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Advice letter to Certificate Landscape Design and MA Landscape Architecture/Garden Design

Direct Line: 020 8331 9220

Fax No: 020 8331 9105

E-mail: R.Holden@gre.ac.uk


Dear Applicant.

Certificate Landscape Design and MA Landscape Architecture, MA Garden Design and MSc Landscape Planning and Assessment.

The Certificate Landscape Design and MA Landscape Architecture/Garden Design are together a two  year full-time (the PG Certificate is one academic year: the MA is 12 calendar months (September to September) programme. Part time they are three years. They form a “conversion” route for students from other disciplines to “convert” to landscape architecture.  In both full-time and part-time modes the final three months of  the MA  (July to September) is by flexible learning (you are completing the equivalent of a dissertation and there is no regular attendance, so you could work full-time).

The Certificate consists primarily of first and second year undergraduate courses in either design or technical subjects. So, for example, you study construction, horticulture, ecology, planting design, digital design and various approaches to landscape design.  Together the Certificate with the MA Landscape Architecture forms a set of programmes accredited by The Landscape Institute.  The Certificate Landscape Design also leads to the MA Garden Design and the Society of Garden Designers is the professional body (they don’t run an accreditation system).

Typically students on the Certificate and MA Landscape Architecture are in their twenties, thirties and forties and 40% are from a scientific background (horticulture, environmental science, geography, etc)

and 40% from an art or design background (fine art, product design, interior design, architecture, etc.). 20% are from more distant backgrounds such as history, philosophy, law and indeed languages and literature.  About 30-40% of the full timers are British based and 60% are from continental Europe (Poles, Balts, Germans, Italians, Spanish): overseas students include Japanese, Chinese, Australian, Indians, and North and South Americans.

Landscape Architecture is a small (c5000 in the UK), young but growing profession which ranges widely from a regional planning scale to design in relation to building developments.  All the time one is meeting new people and new challenges: teamwork is very important.

Wherever you go to study I recommend you read at this stage:

  • Sir Geoffrey, Jellicoe, Landscape of Man Thames and Hudson: 1995
  • Ian Thompson, Ecology Community Delight Spon: 2000

Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe was born in 1900 and was arguably Britain’s most celebrated landscape architect of the C20th: his book is a well-illustrated chronological account of garden and landscape design worldwide: it is worth buying.  Thompson teaches at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and has written an accessible investigation into what is landscape architecture in Britain at the beginning of the C21st; of particular interest to aspiring landscape architects are his interviews with over twenty landscape professionals.

Furthermore we advise you to acquires a couple of botanical guidebooks with keys to plant identification given plant ecology is one of the bases of the programmes you need to develop an ability to identify to begin to understand (my apologies to ecology and botany graduates applying). Botanical keys and guides we recommend are found in:
      Francis Rose, The Wild Flower Key – How to identify wild plants, trees and shrubs in Britain and Ireland (Paperback) Frederick Warne: 2006 @£12.59
     Owen Johnson,Collins Tree Guide (Paperback) Collins: 2004
Also because we are based in London, please also read the following classic texts before you come:

  • Peter Hall London 2001, 1989 Unwin Hyman: 1989 (out of print, so inter-library loan)
  • John Summerson Georgian London Pall Mellon Centre for Studies: 2003
  • Steen Eiler Rasmussen London the Unique City, various editions (now out of print, so inter-library loan)

We also recommend you read Landscape magazine, which is the main professional journal in the UK (available at major reference libraries), other magazines of interest are Topos, ‘Scape, Greenplaces, and Landscape Architecture Magazine. Also do browse the following web sites:

olden, and in vie

http://www.landscapeinstitute.org/ which is the Landscape Institute’s web site

www.efla.org which is the European Foundation for Landscape Architecture and links to other national associations

http://w3.gre.ac.uk/schools/a-and-c/index.html (The School’s website)

http://digitalstudio.gre.ac.uk/ for the School’s annual exhibitions of landscape architecture

www.gardenvisit.com/ Tom Turner’s website which cover both  history and contemporary developments in garden and landscape design.

www.asla.org which is the site of the American Society of Landscape Architects

http://www.land8lounge.com/ which is a US initiated chat room

http://www.iwanttobealandscapearchitect.com/ a CABE Space and Landscape Institute website

AutoCAD skills. You can be a very good designer without CAD skills but it is difficult to get a job in a design office without CAD skills. The programme includes some CAD teaching but you also need to take responsibility for your own AutoCAD learning. Whether or not there is a specific submission requirement in a design programme (and there usually is) we advise you should  include an AutoCAD drawing with every project you do.  The same applies to hand drawing, because all types of drawing require constant practice. To teach yourself AutoCAD, we advise you to follow David Watson’s free online AutoCAD tutorial available on


other information is on


David leads our digital design teaching.

