AD4604: Sustainable technology 1

AD4604: Sustainable technology 1

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Sustainable technology 1
Module Code AD4604
Module Tutor Bob Moore
School School of Arts
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

This module introduces students to the use of plants and hard materials in Landscape Architecture, and the ways in which our design decisions and criteria for material, plant choice and design arrangement can have a profound effect on the ecological systems of the planet. As a level 4 module, it introduces students to the basics of sustainability in landscape architecture, and the basics of how to choose and design with plants and hard materials.

The site used for the development of the project will be shared with the module Design Project 1, in order to give students, the chance to focus on the learning of the skills and contents specifically related to the module.

Indicative Syllabus

Sustainable Technology 1 module is part of a strand of modules that run throughout undergraduate landscape architecture course. The aim of these modules is for students to develop an understanding of the use of plants and hard materials in Landscape Architecture, and the ways in which our design decisions and criteria for material, plant choice and design arrangement may have a profound effect on the ecological systems of the planet.  As the first module in this sequence, Sustainable Technology 1 introduces the following issues;

  • Sustainability and landscape architecture (considering the relationship between landscape architecture and the natural systems of the planet)

  • Designing with plants and ecological systems (including native species, plant identification, and key design criteria to consider when designing with plants)

  • Designing with materials (considering a range of different natural and artificial materials, and key design criteria to consider when designing with them)

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1.   Knowledge and Theoretical skills   

Understand the relevance of both natural and cultural systems as a context for designing resilient landscapes;

 

2.   Practical and Subject-specific skills

Identify, select and critically evaluate appropriate construction and planting materials for landscape design projects;

 

3.   Design skills

Develop rigorous design solutions based on an understanding of sustainability, hard materials and plants;

 

4.   Communication and Digitally Literacy skills

Demonstrate the appropriate use of professional graphic communication techniques relative to sustainability, construction and planting design.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 72
Independent Learning Hours: 228
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 40% Portfolio: 1500 words or equivalent
002: 60% Portfolio: 2500 words or equivalent
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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