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Studio: Landscape Design Project II

Code: AP312     Acronym: AP312

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Landscape Architecture

Instance: 2015/2016 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

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 18 Planos de estudos a partir 2009 3 - 10 84 270

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
José Miguel Esteves Lameiras
Nuno Miguel Saraiva Lima Leite Costa

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 1,00
Laboratory Practice: 5,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 1,00
José Miguel Esteves Lameiras 1,00
Laboratory Practice Totals 1 5,00
José Miguel Esteves Lameiras 2,00
Nuno Miguel Saraiva Lima Leite Costa 3,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


Create and detail the organization and design of outdoor proximity spaces (e.g. small parks, gardens, green squares and small scale green structures – up to 3 ha) according to principles of ecosystems’ services promotion, social inclusion and aesthetic quality improvement. This learning experience is expressed in drawings, models, texts and tables, in order to compile a simple detailed design project.


Learning outcomes and competences

General outputs and competences:
Students develop skills in problem solving, organization, and design of small to medium scale outdoor space. This is presented through technical drawings in a diversity of communication supports at different scales. Students develop their work in written and designed sheets in the following themes: survey and analysis of the existing situation; organization and site layout; grading and water runoff: built structures; planting of trees, shrubs and groundcovers; irrigation, illumination and maintenance; construction details.

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)




- Organization and design of outer space: form, function, ecology and environment, social inclusion and aesthetic landscape quality (unity, diversity and harmony).
- Grading and water runoff: guiding principles, form and sizing.
- Paths and built structures: guiding principles, form and sizing.
- Planting of trees, shrubs and groundcovers: guiding principles, form and sizing.
- Irrigation and draining typologies: guiding principles, form and sizing.
- Outdoor lighting  typologies: guiding principles, form and sizing.
- Management and maintenance of the green structure: guiding principles, form and sizing.



Mandatory literature

McLeod Virginia; Detail in contemporary landscape architecture. ISBN: 9781780670232
Sauter David; Landscape construction. ISBN: 978-0-8273-8427-9
Strom Steven; Site engineering for landscape architects. ISBN: 9781118090862
Reid Grant W.; From concept to form in landscape design. ISBN: 978-0-471-28509-0

Teaching methods and learning activities

  1.      Theory classes: lectures for critical reflection and debate

  2.      Fieldtrips: Analysis and interpretation of outdoor space and identification of the main aspects that define the program of a site design

  3.      Practical classes: learning occurs by combining theoretical concepts with the production of technical drawings and 3d models; organization and design of outdoor spaces




Technological sciences > Architecture > Design > Spatial design
Technological sciences > Architecture > Landscape architecture
Technological sciences > Architecture > Design > Environmental design

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Exame 30,00
Trabalho laboratorial 70,00
Total: 100,00

Eligibility for exams

To be eligible the students must:

  1.      Eligibility: Students must attend all the assessment sessions and fieldtrips
  2.      Contents: Component 1 - master plan, preliminary works, grading and drainage, and built structures (30%); Component 2 - Planting plans, indicative irrigation and lighting, detailing and quantification (40%); Component 3 – Exam (30%).

Calculation formula of final grade

Final grade = 0,3*Component 1 + 0,4*Component 2 + 0,3*Component 3 

Examinations or Special Assignments


Internship work/project


Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)


Classification improvement




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