This course introduces observation, experimentation, data collection, drawing, photography, visualization, historical records and exchanges with local communities to address the transformation of landscapes at local, regional and global scales. Cross-disciplinary, place-based learning enriches the study of environments by engaging with the historical and lived experience of communities.
Note: Field Stations workshops are crafted by an interdisciplinary group of collaborators, but they originate in the architecture and design disciplines. We welcome participants who do not have design backgrounds to learn how visual and design modes of thinking can aid their practice, and we hope to push design-oriented participants to think beyond human and visual scales to imagine and address issues related to climate change. This workshop asks participants how exchanges between design, arts, humanities and science communities might shift creative and critical practice.
Participants and faculty participate in daily activities and develop their own agenda for inquiry within the framework set by the program team.
Each participant will complete a project at the end of the workshop. The content and structure of the project is flexible, but it should reflect the integration of experience, knowledge and observations made during the workshop.
Projects may entail recording and monitoring local conditions, analyzing ecosystemic changes, questioning representational strategies, exploring the restoration of physical and environmental spaces associated with the workshop and establishing relationships with local actors.
Participants who have developed a prior creative proposal or agenda for inquiry in the region of study may pursue their own project during the workshop. Participants who do not have a prior project in the area may create one during the workshop, either independently or in conjunction with local community partners.
Workshop outcomes will be made available to a broader audience on this website.