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Module

APL8009 : Landscape Architecture Studio 3: Landscape Construction

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Usue Ruiz Arana
  • Visiting Lecturer: Mr Geoff Whitten
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To develop understanding of the materials used in landscape architectural design, and the ways that these can be used in the process of construction. The module includes earthworks, grading and drainage, but the emphasis is upon hardworks, rather than the use of softworks (i.e. planting) which is covered in other modules.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following topics:
-       Introduction to materials used in landscape architecture design and their impact in the experience, quality and environmental performance of a scheme
-       standard landscape drawing conventions (manual and computer aided)
-       drainage (including sustainable urban drainage systems)
-       pavements, boundary treatments, steps, street furniture and lighting
-       climate and biodiversity emergency: carbon impact calculation for hard landscape construction

Students synthesize knowledge gained from lecture materials through a series of small construction exercises and design project set by tutors where they creatively select and detail hard landscape materials and elements.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials100:305:00Non-synchronous.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00Synchronous online. Students are seen in small groups
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00PIP. Students are seen in groups of small groups.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching14:004:00Critical Review. Synchronous online. Students present work in small groups
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00PIP studio workshop.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:00Digital drawing workshops. Synchronous online.
Guided Independent StudyProject work1153:00153:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork34:0012:00Site visits. Subject to latest government regulations / university guidance.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery20:301:00PIP in studio. One-to-one bookable sessions, not mandatory
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk32:006:00PIP in studio.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Module talks, workshops, lecture materials and site visits introduce students to a range of materials, landscape elements and construction techniques. Students synthesize knowledge gained from lecture materials through:
- a series of small construction exercises collated in a construction diary
- a small-scale design project set by tutors where they creatively select and detail hard landscape materials and elements.

Students are supported in their learning through lecture materials, site visits, module talks, design tutorials and critical review Designtutorials and reviews are also the principle means through which students receive feedback on their progress, and tutors 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. Thedesign 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
Written exercise2M20series of small construction exercises collated in a construction diary
Design/Creative proj2M80small-scale design project set by school to put into practice knowledge gained through module
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Through the construction diary and small-scale design project students synthesize knowledge gained from lecture materials. Assessment of the graphic representation of landscape construction elements indicates the ability of students to select and use appropriate communication techniques and media for landscape architecture projects.

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 critical review, and for the kind of presentations commonly expected of landscape professionals in practice.

Reading Lists

Timetable