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Undergraduate Course: Landscape Architecture Design 1B (ARCH08030)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to some articulated key principles and methodologies in landscape architectural design, building on knowledge previously acquired in the first project-based studio (ARCH08031 Landscape Architecture Design 1A).
Course description This course introduces students to some articulated key principles and methodologies in landscape architectural design, building on knowledge previously acquired in the first project-based studio (ARCH08031 Landscape Architecture Design 1A). Its primary aim is to allow students to become familiar with design on a broad range of scales (from strategy down to detail) and techniques of drawing, crafting and modelling. It also encourages the cohort to assume a critical position towards the balance between existing conditions of a site, new proposed conditions and problem solving.

Studio-based activities are supported by fieldwork, lectures and tutorials, and different components will aggregate towards a final output in the form of a design project. These components complement and support parallel introductory courses ARCH08045 (Landscape Architecture Theory 1B) and ARCH08037 (Landscape Architecture Techniques 1), and capitalises on knowledge previously acquired in the previous semester, with regards to some fundamental landscape architectural techniques such as topography, hydrology, plant material, land use and construction. They are aimed at helping students to articulate their own areas of concentration at higher levels.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to ECA students on degree programmes belonging to Landscape Architecture
Additional Costs Field trips (30 approx.), materials, printing costs of material to be presented and handed-in.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  40
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30, Fieldwork Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 8, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 134 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Final Portfolio (100%)

Each one of the three Learning Outcomes has equal weighting (1/3).
You must pass all Learning Outcomes. Failure of one Learning Outcome will result in a Forced Fail (FF) outcome.

Feedback The first four presentations will be formative (whether in group or individual). During tutorials, students will also be given formative feedback, including a series of action points for subsequent stages
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the fundamental design methodologies in landscape architecture at appropriate scales: context, strategy and detail
  2. develop creative design proposals by demonstrating an essential understanding of topography, hydrology, plant material and land use
  3. demonstrate a fundamental ability to communicate design proposals, through graphic, verbal and written techniques
Reading List

Baljon, L. (1992) Designing Parks. Amsterdam: Natura Press

Cumberlidge, C.; Musgroove, L. (2007) Design and Landscape for People. London: Thames and Hudson

Corner, J. (1999). Recovering landscape. Essays in Contemporary Landscape Architecture. New York: Princeton University Press

Corner, J.; Hirsch, A. B. (eds.) (2014). The landscape imagination. Collected Essays of James Corner 1990-2010. New York: Princeton University Press

Czerniak, J.; Hargreaves, G. (eds.) (2007). Large Parks. New York: Princeton University Press

Jackson, J.B. (1984) . Discovering the vernacular landscape. New Haven: Yale University Press

Littlefield, D. (2008) Metric Handbook. Oxford: Oxford Architectural Press

Mathur A. and da Cunha, D. (2001). Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape. New Haven: Yale University Press

Mathur A. and da Cunha, D. (2009). Soak

Mathur A. and da Cunha, D. (20014). Design in the Terrain of Water. ORO Editions/Applied Research and Design

Tate, A. (2004) Great City Parks. London: Taylor & Francis

Treib, M. (1993) Modern Landscape Architecture: a critical review. MIT Press

Waldheim, C. (2006). The landscape urbanism reader. New York: Princeton University Press

Journals and Magazines

a+t journal Space issue 137, Spring 2011

Edition Topos, (1999) Barcelona in Progress Talks about various new parks in Barcelona

Edition Topos, (1999) Whole issue on the IBA projects in the Ruhr Valley including Duisberg Nord Landschaftpark

Edition Topos, (2002) Parks : Green urban spaces in European cities, Calway Birkhauser

Landskab 1981 7-8, Anderson, S. The Park a Municipal Green

Fromont, F, Musee Hombroich a Dusseldorf, Architecture d Aujourd hui 1977 Sept. no. 312 p.40-47

Robert Holden, New Parks for Paris, The Architects Journal Vol. 190 July/Sept. 1989 12 July
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills In this course students will learn fundamental skills of landscape architectural design at different scales by dealing with a real site. Students will also learn how to make use of different core design and technical skills (applying the knowledge being acquired simultaneously in Context 1B and Techniques 1). Finally, students are expected to evolve in their graphic, editorial and curatorial skills, building up on the knowledge previously acquired in Landscape Architecture Design 1A.
Additional Class Delivery Information Studio days: Tuesdays (9:00 - 17:00) and Fridays (9:00 - 17:00). In these days, students are expected to be in the studio conducting independent work and should expect to be seen in either group or individual tutorials (between 30 mins and 1 hours) twice a week.
Keywordslandscape architecture,spatial design,context,strategy,design,topography
Course organiserMs Elinor Scarth
Tel: (0131 6)51 5887
Course secretaryMrs Karen Biggar
Tel: (0131 6)51 5803
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