LARC10090 Landscape studio 1B

Academic Year 2021/2022

This studio builds on the skills learnt in the first trimester but focuses on interventions in urban context.
Students continue to observe, understand and record the landscape through a series of exercises and site visits of socio-cultural interest withn Dublin City.
Principles of (good) design in landscape architecture are explored through a series of short abstract projects.
Research methods in this trimester include critical, comparative reading, precedent studies and site related library and online research.
Students learn to differenciate between various public urban landscape typologies.
Design methods and design process are further deepened and explored through interventions in urban contexts. These group and/or individual projects require the student to engage with the spatial and contextual nature of landscape design and to rationalise their responses.
Built on skills learnt in Autumn graphic and verbal communication are further developed and computer graphics are introduced, photography is taught.
At the end of term all trimester work of studio 1B will be assembled in a portfolio and prepared for the landscape architecture end-of-term student showcase.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Understanding of design principles and design methodology:
ability to understand and differentiate various landscape typologies;
familiarity with different types of designed landscapes in urban context: street, square, park, communal space;
developing criteria of aesthetical and functional quality in spatial design;
familiarity with/questioning of the meaning of landscape architecture and its role in society;
familiarity with contemporary urban landscapes and landscape architects;
extended knowledge of plant materials;
improved understanding of scale and context;
improved competency in survey, analysis and recording of a site;
improved understanding of design methods and the design process: survey/ analysis/ concept;
improved skills in graphic communication and model making;
competency in presenting/exhibiting course work in a portfolio/term show.

Indicative Module Content:

Key topics addressed in this module are:
the urban landscape - a typology;
landscape elements - water, vegetation
design principles - texture, proportion, linking idea;
site and context - research, survey and analysis;
conceptual and detailed design;
critical, comparative reading;
(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:
The key teaching and learning approaches used in this module are:
studio work;
project-based learning;
introductory lectures and demonstrations;
individual and group work;
field trips and site visits
critical reading,
precedent studies;
regular graphic and verbal presentations;
reflective learning. 
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
Continuous Assessment: Regular presentation/review of course work Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Attendance: Active participation and regular attendance in studio sessions Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Portfolio: End of term submission of entire body of course work and contribution to 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
Summer 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 (weekly, bi-weekly) 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
Mr Dom Comerford Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Philip Doran Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Angela Hayles Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Teodora Karneva Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Frieder Luz Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Kevin Keenan Tutor
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) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Fri 09:00 - 12:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 15:00 - 17:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Tues 10:00 - 12:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 09:00 - 12:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 14:00 - 17:50