Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Landscape Design 1: Site, Investigation and Proposition

Course summary

Course code: ENVT1098
Level: 4
Credits: 30
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Architecture and Landscape
Course Coordinator(s): Duncan Goodwin


Introduction and rationale

This new programme will replace the existing ENVT0022 Landscape Basic Design and ENVT1006 in order to create a 30 credit design course which spans term 1 and 2 while also creating a structure that allows more fruitful cross-over with the BA (Hons) Architecture programme.

Pre and co requisites



The aim of the course is to introduce approaches to investigate landscape sites and developing proposals, where students will undertake a series of investigations of physical and cultural contexts, programme, scale and material which will lead to the collection of data through observations, speculations, design strategies and propositions.

Learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1. To survey geographical sites using different techniques in order to: read, record and respond creatively to places in order to understand the relationships between sites and their contexts.
2. To research contemporary precedent from landscape architecture, design and art .
3. To explore design questions and proposals based on critical analysis and inventive speculation.
4. To critically reflect and develop individual and group proposals through iterative drawing practices, responding to issues of scale, materials, structure.
5. To present the project narrative verbally and visually through analogue and digital techniques.

Indicative content

The course will include a series of small design projects exploring different creative aspects of contemporary landscape architecture, including landscape typologies, scales and approaches to design. Through field visits, design studio tutorials, workshops, critiques and reviews the students will be required to develop and present innovative design proposals. In the second term, students will be asked to design a landscape project from 1:1 to 1:200 scale, to encourage the investigation of slightly more complex landscape and cultural considerations. There will be an emphasis on learning about design and testing landscape proposals through the process of drawing and making. Students will be encouraged to develop their skills in communicating their architectural ideas through drawings, models, mappings, material constructions, photographic and digital media, and to find their own 'voice' for this in conjunction with the course Landscape Design 1: Experimentation and Communication.

Teaching and learning activity

Studio tutorials, seminars, workshops and site visits, with regular design crits/reviews


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment Portfolio.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:Portfolio (1 to 6).
Weighting % 100
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length NA
Outline Details:Portfolio of research, analytical and design work.