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Undergraduate Course: Landscape Architecture Design 4B (ARCH10040)

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 Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course allows you to develop a comprehensive final design project from the theoretical and strategic to final detail design over your entire final academic year. The course emphasises studio-based investigation within a course structure that enables creativity, experimentation and critical engagement with Landscape Architectural design. If you are following the MA(Hons) route, it builds and follows on from Landscape Architecture Design 4A.
Course description This course is a self-directed studio based design course and allows you to complete a comprehensive design project over your final academic year from the theoretical and strategic to final detail design set in a variety of European contexts.
If you are following the MA(Hons) route, you will identify key themes and areas of exploration from Design 4A and develop these independently and in more detail in 4B.
If you are following the BA route, you will identify key themes and areas of exploration independently, with the help of a designated tutor.

You will focus on developing Landscape Architectural designs that integrate spatial, programmatic, formal, material and time based considerations at a range of agreed scales to focused design intervention. 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.
Course specific lectures and studio tuition will support the student learning experience. Students will work individually throughout. The course is framed and timetabled around three design reviews.

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 any further site visits, costs associated with materials for design development and costs associated with presentation materials to communicated design thinking.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  12
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 12, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 24, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30, Fieldwork Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 294 )
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 a portfolio submitted in Exam Week 2 of Semester 2. Your final grade for this course is based entirely on a Portfolio compiled for Landscape Architecture Design 4B. There are no group components in this course.

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 8-12 A1 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 and supporting workbooks.

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:

The Assessment is based on the Learning Outcomes, which are equally weighted.
Feedback Short written formative feedback will be given within 15 working days of the review at the end of week 4, following individual presentations.

Written summative feedback on the whole project will be given within 15 working days of the final submission of the 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. Demonstrate an advanced ability to independently investigate and further develop key themes for the rejuvenation of large and complex sites at a range of appropriate scales to focused design intervention
  2. Develop and execute complex and appropriate landscape framework proposals in relation to spatial and compositional aspects, programmatic components and time based strategies
  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
Improved editing and curatorial skills
Improved confidence with regards independent and autonomous working
Keywordslandscape architecture,research,scale,landscape framework,intervention,technical resolution
Course organiserMs Lisa MacKenzie
Tel: (0131 6)51 5797
Course secretaryMs Amy O'Hehir
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