LACH4421 Australian Landscapes

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online-TT
The first half of the unit interprets the development of landscape architecture in Australia from the colonial period to c.1980. Key works and theories of designers are analysed in relation to thematic issues such as colonialism, modernism, postmodernism, the dialogue between architecture and landscape, and the ongoing search for an Australian design ethos. Emphasising the twentieth century, the works are next situated within the broader context of global theory and practice. The second half of the unit further enlarges its scope and investigates significant areas of postmodern landscape architecture theories and practices. Lectures and discussions are organised around design typologies and the techniques employed to produce contemporary design. Through analysis of key works and their underlying theories, the unit enables students to critically interpret contemporary global practices within the general conditions of postmodernity.
Students are able to (1) extend their knowledge of the history and theory of landscape architecture and are able to appreciate that landscapes encapsulate wider sociocultural concerns; (2) gain a working knowledge of significant international design projects and the ideas and theories which underpin them; (3) acquire fundamental critical tools which can be brought to bear on works of landscape architecture; (4) appreciate interdisciplinary practices which cross between art, architecture and landscape architecture; (5) gain a sense of the historical continuum in which design work takes place; (6) gain a self-consciousness of how Australian design culture interrelates with current global practices; and (7) gain the ability to comprehend written texts by eminent practitioners and critics regarding design and, in turn, to write essays which critically engage with such texts.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay and (2) tutorial presentation and responses. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Christopher Vernon
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Field trips within the metropolitan area, travel and food only (estimated cost - $10-$50)
(2) Field trips outside the metropolitan area (estimated cost - $50-$250)
(3) Interstate field trips (estimated cost - $500-$900)
(4) Overseas field trips (estimated cost - $2000-$5000).
Contact hours
seminars: 3–4 hours per week

Refer to the unit outline.

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