University of Technology Sydney

11170 Landform

6cp; 1hpw (lecture), 2hpw (tutorial/workshop), on campus
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.



This subject concerns the design of topography from the perspective of landscape architecture. It provides an introduction to the physical properties, design applications and expressive capacities of landform. Students acquire the skills and knowledge needed to manipulate land in ways that address function, environmental performance and personal expression.

The subject is designed around the investigation of a range of topographic archetypes, such as slopes, ramps, stairs, terraces, etc. These are encountered through the study of local and international examples of landscape architecture. The study of projects in person and via published materials provides the basis for an understanding of each archetype's design principles, codes and standards, and associated best practice.

A practical approach to learning is adopted throughout the subject. This involves experimenting with two- and three-dimensional representational forms and techniques to generate, analyse and communicate topographies. Throughout the process of experimentation, students are encouraged to develop an integrated approach to the use of analogue and digital techniques, combining hand-drawn studies, digital production methods and physical model-making.

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