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11185 Contemporary Issues in Landscape Architecture

6cp; 3hpw (1hpw: lecture, 2hpw: seminar), on campus, weekly
Requisite(s): 11172 Landscape History and Theory 1 AND 11174 Landscape History and Theory 2
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject introduces students to a range of issues deemed critical to the current and future status of landscape architecture. It includes a combined study of contemporary theory and practice. Through this students gain a potent insight into the discipline's intellectual preoccupations and the relationship between disciplinary thought and designed forms. The subject's concerns are approached from both an international and local perspective. During the first half of the session students participate in a survey of contemporary discourse with an emphasis on ideas arising from dominant voices particular to North America and Europe. This is followed by a move closer to home. The localised expression of international debates is explored through the study of a contemporary work of Australian landscape architecture.

Lectures aim to contextualise the subject's contemporary survey among a wider body of associations and within a historical continuum, tracing the story of an issue's emergence, evolution and, occasional, persistence. This provides a context for seminars centred on the discussion of ideas expressed through language and image, and a body of exemplars including speculative and built designs. The investigation of sources from across theory and practice support an examination of the inter-relationship between disciplinary thought and professional action. Furthermore, reflection upon the form and character of individual sources raises awareness of the discursive practices through which landscape architectural thinking occurs. Students are led to question when, where and how we 'think' landscape architecture, and with what effect.

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