Landscape Architecture and Regional and Community PlanningDan Donelin, Head
C. A. Keithley, Associate Head/Graduate Director, Regional and Community Planning
Professors Barnes, Brooks, Day, Donelin, Forsyth, Keithley, Keller, Law, Marshall, Page, Weisenburger, and Winslow; Associate Professors Chelz, Clement, Ewanow, Keane, Rolley, and Wigfall; Assistant Professors Bernard and Lawhon; Adjunct Professors McGraw, Seamon, D. Watts and Wilhm; Emeriti Professors Deines, Ealy, and Foerster.
The bachelor of landscape architecture degree is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
The bachelor of landscape architecture program consists of a four-year course of study following the one-year environmental design studies program. All required courses taught in the landscape architecture program that are counted toward the degree must be passed with a grade of C or better.
The Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional and Community Planning, in order to prepare students for their professional responsibilities and leadership roles, requires that all students provide or have access to a computer and appropriate software to support their course of study. The department will provide information about appropriate hardware and software.
Of the 32 elective credits, 18 must be taken from university general education electives.
Directed electives may be taken as university general education or professional electives.
A listing of both university general education and professional electives can be found in the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Handbook. A copy of the handbook may be purchased at the Engineering Copy Center, 1104 Fiedler Hall.
The minor in community planning is for students who wish to expand their knowledge of the processes of community planning and development.
Undergraduate students may apply for admission to the minor by contacting the departmental offices and completing an enrollment form at least one year prior to graduation.
Students will be assigned an academic advisor for the minor program from faculty within the program in regional and community planning. While the elective options listed above are generic to the minors program, other acceptable substitutes may be negotiated based on interest and background.
Ungraded course work taken for pass/fail does not qualify for inclusion in the minors program. The Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional and Community Planning will award a certificate in community planning to those students who successfully complete the minor program upon graduation from K-State.
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Specific questions may be directed to the director of the graduate program in regional and community planning.
Landscape architecture courses
LAR 220. Landscape Architectural Design Studio I. (4) I. Two hours lecture and six hours design studio a week. Pr.: Admission to the professional program and ENVD 201, 202.
LAR 248. Building Science. (3) I. Instruction in the materials of building and landscape design; sources, characteristics, and uses in design and construction; emphasis on evaluation and selection. Two lectures and one recitation per week. Pr.: Second-year standing and PHYS 113.
LAR 310. Design Graphics and Visual Thinking. (3) I. A study of graphic communication techniques for the exploration and presentation of landscape architecture design ideas. One hour lec. and four hours studio a week. Pr.: ENVD 202.
LAR 322. Environmental Issues and Ethics. (3) II. An introduction to the relationship of the natural environment to the life within it and as a factor in environmental design ethic. Three hours lec. a week.
LAR 410. Landscape Architecture Design Studio III. (4) I. Principles and concepts of site planning and programming with special emphasis on recreation facility planning and design. Two hours lec. and six hours studio a week. Pr.: LAR 320.
LAR 420. Natural Systems and Site Analysis. (4) I. Emphasis on ecological issues in design, natural systems, and site analysis in planting design. Two hours lec. and six hours studio a week. Pr.: Third-year standing in the university.
LAR 433. History and Theory of Landscape Architecture. (3) I. The influences of social, political, economic, and climatic factors on historic landscape styles; theory of landscape design. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: First-year classification in professional LAR program.
LAR 438. Land Construction I. (4) I. Problems in the basic aspects of land construction to include topography, site design, site grading, earthwork estimating, and site layout. Three hours lec. and five hours studio a week. Pr.: LAR 248, 320, CE 212.
LAR 439. Land Construction II. (4) II. Continuation of LAR 438. To include landscape irrigation, area and landscape lighting, construction detailing, construction specification writing, bid proposals, and cost estimating. Three hours lec. and five hours studio a week. Pr.: LAR 438.
LAR 440. Problems in Landscape Design. (Var.) I, II, S. Assigned problems and reports in landscape architecture. Pr.: Junior standing.
LAR 442. Landscape Architecture Design Studio IV. (4) I, II. Design studies emphasizing functional, aesthetic and ecological uses of plants. Relationship between plants and the built environment; preparation of planting plans and their use as working drawings; elements and principles of planting design; specification writing; contractor relationships; and design implementation. Two hours lec. and six hours of studio a week. Pr.: LAR 410, 420, 438.
LAR 450. General Landscape Design. (3) I, II. Basic graphic communication skills, design principles, and design vocabulary covering residential and small scale landscape development plans. Two hours lec. and two hours studio a week. A general service course for majors outside the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design.
