Landscape Studio 3: Landscape Planning

Subject ABPL90172 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, 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: 96 hours: 2 x 1 hour lectures per week; 2 x 3 hours of studios per week
Total Time Commitment: 240 hours
Prerequisites: Completion of the below subject or enrolment into the 200 point Master of Landscape Architecture.
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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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Dr Siqing Chen


Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject was formerly called Studio 4: Planning.

A studio-based subject that formulates strategies for dealing with the broader landscape. Whole areas (catchments, townships and settings, landscape units) are used as the basis for analysis from multiple viewpoints and values including the geo-physical, cultural and scenic. Various established methods of landscape planning are introduced (including McHargian overlay) and compared as the basis for a selected strategy for intervention, conservation, management and action on a particular site. The operating statutory frameworks and basic GIS applications are introduced as a basis for selecting work methods and communication strategies appropriate for this scale and type of work in the private and public domain.


This subject aims to develop knowledge of, and skills in, selecting and creatively applying established methods of landscape assessment and planning to a broad landscape, including precedents in application locally and internationally. In responding to broad-scale sites and complex issues, students develop skills in contributing to and managing group work and outcomes.


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 (70%).
Prescribed Texts: None specified
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • correct use of technical terminology
  • analysis and synthesis of data to propose solutions
  • spatial analysis
  • use of specialist software
  • evaluation of planning decisions
Related Course(s): Master of Landscape Architecture
Master of Landscape Architecture

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