AD7602: Landscape Design Studio


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AD7602: Landscape Design Studio

Module Title Landscape Design Studio
Module Code AD7602
Module Tutor David Buck
School School of Art and Design
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

The module involves developing design proposals for a medium-scale site at masterplanning and detailed design scales, the hard and soft detailing of this space, and the communication of these proposals in a sequence that follows the stages of a professional landscape project. The module involves research into the techniques and practice of developing and realising landscape design proposals on the ground, as well as the materials and techniques used in landscape construction. The module will introduce new concepts; encourage design innovation; allow for interaction with visiting specialists; and give the opportunity to both consolidate skills already introduced at undergraduate level as well as develop them to a professional standard appropriate to entering a landscape architecture practice.

Indicative Syllabus

This module consists of self–led and largely independent applied research into design in the external environment. The subject will be a medium scale, complex and demanding site – one that is undergoing or has the potential to undergo significant environmental and social transformation. It will require students to develop a clear understanding of the physical, biological, social, cultural, economic and environmental aspects of a site, and propose innovative and practicable landscape solutions to some key issues surrounding development and the sustainable use of land.

Indicative stages of work include: masterplanning / planning application stage; detailed design & programming of a single space; tender stage working drawings & indicative specification.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced ability to collect, analyse, evaluate and respond to information on the physical, biological, social and economic context of a site relevant to a landscape design project;
  2. Demonstrate an advanced ability to develop an appropriate vision, brief, site planning strategy and conceptual approach to the development of a landscape, relative to current theories and values in landscape architecture;
  3. Produce innovative, rigorous and well synthesised design resolutions to complex landscape design projects with clear, well communicated rationales at all scales of design that create landscapes for the health and well-being of both people and planet;
  4. Demonstrate a professional quality of graphic and written documentation, oral presentation and general communication skills.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 60
Independent Learning Hours: 240
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Coursework: Individual, portfolio: .
002: 50% Coursework: Individual, portfolio: .
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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