LARC40390 Landscape Studio 4A

Academic Year 2021/2022

This studio, with the sub-title 'Landscape and Architecture', focuses on site planning and provides the student with an opportunity to explore, in depth, the relationship between architecture, urban design and landscape architecture, in the context of a single trimester-long project. The project is set up to mimic aspects of professional practice. The project may be located on a site in Ireland, or may relate to an international student design competition. The studio builds on the skills learnt in the earlier stages of the degree programme and the student is expected to synthesise a range of design skills, ideas and solutions. Students study an urban neighbourhood, examining the notion of cycles of change in land use, the history and character of the site, opportunities created by the flux of activity and resulting transience and temporariness, as well as more 'permanent' design solutions. A site within the neighbourhood is selected and a range of scales are used to develop a complete set of drawings for the project. The trimester ends with an exhibition of the students' work.

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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) ability to analyse and represent site context (iii) develop further the basic mapping skills learned in the earlier stages of their education and apply them in new ways to capture transient and subtle characteristics of the study area (iv) understanding of the influence of site constraints on design development (v) ability to make and represent appropriate detailed design interventions in a given context (vi) understanding of issues concerning appropriate choice and use of materials (vii) ability to research appropriate subject matter independently and to use such material in support of design (viii) make appropriate and well-considered design interventions that respond to specific localised urban conditions.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)




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 in stages and to make presentations in the studio. They are attended by staff, students and invited critics. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

BSc Landscape Architecture students must have completed Stage 3 Landscape Design modules before registering to LARC40390 Landscape Studio 4A.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles

Landscape Studio 4A (LARC40380)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Broken down according to stages with a submission at each stage of drawings and supporting texts. The submissions are to the staff and students with invited guest critics at some of the presentations Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


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, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Each submission will be made by the student to staff and students taking part in the module as part of studio-based 'crits'. The assessment in crits is a form of immediate oral feedback. Crits are timetabled for each submission stage. Staff will assess and grade the work at the crit and give grades to the student afterwards on an individual basis. Feedback will be in studio or online and can be oral (for further clarification) if requested by the student. Variations occur for the final summary document (5), this will be submitted at the end of the teaching term and no feedback will be given other than the grade for that stage. The assessment stages will be: 1: Research: oral presentation with a supporting written document. 2: Definition of design approach: oral presentation of graphics with supporting texts 3: Developed design: oral presentation of graphics with supporting texts 4: Detail design investigation: oral presentation of graphics with supporting texts 5: Summary document: submission of graphics with supporting texts

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: All Weeks Fri 09:00 - 12:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Fri 14:00 - 17:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 1 Tues 14:00 - 17:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Tues 14:00 - 17:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 6 Tues 14:00 - 17:50