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This is a studio-based subject that develops advanced skills in the theory and practice of planting design. Through a series of design exercises, a range of topics are progressively explored including:
- three-dimensional design principles and formal aesthetic considerations of planting design;
- the psychological and behavioural aspects of human relationship to nature via vegetation in the landscape;
- ecological characteristics and spatial patterns of vegetations and the use of plants for various utilitarian functions.
Principles of planting design are explored through a series of design exercises, within the context of various environment types, from urban to natural sites, culminating in preparation of an imaginative final planting design proposal for a complex site.
This subject addresses advanced theory and practice in planting design where students are expected to apply what they learn in lectures to design-based assignments.
Intended learning outcomes
- To develop an understanding of the aesthetic, functional and ecological contribution of native and non-native plants and plant communities to the contemporary landscape.
- To develop the ability to select plant material palettes and prepare planting plans for a range of project and site types.
- To expose students to the theoretical considerations associated with the use of plants in the landscape.
- Written, verbal and visual presentation of ideas
- Correct use of technical terminology
- Information gathering and critical synthesis
- Application of generic theories to specific examples
- Appropriate use of design terminology
Last updated: 3 November 2022