The workshop explored digital representation techniques through tectonic interventions that interface between architecture, landscape and ecologies; speculating on new formal and spatial relationships. After introducing the students to software, we asked them to materialize and locate the forms in an environment to perform as breakwaters, docks, and filtering devices. The students were taught specific representational techniques with renderings, plans, and sections to depict the material quality of the object in the given coastal environment.
Research Graphics-Meg Studer, October 2016
Drawing by Meg  Studer- Drawings  like these were analyzed during the workshop to discuss drawing composition-hierarchy, text, figure to field, and color. 
Students worked in groups to conceptualize these three boards  during Meg Studer's workshop. The drawings were finalized and submitted as final deliverables for LAR 534 in 2017. 
Surveillance Practices-Brian Osborne, February 2017
Surveillance practices explore methods of watching, understanding, and intervening in on-going site and material processes. This 3-day workshop introduced workflows between physical site and a digital drawing that are enabled by links between Arduino micro-controller and the Grasshopper parametric modelling plugin for Rhino. Participants gained experience with each software and worked to develop both an environmental sensing device and a dynamic representation of a site. This workshop outlined an alternative approach--from practice of surveying towards a practice of surveillance, which, in contrast, implies the ongoing act of keeping watch. It includes serial recording of data and representational conventions necessary to reveal micro-topographic changes, diurnal transfers of thermal energy, the making of weather, cross-site material migrations, or species behavior
Pippa Brashear, scape, September 2017
With the support of the Tennessee River Project and the UT ORNL Governor’s Chair of Energy and Urbanism, Pippa Brashear of SCAPE visited the school September 26-28, 2017.  She was keynote speaker for the 6th Annual UT Watershed Symposium: Putting Science to Work.  Over the course of the semester, Pippa helped students design community engagement activities to elicit public input regarding development, infrastructure, ecology and access to the Tennessee River in Knoxville that were used during a public workshop that was a part of the symposium’s agenda.  Pippa visited with students in studio the following day to help synthesize workshop feedback as a part of their project research for LAR 553.
photoshop workshop-luke murphree, multiple dates
The drawings above, provided by Luke Murphree, were used as a basis for this photoshop workshop. Students and the instructor  instructor went through each drawing and worked through techniques to produce similar renderings in photoshop. 
Data in Design - Brad Barnett, Sasaki, April 2018
With the support of the Tennessee River Project and the UT ORNL Governor’s Chair of Energy and Urbanism, Brad Barnett of Sasaki visited the school April 19-20, 2018.  His public lecture on the 19th regarding the role of data in design set the table for river project faculty and research assistants to discuss how contemporary approaches and tools developed by Sasaki may be applied or otherwise inform novel research/crowdsourcing approaches for the river project’s ongoing planning and design initiatives. 
UT Green Roof Workshop - Omni Ecosystems, May 2018
Motivated by interests from UT Facility Services to expand the campus’ portfolio of green infrastructure investments, Jesse Rosenbluth of Omni Ecosystems was invited to campus for a one day workshop on May 3, 2018.  Meetings were held throughout the day with representatives from the University as well as students in the School of Landscape Architecture and Department of Plant Sciences to learn about Omni’s innovative ‘comprehensive’ green roof technology and to charrette a green roof demonstration project at the UT Art and Architecture Building. 
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