LAR 460. Computer Applications in Landscape Architecture I. (3) II. Introduction of uses of computers in typical landscape architectural practice; function, operation characteristics, and applications of computer software and hardware. Two hours lec. and two hours lab a week. It is expected that all students prior to participating in LAR 460 will have completed a computer class, emphasizing fundamentals of computer applications.
LAR 500. Site Planning and Design. (3) II. Theory, principles, and elements of site planning and design. Lectures, readings, short problems, and site visits dealing with site analysis, ecological consideration, grading, drainage, circulation and parking, lighting, planting design, materials and details, management and maintenance, and cost factors. Pr.: ARCH 401 or conc. with ARCH 401.
LAR 501. Landscape Architecture Seminar I. (2) I. Required of all fifth-year landscape architecture majors. Discussion of current trends in landscape architecture and related fields by students, faculty, and invited speakers.
LAR 502. Landscape Architecture Seminar II. (2) II. Required of all fifth-year landscape architecture majors. Discussion of current trends in landscape architecture and related fields by students, faculty, and invited speakers.
LAR 635. Golf Course Planning and Design. (1-4) I, II, S. Fundamentals of golf course planning and design, including history, management, design, facilities, aesthetics, and technical development. One hour lec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: Junior standing within landscape architecture.
LAR 645. Professional Internship. (Var.) I, II, S. Confirmed employment in a professional physical planning office, subject to the approval of the departmental faculty, for a period of eight weeks, documented by the employer and written and oral reports by the students. Pr.: LAR 444.
LAR 646 and LAR 648. Landscape Architectural Design Studio V and VI. Design of the outdoor environment for human needs and activities; ecological considerations; project program, site selection, analysis concept, design communication, specification, construction, planting, and maintenance.
LAR 647. Land Construction III. (4) I. Continuation of LAR 439 to include large-scale site design, road alignment, large-area grading, soils and excavation methods, storm drainage, and utilities routing. Three hours lec. and five hours studio a week. Pr.: LAR 439.
LAR 652. The Small Community in the Plains States. (3) I, II, S. An overview of the diverse nature of small communities in the Plains states, with an emphasis on the forms and patterns in the existing physical environment. Instruction in various methods of survey and analysis at the regional and community-specific scales, and application of these techniques to a different community each semester. Pr.: Fourth-year standing.
LAR 660. Landscape Rehabilitation of Disturbed Lands. (3) I. Planning rehabilitation of lands disturbed by mining and construction. Review of mining procedures, ecological systems, slope rehabilitation, and revegetation techniques. Three hours lec. a week. Pr.: Junior standing.
LAR 703 and LAR 704. Landscape Architectural Design Studio VII and VIII. Design of the outdoor environment for human needs and activities; ecological considerations; project program, site selection, analysis, concept, design, communication, specification, construction, planting, and maintenance.
LAR 709. Computer Applications in Landscape Architecture. (3) II. Introduction to computer-aided design and related applications. Basic two- and three-dimensional problem-solving design visualization and communication. Using word processing and spread sheets in the CAD environment. One hour of the lec. and three hours of lab per week. Pr.: Operational knowledge of DOS and Windows-based systems is expected.
LAR 710. Microcomputer Applications in Landscape Architecture II. (3) II. Examination of the application of microcomputer technology in the decision-making processes in the advanced practice and research of landscape architecture. Two hours lec. and two hours lab a week. Pr.: LAR 460.
LAR 720. Public Lands and Natural Resources Law. (3) I, II. Legal aspects of land use and natural resource management on the federal public lands. A brief history of the acquisition and disposition of the public domain and a review of legal authority on the public lands are followed by an examination of key legal issues concerning the resources of water, minerals, timber, range, wildlife, recreation, and wilderness. Pr.: Advanced standing.
LAR 741. Problems in Landscape Architecture. (Var.) I, II, S. Specific problems and/or reports in the area of landscape architecture. Pr.: Advanced undergraduate or graduate standing.
LAR 745. Professional Practice. (3) II. Studies of conventional and newly developing methods of professional design practice. Instruction in the relationships of architects, landscape architects, interior architects, and other professional to users, clients, construction industry, society, government, and one another. Two hours lec. and one hour rec. Pr.: Fifth-year standing.
LAR 746. Urban Design Studio I. (4) I. An interdisciplinary design studio involving large-scale design; projects with extensive time implementation sequence; responses to socioeconomic, cultural, environmental, and technical needs; and implementation strategies. Design methods are applied to selected urban areas of the Midwest. Pr.: PLAN 315 or equiv.; and conc. enrollment in PLAN 745.
LAR 756. Design of Parks and Recreation Areas. (3) 1. Site planning of national, state, municipal, and private parks, and specialized recreation areas. Three hours lec. a week. Pr.: Junior standing.
