The Map Is Not the Journey: Beginning the Capstone Process

Our first requirement for Project Programming involved mapping out the design process. Thinking about the next nine months, what are some of the considerations I’ll need to remember while making a successful capstone project?  Beyond that, how can I represent those concepts to myself or the viewer in a compelling design?  I’ve never planned and managed a project that is as comprehensive as a master’s of landscape architecture two-semester long capstone.

Thinking about the wandering, meandering journey that this will be– the treacherous terrain, the uphill nature of designing a site, the pitfalls and dead ends– I think a detailed contour map will be useful.  It reflects my past as one who has mapped archaeological sites, who has surveyed public lands for congressional wilderness designation, and who has navigated slot canyons, mountain peaks, and wide open spaces in the desert southwest.  It also acknowledges that my capstone will organize itself around representing landform and making abstract, real-world situations understandable to a wider public through design.


About matthewtraucht

Graduate school student at the University of Minnesota's College of Design pursuing a Master's of Landscape Architecture, class of 2013.
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