University of Technology Sydney

11561 Master of Landscape Architecture Design Studio 1

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Architecture
Credit points: 12 cp

Subject level: Postgraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

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

Description

This subject aims to further landscape architectural design skills through the integration of a specific research agenda that may be tested through project-based speculations. The research agenda comprises a particular topic selected from a range of discipline areas including, but not limited to, computation and digital design in landscape architecture, construction in landscape architecture, environmental and performance-based design in landscape architecture, urban design and activism and the role of the landscape architect within critical cultural and ecological discourse. The subject also enhances a critical understanding of landscape architecture as both a discipline with an existing body of knowledge and a set of practices that continuously challenge and add to that body of knowledge. The subject requires the testing of ideas and modes of practice in landscape architectural design, and the production of design proposals that accurately and persuasively convey the most relevant ideas and practices at an introductory level.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. Develop core knowledge and skills in Landscape architectural design, including the integration of complex spatial/material problem solving skills and critical personal and disciplinary reflection.
2. Undertake primary and/or secondary research to inform and enrich the design process and outcomes
3. Apply the design process as a research tool for understanding and refining a design proposal, for articulating broader ambitions in architecture, and for identifying essential questions to be addressed in a brief.
4. Transfer knowledge and understanding of sub-disciplinary areas creatively and appropriately towards a resolved design proposal.
5. Test and critically evaluate a variety of methodologies, processes and media involved in the development of architectural design proposals, and thus be able to analyse, question, and engage in informed and reasoned argument about such design proposals.
6. Professionally frame an authored design proposal as a vehicle to articulate and defend an architectural proposition.
7. Present complete and relevant findings of a professional quality in a public setting such as open juries, exhibition or published work.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

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

  • Critically engage with Indigenous, cultural and historical knowledge systems. (A.1)
  • Present critical arguments about how research informs and drives design practice. (C.1)
  • Innovate using emergent forms of landscape architectural practice, methods and technologies. (I.2)
  • Develop advanced knowledge and skills through self-directed reflective practice. (P.2)
  • Critically position work within an extended disciplinary context. (R.1)
  • Independently formulate and test complex ideas, arguments and rationales through designs. (R.3)
  • Challenge design conventions through scholarly research and investigative practice. (R.5)

Teaching and learning strategies

Overview
Students will be required to prepare and present research and design materials of various types in the context of this subject. These include printed and digital presentations of research materials, drawings, videos and animations, models, prototypes, reports, text based documents, exhibition materials of various types and an individual portfolio of student work. The intent of this subject is to develop design proposals and the necessary communication and research tools and evidence required to develop, present and describe that project in the most appropriate form for a professional and public audience.

Delivery

Masters design studios comprise two (2) tutorial sessions of three (3) hours each per week conducted on Tuesdays and Fridays between the hours of 0900 - 1800. Students will be required to progressively prepare and present research and design materials of various types relative to the studio context and objectives of this studio.

In some circumstances, such as travelling studios, there may be a period of intensive work undertaken which requires travel to various significant locations or collaboration with other groups of students or academics from UTS or other institutions. Any deviation from the typical studio pattern described above, will be advertised by the studio instructor before enrolments into elective tutorial groups is required.


Online Learning
All subject documents, studio briefs, assessment descriptions, and supplementary resources and readings relevant to each studio offering will be made available on the UTS Online portal. Your tutor will be responsible for the maintenance and distribution of this information and any concerns regarding access to this content should be made to your tutor in the first instance.

Feedback

The subject provides a range of formative feedback strategies.

1. All assessments will be graded in ReView. ReView will be used as a formative feedback mechanism in Assessment

2. The subject is designed around the progressive development of a highly resolved design project. Each tutorial and assessment milestone enables the continual and progressive development of both the knowledge, technical skills and understandings necessary to deliver a successful outcome. As such, each tutorial serves as a continuous feedback mechanism for students and your engagement in each studio session is necessary.

3. It is the student’s responsibility to record any feedback given during meetings. This will assist in how iterative development can be accessed and ultimately assessed.

Content (topics)

Studios will be offered across a range of disciplinary topics, which will each deal with their own specific domains of knowledge and the techniques necessary to their successful investigation. These topics include but are not limited to:

- Critical design practice
- Urban design
- Computation and digital design in landscape architecture and manufacturing
- Material and construction in landscape architecture
- Environmental and performance based design in landscape architecture
- Advocacy and the role of the landscape architect and design within critical cultural discourse
- Advanced design techniques

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Review 01

Intent:

Evaluate the quality of the student's design proposal

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 3, 5 and 7

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.2 and R.3

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 15%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Demonstrated awareness and implementation of discipline knowledge, history, theory, tectonics and/or practice as related to the studio agenda. 25 1 I.2
Ability to define, research and critically engage suitable trajectories of study related to the studio agenda. 25 3 P.2
Ability to establish and develop a critical and appropriate design methodology. 25 5 C.1
Ability to communicate landscape architectural ideas through a variety of ways including oral, written, visual, physical and digital media. 25 7 R.3
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Review 02

Intent:

Evaluate the quality of the student's design proposal

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 3, 5 and 6

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, R.3 and R.5

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Demonstrated awareness and implementation of disciplinary knowledge (history, theory, tectonics and/or practice) in the development of a compelling architectural proposal. 25 1 I.2
Ability to situate the project within an expanded intellectual and cultural context through the selection and development of meaningful design strategies. 25 3 C.1
Demonstrated ability to challenge disciplinary conventions through the realisation of an innovative and purposeful landscape architectural scenario. 25 5 R.3
Ability to formulate a reasoned architectural response to the studio brief. 25 6 R.5
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Review 03

Intent:

Evaluate the quality of the student's design proposal

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 3, 4, 6 and 7

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.):

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

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 65%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Informed understanding and response to the specific themes and issues raised by the studio brief. 20 1 C.1
Ability to initiate and execute a critical and self-reflective design methodology towards the realisation of a reasoned landscape architectural proposal. 20 3 P.2
Creative response to the studio brief through an engagement with sub-disciplinary areas of knowledge: history, theory, tectonics and/or practice. 20 4 A.1
Ability to situate the project within an expanded intellectual and cultural context through the definition of purposeful landscape architectural intentions and the execution of aligned design strategies. 20 6 R.1
Ability to creatively communicate sophisticated architectural ideas through a variety of ways including oral, written, visual, physical and digital media. 20 7 I.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Required texts

Please refer to your detailed studio description available on UTS Online.

Other resources

Please refer to your detailed studio description available on UTS Online.