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Shaping the Landscape (ABPL90271)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90271
Semester 1
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This subject explores landscape as three-dimensional design. Through a series of related design exercises it investigates and tests conceptual, metaphoric, structural and technical characteristics of landform manipulation and material application.

Aspects of site grading, earthwork manipulation and innovative use of materials will be explored, including their experiential, functional and ecological implications.

The importance of landform modelling to the design vocabulary of landscape architecture will be introduced, alongside fundamental principles of drainage, levels, surveying and representation techniques.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Understand site grading and materials from functional, aesthetic and ecological perspectives
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the technical aspects of landform manipulation and innovative use of material
  • Understand and apply the representational techniques associated with designing multidimensional landforms
  • Demonstrate critical thinking through design experimentation and making

Generic skills

  • Correct use of technical terminology;
  • Three dimensional conceptualisation and representation;
  • Creative response to complex problems;
  • Application of fundamental science and mathematics to problem solving.

Last updated: 11 January 2018