Course Title: Designing for Dynamic Landscapes

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Designing for Dynamic Landscapes

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design



Course Coordinator: TBC

Course Coordinator Phone: TBC

Course Coordinator Email: TBC

Course Coordinator Location: on line

Course Coordinator Availability: TBC

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description


In this course you will research and critically analyse the dynamic capacity of landscape systems in relation to disaster and preconditions for disaster scenarios. You will assess the relationship of landscape conditions and systems and settlement patterns with socio-economic processes of inhabitation. Your understanding of dynamic landscape systems will be acquired through design based mapping of disaster scenarios, patterns of settlement, and landscape systems.

The course is field-based where you will gain knowledge from situations ‘on the ground’ and from local experts and organisations. A series of guided learning experiences are structured around the field visit.    

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon the successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Critically review and use a set of analogue and digital mapping techniques and methods to scenarios of risk in dynamic landscape systems.
  • Interpret the links between disaster risk reduction and development in the shelter and settlements sector.
  • Apply in depth knowledge of landscape factors such as topography, waterways in designing resilient settlements. 
  • Promote sustainable and resilient shelter strategies in disaster-prone and disaster-affected communities.    

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face-to-face and online such as workshops, tutorials, class activities and individual research. Learning how to analyse and comment on your own and others’ work will be achieved through individual presentations, reviews and discussions in groups.   

Overview of Learning Resources


RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems including myRMIT. Field-based seminars and meetings with experts and organisations in Japan will comprise key learning activities and resources.Additionally a list of recommended learning resources will be provided, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.The University Library has extensive resources for students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.    

Overview of Assessment


You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and in relation to the program learning outcomes.

Assessment will be done individually and in teams.

Assessment Schedule

  1. Design research catalogue (1,500 words + drawings) – 25%
  2. Site mapping exercise; 3 parts (photography, film, drawings + models) 25%
  1. Strategic design proposal – 50%


You are strongly encouraged to collaborate with your peers in the course.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: