LARCH 7033 - Final Landscape Architecture Project (M)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code LARCH 7033 Course Final Landscape Architecture Project (M) Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 12 Contact Up to 12 hours per week. KEPP UP TO @ HOURS Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Restrictions Available to M.LArch students only Course Description Students work on an individual design project of medium to high complexity, which showcases the student's mastery in particular areas of the discipline. The details of the project will be developed within guidelines and parameters defined by the coordinator. As the culmination of the masters program the project should aim to demonstrate a practical yet critical engagement with aspects of Urbanism, Design Research, and/or History, Civil Engineering Principles, Theory and Culture, developed in the previous part of the program. Accordingly, the design project needs to be accompanied by a theoretical exegesis which discusses the relevance of the proposed design to contemporary landscape architectural developments and debates.
Course Coordinator: Dr Scott HawkenName: Tanya Court coordinator & studio leader
contact: studio hours / by appointment
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
This capstone course is designed to foster advanced knowledge, understanding and skills that will assist the student in their future professional design practice.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Expand their individual knowledge through proposal and critique to develop conceptually strong landscape architectural design project
- Propose and develop a landscape architectural design project at a range of scales including strategically,
as part of a broader vision
- Utilise the research of design precedents, their evaluation and application
- Apply scientific, ecological, functional theoretical and ethical concerns to the design process
- Apply the use of advanced 3D modelling tools
- Articulate clearly informed design ideas including through the use of digital tools to an advanced level
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesAs an independent course the rescources required are negotiatied individually with the studio leader.
Recommended ResourcesRecommended publications / readings will be announced and made accessible by the studio leaders.
The University library has a collection of relevant design journals, which are an excellent resource for design ideas, precedent studies, theoretical texts, detailing and presentation techniques.
The School has a speaker series where respected practitioners and academics speak on contemporary architectural practice. In order to expand your knowledge of contemporary directions in design, it is highly recommended that you attend these lectures. Dates and details will be made available on the School’s website.
Online LearningOnline Learning:
Lecture summaries, image pdfs, handouts, links for further reference and additional material will be posted on the MyUni website following the relevant class.
Discussion board will form the initial point of contact for a course related enquiries. Discussions will be opened up each assignment and will act as an online collaborative learning environment with student engagement and peer assistance vital.
The school uses the University email system to get in touch with the students. So it is imperative that you check your email regularly and keep up to date with any new announcements.
Noticeboard / Handbook:
General information about the activities at the School is available online from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed at https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/group/professons-student-architecture/current-student
Students can also access a copy of the Student Handbook at the following link: https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/group/professons-student-architecture/current-student
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe format for Final Landscape Architecture Project is the Design Studio, a structure that parallels industry processes for design development and resolution. Students are required to present and discuss their work twice a week in the studio workshop environment, subjecting it to analysis, critique and response by staff and fellow students. Students are encouraged to maintain a written diary of these sessions. These are "work in progress" presentations, nonetheless, the work needs to be articulated and referenced in regards to the individual topics, theoretical backgrounds and practical issues pursued by the students. Students are encouraged to claim a desk in the 5th year studio space and work there 24/7. This will be supported by case studies and theoretical assignments.
The 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 12 unit course are expected to devote 48 hours per week to contact activities and self-guided study. Self-guided study should be used towards preparation of supporting assignment, weekly pin-ups and the steady development of your project.
The following figures are based on this framework and might assist in managing your workload. The workload, established by the expected final outcome (presentation & exhibition), is significant and adds up to a full time job. Organise your time wisely.
Total contact hours: equivalent of 12 hrs per week x 12 weeks
Total self-guided study: 36 hrs per week x 13 weeks
Total workload hours: 48 hrs per week x 13 weeks
Learning Activities Summary
Detailed dates will be issues via Myuni. Students need to check their email regularly for possible date changes and updates.
Schedule Week 1 studio Week 2 studio Week 3 Concept design Week 4 studio Week 5 studio Week 6 studio Week 7 Mid Review Week 8 studio Mid Semester Break Week 9 studio Week 10 studio Week 11 Report Week 12 studio Week 13 Final Review Week 14 Catalogue submission Week 15 Week 16 Exhibition submission Week 17 Exhibition setup Week 18 Exhibition demount
Specific Course RequirementsFinal Landscape Project is a self-lead design studio, in which students are asked to develop a landscape architectural proposition in response to a student selected site. In 2018 students, in discussion with the studio leaders, will develop a topic in relation to the studio themes. The project develops along the students own lines of interest and inquiry. The studio leader’s role is to coach and assist the students in their design research.
The assessment task sheets include additional information about the course requirements and the tasks to be completed.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Due Learning Outcome Concept Design Summative Assessment 5% Design for Research Summative Assessment 15% Mid-Review Summative Assessment 20% Final Presentation Summative Assessment 60% Total 100%
Assessment Related RequirementsParticipation in the bi-weekly meetings is required in order to demonstrate the projects’ progress and to take benefit from the studio leaders’ feedback. Students are asked to maintain a diary of comments and suggestions.
