Course Title: Landscape Architecture Theoretical Frameworks 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Theoretical Frameworks 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.  

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


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


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Jock Gilbert

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B100.L08

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


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).

Contexts of thought:

The students will be introduced into a body of knowledge that links the environment to the social, political, and intellectual practices of time and specific regions. The understanding of distinct environment / society relations (i.e milieu) is a fundamental prerequisite of the contemporary worldwide landscape studies.

Prominent movements and projects:

Each region, climate, society and governance produces tangible and intangible actions / reactions that capture the social construction of our reality (i.e postmodernity). Back and forth between territories and movements, projects and social / political practices enable students to understand the environmental movements and landscape architecture projects currently at stake.

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 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. 
  • 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. 

Course Learning Outcomes

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 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

Assessment occurs through a holistic evaluation of the completed design project in the form of a final presentation and portfolio. The grade is based on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Abstract and Drawing, 15%, CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Abstract and Drawing, 15%, CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Essay, 40%, CLOs 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 4: Volume, 15%, CLOs 4 & 5

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

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