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In addition to lectures and workshops, students undertake a major project that extends throughout the entire semester. The project is built through a series of exercises. Students create "Built Ecologies," that is, they build projects (and a physical artifact) that help them study the site and discuss understandings of its ecology. "Building" has two meanings:

1. Developing the project in stages so that each exercise develops the work of the previous exercise.

2. Making actual, physical, tangible projects in the landscape.

The class has used two sites within the Charlottesville with areas of 120 to 300 acres. The programs are limited. This is in part because the course is not a design studio, in part because the participants come from many non-design disciplines, and in part because the intention is to solidify principles that students will continue to explore and develop throughout their careers.

Students work in teams, multidisciplinary when possible.

 
Status Quo Exercise
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Mapping Exercise
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Staking a Bikepath Exercise
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Ecological Critique + Case Study Exercise
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Evaluation + Synthesis Exercise
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