What are "Asian" landscapes and urbanism? If they are different from “Western” ones, what makes them unique? Are they surviving and/or transforming in the time of information technology, tourism, and globalization? This seminar explores Asian landscapes: their climate, geography, religions, cultures, and ideas of life/death and construction/reconstruction. Social elements such as views toward family/community, economic conditions, and whereabouts of political powers also influence the physical forms of cities and landscape. Both old and new situations of these layers are explored. The seminar includes lectures by instructors, in-class research exercises, student in-class presentations, and a required independent research paper. Limited enrollment.