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History Design in Landscape Architecture - Islamic,Chinese & Japanese Gardens


This online course will explore historical elements in the design of Islamic, Chinese and Japanese gardens. Ingenious applications of water, symbolic use of plant material and a plethora of ornamentation engage our attention and invite a closer look. Illustrated lectures will highlight concepts, materials, and functions to be further developed by weekly reading and design exercises. A thorough knowledge of the design vocabulary of Oriental landscapes is an invaluable tool for the well-educated designer. Students have the option to participate in a two day Field Trip to New York City (one overnight) will feature tours of the Japanese Stroll Garden in Mill Neck, Long Island (26 miles from Manhattan) and the Chinese Scholar’s Garden in Staten Island. A bibliography will be mailed to you. Prerequisites: None. Admission to gardens are $10.00 each. Travel and hotel accommodations are the student’s responsibility.

Credits 1.5 Credits
Prerequisites * None.
Co-Requisites None.


* Prerequisites listed are for onsite degree programs only.  For questions regarding prerequisites for Professional & Continuing Education, The Sustainable Design Institute or The Landscape Institute please call the office at 617-585-0101 or email For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email If you are looking at the course page of a 4000 series course, the prerequisites listed on the page do apply to you.

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