Assignment Type: Individually prepared proposal and bibliography (Assignment 3) and case study
essay (Assignment 4).
The aim of this assignment is to select an example (1) of a contemporary landscape architectural
project, ideally within or nearby Melbourne as it will be easier to collect information. Once you have
selected a suitable project you will conduct case study research on that project, describing it from
various perspectives, assessing its success or otherwise, and linking it with relevant landscape and
landscape architectural theory. Assignments 2 and 4 are linked in that Assignment 2 entails
identifying you’re the project you want to study and preparing a research proposal and an annotated
bibliography of relevant literature. Assignment 4 entails the writing of an essay that presents the
findings of your research as proposed in Assignment 2. Docklands Park.
For this assignment, you will be using the case study method, which you will apply to your chosen
project to explore it from various perspectives. Case studies are used to study in-depth a particular
case, in this instance a contemporary landscape architectural project. Case studies are also used to
explore theoretical propositions as a way of describing your project and how it functions. A case study
seeks ti identify the important features of the thing you are studying, in this instance an example of a
contemporary landscape architectural project. Docklands Park.
A case study is an empirical inquiry that:
• Investigates a contemporary phenomenon (in this instance a landscape architectural project)
within its real-life context
• The boundaries between phenomenon and context are not clearly evident
• Case studies use multiple sources of evidence to construct a holistic picture of the phenomenon
being studied – i.e. your selected project. Docklands Park.
Through these two assignments, you will not only be learning about a particular landscape project,
and using it as a vehicle to explore relevant theoretical thinking, but you will also be learning how to
use the case study method for doing environmental design research, a useful outcome itself.
To reiterate, these are two interrelated Assignments (2 and 4). These assignments together make up
the majority of the subject grade – 70% (Assign 1 = 20%, Assign 2 = 50%). The first assignment
(Assignment 2) involves preparing a case study proposal and compiling a bibliography of likely
sources of relevant literature and information. This entails: 1. selecting an appropriate project, briefly
describing that project, and providing a brief discussion of how it is representative of a certain type of
project. You also need to pose some typical questions you will try to answer. You also have to
develop a bibliography of relevant literature and possible sources of information that you will use
later (for Assignment 4) in constructing a review of relevant literature. Docklands Park.
Case Studies in Landscape Architecture:
Case Studies in Landscape Architecture- Semester 1, 2018 2
You will first need to identify an example of a contemporary landscape architectural project which
you will use as a case study. This could be any of the typical project types that landscape architects
undertake. For example, it could be a park; a planned residential development; a larger scale
landscape planning project; a new botanical garden (such as the Royal Melbourne Botanical Garden at
Cranbourne or new elements within the Royal Melbourne Botanical Gardens); a healthcare facility or
a healing garden or healthcare facility landscape; a memorial, a streetscape or pedestrian mall; an
urban plaza; a coastal waterfront development or resort; a museum landscape; an exhibition at a zoo;
restoration of a natural area or creation of a natural habitat such as a wetland; a land art project; etc.
etc. Docklands Park.
In undertaking any case study, you need to draw on multiple sources of information to describe the
particular phenomenon being studied, in this case a contemporary landscape architectural project.
There are generally two types of information that are relevant – descriptive and explanatory.
Descriptive information is concerned with what, when and where types of questions, and viewing the
project more as a thing or product. Explanatory information is concerned with how and why type
questions and addresses processes, for example how and why a project was designed and built. In
gathering descriptive information, you need to be concerned with the type of project and its
characteristics – e.g. where it is located, who were the designer(s) and other consultants, clients and
others involved in the project, along with other types of descriptive information about the project and
it contextual setting. Explanatory information is concerned with such things as how the project was
initiated, the design process followed in its creation, how it was funded and aspects of the planning
approval process. For example, you might look at the project during various stages through time in its
realization – from concept design to construction to current use. Docklands Park.
Planning a case study involves first developing a research plan, which entails:
• project selection
• study questions
• data that is relevant to collect
• sources of data
• methods of data analysis
• propositions (if any) to provide initial directions of inquiry or focus
• units of analysis – (what is the case and what elements is it composed of?)
• logical linking of information to research questions
• criteria for interpreting the findings
For Assignment 3 you should include a brief description of your project – e.g. its location, size, etc.
and an abstract of around 300 words that clearly outlines the project, its site and context, the type of
project it represents, the questions you will seek to answer and the types of information, and likely
sources of data that you will use to answer these questions. You also need to prepare a bibliography
that identifies literature and other sources of information that will shed light on the specific project
you have chosen, the type of project it represents and/or relevant theoretical literature that will help in
interpreting the value and/or meaning of the project. This should be a bibliography of selected
relevant literature but not the actual literature review itself, which is a component of Assignment 4 as
discussed below. The number of references you include in your bibliography will vary, however, it
should be reasonably comprehensive to cover both descriptive information about the project and its
type and relevant theory. You need to provide a brief discussion (a sentence or two) explaining why
you have chosen each of the selected references; What information do you think they may provide
you? The entire written explanatory component of your bibliography should be no longer than
between 300-500 words. The bibliography must be fully and correctly referenced using either the
APA or Chicago styles of referencing. Docklands Park.
Case Studies in Landscape Architecture- Semester 1, 2018 3
Docklands Park is a public park in Melbourne developed by MALA landscape designers.
Located at the corner of Collins Street and Harbour Esplanade, the landscape projected was
completed in two phases through the eastern section of Docklands City Park were transformed.
The first stage which was completed in 2015 involved designing of MPavillion and relocation to
the current Docklands Park site. The second stage oversaw construction of a variety of facilities
including multi-purpose sports court, exercise station, ping pong tables, daybeds, seats, garden,
open green space, foot-paths, and others. The landscape project is also a kind of reclamation
because all the material used in constructing benches and chairs was obtained after Docklands
North Wharf was demolished in 2015. The entire landscape design was aimed at connecting
community buildings, multipurpose courts, public art, parklands and MPavillion precinct through
recreational and garden spaces to create a unique experience. One of the most important features
of this project is how the materials that are family with Docklands like concrete, steel, timber and
others are counterbalanced with green spaces of laws and gardens……………….
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