Landscape and Enviromental Design
The design and planning of our communities makes a significant difference in the lives of people and the sustainability of our planet. This course in Landscape and Environmental Design provides students an excellent introduction to the fields of landscape architecture, environmental design, city planning, and restoration. Students learn that landscape and environmental design projects range from community parks to the front and backyards of homes, from river habitat restoration to planning at the city scale. Students develop an awareness of the interactive relationship between humans and how they shape their environment. They also gain an appreciation for the historical and cultural traditions that are reflected in landscape architectural designs. Instruction is given in the following areas: elements of design, the history of landscape architecture, plant identification, design research, technical drafting, sketching, color rendering and computer aided design. Landscape and Environmental Design is a course in which the students express themselves visually and showcase their creativity. They explore future careers such as landscape architecture, environmental design, and city planning and engineering. Students also utilize their knowledge and skills in a real world design project to beautify their school and community working in partnership with college students in UC Davis’ Landscape Architecture department.
Thanks to our partnership with Sacramento Tree Foundation the first phase of the Master Plan,The Promenade, a total of 60,063 sqf, was awarded a $990.000 Urban Greening Grant from the CA Strategic Growth Council. The plant material proposed by GEO students consist of low water use and low maintenance grasses and grass-like plants exemplifying the natural sustainable environment that we want the urban community to respect and understand as an alternate usage in their own backyard. The design intends to maximize space for youth and classes to hang out. This space is enhanced with permeable hardscape that will allow water to be contained on side through bioswales and opportunity to appreciate a sustainable space with native environmentally friendly like the straw bale seat walls. The design is also intended to allow for the youth to have lunch and go to Main campus and West Campus in a protected environment from the natural elements such as wind, sun, and rain. Grant Union High School students need spaces where they can sit and create a sense of place.