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VISST-300

The creation of a landscape embodies the human relationship to nature. We will examine many kinds of landscapes, beginning with a discussion of geology and botany, and continuing with painting during the seventeenth century in France and the Netherlands, literary essays on places like Venice, the architecture of modern gardens in California, cinematic depictions of cowboys in the American West, photographic poems on strip commerce and residential boxes, and artistic interventions into industrial waste. We will also explore the concept of landscape as human geography, the creation of a globally mixed place weaving nature and building. Readings will be historical and essayistic in nature and students will undertake interdisciplinary projects on contemporary landscape phenomena.