Course code Arhi3080

Credit points 12

Public Building Territory

Total Hours in Course324

Number of hours for lectures30

Number of hours for laboratory classes98

Independent study hours196

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

Arhi1032, Digital Tools in Landscape Projects

Arhi1033, Basics of Visual Spatial Modelling

Arhi1035, Art History of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Arhi1036, Landscape Studies

Arhi2060, Environmental Objects I

Arhi2061, Environmental Objects II

Arhi2062, Greenery I

Arhi2075, Landscape Architectural Design Graphics

Arhi3074, Architecture I

Course abstract

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

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge: specific research and design principles of the respective areas and examples of good practice. 1., 2. practical work.
• Skills: students are able to design an area according to its functions and specific aims. 3., 4., 5., 6., 9. practical work.

• Competence: identify the most suitable designing principles, as well as plan expected management techniques. 7., 8. practical work.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Composition and function of public greenery. Survey of Project territory, inventory. (8h)
2. Survey in nature of best practice examples, according to project territory. 1 practical work. (8h)
3. Normative documents according to project territory. (8h)
4. Theoretical survey of world best practice examples. 2 practical work. (8h)
5. Main planning principles of public territories. Development of first sketch. (8h)
6. Sketch idea presentation in English, using different visual materials. 3 practical work. (8h)
7. Greenery of public territories. Specific and basic principles of project development. (8h)
8. Architectural dimension development in public outdoor space. Style and scale. (8h)
9. Selection and/ or development of elements according to territory character and functions. 4 practical work. (8h)
10. Defence of element selection in English, using different visual materials. (8h)
11. Detail development of base plan conception. 5 practical work. (8h)
12. Development of vertical plan. 6 practical work. (8h)
13. Development of management plan. 7 practical work. (8h)
14. Explanatory note development. 8 practical work. (8h)
15. Test presentation and discussions in English. (8h)
16. Final presentation and discussions in English. 9 practical work. (8h)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Class visiting should be at least 75%. Assessment works have to be done in time. Works, that are handed in later (if there is no justified reason), evaluation is lowered by one mark. To pass the study course, study work assessments have to be positive.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

1 practical work – research of existing situation, movement analyses, vegetation, buildings, and elements (developed territory research presented electronically).
2 practical work – development of project conception, using worldwide literature studies, examples of best practice (proposal as electronic presentation)
3 practical work – functional zoning of project, composition, transport and pedestrian flow planning (printed prepared plan in scale)
4 practical work – planned greenery, small forms of architecture, outdoor elements, cover planning in on style. Prepared specification tables. Detail elements and planting (prepared electronic proposal presentation, specification tables and plans).
5 practical work – part of vertical plan in scale (hand in fragment of plan in electronic format).
6 practical work – management plan development (management timing table and descriptive part at least 2-5 pages in English, electronic hand in).
7 practical work – descriptive note development (at least 4-5 pages in English, electronic hand in).
8 practical work – prepared final project presentation materials and speech (electronic hand in, including all project parts in English, rehearsal of speech).
9 practical work – final presentation about project proposal and project technical drawings (electronic hand in of presentation, including all project parts in English, technical drawings, specification tables, descriptive note and management plan printed).

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Study course exam evaluation depends on final presentation. Before exam need to be done all practical works in time and get positive evaluation.
Practical work is evaluated in accordance with given evaluation order.

Compulsory reading

1. Fleming R. Design education for a sustainable future. London, England: Routledge, 2013. 235 p. ISBN: 978-0-415-53766-7
2. Gehl, J. Life Between Buildings: Using Public Space. Copenhagen: Arkitektens Forlag, 2003. 202 p.
3. Baumeister N. New Landscape Architecture. Berlin: Braun, 2007. 350 p.
4. Ziemeļniece A. Estētiskā kvalitāte ainaviskajā telpā. Jelgava: Latvijas Lauksaimniecības universitāte, 1998. 96 lpp.

5. Ņitavska N., Markova M., Spāģe A. Pilsētu veidošana. Rokasgrāmata par degradēto teritoriju revitālizāciju. Pieejams:

Further reading

1. Simonds J.O., Starke B.W. Landscape Architecture. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2006. 398 p.
2. Neilande A. Apstādījumu veidotāju ceļvedis Latvijas kokaudzētavu sortimentā. Rīga: Omorica Latvijas Ainavu arhitektūras b-ba, 2011. 242 lpp.
3. Time - Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture. C.Harris, N.Dines (Eds.). New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002. 928 p.


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