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APL3012 : Landscape Architecture Studio 2: Materiality of 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 develop understanding of the materials used in landscape architectural design, and the ways that these can be used in the process of construction and management.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following topics:
-       Climate and biodiversity emergency: retention and re-use of materials, adaptation and carbon impact calculation for hard landscape construction
- Introduction to materials used in landscape architecture design and their impact in the experience, quality and environmental performance of a scheme
- Community engagement and co-design
- Live making of structures
-       Hydrology (including sustainable urban drainage systems) and topography
- Interdisciplinary collaborations

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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture33:009:00Non-synchronous.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching63:0018:00PIP in studio design tutorials. Students are seen in small groups.
Guided Independent StudyProject work1160:00160:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops31:003:00Digital drawing workshops. Synchronous online.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork24:008:00Site visits to local schemes.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00Synchronous online
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Module talks, workshops, lecture materials and site visits introduce students to a range of materials, landscape elements and techniques. Students synthesize knowledge gained from lecture materials through:
- a series of small exercises
- 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 lectures, site visits, module talks, design tutorials and critical review Design tutorials 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. 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 proj2M100small-scale design project set by school to put into practice knowledge gained through module
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Written exerciseAseries of small exercises collated in a materiality diary
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Through the materiality diary and small-scale design project students synthesize knowledge gained from lectures. Assessment of the resulting design and detailing indicates the ability of students to compose and use appropriate materials and 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 weekly tutorials and final critical review prepare students for the kind of presentations commonly expected of landscape professionals in practice.

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