LARCH 7032 - Advanced Ecology (M)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code LARCH 7032 Course Advanced Ecology (M) Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description This course considers themes in ecological design and new technologies as they relate to contemporary landscape architecture. The course explores topics such as ecology, habitat restoration, hydrology, civil techniques, horticulture, planting design, installation and maintenance and other techniques pertinent to the production of ecologically vibrant landscapes.
Course Coordinator: Amanda Balmer
Room Lecture Hughes 309 Lecture Theatre Tutorial Architecture 510 (Land Arch 5th Year Studio) Time Lecture Friday 09:00am – 10:00am – To be advised Tutorial Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm – Amanda Balmer/Matt Baida
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from the Course Planner at https://access.adelaide.edu.au/courses/search.asp
COORDINATOR/TUTOR Name Ms. Amanda Balmer Company WAX Design Telephone 84630886 email@example.com
TUTOR Name Mr. Matt Baida Company WAX Design Telephone 84630886 firstname.lastname@example.org
PROGRAM COORDINATOR Name Tanya Court Location r469 Telephone 8303 5694 email@example.com
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”Like an artist who paints, practices and sketches, a landscape architect needs to spend years learning which plants do well in different soils and microclimates We must remember all these qualities: the form and colour of the plant, especially the hue of green; the requirements of light, water and soil; and the feeling one is trying to crate.“
This course considers themes in ecological design and new technologies as they relate to contemporary landscape architecture. The course explores topics such as ecology, habitat restoration, hydrology, horticulture, planting design, installation and maintenance and other techniques pertinent to the production of ecologically vibrant landscapes. Students will build on previous course knowledge regarding plants and the use of plants as a material and an expression of a design intent, whilst further exploring the vast spectrum of possibilities to use plants in design projects.
Plants have over centuries been regarded as the inherent element in landscape architectural work. However, with the development of the profession moving away from garden design to creating urban settings that fulfil our contemporary, consumer-oriented demands, less attention is devoted to the complexity of planting design. In fact, plants are one of the most challenging materials in design because as living things they change over seasons, they grow and die. The dimension of time therefore plays a significant role in design concepts and objectives.
The course considers the emergence of ‘green infrastructure’ which can be defined as networks of greens spaces and water systems that deliver multiple environmental, social and economical values and services to urban communities. The value of ‘green infrastructure’ in urban landscapes is becoming increasingly recognised around the world as the rapid expansion of towns and cities create the risk of unliveable and unhealthy environments. Plants can create more than just the ‘green solution’ or the ‘fluff round the edges’ and provide multiple benefits including enhanced public use opportunities, urban ecosystems, social and community well being including physical and mental health. Debates on the way we think about cities emphasise the importance of greenery in our built environment and a specific focus in this course lies in the exploration of possibilities for planting design in contemporary architectural and urban contexts including roof garden and green walls.
This course approaches the use of plants and design solutions considering plant species and selection in regards to Green Infrastructure and other outcomes beyond the aesthetic to also consider food security, biodiversity, climate change, human health, increased urban density, water and energy issues.
This course celebrates the aesthetic role of plants. This design perspective includes: spatial composition with plants and their forms, structures and textures, the specifics of plant selection. Through the analysis of precedents we will investigate the aesthetics of planting design and develop an understanding of historic and contemporary principals. Equally important are issues of installation and maintenance.
