PLG 495A/595A Geodesigning Landscape Linkages
This course satisfies one of the required core class requirements for the GeoDesign concentration. The course will benefit from having a broad and interdisciplinary group of students and will focus on bridging the gap between the planning and landscape design disciplines; all backgrounds and students are encouraged to join. While no previous experience is required, the interdisciplinary team will be heavily engaged in the use of GIS and spatial modeling. Course content will focus on conservation planning, modeling methodologies for generating wildlife corridors, and landscape linkage strategies. The course will fuse this content with the landscape design discipline by blueprinting modeled corridors within natural and built reaches of the landscape. Specific elements of design will include maximizing core area within modeled corridors, mitigation edge effects on the fringe, minimizing encroachment of adverse and adjacent land uses on the structural and functional components of linkages, and better designing the landscape matrix for connectivity. Integrating these design components within traditional linkage planning is new to the discipline and will provide the opportunity for students to pursue additional research and collaborative opportunities in the future. Graduate-level level requirements include additional readings and applications of those readings.