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LAR 3264: People Community and Place

This is an advanced course focusing on landscape behavior/interactions and implications for the design of outdoor environments at site and community scales for sustainable communities. Students will use a systems approach to engage various community design program elements, including social, land use, physical infrastructure, public space, movement, energy, and natural systems in place-making strategies for diverse populations. Students will engage with methods of community participation and engagement used in community-based design practices.

Why take it?

LAR 3264 provides an in-depth study of factors that impact the success of outdoor settings and their ability to foster social interaction and place identity at site and community scales, which is content fundamental to the practice of landscape architecture. This course develops problem-solving and critical thinking skills that are applicable across disciplines and learning contexts. For non-majors, it provides an introduction to social and cultural concerns of landscape architectural design and encourages development of an informed perspective on the outdoor spaces that they inhabit on a daily basis.

This course fulfills an elective in the Appalachian Cultures and Environment and Technology, Humans, and Environment Pathways minors.


Prerequisite: Junior standing.

This course fulfills Pathways requirements in Reasoning in the Social Sciences and Intercultural and Global Awareness.