Advice on what pc to obtain is on


Advice on software is on


but please don’t buy lots of software as much is free once you are a student.

Apple Mac users may consider obtaining Virtual PC software.

Examples of students’  work (over the years) are on


Within the enclosed handbook (when sending these letters by post), there is a chart showing all the courses in our Certificate Landscape/ MA Landscape Architecture of two years full-time or three years part-time duration.  These programmes are vocational and design and technically based, there is no major research element. If you are receiving this letter by email, you can download the Landscape Graduate and Postgraduate Portfolio from here:


To give you an idea of what is involved in the first year, first term this coming year 2010-11 (the part-timers just attend on the Wednesday but from 10am to 9pm):

  • Mondays and Tuesdays are free (for you to read and undertake your own design work).
  • On Wednesday (which is also the part-timers first year attendance) a coach takes you to Hadlow College of Horticulture where in alternate weeks  from 10.00-12.00 hrs Sarah Morgan  lectures  on horticulture to you together with undergraduate students and covers both non woody and woody plants.  In the other weeks the 10-12 slot is covered by Jamie Liversedge (landscape architect who has worked in the UK, Middle East and Far East) who  lectures on construction (building materials: concrete, timber, stone, brick, plastics, glass and how to assemble and construct): occasionally I also lecture.  At 12pm you go outside into Broadview Gardens at Haldow and you are in smaller groups learning plants in the grounds (you receive a good foundation in the knowledge of plants during the first year, do wear weatherproofs).  This morning course continues for the whole of the first year.

In the afternoon you do Planting Design with a lecture and a two hour design studio with design groups of about twenty using part of the grounds at Hadlow College.

  • On Wednesday evenings (18-21.00 hrs), the part-timers do Visual Studies back at Avery Hill in Eltham with Gillian Daniell (full-timers on Thursday).  You are introduced to the visual world.
  • On Thursdays fine artists who also teach at Art Schools such as Camberwell and St Martins teach you visual studies: you are introduced to the visual world.  All our design students (architecture, garden design, digital design, and landscape architecture) undertake visual studies, which are comparable to what happens in an Art School Foundation year, but taught particularly to spatial design students.
  • On Fridays you do Landscape Basic Design taught by Jamie Liversedge. Students learn site survey and appreciation and also experiment in ways of portraying a site; they design an installation by the river.

On Saturdays and Sundays you can also work, but you also need to explore London which is a interesting city with a history of two millennia.  London has many places of interest including great landscape and urban design and architectural assets; it also has many galleries, museums, concert halls, clubs and other interesting features you need to explore. You also need to explore out of London, a good guide is Hudson’s Historic Houses & Gardens, Castles & Heritage Sites http://www.hudsonsguide.co.uk/home.html

and Tom Turner’s websites e.g. http://www.gardenvisit.com/landscape_architecture/london_landscape_architecture/visitors_guide .

Landscape Architecture at Greenwich is treated as a design discipline (but with landscape planning specialisms in the MA proper) with an excellent technical basis rather than as a scientific discipline. Other points to note are our digital design (CAD) teaching which begins in the first year, with a block course (Monday to Friday 10am-5pm for both full and part timers) in the Easter vacation, using especially AutoCAD 2006.

Technical drawing: (an introduction to lettering, plan, section, elevation, isometric and axonometric drawing) is done at Hadlow College, Tonbridge as a three-day 1000–1700 hrs class Wednesday to Friday, in the week prior to induction in September.


Term dates

14-16 Sept. 2011                     Wed- Friday     10am-5pm Technical Drawing classes at Hadlow College for both full-timers and  part-timers.

