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APL8006 : Landscape Architecture Studio 2

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • 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 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To enable students to learn, develop and demonstrate:
•       A range of advanced planning and design skills in relation to relatively large scale, extensive and complex landscape issues and problems, with particular reference to large scale master-planning.
•       The ability to integrate a variety of complex and conflicting landscape issues, land-uses and functions.
•       A combination of technical, aesthetic, social and economic competence and realism
•       Advanced abilities and skills in responding to masterplanning brief

To prepare students for undertaking the following modules: APL8007 (Design Thesis) or APL8012 (Design Thesis MLA).

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus and project work will cover the following topics:
•       Undertaking site surveys and investigations
•       Analysis, including historical analysis, landscape character analysis, functional analysis, structure, spatial and other analysis as relevant
•       The evaluation and communication of issues, conflicts, opportunities and potentials
•       The production and communication of the conceptual basis for the design
•       The production of integrated, optimal and sustainable solutions in the form of landscape change (masterplan) proposals
•       The illustration and communication of those proposals

Two design projects are carried out in the module. Design project 2 provides the basis for modules APL8007 & APL8012

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00Synchronous online design tutorials.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching44:0016:00PIP in studio design tutorials.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching24:008:00Critical reviews. Synchronous online. Students present work in groups of 4.
Guided Independent StudyProject work1152:30152:30Project Work
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork17:007:00Site visit. Subject to latest government regulations / university guidance.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery90:304:30PIP in studio. One-to-one bookable sessions, not mandatory.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk22:004:00PIP in studio .
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The design studio is the integrative environment where students can synthesis 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 site visits, briefings group working, tutorials and critical review). Design tutorials and review are also the principle means through which students receive feedback on their progress.

Studio tuition and review sessions allow for the Tutors to assist and encourage students in the development of their projects.

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 proj2M70Design project 1 organised by school. Students give an oral presentation of their design work.
Design/Creative proj2M30Design project 2 organised by school. Students give an oral presentation of their design work.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

During design tutorials work will be reviewed and tuition carried out on a weekly basis to encourage progression. The interim critical reviews allow students to learn from each other as well as from the tutor. This reviewing technique also provides practice for the final reviews, and for the kind of presentations commonly expected of landscape professionals in practice.

The presentation of issues analysis, methodology, concepts and proposals provides students with the opportunity to explain and communicate the development and depth of their knowledge and understanding.

Assessment of the graphic representation of projects indicates the ability of students to select and use appropriate communication techniques and media for landscape planning projects.

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