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This is a studio-based elective subject that enables students to develop an advanced planting design methodology. Plant characteristics are examined as a material for their uses and effects as an integral component of landscape architecture design. A site-specific design response is formed by addressing environmental, social, cultural and ecological criteria. Strategic approaches are explored through a series of lectures, practice-based case studies, and workshops. A field trip and site visits are included to promote critical reflection and evaluation of planting in built and natural landscapes. Design exercises are staged to develop a whole life-cycle approach to the planting design process, included: collection and exchange of information; development of a plant selection matrix; generation and testing of concepts; production of a detail design proposition; and, devising feedbacking mechanisms. The subject aims to provide students with skills and appreciation for ongoing learning and working with plants as a lively, evolving material in landscape architecture design practice.
Subject may have a full day field trip .
Intended learning outcomes
Having completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:
- Engage with plants as a material for exploring design effects and uses in landscape architecture design.
- Analyse environmental, social, cultural and ecological factors for site-specific design responses.
- Explore performative techniques in generating, testing and evolving the role of plants as design elements.
- Develop a whole life-cycle approach to building and sharing knowledge about plants as living systems in landscape architecture practice.
- Expand critical perspectives by examining plant performance in contemporary landscapes.
- Information gathering, exchanging and critical synthesis
- Accurate use of technical horticultural and design terminology
- Ability to analyse multiple site aspects of landscape contexts towards formulating design schemes
- Creative response and effective written, verbal and visual techniques for communication of complex ideas
- Application of graphic techniques encompassing data collection, mapping, diagrams and digital models to analyse, design and communicate
- Application of theories or design approaches to critically reflecting design drivers
Last updated: 16 March 2020