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Davis, Mathew Senior Instructor

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Research

research overview

  • My research focuses on resilience community design. The path towards a resilient and sustainable future lies fundamentally at the local level in which neighborhoods, communities, towns and cities can operate independently, if not autonomously, from large-scale infrastructures, specifically in energy production and in food systems. However, if such transformations are to take place, ecological literacy must become a cornerstone of this transition, embraced by all academic disciplines at universities. Concern for human degradation has been a theme among many design professionals for well over 50 years. Although, sustainable design has become the cornerstone of many design professions, many have begun to question the viability of sustainability based on mounting evidence that we are approaching a tipping-point of our planetary limits. Therefore, creating a path towards greater resiliency and ecological interdependence is arguably the only path available for the future of the planet.

keywords

  • Community Resilience, urban agriculture, Landscape Architecture

Teaching

courses taught

  • ENVD 1052 - Design and Communication 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    Using both lectures and drawing exercises, this class extends understandings of the representational conventions used by the design professions through its introduction to the possibilities offered by emerging digital techniques for the depiction of designed artifacts and environments, allowing students to extend and enhance their understandings of advanced practices for design visualization, representation and communication. Recommended corequisites: ENVD 1004 and ENVD 2001.
  • ENVD 1102 - Design and Communication 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Using both lectures and drawing exercises, this class extends understandings of the representational conventions used by the design professions through its introduction to the possibilities offered by traditional techniques for the advanced practices for design visualization, representation, and communication. Recommended corequisites: ENVD 1104 and ENVD 2003.
  • ENVD 2130 - Environmental Design Studio 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2019
    Exposes students to a sequence of design investigations that lead to the development of design concepts for critical evaluation and discussion. The intent of this introductory design studio is to expose students to the fundamental design practices that are common to the disciplines of architecture, urban design and landscape design - disciplines that share the responsibility for shaping the designed environment. Recommended corequisite: ENVD 3003.
  • ENVD 3100 - Environmental Design Studio 3
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Exposes students to a sequence of design investigations that lead to the development of design concepts for critical evaluation and discussion. The intent of this introductory design studio is to expose students to the fundamental design practices that are common to the disciplines of environmental design, planning, urban design and landscape design - that share the responsibility fro shaping the designed environment. Recommended corequisite: ENVD 3122.
  • ENVD 3300 - Special Topics: Intermediate Design Lab
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Design lab exploring new and emerging themes in environmental design. May be repeated up to 18 total credit hours.
  • ENVD 4440 - Landscape Design Studio 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    A preprofessional studio in landscape architecture.

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