In 2007 I found myself sitting in Michael Timmons History of Landscape Architecture Class at Utah State University. I’ve always been a big history buff, but that class was a revelation for me. I don’t think I have ever taken so many notes in a class before (and I still have that notebook). Between the course material and Michael’s incredible wealth of knowledge, I became a landscape history junkie.
When I had the opportunity to develop an online version of History of Landscape Architecture, I jumped at the chance. The course was designed around the virtual tours from DiLiLAH and uses Google Earth as the primary delivery platform for lectures. The virtual tours allow students to see and interact with the historic sites that they are learning about, and using Google Earth means that students remain situated within the spatial and geographic context of the history they are learning about.
Special thanks to Michael Timmons of the Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning Department at Utah State University who generously permitted me to sit in on his course while preparing the online course. His course format and knowledge serve as the primary foundation for the course content.
Below is an example of a couple of videos from the online version of the course, as well as a virtual tour of the Villa Gamberaia.