Monday 19 September             transition week begins, part-timers attend just the Monday

w/c Monday 26 September      start of term 1 (with teaching on Wednesdays, Thursday and Firdays)

mid November 2011                Thursday to Monday Paris field trip (optional)

Friday 16 December 2011       teaching ends (nb there is no half term breaks)

w/c Monday 9 Jan. 2012         week of hand-ins of design work and feedback from term 1.

Monday 16 Jan. 2012              regular teaching begins (teaching on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays)

Friday 30 March 2012             end of term 2

4-8 April 2011 Mon.-Friday    10am-5pm Landscape Digital Design introduction classes at Avery Hill for both full time and  part-timers taught by David Watson (nb this is change from the January week advised previously)

Monday 23 April                     term 3 starts

Friday 11 May                         end of regular teaching, followed by special design crits on the regular teaching days

Wed mid May                          Hard and Soft Landscape Exam, date to be determined

21-25 May (provisional)          Landscape and Garden Design Precedents block course at Greenwich Maritime, first course as part of the MA (full timers only, the part-timers do this a year later)

Access to Hadlow College and Avery Hill.

Hadlow College:

Note during term time there is a free coach to Hadlow leaving the entrance to the Southwood site at Avery Hill at 9am sharp and similarly leaving Hadlow College at 5pm. However, there are no travel arrangements to Hadlow for the three day drawing session in September. The village of Hadlow is midway between Tonbridge and Maidstone on the A26 and Hadlow College’s postcode is TN11 0AL, it is south-west of the village  and on the north side of the  A26. A location map is on:


or you look Hadlow up on:


There are fast trains from London Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Waterloo East and London Bridge to Tonbridge (eg ex-London Bridge 8.30am arrive Tonbridge 9.06am); the National Railway Timetable is http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ (National Rail telephone  enquiries: 08457 48 49 50  or from abroad +44(0)20 7278 5240 Textphone: 0845 60 50 600) There are Arriva buses no. 7 (at 9.16am arrives Hadlow 9.31am) or 77 (at 9.31am arrives Hadlow 9.46am) from Tonbridge station to Hadlow (details on http://www.arriva.co.uk) but do check the time on the website nearer the time.

Hadlow College do lay on a free coach service, but this leaves Tonbridge at 8.30am and you need a bus card from Hadlow Student Services which doesn’t help with your first journey! Otherwise a taxi from Tonbridge Station to Hadlow is about £10, which might be affordable on the first day until people can sort out how to share cars…. or you could use a cycle.

Contact Southeastern, which is the train operating company, for details about cycle carrying services:


Avery Hill

Other than the Wednesdays in year 1 other teaching is largely based at the School of Architecture and Construction, Avery Hill, Eltham. A map is on  www.streetmap.co.uk/ and check the postcode SE1 2PQ. Note the nearest railway station is Falconwood which is 15 minutes walk, there are free shuttle minibuses from Falconwood to Avery Hill from 7.35 to 9.50 at 15 minute intervals. There are also public bus and minicab services from Eltham station to the campus in case it is raining (about £5 by minicab). Note the University is planning a new School of Architecture and Construction building in Greenwich but the earliest that is due to open is the 2013-14 academic year.

Technical Drawing class Wednesday to Friday 14-16 September 2010 – 10am-5pm

For all students both full and part-time there will be a three day technical drawing course at the  Hadlow College Garden Design studio.  Hadlow is between Maidstone and Tonbridge on the A26. The three days are free and there is no registration or payment.   They will be taught by Jamie Liversedge and myself. This three day session is the only formal technical drawing instruction that you will receive and is necessary to pass the Hard and Soft Landscape Course. There will be also teaching for the part-time and full time mode in the first year at Hadlow on Wednesdays from 10am until 5pm throughout the first year (followed by 6-9pm design studio teaching at Dartford) so this will allow us to introduce the Hadlow facilities.

Note if you are competent in technical drawings you should still undertake this course. Because it covers UK construction drawing practice, involves freehand technical drawing, and is a good opportunity to get to know us and your fellow students.

The three drawing class days will cover :

  • how to use a drawing board
  • hand lettering
  • scale
  • orthographic projection (i.e. plan, section and elevations)
  • axonometric and isometric projection
  • measured drawing
  • building materials sectional conventions
  • dimensioning and annotation of technical working drawings

This in sufficient so you may produce construction drawings for the Hard and Soft Landscape course on Wednesday mornings.

