DESST 3516 - Design Studio VI

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

Under the theme of `Big Parks', this course explores the design possibilities of cultural, environmental and programmatic contexts for large urban open space settings, expressed through propositions inclusive of consideration of meaning, space, form, structures, engineering, infrastructure, systems and materiality. The course provides the necessary knowledge and skills to generate complex, resolved designs. It develops critical skills required to attain a high level of landscape architectural judgement. Students will develop ambitious designs through advanced digital and modelling articulating proposals that comprehensively represent the intellectual and physical attributes of their schemes.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DESST 3516
    Course Design Studio VI
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge DESST 3513 or DESST 3027
    Restrictions Available to B.ArchDes students only
    Quota A quota will apply
    Course Description Under the theme of `Big Parks', this course explores the design possibilities of cultural, environmental and programmatic contexts for large urban open space settings, expressed through propositions inclusive of consideration of meaning, space, form, structures, engineering, infrastructure, systems and materiality.

    The course provides the necessary knowledge and skills to generate complex, resolved designs. It develops critical skills required to attain a high level of landscape architectural judgement. Students will develop ambitious designs through advanced digital and modelling articulating proposals that comprehensively represent the intellectual and physical attributes of their schemes.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Elisa Palazzo

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    As the last Design Studio of the Bachelor program, this course is designed to foster knowledge, understanding and skills that will assist the student in both their professional and academic careers through the development of a landscape design concept proposal at the urban scale.
    As an outcome of this course the students will be able to:

    1. Experience, survey, map and interpret the urban context and the socio-cultural, economic and ecological implications
    related to it through a variety of urban and landscape design analysis techniques.

    2. Identify and interpret the main strategies, methodologies and techniques of landscape planning and design at the urban scale.
    3. Develop an appropriate knowledge and theoretical framework and apply it critically in the definition of an urban landscape design project.

    4. Integrate landscape planning and design methodologies, techniques and design ideas to define a coherent and comprehensive landscape design solution for complex problems at the urban scale.

    5. Define appropriate materials and construction systems for a comprehensive landscape design solution.

    6. Communicate critical design thinking and proposals through representation techniques (such as hand sketching, computer drawings and graphics, models) and written word.

    7. Present and discuss a landscape project proposal at the urban scale to a peer, interdisciplinary and/or professional audience.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Various readings, assignment resources and recommended resources will be available on MyUni.

    Basic equipment:
    It is expected that each student will bring equipment to the tutorials to enable drawing, design and presentation including but not limited to:
    • Paper and trace paper for drawing
    • Pens, pencils, color markers, rulers, etc. i.e anything you use to design or draw
    • Printouts of research or reference material required for that studio
    • Digital equipment such as phones, ipads, laptops (not essential)
    Outside of class times students will be expected to conduct site visits and will require the following as a minimum:
    • Digital camera capable of storing a large amount of photos
    • Clipboard, pens, paper etc.
    You are required to maintain an A4 size journal for course notes & weekly tasks. It is preferable to use a notebook with unruled pages to assist with drawing.
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended readings:
    A recommended reading list is provided as an attachment to the course profile on MyUni which will aid you in the coursework and assignments. Please note these are not required texts for the course, but recommended reference and research material.

    Speaker Series and Public Conferences:
    The School has a fortnightly lecture series where respected practitioners and academics from the field deliver a public lecture on contemporary architectural practice. The exact detail of dates and speakers is available from the School website and the Front Office in due course.
    In order to expand their knowledge of contemporary directions in design the students are warmly recommended to attend these sessions and any Public Conference related to the topics of the course announced through MyUni during the semester.
    Online Learning
    University Email:
    The school uses the University email system to get in touch with the students. So it is imperative that all the students check their email regularly and keep up to date with any new announcements.

    MyUni is an essential online tool which will be used to communicate information regarding the
    course including details of assignments and interim grades. Therefore it is recommended that all the students familiarise yourself with the various functions of MyUni and employ it to its fullest extent.

    Discussion Board:
    The MyUni Discussion Board can be used to interact with other students and tutors and is an essential tool to discuss information and increase your understanding of issues.

    Lecture Recording:
    An audio recording of most lectures is made available in electronic format through the MyUni system for students to listen to on their own time and make notes. Please note that while these audio recordings are a useful resource for revision they should not be considered as replacement for actual lecture attendance. The lecture sessions will include activities and discussions on visual material that cannot be captured properly in the recording. Furthermore, technical issues cause delays in the availability of recordings which might affect your ability to complete ongoing tasks, not to mention technical failures which might result in certain recordings being unavailable.

