Course code Arhi2081

Credit points 5

Single-Family Houses Territory

Total Hours in Course200

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for laboratory classes64

Independent study hours120

Date of course confirmation10.03.2021

Responsible UnitInstutute of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Engineering

Course developer

author prof.

Natalija Ņitavska

Dr. arch.

Prior knowledge

Arhi1028, Material Studies of Outdoor Spaces

Arhi1031, Digital Tools in Landscape Projects I

Arhi1033, Basics of Visual Spatial Modelling

Arhi1034, Art History of Architecture and Landscape Architecture I

Arhi1036, Landscape Studies

Arhi2062, Greenery I

Arhi2063, Digital Tools in Landscape Projects II

Arhi2070, Art History of Architecture and Landscape Architecture II

Arhi2071, Landscape Architectural Design Graphics I

Arhi2082, Greenery II

Course abstract

The aim of the study course is to learn the main basic principles of designing private house territories. The study course will cover: territory analysis, inventory, legislation, planning principles, designations, greenery, soils, elements, coverings, management, vertical planning, architecture and environmental accessibility.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• knows the structure and facilities of the Latvian farmstead, greenery;
• knows the spatial structure of the garden of a private house, elements of amenities and greenery;
• knows the stages of private garden research and planning;
• knows the principles of private territory design, as well as possible management works;
• is able to compare different variants of private house territory solutions, design the territory according to its functions and specific goals;
• is able to plan the zoning of a private outdoor space;
• is able to choose the stylistic solution and materials of the improvement, as well as the greenery in accordance with the architectural style and ecological requirements;
• is able to apply environmental accessibility solutions outdoors;
• is able to develop a private area improvement project, including a master plan, vertical and horizontal connection plans, as well as greenery and improvement plans, coverage and lighting plans;
• is able to prepare tables of specification of covering, amenity elements, greenery, lighting;
• is able to develop a detailed solution for project improvement - cuts, wraps, detailed drawings and design of individual elements.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Principles of private house planning, zoning, sketch development, “live sketching”. (1st test work) - 5h
2. Survey of examples of good practice in nature, according to the specifics of the project area. Theoretical identification of world good practice in private house garden planning. (1st test work) - 5h
3. Territory survey, inventory. Existing conditions, trees, elements. (2nd test work) ¬ 5h
4. Country yard design principles, traditional and modern countryside yard (3rd test work) - 5h
5. Identification of normative documents corresponding to the territory. (4th test work) - 5h
6. Mastering the main planning principles for a private house garden. Composition. Function. Development of the first sketch. (5th test work) - 5h
7. Vertical planning and accessibility of the environment in a private area. (5th test work) - 5h
8. Presentation of a sketch idea using various visual materials. (5th test work) - 5h
9. Greenhouses of private houses, detailing, specifications. (6th test work) - 5h
10. Selection and / or design of elements appropriate to the nature and function of the site. (7th test work) - 5h
11. Explanation of the justification for the choice of elements using different visual materials, specification tables. (7th test work) - 5h
12. Detailed elaboration of the basic plan concept. Draft project. (8th test work) - 5h
13. Design of the graphic part of the project on pages, composition of the project. (exam) - 5h
14. Development of a management plan Development of an explanatory memorandum. (exam) - 5h
15. Project 3D model development and design. (exam) ¬5h
16. Final presentation and evaluation. Thesis defense. (exam) - 5h

Requirements for awarding credit points

Class attendance not less than 75%. The developed test work and exam are 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 test work. An accumulative mark 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

1st Test work- develops at least sketches according to the live sketching method and the given task;
2nd Test work- prepares research materials of the current situation in layers on the plan - shading, overgrowth, access, directions of movement, view analysis; compiles literature studies for at least 3 private gardens according to the given stylistics;
3rd Test work- work in groups on farm planning - prepares farm planning and selects appropriate materials, greenery and elements;
4th Test work- prepares a report for the assigned territory regarding current regulatory enactments that regulate the construction and improvement of the territory;
5th Test work- prepares a sketch of the plan for the assigned territory, including the solution of the vertical plan, presents;
6th Test work- prepares the solution, detail and specification of greenery;
7th Test work- selection of amenity elements in accordance with the design and planning, specifications;
8th Test work- in the development of a private house garden plan in AutoCad program, design;
Exam - prepared and designed private house garden plan, their 3D model, specifications and details, defense;

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

All tests must be passed successfully and before the exam.
The exam mark consists of:
• Fully developed work technical project of private house, which includes all drawing sheets, explanatory article, visualizations, specifications (70% of the assessment).
• During the exam the student defends his / her project by preparing a presentation (30% of the assessment).

Compulsory reading

1. Beļikovs, Aleksandrs. Daiļdārzs. Rīga: Vulpes, 2018.: Jelgavas tipogrāfija. , ©2018. - 240 lpp.
2. Harris C. Dines N. Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002. 928 p.
3. Mauriņš A., Zvirgzds A. Dendroloģija. Rīga: Latvijas universitāte. Akadēmiskais apgāds, 2006. 448 lpp.
4. Holden R. New Landscape Design. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2003. 191 p.
5. Baumeister N. New Landscape Architecture. Berlin: Braun, 2007. 350 p

Further reading

1. Lasis A. Mazdārziņu apstādījumi. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1984. 223 lpp
2. Apstādījumu veidotāju ceļvedis Latvijas kokaudzētavu sortimentā. Rīga: Latvijas Ainavu arhitektūras b-ba, 2011. 242 lpp.
3. Dramstad W.E., Olson J.D., Forman R.T.T. Landscape Ecology Principles in Landscape Architecture and Land-Use Planning. Washington, 1996. 80 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Rubene S. Daiļdārzu avīze II. Lauku avīzes tematiskā avīze. Rīga: Lauku Avīze, 2002. 61 lpp.
2. Dārza Pasaule. Rīga: Aģentūra Agro apgāds. ISSN 1407-5172 3. Dārzs un Drava: dārzkopības un biškopības žurnāls. Rīga: Dārzs un Drava. ISSN 0132-6457


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