Mid- and Final Review include studio leaders and invited guest critics.
Mid Review presentations are scheduled for Week 7.
Final Review Presentations are scheduled for Week 13.
Presentation timelines and venues will be issued in a timely manner. Refer to the assignments and myuni.
Student participation in Mid and Final Review is compulsory.
Work handed in but not presented in person is considered as “not submitted”.
Assessment DetailASSIGNMENT #1 CONCEPT DESIGN 5%
The aim of this assessment task is to make sure that students are working in a productive way and to receive feedback on their working process and preliminary design tactics and designs. At this stage it is not ideal but it is still possible to change sites or direction if you have not established a project suitable for Final Landscape Project.
Please refer to the assignment handout for detailed information.
ASSIGNMENT #2 DESIGN FOR RESEARCH 15%
This assignment reflects the importance of design for research component to complete the major design task.
Please refer to the assignment handout for detailed information.
ASSIGNMENT #3 MID-REVIEW 20%
This assignment is an opportunity to have you project reviewed at the midway stage and check that the project is progressing sufficiently well for this time of the semester. By this stage the themes, site and intent of the project should be clear. There should be a well-developed design proposal and many of the final elements of the final presentation begun.
You should be considering the format of your final physical model. We will also review the quality for the graphics. You should have a sophisticated InDesign template but this stage. You should also be able to articulate the future direction of your project. What is going well? What do you still hope to work on or improve?
Students will be required to speak to their display and answer questions from the assessment panel. A pdf version of the booklet has to be uploaded to MyUni one day prior to the presentation. This file needs to be named: family name_first name_ MID. Differently labelled files may not be assessed.
Please refer to the assignment handout for detailed information.
ASSIGNMENT #4 FINAL REVIEWS 60%
Students will be assessed for the coherent presentation that draws a clear and legible line of thought and argument, from the initial moves to the conceptual idea and proposed implementation. Students will be assessed for courageous investigations, demonstrated knowledge and understanding of design strategies, innovation, integration of functional and technical aspects, as well as addressing cultural, social and urban design issues. Students will be credited for a legible and detailed documentation of their designs including through plans, sections and elevations, expressing their confidence in using the language of landscape architectural communication.
The presentation format will be in digital format and be accompanied by a single or multiple models. Content shall be similar to the Mid Review but developed to higher detail. Students are required to speak to their display and answer questions from the assessment panel. The presentation should be supported by annotated diagrams, drawings, renders, photographs, a written project description, and any other material that supports the design, and as negotiated with the studio leaders. It should include a graphical summary of the design process, any technical aspects that are pertinent to the scheme, and demonstrate structural considerations through the physical model, axonometric drawing or section. A pdf version of the digital presentation
needs to be submitted prior to the presentation.
This file needs to be named: family name_ first name_FINAL Differently labelled files may not be assessed.
Please refer to the assignment handout for detailed information.
The catalogue features students’ work selected for the exhibition as well as giving an overview of all students’ projects. Due to the
production timeline, material for the catalogue needs to be supplied in advance and before the final assessment has been made.
The material needs to be formatted to the following specs:
Drawings: A3 PDF vector graphic (preferred) or 2500px x 1800px JPG Format (A3@300dpi), Images: 2500px x 1800px JPG Forma (A3@300dpi), project description: 300 Words word.doc format.
The material needs to be ordered accordingly into five folders: GENESIS, CONCEPT, DRAWINGS, RENDERS, TEXT, bundled as a zip
file and supplied via MyUni until November 8. The file is to be named: family name_first name_CAT. This material counts towards the grade for Semester Progress.
The format of the exhibition posters is 3 x A0 portrait 841x1189 = 2523 x1189 landscape. A physical model (whole or part of the
project) is required. The exhibition posters should be based on the Final Review material yet be further improved by implementing the feedback received during the presentation.
Participation in the exhibition is determined by the quality of the design at Final Review and as indicated by the Grade received. Works assessed as CREDIT and above shall be part of the exhibition, as well as selected, or components of, PASS work, if space permits. Final curation of the exhibition is done by the course coordinator in discussion with the studio leaders. The files for printing need to 3 individual pdf’s, and named: family name_first name_EXH, bundled as a single zip file and submitted via MyUni until November 25. This material counts towards the grade for Semester Progress. The printing needs to be organised by the student cohort.
A selection of exhibition posters will be kept by the school for reference.
• 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.
• Models for in-class presentation cannot be handed in early.
• The school will NOT accept late submissions and any such assignment will receive zero marks. This also applies to electronic submissions.
• Printing delays & hard drive crashes will not be entertained as legitimate causes for delay, so please ensure that the work is finished in advance.
• Students should ensure that they regularly backup their work on multiple locations as hard drive 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 the student handbook at http://www.architecture.adelaide.edu.au/current/resources/ or contact the 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.
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• 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 email@example.com 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
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