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Landscape Architecture Theory (11032.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Design and the Built Environment


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Landscape Theory investigates elements of landscape design theory across a range of landscape scales and projects. It incorporates the rich history of landscape design and draws the salient lessons and ideas from the past and makes these relevant to our design practices in the present. It also incorporates the concepts, such as our relationship to nature, that differentiate landscape architecture from other design professions, and explores how these ideas impact on our understanding of good design practice.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify and evaluate the underpinning influences of history, theory and philosophy on landscape design;

2. Develop a critique of theory and precedent as design determinants;

3. Identify and evaluate the influence of concepts of nature in the development of a framework to interrogate design landscapes; and

4. Develop and apply design analysis skills through written, oral and visual approaches.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours of on-campus lectures, interactive tutorials and workshops, in-class research and problem based discussion per week.





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Equivalent Units

8965 Landscape Theory.

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