The Fuller Center for Productive Landscapes is an internationally recognized center for research-based design and design as research, focused on the role of place in cultural sustainability, and grounded in the arts and humanities. Guided by a team of scholars, students use fieldwork and art methods to investigate the ongoing stewardship of landscapes and culture.
Our goal is to deepen students’ understanding of the role landscape plays in sustaining culture—literally through agriculture and other material production, and broadly through grounding cultural identities.
The Fuller Center for Productive Landscapes has four primary goals:
- Reclaim second nature – the productive landscape – as a central inquiry within the discipline of landscape architecture.
- Centralize praxis and material experimentation within the landscape curriculum.
- Connect University of Oregon students to globally significant places, practices, research, and pedagogies.
- Enhance the arts and humanities as modes of inquiry within the curriculum.
The Fuller Center for Productive Landscapes holds a series of events over the academic year, in both Oregon and Pennsylvania, connecting students to critical ideas in landscape architecture through art inquiry, fieldwork, collaboration, and learning from experts in the field. The events are structured by an annual theme within the framework of productive landscapes.
The FCPL runs three annual signature events: a summer field school that is an immersive, intense experience for a small group of students, initiated by a lecture open to the public, and a preparatory spring seminar open to any University student. The annual events alternate between different physical settings, learning modes, class size, and inquiry media to provide a wide range of opportunities for learning.
The center leverages the signature events as the basis of landscape architectural research, forging connections between collaborators, and resulting in the dissemination of arts- and humanities-based landscape architecture research through publications, design competitions, and exhibitions.