FINA U201 / U301: Designing a Sustainable Edible Landscape for the IUB Campus

Unfortunately this is NOT an A&H course, but if you’re pursuing a Studio Art minor or major, or if you’re a fan of the outdoors and sustainable landscaping, check it out!


No Prerequisites

FINA U201: Section 25405, FINA U301: Section 25406


Designing a Sustainable Edible Landscape for the IUB Campus

Spring 2013, T,R: 1:00-2:15, Fine Arts 007

Professor Cornell

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In U201 U301 you will learn principles of design, as demonstrated by the classic works of Italian, French, and Islamic landscape architecture; principles of sustainability, with a focus on brownfields sites and clean water, and how to replace inedible and invasive ornamental landscape plants with those which are edible, beautiful, and contribute to the environment. You will do a series of projects based on field research. In the first section you learn how to depict and analyze the landscape using 2-d drawings and maps. In the second section you build 3-d models of designs for a brownfields site using historic principles from Italian, French, and Islamic traditions. The final project is to design a sustainable landscape of edible trees, shrubs and vines for the IUB campus. The course uses three books: You Are Here. 2004. Katherine Harmon, in which artists make intriguing maps of the environment; The Changing Garden. 2003. Betsy Fryberger, a catalogue from an exhibition of prints, paintings, drawings, maps, sculpture, and photography of landscapes and gardens from 1600 to the present; and one of the classic texts of food studies: Michael Pollan. 2009. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual.


There are no prerequisites. I welcome students from a variety of backgrounds and with all kinds and levels of artistic skill. All of you can be successful in this course.


Professor Cornell went back to school for a second graduate degree, in landscape architecture, a number of years after completing her first graduate degree, in demography. She does research on the history of road design, serves on the Tree Commission for the City of Bloomington, and has planted as many fruit trees as possible in her 1/10 acre downtown yard.