University of Technology Sydney

11196 Landscape History and Theory 3

6cp; 3hpw (seminar), delivered online
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.

Requisite elaboration/waiver:

11172 Landscape History and Theory 1 AND 11174 Landscape History and Theory 2


This subject explores a range of issues central to contemporary landscape architectural discourse, evidenced through the writings of notable practitioners and/or scholars. Students are assisted in unpacking and reflecting on the issues at hand through the development of a critical approach to reading, writing and discussion.

While focusing on certain topics and the contributions of specific authors, the subject also asks a number of important questions about the nature of discourse itself, among them: What is it? What form does it take? What purpose does it serve? This line of questioning is advanced through a focus on the complementary status of theory, critique and practice; a system of relations around which the subject’s assessment’s and learning activities are structured.

The examination of contemporary writing during the first half of the subject provides a basis for thinking about theory. This is complemented by a focus on criticism and practice for the remainder of the subject: students have the opportunity to reflect on a range of recent projects (speculative and built) using the perspectives offered by contemporary theory. In doing so the links between design, theory and critical reflection are evidenced and actively explored.

The knowledge and skills acquired in the subject are intended to support students in their pursuit of a critically informed approach to design and intellectual inquiry, grounded in a appreciation for the complementary functions of theory, critique and practice.

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