20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module will focus on fundamental principles related to designing with nature in urban environments. The emphasis will be on natural processes and the interrelationship between various landscape components in the design process. The module introduces the use of plants in urban and landscapes to develop designed plant communities that are successful in supporting biodiversity, human richness of experience and specific functional needs. By the end of the module students will be familiar with a basic palette of plants for use in design, their botanical names, visual and use characteristics familiar with key aesthetic, functional and ecological principles underpinning planting design: have practised the basic principles of plant selection according to site conditions: have developed stimulating, creative, attractive and easily interpreted planting plans and sections - elevations based on colour, textural and structural characteristics: have evaluated the structural role of plants in defining landscape spaces at a range of scales.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Fieldwork, Independent Study,
Assessment: Project/ portfolio

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Landscape Architecture):

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK