Ashley Scott Kelly

Landscape Media
Postgraduate core visual methods (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17)

The University of Hong Kong

Instructor: Ashley Scott Kelly

Course abstract
Visual communications for landscape architects, as it's taught and practiced, is often appropriated and derivative from technologies and pedagogies of architecture and planning. This course offers a landscape-centric approach to digital representation that highlights the strengths and weaknesses of a wide array of tools from design and affiliated fields in the representation of topography, natural form and ecological processes. Digital histories from the 1960s and more recent 1990s digital revolution in architecture provide context to make critical design decisions when working with such mediums. Weekly lab sessions provide concepts, workflows, and horizontal knowledge in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and computational logic—critical base tools for landscape research and design from regional to site-scale works. Quickly moving beyond mere acquisition of data and basic skills in drawing and automation, this course is a critical extension of GIS and programming that focuses on the manipulation and creation of data, i.e., the "fabrication" of information and spatial description across many scales, with critical and ethical reflection on decision-making during research (data organization) and the exhibition of spatially explicit methodologies unique to the design disciplines.

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