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    Sep 20, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I recommend this intro course to Environmental Design because it is a class filled with drawing and learning about architecture techniques and how it connects with real-world interaction.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course were the sketchbook projects. Although my designs were graded on it helped to grow as a creative individual and understand more about designing.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Even if you are not an architecture, urban studies, or landscape architecture this course is great if you like to draw and be creative. It is a course that teaches you how to apply creativity to real-world situations.

    • Fall 2017
    • Nicolas
    • Yes
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    Jan 10, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course has regular art practice assignments that keep the course material engaging and interesting. The lectures are very interesting.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot about the history of architecture and how greatly our environment affects how people navigate the world.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do not save your sketchbook assignments for the last minute. Thoughtful and careful assignments are really appreciated.

    • Fall 2016
    • de mauchaux
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Many Small Assignments Great Discussions
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    Jan 06, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this to all beginning architecture students. The course allows the students to slowly ease into the study of architecture minus all the intimidating components such as pin ups and model building. Instead, the course projects assigned are a much more simplified version that are based on theories rather than a real life situation. This course really brings out the creativity and discipline in the students to better prepare them for their further architecture courses.

    Course highlights:

    I learned that environmental design and architecture is built on theory and these theories can either compliment or oppose each other. With that I've learned that there is no right or wrong way in design. Every design or plan is always open for criticism, however a successful design always accommodates a certain need. Environmental design reaches to accommodate so many aspects in our lives. It is meant for sustainability and to no longer pollute our environment so that we can live comfortably and cleaner.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Always read the assigned readings, it makes the class so much more enjoyable when you understand the content and are able to participate in the reading discussions. Some might find the readings long and tedious, however you learn so much from each author and you really get a perspective of their style in design. In the end, you will see how everything you've read in the readings can be applied to your projects and in your everyday life. The professor will also notice if you have read and understood the readings through the projects you submit.

    • Spring 2016
    • Achva Benzinberg Stein
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Requires Presentations

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