Course code Arhi3079

Credit points 8

Residential Building Territory

Total Hours in Course320

Number of hours for lectures30

Number of hours for laboratory classes98

Independent study hours192

Date of course confirmation10.03.2021

Responsible UnitDepartment of Landscape Architecture and Planning

Course developers

author reserch

Aija Ziemeļniece

Dr. arch.

author Ainavu arhitektūras un plānošanas katedra

Una Īle

Dr. arch.

Prior knowledge

Arhi1028, Material Studies of Outdoor Spaces

Arhi1031, Digital Tools in Landscape Projects I

Arhi2060, Environmental Objects I

Arhi2061, Environmental Objects II

Arhi2063, Digital Tools in Landscape Projects II

Arhi2064, Digital Tools in Landscape Projects III

Arhi2065, Digital Tools in Landscape Projects IV

Course abstract

The aim of the study course is to acquire the main principles of residential area design. The course includes: theme analysis, inventory, legislation framework, planning principles, plants, types of soil, elements, management, vertical planning, architecture and environmental availability, rainwater management. In addition, English is included in the course.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge: specific design principles of the respective areas and examples of good practice.
• Skills: students are able to design an area according to its functions and specific aims.
• Competence: identify the most suitable designing principles, as well as plan expected management techniques.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Spatial structure of residential quarters. Composition and function of greenery. Territory survey, inventory (8 h).
2. Viewing examples of good practice in nature, according to the specifics of the project area (10 h).
3. Identification of normative documents corresponding to the territory (10 h).
4. Theoretical identification of world good practice according to the topic of the study course (10 h).
5. Mastering the main planning principles for the appropriate type of territories. Development of the first sketch (10 h).
6. Presentation of the sketch idea in English using various visual materials (10 h).
7. Identification of plants corresponding to the territory and the soil within it (10 h).
8. Architectural volume design. Stylistics (10 h).
9. Selection and / or design of elements corresponding to the nature and function of the territory (10 h).
10. Explanation of the justification of the choice of elements in English, using various visual materials (10 h).
11. Detailed elaboration of the basic plan concept (10 h).
12. Development of vertical planning (5 h).
13. Development of a management plan (5 h).
14. Development of an explanatory article (5 h).
15. Pre-defense and discussions in English.
16. Final presentation and discussions in English (5 h).

Requirements for awarding credit points

Class attendance not less than 75%. The developed practical work was submitted on time. For works submitted after the specified time (if there is no justifiable reason), the mark is reduced by 1 point. Positively evaluated practical work. An accumulative test is also possible, the fulfillment criteria of which are determined by the head of the study course.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Within the study course, in accordance with the defined requirements, a course project with a model is developed. The student independently develops appropriate spatial plans, detailing solutions, specification tables in appropriate programs: AutoCAD, Skechup and Lumion

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The evaluation of the study course exam depends on the student's current work process in the study process, performing regular consultations with lecturers, regularly showing the progress of the project. The grade 10 and 9 are possible only by handing over the work on time and fulfilling not only the set requirements / tasks, but already providing one's additional contribution. The rating "very good" is for the work done and the layout prepared. The exam ended with the presentation of the project in a workshop.

Compulsory reading

1. Baumeister N. New Landscape Architecture. Berlin: Braun, 2007. 350 p.
2. Harris C., Dines N. Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002. 928 p.
3. Holden R. New Landscape Design. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2003. 191 p.

Further reading

1. Lynch Kevin. A Theory of Good City Form. MIT Press, Cambridge MA and London, 1981.
2. Gehl Jan. Cities for peoples. Washington D.C.: Island Press, 2009. 269 p. ISBN 978-1-59726-573-7
3. Gehl Jan. Public Spaces & Pubic Life - in Riga City Centre. København: Gehl Architects Aps, 2001. 70 p.

Periodicals and other sources

U. Īle. Zili-zaļā struktūra dzīvojamos kvartālos. Bakalaura darbs, RTU: Rīga, 2019, 108. lpp.


Compulsory course in full-time studies of VBF study program "Landscape Architecture and Planning" (Bachelor). The study course is also taught in English.