Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Landscape Design Technology 3

Course summary

Course code: ENVT1107
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Architecture and Landscape
Course Coordinator(s): Duncan Goodwin


Introduction and rationale

This course is proposed to replace existing ENVT1070 Green Engineering for Landscape Architects and ENVT1012 Technical Landscapes. This allows for greater application of the technical and professional aspects of Landscape Architecture to be applied to the design projects and a more gradual development of technology in the programme.

Pre and co requisites



The aim of the course is to advance the technical and professional considerations for Landscape Architecture practice, including materials, ecologies and engineering, in the context of the student design projects. An emphasis on working from the infrastructural scale to the detail scale, including transportation systems, green and other infrastructures, planning and construction, will be the focus on this course.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. Develop technical construction documents, cost estimates, review work for code compliance, and write construction specifications for selected construction details
2. Imagine, develop and present a planting/ecological design proposal or strategy using an extended range of landscape plants
3. Understand the diversity of urban site conditions and other growing conditions, how these conditions might influence plant selection, establishment, development and survival, and how to use this information to select, detail and specify site-appropriate plant materials in planting design projects and where soil modification techniques can be employed
4. Develop an understanding of urban ecological issues, emerging policies, initiatives, strategies and their relationship to sustainable planning, ecological objectives and design practice in the context of a complex natural environment
5. Critically analyse and evaluate materials and construction methods relative to their environmental footprint, such as embodied energy and embodied carbon
6. Understand and critically analyse alternative infrastructures, transportation systems, renewable energy, recycling and resource management and sustainable economics as a way to transforming urban landscapes to become the basis for a new, ecological society.

Indicative content

The course will further develop the core technical and professional themes for Landscape Architecture, including materials, ecologies and engineering through a series of lectures, field visits, workshops and seminars. Students will explore landscapes from the large to the small scale and apply their knowledge through an application of knowledge on their design studio projects, including: transportation systems, green and other infrastructures, planning and construction.

Teaching and learning activity

The course is taught in term 1 and 2 through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops, by landscape architects, ecologists, horticulturalists and engineers. In term 2 the course is taught through tutorials and seminars in the design studio. Students will apply their technical theoretical understanding to their design project, the outcome of which will be a technical report.


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment Technical portfolio / report.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 1-7.
Weighting % 100
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length NA
Outline Details:Technical portfolio of diagrams, calculations, drawings, text.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Tutorials through workshops and seminars.