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Studio: Introduction to Landscape Design II

Code: AP112     Acronym: AP112

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Landscape Architecture

Instance: 2015/2016 - 2S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Geosciences, Environment and Spatial Plannings
Course/CS Responsible: First Degree in Landscape Architecture

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
L:AP 40 Planos de estudos a partir 2009 1 - 7,5 56 202,5

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Isabel Maria Henriques Martinho da Silva
José Miguel Esteves Lameiras

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 4,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 2 8,00
Isabel Maria Henriques Martinho da Silva 4,00
José Miguel Esteves Lameiras 4,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


  1. Acquire competences in landscape analysis, interpretation, and representation.

  2. Application of the acquired competences, mentioned in 1, in a landscape analysis and representation study.

  3. To continue the initiation of students in the landscape architecture project, through the development of competences in small scale landscape projecst, namely, in space conceptualization and zoning according to landscape architecture principles, surface grading, and use of vegetation.

  4.  Application of the acquired competences, mentioned in 3, in a proposal for a small scale garden.


Learning outcomes and competences

To acquire competences in landscape analysis, interpretation and representation.

To acquire competences in small scale landscape projects, namely,in space conceptualization and zoning according to landscape architecture principles, surface gradind, and use of vegetation.

Working method



This course has 2 modules.

Module I:

  1. Landscape concept.

  2. Patch, corridor, matrix, mosaic.

  3. Connectivity/fragmentation.

  4. Heterogeneity/homogeneity

  5. Methodologies of landscape analysis and interpretation.

  6. Biophysical analysis: hypsometry, hydrology, slope, solar exposition, bedrock geology, soils, flora and fauna.

  7. Anthropogenic analysis: land use, mobility, heritage, infrastructures/equipment.

  8. Landscape units.

  9. Landscape character.

  10. The Portuguese landscape

  11. SWOT analysis 


Module II: Introduction to small scale landscape project. 

  1. Concept development

  2. Zoning and dimensions.

  3. Grading.

  4.  Soft and hard landscaping. 

Mandatory literature

Grant Reid; Landscape Graphics
Norman K. Booth; Foundations of landscape architecture. Integrating Form and Space. Using the Language of Site Design
James A LaGro; Site Analysis: A contextual approach to sustainable land planning and site design

Complementary Bibliography

Thomas D. Church; Gardens are for people

Teaching methods and learning activities

Module I

  1. Exposition of the syllabus contents
  2. Exercise of analysis, interpretation and representation of the landscape: elaboration and interpretation of landscape analysis and synthesis maps; landscape SWOT analysis; analogic 3D model. (Group work).

Module II

  1. Exposition of the syllabus contents
  2. Proposal for a small scale garden: development and execution of conceptual plans, master plan, sections, perspectives, and analogic 3D models (scale 1/100). (Individual work).





Sketch up


Technological sciences > Architecture > Landscape architecture

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 10,00
Teste 0,00
Trabalho de campo 0,00
Trabalho laboratorial 90,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 46,00
Frequência das aulas 56,00
Trabalho laboratorial 100,00
Total: 202,00

Eligibility for exams

To be eligible to pass students must attend 75% of the classes (according to the regulations) and comply with all the evaluation moments (with a minimum grade of 8/20 points). 


Calculation formula of final grade

Final grade: weighted average of Module I (40%) and Module II (60%).

Grades inferior to 10/20 points in any evaluation moment require an oral exam.



Examinations or Special Assignments



Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

According to the regulations of FCUP/UP.

Classification improvement

Not applicable 

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