LARC10050 Landscape Studio 1A

Academic Year 2023/2024

This Design Research Studio (DRS), with the title 'Tailwind for Ireland', focuses on wind power, onshore and offshore (in Ireland) as a mode of renewable energy. The topic is related to the wicked problem of climate change. The studio is organized in vertical form, and runs parallel with Studio 4A (Vertical Studio 4+1). The theme (studio work) will run for the entire year, and connects the spring studio with the autumn studio (1A and 1B).

The aim for these connected studios is to produce a relevant body of design work, based on research activity conducted by each student (group work will be encouraged). Students learn to observe, understand and record the Irish landscape and its components through exercises. A strong focus is put on the development of hand-drawing as a key communication tool in architecture / landscape architecture.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate
(i) ability to develop and critique projects in an individual and group setting
(ii) preliminary understanding of landscape context and scale
(iii) develop basic mapping skills
(iv) ability to research appropriate subject matter independently and to use such material in support of design
(v) ability to communicate verbally and graphically
(vi) make appropriate site specific design interventions.

Indicative Module Content:

Key topics addressed in this module are:
The Irish landscape
Wind farms and their impact
Topography, vegetation
Site and context - research, survey and analysis
Scale and measurement
(Hand) drawing & (model) making
Computer graphics and lay-out.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Field Trip/External Visits


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is a design studio where students carry out active task-based learning. It is supported by occasional lectures by staff and invited experts. Students are required to develop their design work iteratively, and present and discuss it regularly. Reviews are attended by staff, students and invited critics. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Attendance: active participation in studio and attendance to studio sessions Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: regular presentations/reviews of project work Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Portfolio: submission of all semester work in a portfolio and contribution to the end-of-term student showcase Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students are asked to present their work to their tutors and the class on a regular basis. Their work will be discussed in class and verbal feed back will be given during the session. According to the criteria set out in the brief marks and their weighting will be released within 3 weeks after the presentation. Individual feedback will be given on request after the release of the marks.

basics of landscape architecture: history, design, graphics


Bell, Simon (20042)
Elements of Visual Design in the Landscape
London: E&FN Spon Richview, 712/BEL

Boults, Elizabeth and Chip, Sullivan (2010)
Illustrated History of Landscape Design
Hoboken New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons Inc. Richview, 712.09/BOU

Dee, Catherine (2001)
Form and fabric in landscape architecture:
a visual introduction
London: Spon Press Richview, 712/DEE

Hutchison, Edward (2011)
Drawing for Landscape Architecture:
sketch to screen to site
London: Thames and Hudson Richview, 712.3/HUT

Loidl, Hans and Bernard, Stefan (2003)
Opening Spaces: design as landscape architecture
Basel: Birkhäuser Richview , 712/LOI

Lynch, Kevin, 19601
The Image of the City
London : M.I.T. Press Richview, 711.40973/LYN
Name Role
Dr Cara Augustenborg Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Michael Heurich Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Joerg Rekittke Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Thurs 14:00 - 16:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Tues 14:00 - 16:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 10:00 - 12:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 14:00 - 16:50