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APL8005 : Landscape Architecture Design 1

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ian Thompson
  • Lecturer: Dr Usue Ruiz Arana, Dr Charlotte Veal
  • Visiting Lecturer: Mr Geoff Whitten
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To develop landscape design skills through site-based design projects.

Outline Of Syllabus

Two projects of different lengths will be undertaken during the semester. Outline briefs for both projects will be presented in a module talk in the first teaching week. A second briefing session will be held at the start of Project 2.

Design tuition (small group tutorials) will be provided on a weekly timetabled basis, alternating between in studio live sessions and synchronous online sessions using Teams, Miro and/or other appropriate software. Online sessions benefit from being targeted and in smaller groups, and live in studio sessions allow for large group reviews and peer to peer direct contact. Online sessions will be recorded, in order that any students who miss their tutorials can view other tutorial sessions (and thereby gain from the advice and critical commentary given to other students). In addition, there will be a weekly scheduled drop-in in studio design surgery).

Project One: This is an exploration of the perception of space and form in the landscape. Typically, this will involve walking through a particular landscape, noting its salient characteristics and their effect upon the emotions. It fosters a subjective awareness of landscape. Students are required to record their
emotional responses to the spaces which they encounter during the walk and to present these in graphical form.

Project Two: This involves the design of a sculpture park on a green site in Newcastle provided by the tutors. Students will be required to undertake desk study of the site, following a site visit and using materials available online or provided by tutors. The design project involves master-planning, detailed design, preparation of a planting strategy and indicative construction details.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00PIP studio design tutorials. Students are seen in groups of 4.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Critical Reviews. Synchronous online. Students are seen in small groups.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:3010:00Synchronous online design tutorials. Students are seen in groups of 4. Includes formative reviews.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops14:004:00PIP in studio
Guided Independent StudyProject work1146:30146:30N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork44:0016:00Site visits. Subject to latest government regulations / university guidance.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery70:303:30PIP in studio. One-to-one bookable sessions, not mandatory.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk42:008:00PIP in studio.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The design studio is the integrative environment where students can synthesise knowledge from other modules and develop their understanding and skills in the context of a design problem set by tutors. Students are supported in their learning through briefings, group tutorials, workshops and critical reviews. Design tutorials and reviews are also the principal means through which students receive feedback on their progress.

Contact hours combine synchronous in studio (face to face) and online individual and group tutorial sessions. Synchronous in studio sessions allow for large group reviews and face to face peer contact whereas synchronous online sessions enable targeted and smaller group reviews. The design studio pedagogy, is centred on a dialogic and responsive approach to students’ own creative work and research. Landscape Architecture pedagogy is reliant on a high proportion of independent learning to support the design process. The MOF hours are consistent with this approach.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1M25Design project 1 organised by school
Design/Creative proj1M75Design project 2 organised by school
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The design projects presented by the students on completion of the module capture and synthesize the knowledge and skills developed throughout the semester through site visits, (live/online), briefings, small group tutorials, design surgeries, workshops and critical reviews. The critical reviews for Project 1 and Project 2 are linked to summative assessment. The Masterplan review in Project 2 is assessed for written feedback (formative assessment).

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