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Undergraduate Course: Landscape Architecture Techniques 1 (ARCH08037)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course aims to deliver basic teaching in construction, structural components, levels and gradients, and planting, which is applied at a detailed design scale in studio projects. The course consists of lectures; seminars, practical workshops, fieldwork, site visits and individual project work in the design studio.
Course description The course explores detailed design in landscape architecture and how hard and soft materials can be applied in practice. This includes the integration of structural components as part of the resolution of a detailed design brief. Students also develop a practical understanding how levels and gradients work in the context of a detailed design. Project work communicates a detailed design proposal graphically using a range of appropriate drawing techniques
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 Public transport costs to RBGE and project sites in the vicinity of Edinburgh.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  22
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 5, Fieldwork Hours 5, External Visit Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Summative Assessment Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 141 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 0%
Coursework 100%
Practical Exam 0%

33.3% Portfolio
66.6% Design Project

Each one of the three Learning Outcomes has equal weighting (1/3)

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes: Design Project: LO2, LO3
Portfolio: LO1
Feedback Formative feedback will be given at weekly seminars in Semester 2, weeks 1 to 13.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a simple knowledge of soft landscape materials and their utilisation
  2. demonstrate an ability to employ hard and soft materials in the detailed design process in response to simple spatial contexts and functions
  3. demonstrate an ability to communicate detailed design proposals in three dimensions through basic working drawings
Reading List
Attenborough, D (1995) The Private Life of Plants. BBC Books, London.

Arco Publishing (1999) Landscape Architecture: Urban Space Details. Watson-Guptill Publications.

Ballard Bell, V (2006) Materials for Architectural Design. Laurence King.

Blanc, A (1996) Landscape Construction and Detailing. McGraw-Hill Professional.

Clouston, B (1998) Landscape Design with Plants. CRC Press.

Dreiseitl, H et al (2001) Waterscapes: Planning, Building and Designing with Water. Birkauser.

Hitchmough, J (2003) Plant User Handbook: A Guide to Effective Specifying. Wiley & Blackwell.

Holl, S (1993) Anchoring. Princeton Architectural Press.

Littlefield, D (ed.) (2008) Metric Handbook: Planning and Design Data. Architectural Press.

Landscape Institute (2009), The Landscape Consultant's Appointment. Landscape Institute.

McLeod, V (1993) Detail in Contemporary Landscape Architecture. Architectural Press.

Kingsbury, N & Oudolf, P (2013) Planting: A New Perspective. Timber Press.

Littlefield, D (4th ed) (2012) Metric Handbook, Planning and Design Data. Routledge.

Marinelli, J (2004) Plant. Dorling Kindersley: London.

Steenbergen, C (2008) Composing Landscapes: Analysis, Typology and Experiments for Design. Birkhauser: Basel.

TOPOS 67 Materials & Details. Callwey: Munchen.

Vernon, S, Garmory, N, Tennant, R (2008) Landscape Architect's Pocket Book. Architectural Press.

Zimmermann, A (2008) Constructing Landscape: Materials, Techniques, Structural Components. Springer.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills By successfully completing the course, students will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of:

the principles and practice of horticulture
the principles and application of landscape construction and engineering techniques
Keywordsdetailed design,construction,structures,materials,levels,gradients,plants,planting,articulation
Course organiserMr Kenneth Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)51 5799
Course secretaryMrs Abbie Humphreys
Tel: (01316) 502306
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