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Postgraduate Course: Landscape architecture techniques: Ground-Works and Construction Design (ARCH11276)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course builds and extends the knowledge developed in the first semester techniques studio and is taken in semester 2 of the first year of the MLA programme. The course develops knowledge of materials including planting and focuses on how landscape architectural elements are assembled, constructed, planted and established and how they function and are maintained. The studio will equip you with a fundamental understanding of groundworks including earthworks, drainage, and irrigation techniques and allow you to develop construction design knowledge within a specific project context. You will be introduced to at least one example of a live construction project situation and attend one nursery visit. Throughout the course you will receive instruction in professional practice, project and procurement procedures, contract documentation, construction specification and maintenance concerns.
Course description This course is a project-based course in which you will be exposed to and/or involved with at least one live ongoing landscape architecture intervention or management project. The project could be based in for example a professionally led construction project, a community outreach project, a UoE estates project, an ESALA led ECA based site works project, or engagement with a live project based in the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. The basis of landscape intervention and the character and scope of the project engagement will vary depending on the contract of the partnership and the live project schedule. The course aims to enable you to learn from a valuable on site learning situation in which you will engage with professional expertise. Through engagement with a range of teaching and learning activities you will develop knowledge of professional working practices, outreach and engagement, and contractual arrangements necessary to the practice of landscape architecture. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of communication skills, professional skills, project management skills, as well as the possibility of liaising and collaborating with different external clients, community and usergroups, and construction professionals. The structure of the course is flexible so as to accommodate diverse project partnerships as outlined above. You will be introduced to a working knowledge of the conventions of construction package documentation, construction management procedures, site works management requirements, construction sequencing, contracts and maintenance specifications through lectures and studio based learning.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  45
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 24, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 55, Formative Assessment Hours 0.5, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 104 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative:
There will be 2 formative feedback/feedforward points in this course:

The first comprises the writing up of part of a construction project process (for example writing up participation in a project team meeting, meeting agenda, including relevant notes, construction drawing sketch designs, meeting minutes and critical reflection upon sustainable practice). Minimum word count 1000words. Feedback/feedforward will be verbal and written.

The second consists of presenting draft copy of contoured earthworks, grading and drainage plans and construction drawing at a small group seminar. Feedback/feedforward will be verbal.

Summative submission:
A reflective practice report of approximately 2000 words including drawn design proposals and site specific documentation to include:
- A detailed set of contoured earthworks, grading and drainage plans and sections for a proposed sit e specific landscape intervention.
- A detailed construction drawing of at least one component of a landscape architecture intervention.
- Coordinated tender/construction package documentation and related specifications.

The report may include documents such as: construction drawings, construction sequence (including where possible documentation of site works), an organigram of contractual relationships related to the project, health and safety requirements, risk assessments and a future maintenance schedule.
Feedback Written and verbal formative feedback/feedforward appraisal will be provided according to learning outcome criteria. The formative assessments are intended to inform the development of coursework for the summative submission.

Written summative feedback will be provided based upon the individually authored report, feedback will be provided according to learning outcome criteria.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Apply a comprehensive and integrated understanding of landform manipulation, grading and drainage in a site-specific landscape context and critically reflect upon sustainable resource management.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and skill in the preparation of concise and precise rigorously researched detailed construction design and documentation.
  3. Engage with a construction process and independently author a thoroughly researched construction project report using appropriate professional graphic and written techniques which recognise acknowledged codes of practice and conventions.
Reading List
Clayton, A., and Dunnett, N., Rain Gardens ( 2007) Timber Press
Fitz, A., and Ritter, K., (eds), Assemble: How We Build. Hintergrund 55 (2018) Park Books
Dines, N., and Harris, C., Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture: Design and Construction Data (1998) McGraw-Hill Education
Gustafson, K., Sculpting the Land (1999) Washington DC: Spacemaker Press
Harrod, T., (ed), Craft, (2018) The MIT Press
Hensey, P., Detailing of Landscape - Surfaces: Digital Detailing for Landscape Architects and Garden Designers (2015) Routledge
Lange-Berndt, P. (ed), Materiality, (2015) The MIT Press
Littlefield D., 4th Edition, Metric Handbook, Planning and Design Data (2012) Routledge
Littlewood, M., Landscape detailing (volumes 1-4) (1993) Architectural Press
Sennett, R., The Craftsman (2009) Yale University Press
Sorvig, K., and Thompson, J., W., Sustainable Landscape Construction (2018) Island Press
VanDerZanden, A., and Thompson, J., W., Sustainable Landscape Management: Design, Construction, and Maintenance (2011) John Wiley & Sons
Strom, S., Site Engineering for Landscape Architects (2004),
Vogt Landscape Miniature and Panorama (2000-2012
Vogt Landscape About Books and Trees (2005
Wilk, S., Drawing for Landscape Architects: Construction and Design Manual (2016) Dom Publishers
Werthmann, C., Green Roof: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates' Design for the Headquarters of the American Society of Landscape Architects (2007) Princeton Architectural Press
Zimmermann, A., Constructing Landscape: Materials, Techniques, Structural Components, (2008) Springer
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills (Characteristic 2) The course will encourage students to develop and apply knowledge, skills and understanding in the principal professional skills, techniques, practices and materials associated with the discipline. The course encourages students to apply a range of standard and specialised techniques and to be involved in a significant project of research, and investigation and to practice in unpredictable variety of professional contexts.
(Characteristic 3) Deal with complex issues and make informed judgements in a range of professional contexts and situations.
(Characteristic 4) Communicate, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise.
Communicate with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists
(Characteristic 5) The course will encourage students to : Take responsibility for their own work. Take significant responsibility for a range of resources. Work in a peer relationship with specialist practitioners. Demonstrate initiative and make an identifiable contribution to change and development. Practise in ways that draw on critical reflection on own and others roles and responsibilities.
Keywordsconstruction,ground work,building,partnership,co-design
Course organiserMr Kenneth Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)51 5799
Course secretaryMr Brendan Sweeney
Tel: (0131 6)50 6329
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