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Postgraduate Course: MLA Landscape Portfolio 3 (ARCH11187)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis is a research-led landscape architecture design course offering a thematic area of investigation within a specified territory. In this studio-based course you will initiate an individually authored brief and develop a design project that will be informed by collective activity in the studio. During the semester you will advance an original, carefully contextualised design response that acknowledges complex landscape conditions and site-specific concerns. You will be expected to state claim to your own interests as a landscape architect and take an ethical position in your work.
Course description You will be required to identify and communicate the distinctiveness of the landscape of your study and reveal questions that probe its existing and pre-existing states. Through the mechanism of the studio-based explorations you will define the critical operations necessary to underpin and express original landscape architectural design investigation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop site responsive methods and techniques of enquiry in order to advance a landscape architecture investigation within a given territory.
  2. Develop a theoretically informed and critically aware approach to a landscape architecture design project.
  3. Identify social and environmental processes in the landscape, their relevant scale of operation and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how they can be managed in space and time from a landscape architecture practice perspective.
  4. Demonstrate the applied use of representation techniques as both a research tool and a means to communicate landscape analysis and refined design proposals.
Reading List
Berrizbeitia, A. (2007) Re-Placing Process. In: Czerniak and G. Hargreaves (Eds.) Large Parks Burns C & Kahn, A. (2005) Site Matters: Design Concepts, Histories and Strategies. Routledge
Corner, J. (1999) Recovering Landscape; Essays in Contemporary Landscape Architecture. Princeton Architectural Press
Cosgrove, D (1989) The Iconography of Landscape: Essays On The Symbolic Representation, Design And Use Of Past Environments. Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills (Characteristic 1) The course will help students to develop knowledge that covers and integrates most, if not all, of the main areas of the discipline and conventions of Landscape Architectural scholarship and practice. The course will help students to identify and develop a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts of the discipline of Landscape Architecture through taking a specific approach to a specific site within a given territory.
(Characteristic 2) Under Practice and Applied knowledge, the course will require students to plan and execute a significant project of research, investigation and development. This characteristic has a strong relation to the Landscape Institute's Elements and areas of practice, which provides a reference point for education in the profession ensuring that the Landscape Institute's educational systems are fit for purpose and prepare individuals for their first steps in building a successful career.
(Characteristic 3) Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues. Students will identify and synthesise a complex array of social and environmental issues on this course, allowing confidence to develop and underpinning their own approach and ethos. This is particularly important as students engage with the realities and complexities of a professional life in the field of Landscape Architecture.
(Characteristic 4) The course will require students to present their work, visually and verbally culminating in the presentation of a portfolio of work and/or installation.
(Characteristic 5) Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional and equivalent activities. Students are asked to develop a clear standpoint and make a distinct and original response to designing future landscapes at a time where landscape as a genre engaging scholarship, research and practice is growing in significance both in academia and in the public consciousness.
KeywordsLandscape architecture,Design,Design analysis,Fieldwork,Critical thinking,Design process
Course organiserMs Lisa MacKenzie
Tel: (0131 6)51 5797
Course secretaryMs Jenni Vento
Tel: (0131 6)50 2306
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