Course code Arhi2061

Credit points 3

Environmental Objects II

Total Hours in Course81

Number of hours for lectures10

Number of hours for laboratory classes22

Independent study hours49

Date of course confirmation10.03.2021

Responsible UnitInstutute of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Engineering

Course developers

author reserch

Aija Ziemeļniece

Dr. arch.

author Ainavu arhitektūras un vides inženierijas institūts

Una Īle

Dr. arch.

Prior knowledge

Arhi1028, Material Studies of Outdoor Spaces

Course abstract

Study course aim: to get knowledge and understanding about outdoor planning and design process, taking into account relief, roadbed character, existing and planned drainage trays and gullies placement, retaining walls, pavement suitability, by understanding constructive design conditions and placement in nature. In overall is given understanding about outdoor element design steps, conditions and development, which gives basic principles when working in urban environment or countryside on conceptual design development.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge: students acquire knowledge of detailed elements and urban space (rural space) features required for providing functionality of site.
• Skills: acquire skills to create expressiveness of outdoor space finding balance between compositional and functional features of elements by designing vertical planning.
• Competence: students have competence of collecting and arranging run-off drainage for surface water by calculation of vertical planning and creation of earthworks cartograms.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Art objects in the landscape, their specifics and types (2 h).
2. Landarts, large-scale environmental objects (2 h).
3. Vertical green walls, their types, technologies (2 h).
4. Roof gardens, their specifics, classification and technologies (2 h).
5. Planning and installation of environmental objects. Reducing the risk of vandalism (2 h).
6. Care and maintenance of environmental objects. Problem area solutions (2 h).
7. Design conditions for rainwater gutters and gullies (2 h).
8. Basic principles and conditions of environmental design planning in small-scale territories, taking into account the presence of relief, water bodies (2 h).
9. Structural design conditions and level of detail in the development of new environmental objects (2 h).
10. Basic conditions and level of detail in vertical plan development and earthworks, balance calculations (2 h).
11. Practical work no. 1. (2 h).
12. Suitability and integration of coverings in accordance with the environmental design plan (2 h).
13. Basic principles and conditions of environmental design planning in large-scale territories, taking into account the presence of pronounced relief, water bodies (2 h).
14. Practical work no. 2. (2 h).
15. Production of outdoor equipment elements - technologies (2h).
16. Defense of works. Exhibition of developed works (2 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

1 practical work – territory planning development and design for small scale territory. Practical work development in AutoCad program. Solved vertical plan of territory according to design, defined elevation marks, done ground work calculations.
2 practical work – development of territory planning and design for large scale territory with expressed relief. Practical work development in AutoCad program. Solved vertical plan of territory according to design, defined elevation marks, done ground work calculations.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Study course evaluation depends from course practical works accumulative evaluation and student’s activity in study process. Practical works are evaluated according to defined work requirements, as well as by functional plan design criteria, that are introduced before territory plan development.

Compulsory reading

1. Miles, M. Art, Space and the City: public art and urban futures. London: Routledge, 1997. 161 p.
2. Kundzin̦š M. Dabas formu estētika: bionika un māksla. Riga: Madris SIA, 2004. 167p. Ir LLU FB 5 eks.
3. Baumeister N. New Landscape Architecture. Berlin: Braun, 2007. 352 p.
4. McHarg I. L. Design with Nature. London: J. Wiley, 1969.

Further reading

1. Finkelpearl T. Dialogues in Public Art. Cambridge. London: MIT Press, 2000. 453 p. 6.Fleming, R.L.
2. The Art of Placemaking: Interpreting Community through Public Art and Urban Design. London, New York: Merrell, 2007. 383 p.
3. Saito, Y.Everyday Aesthetics.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. 273 p.


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