ACADEMIA




LORENA GARCIA teaches across all undergraduate year levels working with students
on projects focus in fundamentals of design, ecology, resilient landscapes,
and intersections between art and landscape architecture. 

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Occupy Space Unit (OSU)-

1st year studio, coordinated by Rennie Tang and Nina Briggs
Landscape Architecture Department
College of Enviromental Design
Cal Poly Pomona, CA
https://env.cpp.edu/la/la 





Occupied Spatial Unit (OSU) is an abstract spatial construction that can be occupied
and/or activated by people moving through it or pausing within it. Its purpose is to
invite people to experience the landscape in different, perhaps even unexpected or
surprising ways, using COLOR in specific ways as driven by site analysis conclusions.
During this phase of the project students will be constructing their OSU on site.


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Figure and Ground

1st year studio, coordinated by Rennie Tang and Nina Briggs
Landscape Architecture Department
College of Enviromental Design
Cal Poly Pomona, CA
https://env.cpp.edu/la/la





Fundamental concepts in design and their connection to the discipline of Landscape Architecture.
Emphasis on creative investigation of space and form in relationship to the human scale.
Investigations entail hands-on projects that engage students with the foundational disccourse
of Landscape Architecture. 

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Topographic Form

1st year studio, coordinated by Rennie Tang and Nina Briggs
Landscape Architecture Department
College of Enviromental Design
Cal Poly Pomona, CA
https://env.cpp.edu/la/la





LA1121L is the second course within the lower division design sequence. This studio focuses
on the generation of topographic form using a variety of different modeling techniques and
materials. Using an iterative process, we observe and record patterns in the landscape, then
investigate how to translate these patterns into physical form. Investigations emphasize
the generation of 2D and 3D form through spatial operations that are controlled by a
combination of digital and analog tools. Abstract topographic constructs serve as an
introduction to landform, how it guides water flow and how it can be manipulated to create
strong visual, performative, and experiential effects.

“The land we inhabit is an accumulation of past events we can make visible by means of landscape
architecture… It assumes that we think of the discipline of landscape architecture as involving
not only the planting of certain forms of flora or the shaping of geography toward scenic ends
but also the acts of digging, naming, articulating, and otherwise clarifying what already exists.”
– Aaron Betsky




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Gathering around Silver Lake Reservoir

3rd year studio-2019
Landscape Architecture Department
College of Enviromental Design
Cal Poly Pomona, CA
https://env.cpp.edu/la/la






The studio topic will investigate the role of public parks as core components of social
infrastructure for communities.  Amongst the many individual uses, the master plan is to
re-envision the reservoir as a moredeeply considered community asset.  This studio will look at
the position of the reservoir complex as one in a series of contextual assets that could provide
a widely expanded set of public resources building a more resilient social infrastructure. The
studio will also include the development of a piece of site furnishing that reflects the project
conditions.



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BREAKING LOTS Transforming parking lots on public spaces and sustainable systems.


3rd year studio- 2018
Landscape Architecture Department
College of Enviromental Design
Cal Poly Pomona, CA




This studio will explore the numerous typologies of the ubiquitous parking lot and parking
structure as a multivalent landscape structures. The ‘lot’ and ‘garage’ are as much as 1/3 of all
developed land coverage in some communities and in our current culture, a necessary part of
daily life. As technology advances, density intensifies and the economic, ecological and cultural
value of ‘land’ increases, these pervasive landscapes will begin to change. This studio will
explore the potential of the individual types of lots and the collective potential of a linked network
of these underutilized and singularly performing ‘open spaces’. The studio will investigate
parking structures as multifunctional landscapes that store cars but also serve numerous more
infrastructural and potentially ecological function; cultural performance spaces, stormwater
sinks, climbing canyons, urban bat and bee colonies, etc. Students will work individually and in
teams to test a number of different sites as the studio proposes a linked system from old
infrastructure thusly creating new green urban areas.


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Geometrias diferentes

dic 2018, dic 2019,
Workshop
MAdrid School of Design
https://www.dmad.es

Bajo la observación de los paisajes naturales y creando un puente entre los procesos ecológicos
y el placer estético, este curso pretende buscar herramientas de observación y crítica, y con
ellas abordar desde diferentes perspectivas la función de proyectar en el paisaje.

Durante el curso se introducirán diferentes metodologías de diseño, realizando ejercicios
cortos y rápidos de expresión de ideas y se mostrará también diferentes métodos de representación.