Department of Landscape


    

Vision
The demand for specialization in Landscape Architecture is ever rising in both the urban and the rural sectors. Bhopal, with a great history of integration of landscape design into urban fabric, is an ideal place for studying in the above Post graduate programme. This course is the only one in Central India.

This programme shall offer students an interdisciplinary setting to learn and think critically, creatively, to be able to address environmental issues. The future landscape architects, graduated from our institute, shall be versatile in the various aspects of practice, strengthened with an environmental ethic, design development, project management at multiple scales, communication, emerging technologies, ethical conduct, as well as relevant areas of research.

The expertise of landscape architecture is highly sought after in the planning and development of new residential and commercial areas and to meet the needs of a growing population. At the same time, the forests need to be protected from the negative impacts of the urban development and spread. With land costs rising, and the public desiring livable cities and more beautiful spaces, the importance of good site planning and landscape design is ever growing.

The mission of the Master of Landscape Architecture is to educate for ultimate leadership in the profession of landscape architecture. This mission requires the development and exercise of both intellect and the sensibility.

Academic Focus
The Programme has the dual objectives of providing students with a core of design and technical skills in combination with experiences in pure and applied research. This duality prepares students for problem solving in the profession through design and research, and it is a programme focus. Student preparation is enhanced by specialized course work taken inside and outside of landscape architecture and by the topic of one's thesis.

The programme focus shall be on environment sensitive landscape designs, to manage both the storm water run-off and water resources, integration of new structures with the natural environment in the least disruptive way, preservation and restoration of wetlands and other environmentally sensitive sites. Special focus shall be on the historic preservation, land reclamation, and refurbishment of existing sites, eg. Industrial and mining sites.

Course Structure
The course has been designed in four semesters of equal durations and credits, spread in a total of two years.

Theory
The core subjects like Landscape Technology, History and Theory of Landscape Architecture, Water Management, run through two to three semesters. These are designed to assist the Landscape Studio through building up a strong scientific, technological, theoretical and historical base. The first semester has a subject devoted to climatology and the Third Semester has subjects to develop understanding of land economics and research methods. This semester is also designed to form the prelude to the independent Thesis. The fourth semester equips the student for the profession with the subject of Professional Practice.

Training
Professional Training under a Landscape Architect or as a Research Associate with a Landscape faculty is a necessary component of the course. This equips the student with the practical aspects/ research base, offering the required exposure to the realm of the profession and research, before the Thesis is taken up.

Flexibility (through electives)
The course is designed with flexibility for the student to pursue the area of his/ her interest. The second semester offers an array of specialized landscapes to choose from, the third semester offers a common pool elective wherein the student can opt for an elective outside the department, promoting the interdisciplinary approach. The fourth semester offers electives with focus on conservation of energy and historicity.

Studios
Environment & Management studios: These studios focus on Plants, Ecology, Site planning, Development processes, Water resource as the most valuable and vulnerable asset, Planting design, Environmental Impact Assessment and a Seminar in landscape Appreciation.

Landscape Studios: These are designed as the Core studios of Landscape design, which run through the entire program with increasing complexities, wherein the student makes an application of all the above modules, culminating in an independent Thesis.

Syllabus