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Undergraduate Course: Landscape Architecture Design 4A (ARCH10034)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is a strategic design course, made in response to a set brief which offers parallel studio options set in a European context and which involves Fieldwork. It allows students the opportunity to align their research interests with their design proposals. It operates as a design laboratory and aims to facilitate creative design solutions in response to a particular context via integrated fieldwork and research.
Course description This is a studio-based design course, which reinforces the relationship of design and research via a defined brief set in a variety of European contexts. It aims to facilitate design solutions which demonstrate the links between designing and researching with an emphasis on the following; the primacy of the site, analysis and fieldwork activities, carrying out appropriate research which places emerging design ideas in an appropriate theoretical context and demonstrating how these activities inform emerging design ideas with a prioritisation of strategic design thinking. The course encourages exploratory and creative work which is theoretically informed and which deals in a critical way with issues and questions of contemporary relevance. The student learning experience in the course will be supported by thematically specific lectures.

Students will initially work in groups to produce work focused on fieldwork activities initiated during a 1-week long study trip. Students typically work in groups for a further 2/3 weeks. This stage is bookended by a Group Fieldwork Crit. Students then work individually for the rest of the course; typically 6 more weeks, to develop strategic design proposals which should indicate how fieldwork and research have informed their proposals. Two further design reviews are included in the individual project stage.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students enrolled on the MA (Hons) Landscape Architecture programme.
Additional Costs Costs in this course will vary radically, but typically costs have ranged between £100 and £300. An average student will spend approximately £200. This value includes costs associated with fieldtrips, costs associated with materials for design development and costs associated with presentation materials to communicated design thinking.

Destinations of fieldtrips are planned to be accessible via low cost airlines.
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an advanced ability to explore the creative potential of different fieldwork and analytical techniques and indicate how the results of this process informs your individual conceptual and strategic design thinking.
  2. Develop imaginative strategic proposals in response to a set brief, for the rejuvenation of large and complex sites.
  3. Demonstrate an advanced ability to communicate your design proposals through verbal, graphic, written and three dimensional techniques to appropriately contextualize and curate your project.
Reading List
Bunschoten, R (2001). Urban Flotsam: Stirring the City. 010 Publishers
Corner, J (1999). Recovering Landscape: essays in contemporary landscape architecture. Princeton Architectural Press.
Czerniak, J (2002). Downsview Park Toronto. Prestel Verlag
Czerniak, J and Hargreaves, G (2007) Large Parks. Princeton Architectural Press.
Density Projects, (2007). a+t Density series
Koolhaas, R (1997). S, M, L, XL:small, medium, large, extra-large. Benedict Taschen.
Lynch, K (1981) Good City Form. MIT Press
Lynch, K (1960) The Image of the City. MIT Press
Schama, S, (1996) Landscape and Memory
Schroder, T/ Sinai Office, (2013) Difficult Places, Landscape of remembrance
Waldheim, C (2006). The Landscape Urbanism Reader. Princeton Architectural Press.
Steenbergen, C, Reh, W, Platvoet,W (Editor)Metropolitan Landscape Architecture - Urban Parks and Landscapes
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills In addition, upon the successful completion of this course you will have:
- Improved capacity to develop a knowledge of the scope, defining features and main areas of the discipline
- Improved knowledge and understanding of a defined range of core theories, concepts and principles in the discipline
- Improved capacity to undertake critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of ideas, concepts and information within the common understanding in the discipline
- Improved ability to use a range of approaches to formulate and critically evaluate evidence-based solutions to routine landscape architectural issues and problems
- Improved ability to convey complex information to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes.
- Improved graphic and written communication skills
KeywordsLandscape Architecture,Fieldwork,analysis,research,strategic design
Course organiserMr Chris Rankin
Course secretaryMs Jenni Vento
Tel: (0131 6)50 2306
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