Architecture and the Landscape 

ARCH 373 | Fall 2015
Annamarie Bliss 

Course Objectives:

We see the design process and development of architecture as a response to the landscape. Specifically, students must engage with the site context, including topography and built structures, to inform responses that are thoughtful to the natural setting and enhance the quality of place.

Project One-Boneyard Creek Intervention:

The charge, based on student analysis of the Boneyard Creek Landscape, is to identify a location in which students propose an intervention that will further improve the quality of the experience of one’s journey within the project scope and siting (see below) of the Boneyard Creek. Each architectural intervention should consist of at least one built structure in the range of 400 - 1500 square feet.

Project Two- Arboretum Gathering Space:

The charge is to design a 3000 square foot Gathering Space that could be used for events such as graduation and retirement parties, weddings, and other community events, at the University of Illinois Arboretum with guest seating for 100. The program should include a dais (podium or lectern), the seating area, a prep area, and two uni-sex family restrooms. There should be a modulation of spaces that could accommodate large outdoor gatherings and smaller intimate ceremonies inside. The Gathering Space will be used year-round requiring the interior portions of the program to be heated and air-conditioned.

Project Three- Kickapoo Campgrounds:

Kickapoo State Recreation Area receives one million visitors each year to take advantage of the scenery, fishing crop, hiking paths, dirt bike tracks, canoeing, kayaking, camping, and many other outdoor activities the park has to offer. The park currently does not have any permanent structures for overnight camping and seeks to have more versatile long-stay opportunities for park visitors. Students will design a master plan to include 6-8 sleeping structures; one bathroom facility; one communal space for cooking, gathering, eating, and controlled fires; and a dock with common space. Students must construct paths that      connect all parts of the master plan and are accessible. Two of the six sleeping structures, the bathroom facility, communal space, and dock must all be accessible by ADA standards. The park                   requests that all structures be sensitive to the landscape and blend with the natural setting. The sequence of space is important to the visitors’ interaction with this site and your ability to design a sense of place for those who use the campground.