LA 260: History of Landscape Architecture in the United States

Have you ever wondered why Central Park (NYC) looks the way it does? Curious about the design of Tenney, Vilas, or other parks in Madison? And what’s up with all those plants in the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Chicago? Find answers to these and many other questions in Landscape Architecture 260. 

This lecture course traces the evolution of landscape architectural design in the United States from the earliest town plans and gardens of the Colonial Period right up to present-day landscapes such as High Line Park (NYC) and the 9/11 Memorial (NYC). We focus on the IDEAS that influence landscape design and look for MEANING in gardens, parks, campuses, corporate headquarters, neighborhoods and cities. 

Instructor: TBA photograph of central park in nyc

Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1: 00 – 2:15 p.m. 

3 Credits 

LA 262 is open to all majors and counts as a Humanities course. 

Requirement for the BSLA and BS in Landscape Architecture Degrees 


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Please note LA260 is not offered every Summer.