    Noticeboard / Handbook:
    General information about the activities at the School is available online from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed at
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The weekly lecture will introduce a topic, theme or process to be explored in the following tutorial sessions and will relate to the assignment in progress at that time.

    It is important that students attend all of the lectures in the course so their assignments are targeted to the key themes of the course.

    Please note a 10% participation mark is applicable for the studio.

    The tutorials will involve group and individual work including:
    - Studio exercises such as drawing, designing, discussing, etc.
    - Individual studio time with tutors exploring your individual project or assignments.
    - Work on assignments.
    - Presentation of assignments.

    As the course is designed to provide a clear understanding of the process and activity of landscape design and planning, students should be prepared to actively participate in the tutorials including discussion, presentation and also peer reviewed critique.

    The course engages a Small Groups Discovery strategy in which the class is divided into teams of 3-5 students who are required to work together on small tasks in order to assist the learning process and to increase the students’ participation and comprehension.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (ie. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote at least 48 hours per week to their studies. Accordingly, students undertaking this 6 unit course are expected to devote 24 hours per week to contact activities and self-guided studies.

    Based on this framework here are some figures that might assist workload management:
    Total workload hours: 24 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 288 Hrs
    Total contact hours: 6 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 72 Hrs
    Total self-guided study: 288 Hrs – 72 Hrs = 216 Hrs

    These 216 hours should be used towards preparation of weekly tasks and for completion of the various assignments associated with the course, including development of various skills required to complete the same. Please organise your time wisely.
    Learning Activities Summary
    A course program and timetable with details of lectures, tutorials and activities is provided as an attachment to the course profile on MyUni.
    Please note there may be minor changes to the course program throughout the studio.
    MyUni will always contain the most updated course program.

    The weekly lecture will introduce a topic, theme or process that will be explored in the following tutorial session and will be related to the assignment in progress at that stage. The lectures will be integrated with a series of communications by different institutions and departments involved in the management, planning and design of the study area.

    It is important that students attend all the lectures and tutorials of the course in order to be able to target appropriately the key themes discussed each time.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Task/Assignment No. and Name Due Date Weight Type Learning
    1 – The experience of space
    (group work)
    Week 6 30% Summative 1,2,6,7
    2 – The making of a place Week 12 60% Summative 3,4,5,6,7
    3 - In class participation and MyUni 10%

    Please note a 10% participation mark is applicable.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The assignments require the material to be presented during the tutorials.
    All submissions of assignments will follow the following schedule:

    Task/Assignment No. and Name Due Date Where
    1 – The experience of space
    (group work)
    Week 6 In Class and MyUni
    2 – The making of a place Week 12 In Class and MyUni
    3 – Participation In Class and MyUni
    All assignments will also have to be uploaded on MyUni in due date according to the specifications and details available from MyUni through the Assignments & Tasks Section.

    Assessment Detail
    Details of various assessment tasks and assignments are available from MyUni through the  Assignments & Tasks Section.

    Marking & Feedback (General)
    • Final results for the course will only be available through Access Adelaide and students SHOULD NOT contact the course coordinator or the tutors for the same.
    • Most assignments will be marked within 3 weeks of the submission and the interim grades will be made available through the My Grades system. Students are expected to inform the Course Coordinator if there are any errors with the marks entered on the system.

    • Feedback for in-class submissions will only be available during the tutorial as oral critique in the style of studio wall-crits. Students should arrange with peers to make notes for reference.

    Submissions (General):
    - All submissions must include Student Name and Student ID Number. Submissions without both Student Name and ID Number will not be considered for marking, and will receive zero marks as per guidelines.
    - Please adhere to submission deadlines and follow instructions provided.
    - Students must not submit work for an assignment that has previously been submitted for this course or any other course without prior approval from the Course Coordinator.
    - On occasion, the lecturer/tutor may wish to retain students’ work for future reference and the relevant student will be informed at such a time.

    Late Submission:
    - The school will NOT accept late submissions and any such assignment will receive zero marks. This also applies to electronic submissions.
    - Printing delays & hard disk crashes will not be entertained as legitimate causes for delay, so please ensure that the work is finished in advance.

    - Since the course already provides alternative assessment options for students to make up lost marks, the resubmission policy does not apply to any of the submissions in this course.

    Good practice:
    - Students should ensure that they regularly backup their work on multiple locations as hard-disk crashes are an unfortunate reality.
    -When relying on community printing/scanning facilities, students should attempt to finish their work in advance to avoid unnecessary delays.
    - Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted (digital or hardcopy), as originals may be lost during the submission process.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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