Finally, students will combine their analysis skills with their theoretical knowledge of horticultural, functional, and ecological aspects. In individual design projects, students will develop design solutions for site-specific conditions and learn to apply appropriate representation techniques for designing with plants.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Schedule Date Theme Lecturer Lecture Studio/Site Visit Assign Time 1 06 March - - - - - - - 2 13 March An intro to composition of plants, space, l background, and terminology Amanda Balmer Introduction to Course and Historical Precedents Street Trees and City Tree Tour Project A Intro Lecture City Walk 12.00-1.00 1.00 -2.00 2.00 -3.00 3 20 March Living Architecture and applications Graeme Hopkins Green Infrastructure 'Life support for human habitats' Green Infrastructure Pechakucha Class City Green Wall Site Visit Project A Lecture Class Crit Site Visit 12.00-1.00 1.00 -2.30 2.30 -3.00 4 27 March Analysing and altering the site Amanda Balmer Site brief, elements and design principles/exploration. Project Presentation Site Briefing and Analysis Project B Class Crit Project Brief Site Visit 12.00-1.30 1.30 -2.30 2.30 -3.00 5 03 April Plants meet Architecture, green infrastructure and applications Sheryn Pitman Green Infrastructure 'Life support for human habitats ' Botanic Gardens Visit to Research Plant materials Project C Lecture Class Crit Studio 12.00-1.00 1.00 -2.30 2.30 -3.00 6 10 April Place Making Warwick Keates Place Making and Open Space Analysis, Design and Outcomes Site Analysis, Issues, Opportunities, Precedents and Concept Design Project D (1) Lecture Studio 12.00-1.00
Mid Semester Break ( 18, 25 April) 7 01 May Plants as the Medium, characteristics, purpose and manipulation Jo Russell Clarke Time and Change: seasonal change, flower aspects, foliage, fruit/seeds, pruning, rebuilding, refurbishing and temporary gardens Presentation of Concept Design Project D (1) Lecture Studio 12.00-1.00 1.00 -3.00 8 08 May
Relating Plants to Site Design from a practioner perspective
Amanda Balmer Planting Design Approach Site Visit Nursery Project D (1)
2.30 – 5.30
9 15 May Further Plant Knowledge through Characteristics Tanya Court Fruit Final Planting Plan Selection of appropriate plant material Project D (2) Lecture Studio 12.00-1.00 1.00 -3.00 10 22 May Refining the design
Soils and Mulches Studio workshop & project review Calc. plant masses, graphics and perspectives Project D (2) Lecture Studio 12.00-1.00 1.00 -3.00 11 29 May Understanding the Planting Environment and practical knowledge for planning/supervision Amanda Balmer Implementation: Soil Conditions, Plant Preparation, Planting, Initial and Follow Up Maintenance Final Project review and feedback Project D (2) Lecture Studio 12.00-1.00 1.00 -3.00 12 05 June Presentation and Assessment of Final
Project D (2) Present 09.00-1.00
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate the ability to research and select plants for particular design characters and site conditions and to develop an individual plant palette. 2 Demonstrate a competency to respond to a design brief and develop critical thinking skills in analysing site, projects and scenarios within the context of site and place 3 Understanding the design potential and characteristics of plants in regards to their physiognomy, requirements, and performance and the dimension of time. 4 Demonstrate skills in exploratory design ideation and informed conceptual propositions. 5 Further understanding of historical plant design and plant designer precedents. 6 Development of ‘Green Infrastructure’ principles and the relationship of a plants within this principle 7 Encouragement of students to work independently and rapidly to meet design briefs, course outlines and project deadlines. 8 Demonstrate a competency to articulate and critically evaluate design intentions, applications and outcomes. 9 Understand the relationship between representation, analysis and design. 10 Demonstrate an extension of representation and presentation skills developed in preceding subjects. A high quality digital graphics will be required using Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and hand graphics to explore, develop and communicate design approaches as appropriate.
University Graduate Attributes
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. (a) - (j) The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. (a) - (j) An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. (a) - (j) Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. (h) - (j) A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. (b), (j) A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. (a) â (j) A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. (a) â (j) An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. (a) â (j)
Recommended ResourcesReference books:
Hopkins, G & Goodwin, C (2011.) Living Architecture:Green Roofs and Walls. CSIRO Publishing:Victoria
Leszczynski, N. A. (1999). Planting the Landscape: A Professional Approach to Garden Design. New York: John Wiley & Sons ABC Gardening Australia (2004).Flora: The Gardeners Bible. NSW: Global Book Publishing.
Macgowan, T. (2009). Transforming Uncommon Ground ‘The gardens of Vladimir Sitta’ Melbourne: Blooming Books.
Barbaux, S. (2010).JardinsEcologiques : Ecology, source of creation, France: ICI Interface.
Conran, T. & Pearson, D. (1998). The Essential Garden Book: The Comprehensive Source Book of Garden Design. London: Conran Octopus.
Contemporary Landscape Architecture, 2008, Cologne: Daab.
