The LAIR Website has been designed to foster active, collaborative learning and encourage community building across a variety of campuses serving landscape architecture education. The project takes advantage of computer technology in a manner that encourages independent study and cooperative problem solving. It supports a student-centered education, both inside and outside the classroom, that will generate group discussions, student partnerships, and the development of individual research, writing and design skills. With access to a variety of instructional materials and technologies, faculty and students from around the world will develop their own multimedia presentations that integrate text, images, sound, video, and animation. The participants who developed this site have created an image bank that has become a source for new instructional materials.
The Plant Sciences Building opened in November 1996 with an exciting computer studio environment for the Landscape Architecture Program. Each student in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year's studios of the program has 24-hour access to his or her own computer workstation and drafting table. Students in the 1st year share twenty computer / drafting table stations. Student stations include a drafting table, chair, parallel rule, and computer table with computer and monitor. Each computer is equipped with a variety of software programs as well as full Internet access. Each student station is also connected to a Local Area Network that allows shared resources (plotters, printers, scanner, etc.). Individual computers for each student in the 2nd 3rd and 4th year studios provide unparalleled opportunities to integrate digital technology into the curriculum. The technology-rich environment of the program enables the program to explore new and rapidly changing areas in landscape architectural education and new and emerging technologies that characterize today's global environment. Learn more >>