Frederico Meireles Rodrigues, Luís Loures



Measuring and Programming the Urban Square - A Project-based Learning Experiment in Landscape Architecture

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project-based learning, post-occupancy evaluation, urban square, teaching, landscape architecture


In this paper, the authors reveal the results of a post-occupancy evaluation process, conducted during the course of a project-based learning as part of a landscape architecture bachelor design studio. It is the result of a collaborative design process, applied to the redevelopment of an urban square in Portugal and implemented in a landscape architecture design studio course and through a project-based learning process, which engaged students, decision-makers and a diversity of other stakeholders. The methodology was designed in order to understand the existing pattern of occupancy and people’s level of public satisfaction, needs and preferences, and to educate students on the negotiation practices and on the impact of people’s feedback over the design options. This work results on the proposal of a specific methodology for a semester project considering teaching and assessment, from the initial call/problem, through process development, to final product delivery, which in this particular case has ended at the Design Programme level, defining a zoning plan, as well as the general and specific objectives to be considered in the redesign project. In conclusion, one may say that the used methodology is appropriate to achieve the objectives inherent to this type of landscape architecture project, strengthening the quality of the project

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Frederico Meireles Rodrigues, Luís Loures. (2017) Measuring and Programming the Urban Square - A Project-based Learning Experiment in Landscape Architecture. International Journal of Cultural Heritage, 2, 119-125