Landscape Studio 2: Site Plan & Design

Subject ABPL20040 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1x1 hour lecture per week, 1x3 hour studio per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
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Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: None specified
Non Allowed Subjects: None specified
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Assoc Prof Ray Green


Subject Overview: This subject was formerly called Site Planning and Design (Landscape Studio 2).

This design studio is concerned with the art and science of planning and designing landscapes. The emphasis is on systematically analysing biophysical, social and cultural attributes of sites and their contextual settings and based on this information arranging circulation systems, open spaces, areas of vegetation, buildings and other structures within the context of various landscape settings, from urban to natural, and at different scales. Students will learn how to develop design solutions for sites in ways that harmoniously and responsibly respond to the landscape.

On completion of this subject you should be able to:

  • undertake systematic landscape and site analyses;
  • use appropriate graphic techniques to analyse sites and communicate design proposals;
  • gather and synthesize environmental, social and cultural information to make informed land planning and design decisions;
  • develop creative responses to complex land planning and design problems;
  • formulate design strategies to create meaningful relationships between natural attributes of sites and built forms.tes in ways that harmoniously and responsibly respond to the landscape.
Assessment: Assessment is based on two larger site design projects, one due in week 6, which is worth 30%, and one due in week 12, which is worth 60%, and one smaller design exercise worth 10% prepared within the classroom in week 3. These assignments will be presented graphically, texturally and orally and included in an end of semester design portfolio (equivalent to 5000 words).
Prescribed Texts:
  • Lynch, K. Site Planning, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA., 1979.
  • LaGro, J.A. Site Analysis: Linking Program and Concept in Land Planning and Design, John Wiley and Sons, Inc, New York, 2001.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: Upon successful completion of this subject you will have had the opportunity to develop the following skills:
  • create thinking capacities;
  • spatial analysis skills;
  • critical thinking;
  • ability to seek out, evaluate, and retrieve information from multiple sources;
  • ability to comprehend concepts and express them graphically, orally, and textually;
  • team work skills;
  • time management skills.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Landscape Architecture

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