Please bring the following:

  • adjustable  set square (c. 330mm hypotenuse is my preferred size)
  • metric architect’s scale i.e. 1:100,  1:200, 1:500 but 1:1250 and 1:2500 also useful. These are available at 150mm or 300mm long and either flat or triangular/
  • mechanical pencil, 0.5 with a range of H and HB leads
  • rubber (i.e. eraser)
  • (optional) Rotring or Mars draughtsman’s pens 0.25/ 0.35 (Mars are cheaper)

If you have a restricted budget do not buy pens

  • scalpel or razor blade (I prefer Wilkinson Sword Edge)
  • fine line, black felt pen (e.g. Artline 200 for thin lines and Pentel Sign Pen (S520) for thick)
  • metric tape measure,.
  • draughting tape
  • A3 tracing paper (available as pads) preferably 90gsm
  • one sheet A3 metric graph paper
  • sketchbook, plain paper A4 size
  • can of lighter fuel (as cleaning solvent)

The above (except the lighter fuel) are available at graphic materials stores e.g. London Graphic Centre, www.londongraphics.co.uk in Covent Garden. Most of the above are also available at Ryman’s stores.


Field Trips and International Workshop

Self drive visit to Rousham and Stowe Saturday early October 2010: this is a day trip to two key eighteenth century landscape gardens

Thursday evening to Monday mid November: There will be a Paris field trip in mid November aimed at PG Certificate Landscape Design students, this is also open to MA and Diploma students if you have not been before.

Thursday to Monday  mid November 2011,: Field Trip to Paris

This field trip is for all first year Certificate LD Landscape students. We will stay in a hotel in central Paris and visit a new park and gardens (e.g. the Arsenale exhibition of Paris urbanism, La Villette, Bassin Stalingrad, Parc de Bercy, Bibliotheque Nationale, Musée du Quai Branly, the Viaduc Plantée, parks in social housing. etc.). This visit is important to form a common frame of reference of contemporary public landscape architecture schemes and also for us all to get to know each other.

It is led by myself and Jamie Liversedge and the aim is to relate the tours to our construction and horticulture teaching (we walk along extolling the delights of mastic asphalt relative to granite paving, and the merits of monospecific block planting and Parisian polychromatic brickwork and inventive bonds from the 1930s) .

We will depart Thursday evening, c.6.30pm from St Pancras check-in and arrive back London Monday evening. I will advise on 15 September of the dates and need to know whether you are able to go on this by end of September so I can make final bookings on the basis of cheques or other payment made out for the travel. Costs to be paid to the university will be £120 for rail travel, insurance and contribution to staff costs. Once a booking is made it is not possible to cancel or obtain a refund.

early March 2012, Thursday to Monday: We are considering organising a field trip to Amsterdam


Landscape Digital Design Block Course: 2-6 April.2012  

This course, based at the Architecture School, aims to give all Certificate LD students an in-depth introduction to digital design using AutoCAD and an introduction to Bryce, Vector Works etc. led by David Watson. There is further digital teaching in the MA. All students both part-time and full-time have to attend.  If you have no previous digital design experience we advise you prepare by going through the free Autocad tutorial on  David Watson’s website Autocad:


I advise you begin to look at this before starting the programme if you are new to digital design. If you do not have a computer then we would advise you obtain a pc early on in the programme ( if unsure what to obtain contact David Watson after registration in September.

Landscape and Garden Design Precedents one week block Monday-Friday late May 2012.

This is to note that there is another block course purely for full time Masters students next May 2010 to be held at the Greenwich Maritime (the old Royal Naval Hospital) campus. Part-time MA students starting the Certificate in September 2011 will do this course in June 2013.

There is an exhibition of final year students work in June,2012 at the Greenwich campus.


2010-11 Postgraduate Fees details are on


We count as a Band A programme. Full time fees (for Band A programmes) are £3,885 for this year for Home students (including EU residents), and overseas full –time fees are £9,350. Part time fees are £650 for every 30 credits therefore:

Part time Certificate Year 1 is 105 credits = £2,275
Part time Certificate Year 2 (term 1) is 30 credits for the outstanding Certificate credits= £650
MA Landscape Architecture or Garden Design  year 1 (terms 2-3) is 30 credits for the MA= £650 (£1300 in total for the whole second year part time)
Part time MA Year 2 (year 3 of the total set of programmes) is 120 credits x  £650/ 30 credits = £2,600
Part time MA final half year (term 1 by flexible learning, no attendance for the dissertation) is 30 credits = £650
The Certificate in total is 135 credits and the MA is 180 credits.�
Please note that fees for 2011-12 have not yet been published and the above information is only a rough guide.


