History of Designed Landscapes

Subject 702-212 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Up to 4 hours a week (48 hours total)
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Andrew Saniga
Subject Overview:

An introduction to the history of site planning, design and composition, including the development of landscapes and gardens internationally from ancient times and the 19th century parks movement. The evolution of the public landscape. The development of landscape architecture as a profession and a basic introduction to 20th century landscape architecture including landscape planning. Morphology as an expression of technology, natural systems and culture including the geometry of form, elements, spatial organization and planting design. Key people, events, techniques and innovations.

This subject aims to develop fundamental knowledge at a graduate level of planning and design of the landscape internationally and through time, including formal and technical precedents, traditions and formative moments and figures in the history of landscape design thinking.

Assessment: Progressive assessment of written and project work to the equivalent to 5,000 words. A 1,000 word assignment due in week 5 (15%); a 2,000 word assignment due in week 9 (30%); and a 2-hour exam (55%).
Prescribed Texts: Jellicoe, G 1975. The Landscape of Man,Thames and Hudson, London. Cranz, G. 1983. The Politics of Park. MIT Press, Massachusetts. Elliott, B. 1986. Victorian Gardens. Batsford, London. Oldham, J. and R. 1980 Gardens in Time. Lansdowne Press, Sydney.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • use and citation of sources
  • essay and report writing
  • use of sketches to analyse and communicate
  • three-dimensional representation
  • the ability to efficiently locate available information

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