061-0107-00L  Materials and Construction I

SemesterAutumn Semester 2022
LecturersT. Galí-Izard
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentOnly for Landscape Architecture MSc.


061-0107-00 GMaterials and Construction I Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
Module dates 7.11.-18.11.22
The detailed course schedule is published at the beginning of the semester and is included in the reader.
24s hrs
08.11. - 17.11.08:00-11:30HIL G 65 »
10.11.13:45-17:30HIL G 65 »
T. Galí-Izard

Catalogue data

AbstractThis course focuses on techniques for modifying ground conditions. The shape and material properties of the ground is fundamental for how water moves, what vegetation grows and how changes in microclimatic conditions manifest on site. For landscape architects, learning the mechanisms for transforming the surface of the earth opens up site-based design possibilities.
ObjectiveThe students learn comprehensive skills for reading and modifying topography, soil and water, and the potentials these methods open up for design.
ContentThrough a series of short exercises and on-site fieldwork, this course teaches the fundamental techniques of land and water manipulation, focusing on earthwork, drainage, soil and basic construction methods. Students learn analog and digital grading techniques, working with landform modification in Rhino and Grasshopper. During the two-week module, students will do a close study, both on and off site, of two landscapes; the designed urban quarry of Parc de Buttes Chaumont in Paris and the 2022 Foundation Studio I site, a gravel quarry in Lleida, Spain.

The fundamental course Materials and Construction I (7th November – 18th November 2022) is closely linked to the Foundation Studio I.
Lecture notesThe reader is handed out during the week prior to the module.
LiteratureRelevant literature is included in the reader.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course is aimed exclusively at the students of the master's program in landscape architecture.

The detailed course schedule is provided at the beginning of the semester and is included in the reader
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesassessed
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityassessed
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityassessed
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
Self-direction and Self-management fostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersT. Galí-Izard
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 60 minutes
Written aidsNone
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

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General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupLandscape Architecture MSc (061000)

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Landscape Architecture MasterCompulsory Basic CoursesOInformation