LAR 757. Design for Special Populations. (3) II. Design of exterior environments to accommodate the handicapped and disadvantaged individual. Pr.: Advanced undergraduate or graduate standing.
LAR 758. Land Resource Information Systems. (3) I. The understanding, collection, and application of land resource data to land planning and design. Current methods of resource inventory, ecologically oriented site analysis, and environmental impact assessment. Review of common sources for necessary information in each resource category. Three hours lec. and nine hours studio a week. Pr.: Advanced undergraduate or graduate standing.
LAR 759. Landscape Resource Evaluation. (3) II. The determination of the impact of physical landscape project design upon the natural and man-made environment. Studies of existing site conditions and projections of the effect of such projects upon the site and vicinity. Pr.: Senior or graduate standing.
Regional and community planning courses
PLAN 605. Planning Communications. (1-3) I. Study and application of communication concepts and media utilized in regional and community planning, focusing on developing an understanding of graphic communication techniques, design techniques, physical development standards and models, professional report preparation, and public hearings. Pr.: Senior standing and PLAN 315.
PLAN 615. Shaping the American City. (3) II, in odd years. An examination of the history of American city planning since 1850 presented through illustrated lectures, chronologically (rather than thematically) to coincide with the manner in which we live. Specific emphases are on the evolving physical form of the city and the impact of the political, social, and economic processes and decisions that helped shape the American city within the last 100 years. Pr.: Junior standing or instructor permission.
PLAN 620. Urban America. (1) II, in even years. A visual depiction of the urbanization of America as chronicled in film and discussion. The focus of the material is on students' reaction to the urbanization process and the impacts the process leaves in its wake. Pr.: Junior standing.
PLAN 630. Computer Applications in Planning and Design. (1-3), I, intersession. The application of computer- aided design concepts to design and mapping in a planning context. Basic skill development in the use of CAD software for general mapping, design, and data display, with extension to GIS software applications in the planning and design professions. Focus will be on the use and capabilities of AutoCAD, ArcCAD, and ARCVIEW for design, data display, and analysis. Pr.: CIS 101 and junior standing.
PLAN 631. Computer Applications in Planning I. (1) I. The application of computer concepts to problem solving and data analysis in the planning profession, including the development of user skills in the application of various software packages for data analysis. Included is an extension of the basic knowledge level to advanced spreadsheet design for demographic and economic analysis used in the planning profession and the use of basic programs. Pr.: CIS 101, CIS 102, CIS 103, and conc. enrollment in PLAN 801.
PLAN 632. Computer Applications in Planning II. (1) II. The application of computer concepts to public presentations in the planning profession, including the development of user skills in the application of various software packages for producing multimedia presentations. Included are elements of producing video and multimedia presentations of planning projects for use in public meetings. Material developed in PLAN 631, 801, and 802 form the subject matter of the presentations. Pr.: PLAN 631 and conc. enrollment in PLAN 802.
PLAN 633. Computer Applications in Planning III. (1) II, intersession. The application of computer concepts to planning project management, including the development of user skills in the application of various software packages for producing project management reports. Network analysis techniques of PERT, CPM, and Gantt Charts are explained and applied to the development of planning process flow diagrams, time management, and work scheduling. Pr.: CIS 101 and junior standing.
PLAN 640. Community Growth Management. (3) II, in even years. Study of the process of city growth and change in relation to planning techniques and socio-economic-political determinants. Criteria and methodology for the growth management are reviewed and applied to the contemporary city. Pr.: PLAN 315.
PLAN 650. Housing and Development Programs. (2) II. Review and evaluation of historical and current housing issues, production, and financial systems, including consideration of racial, ethnic, income, and gender issues as they relate to the role of housing developments and programs in community development. Pr.: PLAN 315.
PLAN 651. Planning Municipal Services. (3) I, in even years. An investigation of the socio-political, spatial, and bureaucratic issues related to the planning, financing, and delivery of municipal services. The key focus is on how planners provide technical information on such topical issues as equity standards, citizen participation, and citizen demand-making models as they impact site selection of parks, libraries, fire stations, and other municipal projects. Pr.: PLAN 315.
PLAN 655. Land Development Planning. (2) II, in odd years. Examination of the process of land development in the United States, and its impacts from the perspective of developers, financial institutions, community planners, and city administrators. Focus is on the understanding of the land development process in meeting community goals, and shaping land development to meet community expectations for the improvement of the community. Conflict resolution and negotiation skills represent a communication emphasis. Pr.: PLAN 315
PLAN 699. Special Studies in Planning. (1-3) I, II, S. Independent study on special topics of interest in planning and the planning environment. Within context, special course offerings that would appeal to both graduate and undergraduate students may be offered, on demand. Pr.: PLAN 315.
