The goal of assignment 2 is to develop analytical and interpretive skills by requiring the student to think thematically across time and place. The student will select a theme fro, the list below(I choose Nature as my theme) and evaluate three case studies from the history of landscape architecture (no later than the mid 19th century) that express that theme. The student will demonstrate the quality of their evaluation in two ways: first, as a preparatory abstract(already finished) and second, as an essay. The abstract provides the student with an opportunity to share preliminary ideas about their elected theme and chosen case studies. Instructor and peer feedback from the abstract will be used to refine the student’s analysis for their essay.