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Undergraduate Course: Landscape Architecture Design 2A (ARCH08040)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces an important transition from previous design courses in that it expands the scale of planning and design to develop understanding of landscape architectural practice as a critical instrument in considering the future of the regional landscape. The project will examine some of the major challenges that face contemporary society today including expanding urbanisation, loss of biodiversity, sustainable food production, water and energy resource management and the impacts of climate change. Students will interpret landscapes in order to identify new possibilities for spatial design on multiple scales to achieve landscape resilience and sustainable development through an advanced understanding of ecological frameworks.
Course description The course will study a regional territory as a test area; students are tasked with producing a broad scale landscape interpretation to inform a strategic planning proposal. Projects will evolve through a series of cumulative and overlapping stages; early fieldwork and research will be synthesised to inform a series of early stage exploratory scenarios, which will then be developed into strategic proposals and refined for visual presentation. The aim of this careful staging is to build an understanding of the region in relation to past influences and current drivers of change. Strategic proposals should develop in response to social, economic, and environmental issues that are particular to the regional territory.

The course includes a project brief and lectures that outline precedents and theoretical perspectives to underpin the project and to broaden students understanding of the particular regional territory and landscape planning more generally. The choice of regional territory will be carefully considered to provide a setting where many relevant broader planning issues are prevalent.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Landscape Architecture Theory 1B (ARCH08045)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Visiting students must have at least 1 introductory level Landscape Architecture course equivalent to Landscape Architecture Theory 1B (ARCH08045), at grade B or above for entry to this course. This course has limited available space and there is no guarantee of enrolment. Enrolment is subject to Course Organiser Approval. Enquiries about enrolling in this course must be sent directly to the CAHSS Visiting Student Office at to seek permission. Please note that this course may incur materials & field trip costs.
Additional Costs Sketching materials, field trip travel costs (around £15 per head)
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is primarily project-based with some introductory lectures so it is relatively easy for visiting students to join.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  21
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 14, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 40, Fieldwork Hours 8, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 7, Summative Assessment Hours 7, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 118 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% portfolio. The portfolio assessment is based on all of the learning outcomes, which are weighted equally.

The project will largely involve group work. The final submission will be an individual report that documents the project more broadly, with a reflective text that outlines each student's individual perspective of the project. The report will take the form of a design summary book which collates work that each student sees as relevant to the overall project.
Feedback Formative assessment and feedback

You will present your work as part of a group at a series of mid-point reviews. You will receive verbal feedback at these stages, with written feedback at one mid-point review in week 6. You will receive regular verbal feedback at tutorial sessions throughout the semester.

Summative feedback

While you will work in groups, the final submission will be an individual report. Written summative feedback will be issued on the report.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to select and apply methods of landscape interpretation and evaluation to a given regional territory
  2. Demonstrate the ability to develop proposals through logical stages of strategic design
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of planning for landscape resilience and sustainability at a regional scale
Reading List
Abram, S. (2011) Culture and Planning Published by Ashgate
Andersson, E, (2006) Urban Landscapes and Sustainable Cities Ecology and Society 11(1): 34. [online]
Bell, S. (2012) Landscape: Pattern, perception and process (2nd Edition, Routledge, Abingdon
Berkes, F. Colding, J. & Folke, C. (2003) Navigating Social-Ecological Systems: Building Resilience for Complexity and Change Cambridge University Press
Council of Europe (2000) European Landscape Convention [online]
ESF (2010) Landscape in a Changing World ¿ Bridging Divides, Integrating Disciplines, Serving Society The European Science Foundation Policy Briefing 41
Forman, R. and Godron, M. (1986) Landscape ecology. Wiley, New York
Knieling, J. & Othengrafen, F. (2009) Planning Cultures in Europe: Decoding Cultural Phenomena in Urban and Regional Planning Ashgate
Latz, P. (2006) Metamorphosis Topos Special Edition Birkhauser
Roe, M. & Taylor, K. (2014) New Cultural Landscapes Routledge
Plieninger, T. & Bieling, C. (2012) Resilience and the Cultural Landscape: Understanding and Managing Change in Human-shaped Environments Ecology and Society 19(1): 6.
Selman, P. (2009) Planning for Landscape Multifunctionality Sustainability Science, Practice, & Policy V5, Issue 2 [online]
Selman, P. (2012) Sustainable Landscape Planning: The Reconnection Agenda Routledge
Sheppard, S, Shaw, A, Flanders, D, & Burch, S, (2008) Can visualization Save the World? Lessons for Landscape Architects from Visualizing Local Climate Change In: Digital Design in Landscape Architecture
Soini, K. (2001) Exploring the Human Dimension of Multifunctional Landscapes Through Mapping and Map-Making Landscape and Urban Planning 57 (3/4) p225-239
Stremke, S. & Dobbelsteen, A. (2012) Sustainable Energy Landscapes: Designing, Planning, and Development CRC Press
Taylor, K. (2008) Landscape and Memory: Cultural Landscapes, Intangible Values and Some Thoughts on Asia In: 16th ICOMOS International Symposium, Canada.
Tress, B. Tress, G. Decamps, H. et al. (2001) Bridging Human and Natural Sciences in Landscape Research Landscape and Urban Planning 57 (3/4) 137-141
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills In this course you will learn about key theories and practices in landscape architecture covering project-based background research, analysis, planning and design at different scales. You will also build up skills in separating relevant from irrelevant information, in interpreting information from different sources and in presenting this effectively using a range of media. You will develop skills in teamwork, in managing and coordinating tasks and in delivering quality products to meet deadlines. You will increase your abilities in making presentations, in presenting arguments and in defending your decisions. .
Keywordslandscape planning,landscape character,landscape ecology,landscape sensitivity and capacity
Course organiserMs Elise Campbell
Tel: (0131 6)51 5803
Course secretaryMrs Abbie Humphreys
Tel: (01316) 502306
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