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11177 Botany for Landscape Architecture

6cp; 3–5hpw (dependent upon field trips, as prescribed in the subject outline)
Requisite(s): 11176 Territory AND 11183 Landscape Ecologies
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Recommended studies:

Completion of years 1+2 of Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program at UTS, or equivalent



This subject introduces students to botany for landscape architects. Students learn how to identify, observe and document a range of plant species, and develop a position and design approach in relation to contemporary and emerging discourses on ecology and planting design. The subject is designed to develop a wonder for plants and their expressive, ecological and cultural capacities for designing an enriched landscape as well as develop technical know-how for successful planting design.

The subject includes site visits to nurseries to understand propagation, selection and ordering; contemporary landscape projects; and national parks and botanical gardens. Lectures and in-class discussions and workshops complement the visits and are an opportunity to discuss and further each student's ideas and design.

The course is run in four phases:

  1. developing modes of observation, documentation and identification, and developing cultural awareness
  2. developing drawing/design language, experimenting with simple plant plans and developing an approach to designing with plants
  3. developing a planting plan for a site through experimentation and developing a design position
  4. developing and resolving design through technical considerations, and articulating design through industry conventions such as a planting plan, a schedule and developing resolved CAD drawings.

Phases 1 and 2 comprise Assessment 1. Phases 3 and 4 comprise Assessment 2 and develop on Assessment 1.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

Detailed subject description.

Access conditions

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