2016 Theory of Landscape Architecture

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Undergraduate major in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Saito Ushio 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on landscape design as the various aspects of environmental evaluation.
This course introduces some hypotheses on the evaluation structure of landscape and approaches the meaning of landscape design, possibility and the problems.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:
1.Explain hypotheses on the evaluation of landscape and derivation processes systematically.
2.Explain possibility and the problems of the hypotheses.
3.Explain the meaning of experimental data.


evaluation of landscape, river scape, shape, garden, structure, art

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The class meets once a week on two quarters. Some thought experiments without advance knowledge are done at times to deepen the understanding about the meaning of landscape and its evaluation.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction-What is Landscape? Understanding of the Summary
Class 2 Evaluation of River Scape (1) Experiment Experiment
Class 3 Evaluation of River Scape and Hypothesis (2) Discussion Discussion
Class 4 Evaluation of River Scape and Hypothesis (3) Hypothesis Understanding of the meaning of Hypothesis
Class 5 Perception of Shape (1) Experiment Experiment
Class 6 Perception of Shape (2) Discussion Discussion
Class 7 Perception of Shape (3) Hypothesis Understanding of the meaning of Hypothesis
Class 8 Evaluation of Garden (1) Experiment Experiment
Class 9 Evaluation of Garden (2) Discussion Discussion
Class 10 Evaluation of Garden (3) Hypothesis Understanding of the meaning of Hypothesis
Class 11 Evaluation of Structure (1) Experiment Experiment
Class 12 Evaluation of Structure (2) Discussion Discussion
Class 13 Evaluation of Structure (3) Hypothesis Understanding of the meaning of Hypothesis
Class 14 Role of Art
Class 15 Summary of This Course Understanding of Every Hypothesis on Landscape


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are distributed during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Participation in each thought and psychological experiment:20%
Checking an understanding degree : 30%
Report : 50%

Related courses

  • None specified.

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

Office hours

Instructor’s office:
Prof.U.SAITO - West Bidg.9, Rm 501, 5Fl.
Prof.M.Dohi - West Bidg.9, Rm 534, 5Fl.
Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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