Dashorst, G, & Jessop, I. (1990).Plants of the Adelaide Plains and Hills, Kenthurst NSW: Kangaroo Press.
Dunnett, N. &Clayden, A. (2007). Rain Gardens: Managing Water Sustainably in the Garden and Designed Landscape. Timber Press: Portland.
Hobhouse, P, (2002).The Story of Gardens, DK, London.
Lambertini, A. &Leenhardt, J. (2007) Vertical Gardens: Bringing the City to Life. Thames and Hudson: London.
Margolis, L, Robinson, A.(2007)Living Systems: Innovative Materials and Technologies for Landscape Architecture, Birkhäuser, Switzerland.
Richardson, T. (2008) Avant Gardeners. Thames and Hudson: London.
Snodgrass, E.C. & Snodgrass, L.L. (2009). Green Roof Plants: A Resource and Planting Guide. Timber Press: Portland.
Uffelen, C (ed.) 2008, 1000X Landscape Architecture, Braun, Berlin.
Weller, Richard et al. (2005) Room 4.1.3: Innovations in Landscape Architecture.Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Thomson, P. (2002). Australian Planting Design. Melbourne: Lothian Books.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course uses lectures, tutorials, seminars, site visits, crit sessions and presentations to gain knowledge required to complete assignments. To do well in this course students must bring their draft assignments for review. Receiving feedback, including from your peers is critical to developing deign thinking and successful design outcomes. It allows opportunities to improve and develop.
Attendance at lectures is compulsory and an engagement with material/concepts presented will be required in the development of assessable studio exercises and assignments.
Studios are a learning based environment and dependant on peer review and engagement to develop critical thinking, feedback and progress reviews. Exploratory design exercises and progress crits will encourage strong exploration of contemporary design approaches and presentation techniques. Studio will be the majority of the contact time for individual engagement and assignment presentations and crits will be undertaken at this time. Studio tasks, group work and peer reviews will compromise 60% of the grade.
WorkloadThe information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote at least 48 hours per week to their studies. Accordingly, students undertaking this 3 unit course are expected to devote 12 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: 12 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 156 Hrs
Total contact hours: 3 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 36 Hrs
Total self-guided study: 156 Hrs – 36 Hrs = 120 Hrs
These 120 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. This is a 3unit course. Students in this course are expected to attend three hours lecture, tutorials, site visits and studio each week and devote 9 hours of self-directed learning to this course. Tutorials and studio are an important component of your learning in this course. The communication skills developed in tutorials and practical sessions by regularly and actively participating in discussions are considered to be most important by the School and are highly regarded by employers and professional bodies.
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic Lecture 1 An intro to composition
of plants and space, conceptual
backgrounds and terminology
Introduction to Course and Historial space, precedents, street trees 2 Living Architecture and application Green infrastructure 'Life support for human habitats' 3 Analysing and altering the site Site brief, elements and design principles / exploration 4 Site visit & Nursery & plant research Site visit Salisbury & Nursery 5 Public holiday 6 Plants meet Architecture, green
infrastructure & applications
Green infrastructure 'Evidence Base' 7 Place Making Place making and open space analysis, design & outcomes 8 Plants as the medium, characteristics,
purpose and manipulation
Time and change: seasonal change, flower aspects, foliage, fruit/seeds, pruning
rebuilding, refurbishing and temporary gardens
9 Further plant knowledge through
Planting design approach
10 Refining the design Soils & mulches 11 Understanding the planting environment
& practical knowledge for planning &
Implementation: soil conditions, plant preparation, planting initial & follow up
maintenance, weeding, pest control
12 Presentation & assessment of
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
puchakama designer precedent presentation
Studio Presentation and Class Crit
plant research and presentation
Studio Presentation and Class Crit
green infrastructure research and presentation
Studio Presentation and Class Crit
project D (1)
Site analysis, concept development and presentation
Studio Pin Up and Class/Peer Crit
project D (2)
final project presentation
Final Presentation and Peer Crit
Assessment DetailMarking & 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.
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.
Submission/Notes on Assessment
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1. Assessment criteria will be used to assess students’ work. The criteria for each assignment will be
indicated on the assignment handout.
