Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Landscape and Building

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Architecture and Urban Design

DESCRIPTION This study-unit addresses the relationship between buildings, and urban groups, and landscape, both urban and natural. It addresses the study of open space, how space between buildings can be designed, and how space could be related to the existing environment and the surrounding buildings. It necessarily introduces the theory of space, both physical and virtual. The study-unit focuses on the combination of architecture, urban and landscaped spaces, and the creation of boundaries, where needed, or the over-coming of boundaries to reinforce and redirect a site’s identity. The study-unit will be conducted via a series of formal lectures, case-studies explored via seminars, as well as via small design exercises.

Study-unit Aims:

The objective of the study-unit is to study a new form of territory where physical and social processes could interact and give life to or define space. The approach will be based on the exploration of the unique qualities of the site, but also to respond to the social processes that exist on the site. The study-unit will explore how buildings could extend beyond their walls, and how exterior spaces could become an integral part of the buildings, both proposed and existing. The study-unit aims to introduce theories of architectural space, spatial mapping, spatial navigation and path-finding.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Comprehend exterior space between buildings, how it is mapped and navigated, and how it influences pedestrian and vehicular movement;
- Appreciate and understand the role of light, texture and shadow in the creation of exterior landscape;
- Identify the parameters that affect the human perception of exterior space;
- Identify the material characteristics and technical properties that inform the use of such materials in exterior landscapes.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Select appropriate materials for the creation of external landscapes;
- Design lighting and colour schemes intended to create specific modulations of exterior space;
- Specify material properties and methods of assembly to complement an exterior landscape design scheme;
- Analyse different pedestrian and vehicular flows, and propose schemes to channel and modulate such flows.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Steenbergen, C., Reh, W., (1996), Architecture and Landscape, Prestel.
- Hertzberger, H., (2009), Lessons for Students in Architecture, 010 Publishers, Rotterdam.
- Schmidt, R., Landscape Architecture, Topos.
- Buhmann,E., Pietsch,M., Heins,M., (eds) (2008) Digital Design in Landscape Architecture 2008, Proceedings at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Wichmann.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Seminar & Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 50%
Seminar Paper SEM1 Yes 50%


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