Materials & Construction I Module

Materials & Construction I Module
18. September 2022 Silvia Converso

Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten


Prof. Teresa Galí-Izard, Stefan Breit, Felix Reigger

The fundamental course focuses on earthwork, topography and the materiality of the ground.

The shape and material properties of the ground is fundamental for how water moves, what vegetation grows and how changes in microclimatic conditions manifest on site. For landscape architects, learning the mechanisms for transforming the surface of the earth, and working with its materials, opens up site-based design possibilities.

This Materials and Construction I module focuses on techniques for modifying ground conditions. Through a series of lectures, short exercises and physical workshops, we will learn the fundamental techniques of land and water manipulation, focusing on earthwork, hydrology, material qualities, and constructing with stone. Students learn how to read contours and modify topography through grading, and how to work with stone to build retaining walls and paving.

The fundamental course Materials & Construction I (13 – 23 November 2023) and the Foundation Studio I are interrelated. The weekly schedule is published on the course website (and is included in the reader).

  • 13 – 23 November, 2023
  • Course 061-0107-00-G
  • 2 Credits
  • Language: English
  • Prerequisites: Enrollment in MScLA Program