LARCH 7032 - Advanced Ecology (M)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
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Course Code LARCH 7032 Course Advanced Ecology (M) Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment Term Semester 2 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.
Room Lecture Napier G03 Lecture Theatre Tutorial Barr Smith 540 a/b Final Yr Studio Time Lecture Friday 09:00am – 10:00am – To be advised Tutorial Friday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Amanda Balmer/Isy James/Kat Baumann
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COORDINATOR/TUTOR Name Ms. Amanda Balmer Company WAX Design Telephone 82150144 email@example.com
TUTOR Name Miss Isabella James Company WAX Design Telephone 82150144 firstname.lastname@example.org
TUTOR Name Miss Katarina Baumann Company WAX Design Telephone 82150144 email@example.com
PROGRAM COORDINATOR Name Tanya Court Location r469 Telephone 8303 5694 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 around 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.
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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 projects and scenarios within the context of site and place 3 Demonstrate skills in exploratory design precedents, design ideation and informed conceptual design propositions 4 Development of ‘Green Infrastructure’ principles from historic, theoretical and case studies and the relationship of plants within Green Infrastructure principles 5 Demonstrate a competency to articulate, communicate and critically evaluate design intentions, applications and outcomes using a variety of technologies and techniques
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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)
1,2,3,4 Critical thinking and problem solving
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- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1,2,4,5 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
1-5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-5 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1,3,4,5 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
Required ResourcesNot applicable
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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