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Undergraduate Course: Landscape Architecture Design 3 (ARCH10038)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryIn this course you will learn about the fundamentals of designing integrated landscape systems, including methods to address ecology, hydrology, topography, soil, plants and materials on a given site with a particular set of socio-ecological problems and opportunities. A series of lectures will cover content related to the specific challenges of the site and issues prevalent in contemporary Landscape Architectural discourse. The integrated nature of the course, which makes links between design and design theory, will support you in advancing your own design enquiry with sound theoretical knowledge and understanding.
Course description Landscape Architecture Design 3 - Landscape Systems

Ecosystems are changing faster than ever before. This course is designed to raise the level of environmental consciousness in students of Landscape Architecture giving them an awareness of their role in shaping sustainable futures for sites through design.

The course sets out to 'read' a landscape through all its scales of environmental operation and organize design proposals that are suitably responsive to the socio-environmental and ecological challenges identified. In the design studio students will seek to understand their potential contribution to the regeneration of a landscape that is damaged or degraded by formulating an integrated sequence of proposals that are drawn, modelled, and communicated in a wide array of media relating directly to the ecology, materiality and physiology of the site itself.

The course will require students to communicate an independently developed portfolio of proposals to illustrate their competence as a developing Landscape Architect.

The studio will prepare students for the challenges of Design Courses in Year 4 of the Programme.
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 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 site visits, costs associated with materials for design development and costs associated with presentation materials to communicated design thinking.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesA background of at least 2 years in Landscape Architectural studies.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  19
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30, Fieldwork Hours 16, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Other Study Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 300 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Other Study Hours to be outlined in the Course Handbook.
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The final grade for this course is based entirely (100%) on the submission of a digital portfolio, due in Examination period.
The portfolio should comprise a design summary book which collates all work in the course (including robust photographic documentation, critical and reflective texts), as well as significant drawings at different key scales developed during the semester, visuals and diagrams, models and other appropriate material such as films and made/crafted objects. The portfolio should also include how you addressed key theoretical themes developed in the studio and how you incorporated them as part of your design process.

Students are marked against the Learning Outcomes. The Assessment is based on the Learning Outcomes, which are equally weighted.

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:
The portfolio is graded directly against the Learning Outcomes of the course.

Feedback (a) You will have three interim formative reviews in the semester:

Week 5: first review where you will receive short written formative feedback within 15 working days after the review

Week 9: second review where you will receive verbal formative feedback

Week 11: third review where you will receive verbal formative feedback

You will also receive regular verbal feedback at tutorial sessions throughout the semester.

(b) Written summative feedback on the whole project will be given within 15 working days of the final submission of a portfolio of work. Summative feedback will include grading based on the course learning outcomes.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Translate findings of research and fieldwork (graphically and in written form) towards design analysis and a meaningful conceptual underpinning for the project.
  2. Execute a series of well-reasoned and inter-connected design solutions that are conceived in time, appropriate in scale and both environmentally and socially durable in the context of the selected site.
  3. Communicate the intent of the project verbally, graphically, in written form and through the careful curation and presentation of your own work.
Reading List
Key texts:
Carol J Burns and Andrea Kahn, Site Matters
Nigel Dunnett and James Hitchmough: The Dynamic Landscape
Steven Strom, Kurt Nathan: Site Engineering for Landscape Architects
Liat Margolis & Alexander Robinson, Living Systems
Topos 90, 2015. Resilient Landscapes

Joern Langhorst: Re-presenting transgressive ecologies: post-industrial sites as contested terrains in Local Environment (The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability )Volume 19, 2014 - Issue 10: Urban post-industrial greenspace

Other texts:
Czerniak J & Hargreaves G, Large Parks
Alan Berger, Designing the Reclaimed Landscape
Richard TT Forman & Michael Godron, Landscape Ecology
Bart Johnson & Kristina Hill; Ecology and Design: Frameworks for Learning
Kelly Shannon & Marcel Smets, The Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure
Charles Waldheim, The Landscape Urbanism Reader
Astrid Zimmerman, Constructing Landscape: Materials, Techniques, Structural Components
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course has a substantial capacity for contributing to the integration of design processes with applied research methodologies from disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields.

In addition, upon the successful completion of this course you will have:
- Improved capacity to analyse and evaluate contemporary landscape architecture design enquiry
- Improved knowledge and understanding of landscape architecture working methods and design processes
- Improved knowledge and understanding of landscape architecture design processes in relation to key research preoccupations in the discipline or related disciplines
- Improved evaluation, analytical, and research skills with regards design enquiry
- Improved written communication skills
- Improved editing and curatorial skills
- Improved confidence with regards independent and autonomous working
KeywordsLandscape Architecture,Landscape Architectural Design,Landscape Systems
Course organiserMr Kenneth Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)51 5799
Course secretaryMs Amy O'Hehir
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