Course Title: Landscape Architecture Environments 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Environments 3

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Ha Thai

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.08.02

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The landscape architecture environments stream gives you the opportunity to study, explore, research and challenge notions of landscape processes, landscape systems and landscape materials. You will study the complexity and dynamic processes of environments through a wide range of design based learning activities such as drawing, documenting, mapping, recording, researching, making, fabrication and prototyping.

The environments stream consists of four distinct courses: environments 1-4

Environments 3, the third course in the course sequence, focuses on structural and material aspects of landscape architecture through processes of built form. The course assumes and builds on the knowledge and skills that you have gained in environments 1 and 2.
You will apply material and construction techniques to concepts of dynamic landscape systems to evaluate performative qualities in relation to landscape processes through prototyping and modeling tasks. You will document your work in a design documentation package.

You will investigate structures, materials, techniques and processes of construction in landscape architecture through fabrication and design investigations in small-scale prototyping. Aspects of the course focus on landscape architecture specific documentation drawing sets, modeling and site manipulation.

Learning activities include field trips, lectures and workshops that involve making and analog and digital fabrication tasks through which you will investigate structures and material processes in landscape architecture.

This course is a designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for the Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design, in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context, projects and placements and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge incorporating ecological, cultural, economic and ethical issues of landscape architecture in the medium of design using a range of design methods and practices.
  • Communicate using a range of forms and media to clearly and coherently present ideas, which 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 utilize relevant and innovative forms of design for professional work in the discipline.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply material and construction techniques to landscape systems
  2. Evaluate performative aspects of structures and material in landscape systems
  3. Investigate structures, materials, techniques, and processes in material landscapes
  4. Produce drawing documentation sets that demonstrate your understanding of landscape structures, materials and construction technique

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities in environments 3 involve field research, lectures, tutorials and workshops.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

The University Library has extensive resources for Landscape Architecture students including a collection of reference books and journals.

The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies;

There are services and resources available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the RMIT student website.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment may include documentation drawing sets, models and 1:1 prototypes, research documents in digital and analog formats.

Assessment may include drawing sets, mappings or design tasks that are specific to scale and type of drawing such as plan, section, layer diagram.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1 - Documentation Package - 30% (linked to CLO 2,4)

Assessment Task 2 - Material and Form Record - 30% (linked to CLO 2,3)

Assessment Task 3 - Prototyping and Fabrication - 40% (linked to CLO 1,4)

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. Feedback will also be provided verbally throughout the semester in class through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and drawings.

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.