University of Technology Sydney

11148 Landscape Architecture Global Studio B

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Architecture
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


The subject exposes students to international practices of landscape architecture and their associated sociocultural contexts. This occurs through a period of intensive interaction with a geographic location outside Australia. Exposure to an international environment aims to challenge students' existing ideas and expectations of landscape architecture, questioning what they know to be the discipline's identity, approaches, values, imperatives, applications and actuality. Through this experience students not only develop specific knowledge about new projects, places, people, design processes and ways of living, but also acquire important skills for engaging with the 'unfamiliar' and 'new' in a manner that is generous, culturally responsive and critical. Furthermore, the subject serves as a vehicle for international networking and the creation of a global design perspective. Interaction with the subject's international location takes place through a range of different activities. These could include visits to places, projects, practices and institutions, conversation, discussions, seminars and design charrettes.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. Identify and describe the characteristics of Landscape Architectural practices particular to a prescribed international location.
2. Critically reflect on alternative cultural experiences in a manner that is both inquisitive and respectful of difference.
3. Critically employ visual media to apprehend and document exemplars: built works, urban environments and regional landscapes.
4. Execute work to a high standard of rigor and craft.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes to the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Work cooperatively and productively as part of a team. (C.1)
  • Communicate ideas professionally. (C.2)
  • Advance ideas through an exploratory and iterative design process. (I.2)
  • Develop advanced skills for the production, presentation and documentation of work. (P.1)
  • Generate solutions to complex problems through an exploratory and iterative design process. (P.2)
  • Define and apply appropriate design research methods. (R.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject focuses on a fieldtrip to an international location. This involves an intensive period of immersion in one or more foreign cultures and their respective practices of Landscape Architecture. During this time students will participate in a variety of activities designed to provide exposure to a range of places, projects, people and institutions. In this context learning occurs in a number of different ways, distinct from those encountered in class room settings. Students are expected to interact in a positive and constructive manner with the wide range of experiences on offer: engaging individuals of a host country in conversation, exploring study sites as a group and under their own direction, collecting materials and documenting their exposure to different types of stimulus.

The subject's assessment tasks are designed to help students gain the most from their experience 'in the field' and to ensure they critically inform their subsequent approach to design. These tasks will require students to undertake work in preperation for departure, while 'on the ground' and upon completion of the field trip. Failure to participate fully with these tasks will severely limit a student's understanding of their experiences, diminishing the value of the trip and ultimately jeopardising their ability to pass the subject.

A number of classes/briefing sessions will take place on campus prior to the field trip. These will occur during the closing weeks of the autumn semester.

Content (topics)

International practices of Landscape Architecture

Landscape and urban history

The 'global' designer and approaches to cross cultural engagement

Method for the study of exemplars: built works, urban environments and regional landscapes


Assessment task 1: Photorgaphic record


Students are to compile a comprehensive visual record of the study tour's activities.


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 3 and 4

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.2, P.2 and R.1

Type: Journal
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 35%

Assessment task 2: Photorgaphic document


Students are to produce a critical photorgaphic record of a select built work.


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3 and 4

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.1, I.2, P.1 and P.2

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 65%

Minimum requirements

Enrolment in this subject is at the discretion of the subject co-ordinator and dependant on a good record of prior study.

Full attendance of the overseas field trip and on-campus lectures is a mandatory requirement of the subject. Students are to arrive on time at specified locations ready to participate in the scheluded activities. A record of attendance will be kept by the subject co-ordinator. The subject co-ordinator must be notified by email, in good time, of absences resulting from illness or for reasons beyond a student's control.

Under the guidance of the subject's co-ordinator students are responsible for the organisation and cost of travel. They must ensure that their travel plans correspond with the field trip's start and end dates.

In order to participate in this subject students are required to complete the Student Code of Conduct for Fieldwork form and abide by its stipulations for the length of the field trip. During their time overseas students are expected to act as ambassadors for UTS and the discpline.

Students will not pass this course based solely on their participation in the field trip; assessment tasks must be completed to an appropriate standard.

Required texts

See supplementary reading list handout.