Studio 2:Site Planning and Design

Subject 705-623 (2009)

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Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On campus

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Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: 240 hours
Prerequisites: 702-441 (ABPL00107) Studio 1: Landscape Design Techniques, or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Dr Scott Alexander Heyes
Subject Overview:

An in-depth introduction to site planning to create purposeful relationships between natural and built systems that achieve sustainability at a site scale. Topics include: site analysis (evaluation of natural features and functions, slope, orientation and exposure, access, land tenure); analysis of contextual constraints and opportunities (land tenure and zoning, associated development or conservation areas, form, function, access); methods to site buildings, circulations systems, and functioning open spaces including programmatic analysis; fundamentals of carrying capacity at a site scale.

There is an emphasis on 3-dimensional thinking/massing, visualisation and representation at the site scale using sites of 5-10 hectares.


This subject aims to introduce and develop skills in understanding, evaluating and organising sites for effective and sustainable use.

Assessment: Progressive project work equivalent to 10,000 words. A 1500 word assignment due in week 4 (20%); a 1000 word assignment due in week 6 (10%); a 7500 word assignment due at the end of semester
Prescribed Texts: Lynch, K. (1962) Site Planning. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
LaGro, JA. (2001) Site Analysis: Linking Program and Concept in Land Planning and Design. John Wiley and Sons Inc, New York
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Use of sketches, drawings and diagrams to analyse, design and communicate
  • information gathering and critical synthesis
  • spatial analysis
  • creative response to complex problems
  • critical evaluation of policies and practices
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Related Course(s): Master of Landscape Architecture

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