Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Landscape Design 3: Territories, Exploration and Proposition

Course summary

Course code: ENVT1105
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Architecture and Landscape
Course Coordinator(s): Benzion Kotzen


Introduction and rationale

This new programme will replace the existing ENVT0031 Place and Culture and ENVT1010 Design Development 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 investigate a landscape site, from the material to the territory, as the basis for exploring critical spatial, social and environmental issues. Project will carry out investigations of a broad range of contemporary issues designed to inform the landscape proposals.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1. Investigate and analyse the specific context of the site and construct speculative design propositions represented through various media
2. Develop and refine their individual brief through drawn representations of observed processes, physical, historical and cultural conditions
3. Make coherent landscape proposals, which implement a professional skill and judgement and communicate your strategies verbally and visually
4. Establish and prioritise landscape concerns and derive consequent inventive landscape strategies and communicate design processes
5. Design innovative landscape and urban spaces and detailed elements of construction while negotiating issues of scale, ecologies, composition, structure and technical resolution of your design intentions
6. Demonstrate an awareness of the way analysis, research, context, budget, technical, environmental, material, structural and constructional strategies inform a design proposal

Indicative content

The course will focus on one main project, which will work from the strategic scale to the detailed resolution. Students will develop conceptual narratives, theoretical reflections and professional contexts in their projects. Through field visits, design studio tutorials, workshops, critiques and reviews the students will be required to develop and present innovative design proposals. The landscape project will be developed and tested at a range of scales, including 1:5, 1:20, 1:50, 1:100, 1:200, 1:500 and 1:2500. Your explorations and propositions will be drawn in plan, section, elevation, in model and in three dimensions, at various scales. You will elucidate your strategy, programme, context, and position through these representations.

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.
Weighting % 100
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length NA
Outline Details:Portfolio of research, analytical and design work.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Tutorials, design crits/review, draft portfolio.