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Advanced Planting Design (ABPL90173)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90173
Availability(Quotas apply)
Winter Term
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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.

Subject may have a full day field trip .

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.

Generic skills

  • 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: 23 May 2019