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Undergraduate Course: Landscape Architecture Design 4A (ARCH10058)

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
SummaryLandscape Architecture Design 4A is a strategic design course, made in response to a set design brief. The course operates as a design laboratory and aims to facilitate creative design solutions in response to a particular context via integrated fieldwork and research. It allows students the opportunity to
align their research interests with their design proposals. This course acts as part one of a yearlong studio project, asking students to work at strategic planning scales, before moving onto more detailed spatial design scales in the semester 2 Design 4B course.
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.

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 review. 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 None
Additional Costs Study trip and material costs
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  12
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Fieldwork Hours 35, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 337 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course comprises of 2 assessment components.

- Digital Portfolio (project documentation), 70%, due in week 12

- Physical Presentation (mixed media), 30%, due in examination period

The digital 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 4-6 significant drawings at different key scales presented at A1/A0 developed during the semester. Any visuals and diagrams, models and other appropriate material, such as films and made/crafted objects, should be documented and included. The length of the portfolio may vary in relation to the format used and amount of work included, but should include a comprehensive account of work from all stages of the project.

Alongside the digital portfolio each student will curate a physical presentation, which may include a range of mixed media and formats of presentation. The physical presentation should act as a cohesive outline of your project, for which you will provide a verbal overview of the key ideas and strategic aims of your project. The timing and duration of physical presentations will be communicated via course tutors.

While each submission component will include both group and individual work, group work is assessed in relation to each student's ability to contextualise it within their individual design strategy.

The Learning Outcomes place emphasis on each student's ability to curate material through cohesive documentation and presentation, for which further guidance on both submission components will be given through the course syllabus and course tutors. Both components are assessed against all three Learning Outcomes, which are equally weighted.
Feedback Formative Feedback
Short written formative feedback will be given in response to a mid-semester review, when you will present the conclusion of the group stage of the project and initial individual work. Regular verbal feedback will be given through group and individual tutorials, and a series of formative reviews to support the development of individual project work.

Summative Feedback
Verbal feedback will be given at a final review. Written summative feedback on the whole project will be given on the final submission of the portfolio of work. Summative feedback will include grading based on the course learning outcomes, as per University regulations.
No Exam Information
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 communicate how the results of this process inform individual conceptual and strategic design thinking.
  2. Develop imaginative strategic proposals across a range of scales in response to a set brief, for the rejuvenation of large and complex sites.
  3. Communicate design proposals through verbal, graphic, written and three dimensional techniques and appropriately contextualize and curate a strategic design project.
Reading List
Corner, J (1999) Recovering Landscape: essays in contemporary landscape architecture. Princeton Architectural Press
Girot, C. (2016) The Course of Landscape Architecture. Thames and Hudson
McHarg, I. (1995) Design With Nature. Whiley
Steenbergen, C, Reh, W, Platvoet,W (Editor) (2011) Metropolitan Landscape Architecture - Urban Parks and Landscapes. Thoth
Vogt, G. (2019) Mutation and Morphosis; Landscape as Aggregate. Lars Muller
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and Inquiry: analytical skills, the ability to research and understand a defined range of core theories, concepts and principles in contemporary landscape architecture.

Personal and intellectual autonomy: critically evaluate ideas, the ability to critically analysis, evaluate and synthesize ideas, concepts and information within the common understanding of landscape architecture.

Personal Effectiveness: the ability to use a range of approaches to formulate and critically evaluate evidence-based solutions to routine landscape architectural issues and problems.

Communication: the ability to convey complex information to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes through verbal, graphic and written communication skills.
KeywordsFieldwork,site analysis,strategic design,landscape strategy,climate resilience
Course organiserMs Lisa MacKenzie
Tel: (0131 6)51 5797
Course secretaryMs Amy O'Hehir
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