Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Landscape Design 2: Resolution

Course summary

Course code: ENVT1102
Level: 5
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 ENVT1008 Digital Landscapes and part of ENVT0203 Planting Design 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 develop site-based research through analytical techniques to test landscape architecture ideas and processes through sophisticated drawings and models. Students will experiment with programme, function and urban narratives through the development of landscape projects. They will integrate ecological methods into the research of the site while resolving the design project through high-quality digital drawings communicating the landscape architecture proposals.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1. Refine critical approaches to investigating medium and large landscape sites and developing innovative urban proposals.
2. Test and compare series of detailed social, spatial and ecological research investigations of urban contexts, programme, scale and material which will lead to comprehensive landscape architecture projects.
3. Develop, through repeated testing, urban landscape design projects, which begin with an investigation of sites and the definition of an individual brief.
4. Communicate design processes, observations, physical and cultural conditions through appropriate use of sketches, drawing, collage, modelling, photographic, video or digital techniques.
5. Apply technical, theoretical and design skills through each stage of the project.

Indicative content

The course will include two urban landscape design projects exploring different creative aspects of contemporary urban landscape architecture, including landscape strategies and ecological 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 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 digital modelling, GIS and in three dimensions, at various scales. This course will focus on the iterative development of the project, through drawings and models of research, analysis and proposals, which develop the project to a detailed resolution.

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.