Landscape Studio 2: Site Plan & Design

Subject ABPL20040 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1x1 hour lecture per week, 1x3 hour studio per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

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Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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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.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Siqing Chen



The Eastern Precinct (building 138)
(between Doug McDonell building and Eastern Resource Centre)

Current Student:

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.

Learning Outcomes:

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.
  • Site design project (small) prepared in classroom,equivalent to 500 words due week 3 (10%);
  • Site design project (large) equivalent to 1200 words due week 6 (30%);
  • Site design project (large) equivalent to 2500 words due week 12 (60%).

These assignments will be presented graphically, texturally and orally and included in an end of semester design portfolio.
Hurdle Requirement: Attendance and participation in 75% of the studios is a mandatory requirement.

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, 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: Architecture major
Environments Discipline subjects
Landscape Architecture major
Restrictions for Breadth Options within the Bachelor of Environments - relating to specific majors
Urban Design and Planning major

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