2. To gain a pass in this course, all assignments need to be passed in all their parts (> 50%).
Students can redeem failed assignments by resubmitting the work as academic supplementary
assessment. Please see below and the School's Handbook 2010 for details on resubmissions and
maximum possible marks.
3. The quality of English expression is considered to be an integral part of the assessment process.
Marks may be deducted because of poor language skills. CLPD provides academic research and
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be provided in class/tutorial sessions.
SubmissionAll studio presentations and pin ups to be completed and ready for presentation/pin up at 9am, late submissions will not be accepted and automatic fail grade applied.
Project D (1) and Project D (2) to be submitted to the Submission Box by Wednesday 5pm the day before the assignment is due, late submissions will not be accepted.
The submission dates and locations for various assignments associated with this course are:
All submissions must include Student Name and Student ID Number.
Submissions without Student Name or ID Number will not be considered for marking, and will receive zero marks in accordance with the guidelines.
In addition, all assignments need to have an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by the student before submission. Please attach the cover sheet in front of the document, to the top left hand corner.
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.
There is an early submission box located on Level 4 which is cleared out daily at 10am. Please mark your submission clearly before placing in box.
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.
The school has a resubmission policy whereby students can redeem failed work by submitting additional work for a maximum of 50%.
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 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.
For modified arrangements of submission and assessment due to special circumstances see the following Assessment Task Extension(s) & Additional Assessment guidelines:
Modified Arrangements (General):
Students can apply for extensions or modified arrangements based on Medical conditions or other Extenuating circumstances. However, students need to submit their application along with supporting documents within 5 business days of the condition becoming applicable.
The application forms are available from the Front Office and at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/mod_arrange.html and need to be submitted at the Front Office along with any supporting documentation.
Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance and the Course Coordinator will inform the applicant if the application is accepted. Please DO NOT contact the Course Coordinator directly.
In case of an extended medical condition which makes it impossible for the student to submit the work on time, an Application for Assessment Task Extension due to Medical Circumstances may be lodged with the Front Office along with a doctor’s certificate within 5 business days.
If the student is unable to submit the work on time due to extenuating Circumstances an Application for Assessment Task Extension due to Extenuating Circumstances may be lodged with the Front Office.
Please note that this is only available for certain military, religious, or legal obligations and does not extend to minor personal problems. (Refer to Student Handbook at http://www.architecture.adelaide.edu.au/current/resources/ for further details or contact Student Advisor).
In case of certain extraordinary personal problems students can apply for extensions based on compassionate grounds. However, these must first be discussed with the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.
To maintain privacy relating to personal issues students can contact the University Transition and Advisory Service at 8313 0100 or email@example.com, or approach the Counselling Service on 83035663 for an individual appointment.
If a student receives a Fail grade for the course with an overall mark between 45 and 49, they may be eligible for an Additional Assessment which would allow them to get a maximum of 50 Pass for the Course.
Additional Assessment offers are made by the School and the student will be informed directly once these are made available.
Students who have a disability and wish to seek modified submission or assessment arrangements need to contact the University Disability Services at 83135962 or firstname.lastname@example.org for supporting documentation and then communicate these to the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.
Students who have national/international sporting commitments and wish to seek modified submission or assessment arrangements need to register with the University Elite Athlete Support Scheme at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/eliteathletes/ and then communicate this to the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.
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.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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Submission dates and arrangements for each assignment will be clearly communicated for each course. The current (2011) School policy does NOT allow any extensions*. LATE submissions will not be received by staff, and the assignment receives zero.
*The exception to this Policy occurs when students have in-place Medical, Compassionate or Extenuating Circumstances approved by the Course Coordinator on official School documentation. Please see below and the School's Handbook 2009 for details.
PRESENTATION OF ASSIGNMENTS
1. Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
2. All physical submissions of individual assignments must be attached to an Assignment Cover Sheet
which must be signed and dated by the student before submission. Lecturers will withhold student’s
results until such time as the student has signed the Assignment Cover Sheet.
3. All physical submissions of group assignments must be attached to a Group Assignment Cover Sheet
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4. Markers can refuse to accept assignments, which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the
University’s policy on plagiarism (refer to policy on plagiarism below).