Postgraduate Course: History of Landscape Architecture (ARCH11168)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course offers an introduction to landscape architecture history from the Neolithic until contemporary times. It is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars and assessed via a seminar presentation and a written essay submission (2000 words).
This introduction to the history of landscape architecture covers European landscape history, from early agricultural communities to mediaeval gardens in Europe; expressions of the Renaissance in garden designs of Italy, France and Britain; the eighteenth-century English Landscape Garden tradition, including the work of Kent, Brown and Repton; the Picturesque; the early parks movement in Britain; Loudon and the Gardenesque; and gardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement. It also takes an international perspective to cover key design traditions in one or more of the following: northern India, China, Japan and North America.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Pre-requisites
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 18,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 15,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||This course will be assessed through an individual seminar presentation (25% LO4) and an individually written essay of 2000 words (75% LO1, LO2, LO3). Each student should choose two cases studies from the same epoch to critically analyse and compare. These case studies will be the focus of a seminar presentation and a written essay. In each submission, students should demonstrate a critical understanding of the historical and physical contexts of these case studies. Moreover, students should also discuss how these historical sites might have influenced particular contemporary design practices.
Students must submit a brief proposal (100 words) outlining the case studies to be considered in the presentation and essay. Students will receive formative feedback on this proposal.
Students must pass all learning outcomes. The aggregation of failed learning outcomes with passing learning outcomes to generate an overall pass mark is not permitted. Failure of one learning outcome will result in a Forced Fail (FF) outcome.
||Students will be given feedback on their case-study proposals (formative feedback).
During the seminar presentation, students will receive verbal feedback from lecturer(s) and/or tutor(s) and written feedback from peers (via LEARN). This feedback should be taken into account during the final development of the essay, for which students will receive written feedback.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of the profession and the characteristics and context of different landscape design styles, traditions and movements.
- Analyse, and compare particular case studies of historical landscape design practice, demonstrating a broad understanding of the selected historic styles and contexts, and of the design elements and vocabulary typical of them.
- Discuss principles, techniques and practices from history as precedents for contemporary practice.
- Demonstrate the ability to present a succinct and critical understanding of the case studies allocated for assessment purposes, using oral and visual presentation skills.
|Beyond the few items listed below, a further, considerably more extensive reading list, indicating what is relevant to each lecture, is provided as a separate document on LEARN and notes on each lecture and details of examples illustrated will be provided at least 24 hours in advance.|
Debois Landscape Survey Group, Designed Landscapes in Scotland: notes on their planting and management, Scottish Natural Heritage Review, No 82, 1997
Girouard, Mark. Life in the English Country House. Penguin Books, 1980, London
Girot, Christophe. The Course of Landscape Architecture: A HIstory of our Designs on the Natural World, from Prehistory to the Present. Thames & Hudson, 2016, New York.
Hunt, John Dixon & Willis, Peter (Eds). The Genius of the Place : The English Landscape Garden, 1620-1820 P. Elek, 1975, London
Jellicoe, Geoffrey & Susan. The Landscape of Man, Thames & Hudson, 1975, London.
Moore, Charles et al. The Poetics of Gardens, MIT Press, 1993, Cambridge (US) and London
Moser, Monique & Teyssot, George (Eds). The History of Garden Design, Thames & Hudson, 1991, London
Pregill, P., & Volkman, N. Landscape in History: Design and Planning in the Eastern and Western traditions, 1999, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York
Steenbergen, Clemens, et al. Architecture and Landscape: The Design Experiment of the Great European Gardens and Landscapes, Prestal Verlag, Munich, 1996.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Ability to undertake critical analysis and evaluation of ideas, concepts, and issues around historic landscape design. Draw on a range of sources in making judgements.
Ability to present information on a specialised topic to informed audiences and interpret, use and evaluate a wide range of graphical data to achieve goals.
Ability to exercise substantial autonomy and initiative, and take responsibility for own work.
||Landscape Institute criteria: social, economic and cultural context
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||This course is delivered primarily through a lecture series and seminars. All assessment is individual, based on a seminar presentation and an essay submission.
|Keywords||LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY
|Course organiser||Dr Francisca Lima
Tel: (0131 6)51 5862
|Course secretary||Ms Katerina Sykioti
Tel: (0131 6)51 5744