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Postgraduate Course: MLA Landscape Portfolio 4 (ARCH11188)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThis is a research-led landscape architecture design studio offering a thematic area of investigation and a terrain. This design course builds upon and advances the theoretical and critical approach that you will have established in prior landscape architectural study.
Within this studio we ask you to be ambitious in cementing your knowledge, skills and understanding by taking a clear and distinctive design enquiry forward to detailed design resolution. You are required to apply and demonstrate knowledge through different scales of propositional design in order to manifest a speculative future for a project site. You will be encouraged to take an integrative approach to design by considering physical, social, cultural and environmental aspects of the landscape holistically. In support of the advanced nature of this course, you will engage with specialist experts and practitioners in developing design proposals that integrate planting, materiality and construction techniques. On completion of the course you should feel confident that you have developed integrated knowledge in the science, planning, design, implementation and management of a large-scale landscape-based project; you should be able to apply this knowledge, skills and understanding autonomously.
Course description This design course focuses your knowledge attainment upon decision- and proposal-making in landscape architectural practice. Considerations of scale will be of primary concern as you bring your ideas into focus and begin to make bespoke proposals that can activate positive socio-ecological change in the landscape. Experimentation will be encouraged as a means to test your ideas and you will be asked to articulate a clear and specifically scaled design agenda.
Deeply considered judgements about social and environmental change should be supported with applied decision-making and you should be able to articulate design resolutions in both space and in time. You will be asked to situate your work in the specificity of a given site or sites and communicate original responses as to the use of materials, plants, water and topography. Lectures and seminars will support development of knowledge specific to detail design, materiality and planting. You will be asked to communicate your ideas around programmatic intentions and define the meaning and significance of the human landscape experience. You will curate your work and you should give very careful consideration to the way that you present the final assembly of your portfolio for your internal examination. You will be encouraged to inter-relate the final communication (verbal, visual) of the work to the design process that generated the proposals.
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. Succinctly articulate a refined individual project proposal within a given territory, drawing on comprehensive critical analysis and original landscape interpretation.
  2. Demonstrate extensive experimentation and sound reasoning in articulating an advanced design process that acknowledges the landscape as a dynamic system.
  3. Demonstrate advanced design sensibility through a range of scales, proposing a resolved and creative response to the physical and experiential opportunities of the landscape.
  4. Represent and communicate design proposals to a professional standard in the form of a sophisticated curated portfolio exhibition.
Reading List
Corner, J. (1997) Ecology and Landscape as Agents of Creativity. In Thompson, G/Steiner, F (Eds) Ecological Design and Planning. John Wiley and Sons
Dunnett, N (Editor) and Hitchmough, J (2008) The Dynamic Landscape: Design, Ecology and Management of Naturalistic Urban Planting. Spon Press
Kwon, M (2004) One Place after Another: Site Specific Art and Locational Identity. MIT Press
Leatherbarrow, D. (2015) Topographical Stories: Studies in Landscape and Architecture. (Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture)
Prominski, M (2005) Designing Landscapes as Evolutionary Systems. The Design Journal.
Schön, Donald A. (1991) The Refective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action. Arena
Vogt. G. (2012) Miniature and panorama: Vogt Landscape Architects, projects, 200-12. Springer
Zimmerman, A. (2015) Constructing Landscape: Materials, Techniques, Structural Components. Birkhauser.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills (Characteristic 1) The course will help students to develop knowledge that covers and integrates the main areas of the discipline of
Landscape Architecture.
(Characteristic 2) The graduate attributes that are identified under Characteristic 2 hold strong relevancies 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. Through the learning experience students will be supported in deploying applied knowledge and will be encouraged to use a range of professional skills that would also be utilised in professional environments within practice.
(Characteristic 3) students will plan and execute a significant project of design research and investigation and advance that thinking into the making of proposals that are relevant, sustainable and ultimately implementable.
(Characteristic 4) within the studio environment students will be supported in using a range of routine skills as they apply to their own project ideas but will also be encouraged to develop advanced and specialist skills where they hold specific relevancy or will allow a student to make a highly original response to the landscape. The course will allow students to communicate their work with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists. The course will require students to present their work, visually and verbally, and support will be given through the course in advancing vital skills around this characteristic.
(Characteristic 5) Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional and equivalent activities. Students are asked to develop a clear standpoint and take a distinct and original response and actively manage their own approach so that it holds relevancy in both theory and practice.
KeywordsLandscape architecture,advanced design,landscape portfolio,landscape exhibition
Course organiserMiss Anna Rhodes
Tel: (0131 6)50 4646
Course secretaryMs Jenni Vento
Tel: (0131 6)50 2306
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