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Undergraduate Course: Landscape Architecture Techniques 2A (ARCH08041)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course allows you to develop a detailed design for a landscape architecture brief and prepare construction details to communicate aspects of its implementation. The course provides training and application of skills that will allow you to prepare detailed designs and landscape construction details. It will also develop your digital drawing skills through the use of appropriate computer generated graphics and tools.
Course description This course builds on ARCH08037 Landscape Architecture Techniques 1 and introduces technical understanding of the materiality of built environment projects. It allows you to develop an understanding of the implementation and detailed design consideration of landscape architecture in three dimensions and communicate a package of information via digital techniques. This course is taught by a series of lectures, interactive workshops using physical models, digital information packaging tutorials and design studio. The combination of this range of academic exploration is designed to reflect the way landscape architects develop designs to detail in a professional context. These combined activities will contribute to a final design based output in the form of a package of landscape construction drawings.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on the MA Landscape Architecture programme.
Additional Costs Model making materials for structures workshops (£10)
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  22
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 14, External Visit Hours 7, Formative Assessment Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 125 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% portfolio. The portfolio comprises a co-ordinated package of computer-generated detailed design and landscape construction drawings.

The portfolio assessment is based on all of the learning outcomes which are weighted equally.
Feedback Formative feedback will be provided at the completion of each phase of the project.

Summative assessment and feedback is divided into marks for each learning outcome.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Apply a knowledge and understanding of three dimensional landscape elements and basic structural principles to the resolution of detail design briefs.
  2. Have a basic knowledge and understanding of landscape construction techniques and apply an understanding of landscape construction principles in the development of a detailed design
  3. Clearly communicate information relating to LOs1 and 2 through the application of a range of digital graphic drafting and packaging techniques, skills, and industry standards
Reading List
Littlefield D., 4th Edition, Metric Handbook, Planning and Design Data, Routledge 2012

Arco Publishing, Landscape Architecture: Urban Space Details, Watson-Guptill Publications, 1999

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

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

McLeod, V., Detail in Contemporary Landscape Architecture, Laurence King, 2008

Steenbergen, C., Composing Landscapes: Analysis, Typology and Experiments for Design, Birkhauser Basel, 2008. (Especially useful for concepts of composition and drawing techniques)

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

Zimmermann, A., Constructing Landscape: Materials, Techniques, Structural Components, Springer 2008
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills You will gain a knowledge and understanding of detailed design, landscape construction approaches and techniques. You will gain knowledge of graphic communication, and digital packaging tools and techniques to convey information. You will develop skills in solving technical issues and briefs by design.
Keywordslandscape construction,detailed design,structures and materials,digital packaging
Course organiserMs Elise Campbell
Tel: (0131 6)51 5803
Course secretaryMrs Abbie Humphreys
Tel: (01316) 502306
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