide a starting point, you should structure your essay through the following elements:

1. Provide an introduction and/or broader context about the type of “green” or “blue” infrastructure you will explore

2. Describe the issue, challenge, or problem(s) that needs to be addressed

3. Articulate how landscape architecture plays a role in the solution(s) and the multiple benefits that

such approaches may provide

4. Include 3 landscape architecture project precedents (or case studies) that demonstrate your argument

Introduction to Landscape Architecture

5. Provide a conclusion In addition, you should provide 6+ visual representations to more fully illustrate your landscape infrastructure topic. These could range from explanatory diagrams, to photo-montages, to project precedent examples. Images may be included in the body of the text or appended at the end of the narrative. Creativity and originality are encouraged. Images taken from other sources must be cited (see below). Deliverables:

1. Write two (2) single-spaced pages (1,000 words will earn full credit) that address the above (5) elements using proper grammar and complete sentences.

a. Explore how landscape architecture plays a key role in the infrastructural system of your choice

b. Include header (course name, assignment name, date, word count) and your essay title

2. Submit at least (6+) visual representations of the landscape infrastructure system a. Images include a short caption or key annotations for each b. Ensure that you include citations for any image that you have not created

3. Provide (4) references for any project precedents and/or other resources used in the development

of your essay. Be sure to include these references throughout text and/or caption (as noted above).

a. Be careful not to plagiarize or cut and paste from the internet – the CANVAS site has tools that can search your text for similar texts on the internet. Please CITE direct quotes and where you have paraphrased in your text and include your resources for both your narrative and images in a “Works Cited” or “Bibliography” page located after your essay text.

b. For examples on how to source material or create proper bibliographies, please refer to the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL).

4. Upload the narrative as a PDF to the Assignment page on CANVAS using the naming convention:

a. LAA1920_Assign02_ Narrative.pdf b. Do not include your name on the essay, images, or in the file nomenclature as the peer

reviews conducted later should be anonymous. Please keep copies of all submissions, as the work will remain the property of the instructor. Evaluation:

– Submission with all the requirements listed under “Deliverables” will earn you 50 points – The clarity and quality of writing will earn you up to 30 points; this also includes proper

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