PLAN 710. Urban Visual Analysis. (3) II, in even years. Survey and analysis of urban form and space in relation to aesthetic theories and values. Methods of visual perception and analysis are reviewed and applied to contemporary urban form and space. Pr.: PLAN 745.
PLAN 715. Planning Principles and Process. (3) I. Examination of the principles and process of regional and community planning, including historical development of growth patterns and form, the role of the architects, landscape architects, geographers, politicians and government, engineers, and planners in the historical development of regions and cities. The role of citizen involvement and interaction with community leaders and planners in the planning process, as well as the concept of individual rights versus the right of governmental units to regulate development in the best interest of the general public, is explored. Visionary concepts and Utopia are examined in the context of creating sustainable futures through planning. Pr.: Senior or graduate standing.
PLAN 716. Seminar in Planning. (1-3) I, II, S, intersession. Discussion of contemporary issues in planning within the framework of professional education as a basis for understanding how planners approach societal issues in practice. Pr.: PLAN 315.
PLAN 721. Infrastructure Planning and Development Review. (2) II. Examination of infrastructure systems, and development standards; consideration of policy options and strategies; and implementation of community development through infrastructure planning and development review. Elements of site design are presented to provide the evaluative basis of site plan review as required in practice. Pr.: PLAN 315.
PLAN 731. Solid Waste Planning and Management. (1) II, intersession. The focus is on federal and state policies and programs for solid waste management as a framework for private sector and local government response to solid waste issues for resource recovery (recycling, incineration and composting) and landfilling. Pr.: Plan 315.
PLAN 740. Small Community and Rural Area Planning. (3) I. Synthesis of small community and rural area change, including socio-economic-political determinants as bases for community design and planning. Pr.: PLAN 315, plus 9 credit hours in economics, political science, and sociology.
PLAN 745. Urban Design and Preservation Planning Theory. (3) I. Review of recent historical developments of urban form and space, presented through lecture and accompanying slide show. Criteria and methodology for urban design, planning, and the role of historic preservation are examined and applied to the elements of cities. Pr.: PLAN 315.
PLAN 746. Urban Design and Preservation Studio. (4) II. An interdisciplinary design studio involving large-scale design projects having an extensive time implementation sequence and components of historic significance that must be resolved within the design process. Design methods are applied to selected urban areas of the Midwest. Pr.: PLAN 315, PLAN 745 desirable but not mandatory.
PLAN 747. Urban Design and Preservation Field Study. (1-3), I, II, S, intersession (on demand). Field investigation of varied large-scale institutions, central business districts, and other mixed-use developments which may or may not include structures of historic significance that should be preserved. Pr.: PLAN 745.
PLAN 752. Physical Processes of Plan Implementation. (2) II. Introduction to legislation and interpretation of codes and ordinances related to planning, design, and construction. Focus is on the planning process and technical studies of housing, land use, building condition, and parking, as well as staff responsibilities in professional practice. Pr.: PLAN 715.
PLAN 753. Planning Law. (3) I. Examination of the evolution and current state of land use regulation within constitutional limits. Introduction to zoning, subdivision, and other police power controls within the comprehensive planning process. Pr.: PLAN 715.
PLAN 754. Fiscal Processes of Plan Implementation. (3) II. An examination of the means by which comprehensive development plans can be implemented. The focus will be on the methods of financing various community-based activities envisioned in the long-range planning process, including a study of the roles of bonds, taxation, and intergovernmental grants. Resource allocation analysis and impact assessment will also be explored in regard to relevance to the capital budget and capital improvement plan. Pr.: PLAN 715.
PLAN 755. State and Regional Planning. (3) I, in odd years. Review of the principles and elements of regional growth and change. Criteria and methodology for regional analysis and planning are examined and applied to the elements of regions. Pr.: PLAN 715 or conc enrollment.
PLAN 760. Community Development Planning. (3) II. Examination of past and present approaches to community development planning in the United States. Review and assessment of community development planning policies, programs, and practices. Pr.: PLAN 715 or conc. enrollment, and 9 credit hours in the social sciences.
PLAN 761. Community Development Workshop. (Var.) I, S. The organization, planning, design, development, and evaluation of community development projects with real clients and actual locations. Pr.: PLAN 715 and PLAN 760 or conc. enrollment.
PLAN 780. Planning in Developing Areas. (3) I, in odd years. Examination of comparative regional and community systems of development, consideration of alternative approaches to planning, with emphasis on developing countries and underdeveloped areas in the rural United States. Pr.: PLAN 715, plus 9 credit hours from the social sciences.