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APL8005 : Landscape Architecture Design 1

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Usue Ruiz Arana
  • Lecturer: 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 a site-based design project.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will undertake a design project during the semester. An outline brief will be presented in a module talk in the first teaching week.

Design tuition (small group tutorials) will be provided on a weekly timetabled basis, combining in studio live sessions and synchronous online sessions using Teams, Miro and/or other appropriate software (COVID-19 depending and in line with government/university regulations). 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).

Design Project: This involves designing on a site in Newcastle (provided by the tutors) with the non-human as the end user. This project typically includes:

- Site Survey and creative response to potential species
- Critical site analysis including subjective response
- Concept development including site-wide strategy
- Masterplan
- Planting Strategy
- Sketches and visualisation

Two formative assessments will take place during the course of the Design Project at various stages to provide critical feedback on progress. Work is assessed during a Critical Review.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:003:00PIP/Synchronous Online. Core subjects including interspecies, emotions and climate
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1165:30165:30N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching62:0012:00PIP/Synchronous Online Design Tutorials. Students seen in groups of 4/5. Includes formative review.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00Critical Review (interim & final). PIP/Synchronous online. Groups of 4/5. Includes formative review
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00PIP. Subjects might include contours, concepts and masterplan.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork23:006:00Site visit: design project and climate walk. Subject to gov./university guidance & restrictions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:301:30PIP/online. Briefing session
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 proj1M100Design project organised by school
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The design project 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, workshops and critical reviews. The critical reviews for Project 1 are linked to summative assessment.

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