LARC10100 Understanding Landscape II

Academic Year 2021/2022

Building on Understanding Landscape 1 in Autumn, this 5-credit module is aimed at developing an understanding of issues associated with the landscape. It introduces students to Landscape as a concept. Influenced by the European Landscape Convention it forms an integral part of the landscape architectural programme at UCD but will also be relevant to students from other disciplines.
The course is based on a series of topic related lectures with supporting readings, seminars and exercises. Active student engagement is required.
The module focuses on the perceptual and aestethic aspects of the landscape. Starting from the basic elements of landscape perception, the module examines the sensory, formal and spatial qualities of landscapes, and their articulation in situ (materiality, vegetation) and in plan (graphic communication). While in Understanding Landscape 1 the Irish landscape is used as the primary case study, the perceptual and aestethic principles are illustrated by urban European landscapes both historic and contemporary.



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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should:
- be familiar with key aspects of (landscape) design theory,
- have gained an understanding of the aesthetic and perceptual components of landscape analysis,
- have developed a "toolbox" for the design of meaningful landscapes.

Indicative Module Content:

Key topics addressed in this module are:
principles of (landscape) perception;
Gestalt theory;
design elements - space, motion, focal point;
characteristics of good design - contrast, proportion, texture, tension, colour;
landscape and meaning;
ideal landscapes;
land art;
representation of landscape in drawing, collage and model

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

22

Seminar (or Webinar)

12

Specified Learning Activities

24

Autonomous Student Learning

42

Total

100

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The key teaching and learning approaches used in this module are:
lectures and demonstrations,
project-based learning;
individual and group work;
artistic expression;
reflective learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Understanding Landscape 1


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Portfolio: End-of-term portfolio containing all (revised) coursework Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes

65

Examination: 2 hour in-house exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes

25

Attendance: Active participation and attendance throughout the course Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No

10


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
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
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

5 short assignments/projects are spread out across the trimester. Both individual and group work will be discussed in class and verbal feed back given during the session. Peer assessment applies to group work. According to the criteria set out in the brief provisional marks will be released within 2 weeks after the (interim)submission. Final marks are based on the end-of-term portfolio containing all (revised) coursework. Individual feedback on portfolio and exam will be given on request after the release of the marks.

essential readings

DESIGN ELEMENTS:

Dee, Catherine (2004) Form and Fabric in Landscape Architecture: A visual introduction. Oxford: Taylor & Francis

Ching, Francis D. (2007) form, space, & order. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons

Loidl, Hans and Bernard S. (2003) Opening Spaces. Design as Landscape Architecture. Basel: Birkhäuser


BASICS + DESIGN PRINCIPLES:

Bell, Simon (19961, 20042) Elements of visual Design in the Landscape. London: Spon Press.
Free download: http://data.sfb.bg.ac.rs/sftp/milena.putnik/estetika%20pejzaza/Simon%20Bell%20-%20Elements%20of%20Visual%20Design%20in%20the%20Landscape.pdf

Ching, Francis D. (2007) form, space, & order. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons

Dee, Catherine (2004) Form and Fabric in Landscape Architecture: A visual introduction. Oxford: Taylor & Francis

Loidl, Hans and Bernard S. (2003) Opening Spaces. Design as Landscape Architecture. Basel: Birkhäuser


GESTALT Theory:

http://graphicdesign.spokanefalls.edu/tutorials/process/gestaltprinciples/gestaltprinc.htm

http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/mjodonnell/cojo232/pdf/gestalt.pdf


LANDSCAPE & MEANING:

Taylor, Ken (2008) Landscape and Memory: cultural landscapes, intangible values and some thoughts on Asia. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place –between the tangible and the intangible’, 2008, Quebec, Canada
Short version: http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/CI/CI/pdf/mow/mow_3rd_international_conference_ken_taylor_en.pdf (accessed 23.04.2015)
Long version: http://www.international.icomos.org/quebec2008/cd/toindex/77_pdf/77-wrVW-272.pdf (accessed 23.04.2015)

European Landscape Convention (2000). Council of Europe. European Treaty Series -No. 176
https://rm.coe.int/CoERMPublicCommonSearchServices/DisplayDCTMContent?documentId=0900001680080621
or check website of the Council of Europe: Documentation: Reference texts


LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE & LAND ART:

Weilacher, Udo (1999) Between Landscape Architecture and Land Art. Berlin Basel Boston: Birkhäuser
Name Role
Ms Angela Hayles Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Spring
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Tues 16:00 - 17:50