Constructed Ecologies engages with the key principles of ecology as a fundamental requirement for landscape architectural practice. Typical topics include biodiversity, soils, changing rural ecologies, wetlands and stormwater design strategies including water flows, environmental history informing design, and performative design. The focus is on ecosystem function. The course emphasises foundations of ecology, suburban design, and designing with water. The course will address case studies from around the world as illustrations of ecological principles informing design.
Note: There might be a field trip with 2 nights away during semester; this is not a hurdle and other arrangements could be made for those students who find it difficult to attend.
Intended learning outcomes
Develop an understanding of ecological principles.
Understand the role of the landscape architect in enabling ecological function through design.
Correct use of technical terminology.
Evaluation of existing knowledge.
Critical evaluation of practice and design.
Identification of emergent trends in ecological design practice.