Tasting the Land Course
The Tasting the Land course is a tangible (and tasty) in-depth exploration of the relationship between land, culture and food (and beverage). The course is designed to explore vestiges of traditions, the landscapes they have shaped and factors of change in the landscape. Students are welcome from any discipline including architecture, landscape architecture, cultural geography, landscape ecology, tourism, sociology, anthropology and art. Apply by May 3rd to join the 2019 session which will take place from July 20th to August 9th!
As the world population becomes predominantly urban dwellers we have a wide variety of culinary traditions available to us, in the restaurants and in the shops. These culinary traditions have origins in specific relationships between people and land through the production of sustenance; food. As delicious as the food may be, our urbanity has separated us from both the traditions and the lands where these foods have their roots. This course will take us to diverse lands, the hills of Central Europe, the Danube River, Alpine lakes, Adriatic coast, the Po River valley, Italian Alps and Bavaria where we will explore various food traditions and study the key ingredients of the relationship between landscape and culture; to ‘taste the land’.
Landscapes are highly valued for their visual character. A primary factor in the shaping and patina of landscape arises from the grown of sustenance in the land. Each native land offers specific opportunities to support the bounty of food inhabitants need to survive. This relationship we have with the land and the bounty it provides directly influences local cultural traditions. As the world continues to globalize many of these traditions are experiencing a paradigm shift; we can enjoy bananas from the tropics in the depth of winter.
Landscape Design, Landscape Architecture, Ecology
We are interested in bringing together a group of students with diverse backgrounds and a shared interest in the landscape canvas of culture.
Learning Objectives & Outcomes
As this course is intended to be multi-disciplinary the learning outcomes are intentionally broad. More specific outcomes will be developed based on your area of study and interests.
- First-hand experience in the relationships between culture, landscape and food systems in a foreign context.
- Investigate and explore a wide variety of European landscapes that have been rendered through the interactions between cultural traditions, environmental conditions and land development factors.
- Teamwork in a multi-disciplinary on site research initiative.
- Discuss the ethics of globalized food systems.
- Preparation of final documentation suitable for publication.
Generally, the course will be conducted ‘on the road’ while travelling through a wide variety of European landscapes, visiting various study locations where the relationship between culture, landscape and food will be explored. The course is comprised of assigned tasks and a final report that will be assembled during the progress of the course.
Students successfully completing the course will be eligible to receive 4 ECTS from either the Czech University of Life Sciences or the Architectural Institute in Prague (ARCHIP). A final certificate will be provided by the selected institution with the successful conclusion of the course.