LARC10090 Landscape studio 1B

Academic Year 2023/2024

This Design Research Studio (DRS), continues with the title 'Tailwind for Ireland', focusing 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 4B (Vertical Studio 4+1).

This studio builds on the skills learnt in the first trimester.
Students continue to observe, understand and record the landscape through a series of exercises and site visits of socio-cultural interest.

A strong focus continues to be placed on the development of hand-drawing as a key communication tool in architecture / landscape architecture.

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;
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:
Wind farms in the Irish landscape
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:
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
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 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) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 15:00 - 17:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 15:00 - 17:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 10:00 - 12:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 14:00 - 16:50