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APL3011 : Landscape Architecture Studio 1: City as Landscape

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Stef Leach
  • 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 landscape planning and design skills in relation to relatively large scale, extensive and complex landscape issues and problems, with particular reference to large scale landscape-led 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 a complex brief

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus and project work will cover the following topics:
•       Undertaking site surveys and investigations and critical analysis
•       Scenario planning exercise
•       The production and communication of imaginative and creative concepts as a response to the scenario planning exercise to drive urban resilience and adaptation
•       The production of integrated, optimal and sustainable solutions in the form of a landscape-led action plan
•       The illustration and communication of those proposals

The design project is carried out in small groups.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching24:008:00Critical reviews. PIP in studio. Students present work in groups.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching74:0028:00PIP in studio design tutorials.
Guided Independent StudyProject work1149:00149:00Project Work
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork17:007:00Site visit. Subject to latest government regulations / university guidance.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk42:008:00PIP in studio or lecture room
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, 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.

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 proj2M100Design project 1, group work. 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 architects in practice.

The presentation of issues analysis, scenario planning for resilience and adaptation, 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.

Reading Lists