Course Title: Landscape Architecture Theoretical Frameworks 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Theoretical Frameworks 2

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ARCH1352

City Campus

Undergraduate

315H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013

ARCH1352

City Campus

Undergraduate

320H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Julia Werner

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3806

Course Coordinator Email: julia.werner@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 8.11.53

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course, the second in a sequence of three, will focus on contexts of thought, and how they have given rise to prominent movements and projects in landscape architecture. These contexts are framed as being formed by accumulations of the following : philosophies, theories, design projects, movements, artworks and literature (amongst others). Using Michel Foucault’s ‘Archaeology of Knowledge’ as a point of departure, the course works to initially set up these accumulations to enable an excavation to be conducted in the pursuit of ‘phenomena of rupture, of discontinuity’ between and within these accumulations. Leaving behind the concept of history as a conservative, linear narrative constructed of ‘stable structures’ and ‘vast unities like centuries and periods’ we bring our interest instead to ‘interruptions whose status and nature vary considerably’.
Foucault alludes to the solid nature of historical ground conditions, a solid condition that must be excavated in order to reveal these ‘irruptions…discontinuities, thresholds, ruptures, breaks, mutations and transformations’. This process of excavation is analogous to archaeology.
The word ‘archaeology’ describes the ‘study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artefacts and other physical remains’.
This course presents you with three particular frameworks of thought, that act as instruments through which to conduct your excavation (projects)(site):

Modernism - the carving - revealing the perfect singular idealist form
Post-Structuralism - the dissolving - revealing the multiple
Phenomenology - the blurring – possibility of the infinite

Theoretical Frameworks 2 explores the above method to reveal relationships between design and theory, through the techniques of abstract writing, essay writing and drawing.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Capabilities which will be developed through this course are:

Engage in design practice that is characterised by creative and critical thinking skills, analysis, and synthesis.

Communicate using a range of forms and media to clearly and coherently present ideas that are informed by the underlying principles and concepts of the technical and theoretical frameworks of landscape architecture.

Assume responsibility for own ongoing learning and use initiative and informed judgment to position ideas of practice in landscape architecture and across disciplines.

Reference technical and theoretical frameworks of landscape architecture to describe, critique, modify and adapt relevant and innovative forms of design for professional work in the discipline.

Appreciate the capacity for design practice to be an agent for problem solving and change; and be able to engage this understanding through design to make decisions with some independence.


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

Locate critical theories from the twentieth century onwards.
Investigate influential contemporary theory relevant to significant contemporary design issues through site.
Critically analyse design projects in relation to the theoretical frameworks covered in the course.
Demonstrate association through selected frameworks to construct and present an argument.
Effectively present your work to an audience through visual, verbal and written media


 


Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, field trips and seminars.

Much of the learning will be based on set readings and linked seminar discussions, so your active preparation and participation is essential.
 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT Swanston Library has extensive resources for Landscape Architecture Students. The library subject guide is a source of online resources and references - it can be found at: http://rmit.libguides.com/landscape-arch

The Library has additional support information on academic referencing http://www.rmit.edu.au/LIBRARY/referencing

A range of Study resources can be found at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/STUDENTS/studyresources

The RMIT University Study and Learning Centre offers a variety of services for students with a first language other than English: http://www.rmit.edu.au/STUDYANDLEARNINGCENTRE


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based on presentation of both written and visual material.