The Arts and Humanities Research Council also offers five awards for taught Professional Preparation Masters courses in crafts (we count in that category) nationally, Information is on




However, you should contact me well before December if interested in these Masters awards.

Fees and ELQs:

However, note that the government is in the process of changing its post graduate funding policy. Note too that for Home students government policy in respect of support for higher education is changing, and this affects some second degree programmes (“awards equivalent to or lower than that already held (ELQs)”), this university’s statement on this is on
and this states that :
“Some qualifications are exempt from the new policy, these include:
• Foundation degrees
• Courses leading to registration as an architect or landscape architect”
My advice is print this out and hold it on record and present it when asked for a fee account. The Higher Education Funding Council’s advice on this is on http://www.hefce.ac.uk/FAQ/elq.htm

Other advice:

Two other final pieces of advice, once you have registered you are advised to join the Landscape Institute as student members (forms are in the Architecture school reception  (you may ask me to act as referee)  and ref.


also consult the introduction to the profession website:


Also do register for EdinaDigimap once you have received an Athens number on registration (http://edina.ac.uk/digimap ).  It gives free on-line access to Ordnance Survey maps including historical maps. Do check the library website for Architecture and Landscape


We advise you use London libraries, for instance, the LI library


the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)


and the Royal Horticlutural Society’s libraries especially the Lindley Library in Vincent Square, SW1.


and we advise you become a member of the British Library www.bl.uk/ including use of their map library.

This is a standard letter, however, should you have particular queries at this stage do contact me: my email is R.Holden@greenwich.ac.uk and you can telephone via the School Office on 0208 331 9100.

If you can advise of your address we will send this letter by post and attach further information as below.

Yours sincerely


Robert Holden

Encl. Paris Field Trip booking form 30/7/2010

+ Rousham and Stowe

Self-drive Historic Landscape Garden Study Visit: Rousham and Stowe

Meet 11am Saturday 9 October 2010 at entrance to Rousham (leave Stowe c.4.30pm) NB for info, we hope the repeat this in 2011

For students who can drive there, do share cars. Pay yourselves at the entrance. Bring rain proofs and stout walking shoes, this involved walking. Under-thirty year olds may have to practice country walking beforehand.  NB difficult access by public transport to Stowe, or from Rousham to Stowe Lower Hayford railway station is easy walk to Rousham.

Rousham Park House and Garden entry £5 (pay individually at the gatehouse, nb bring £5 exactly, no change)

North East of Oxford

Nr Steeple Aston, Bicester
Oxfordshire OX25 4QX

For map ref http://www.streetmap.co.uk

Rousham and its landscape garden are a place of pilgrimage for students of the work of William Kent (1685-1748). Rousham represents the first phase of English landscape garden design and remains almost as Kent left it, one of the few gardens of this date to have escaped alteration, with many features which delighted eighteenth century visitors to Rousham still in situ, such as the ponds and cascades in Venus’ Vale, the Cold Bath, and seven arched Praeneste, Townsend’s Building, the Temple of the Mill, and, on the skyline, a sham ruin known as the ‘Eyecatcher’.

The house, built in 1635 by Sir Robert Dormer, is still in the ownership of the same family. Kent added the wings and the stable block. The south front is almost as Kent left it, but for the replacement of the octagonal glazing with plain glass. This was carried out by the architect St. Aubyn when he added the north side of the house in 1876.

Stowe Landscape Gardens admission £7.50 (pay individually at entrance)
MK18 5EH
Tel: +44 (0)1280 822 850
Fax: +44 (0)1280 822 437 for map ref http://www.streetmap.co.uk

Stowe Gardens owned by the National Trust are just west of Buckingham.

Stowe was created in the 18th century as an idealised version of nature with over forty monuments and temples set against a backdrop of glorious open spaces, wooded valleys and ornamental lakes. Given to the National Trust in 1989 the gardens have been undergoing an ambitious restoration programme that is now two thirds underway. At its centre is Stowe House currently also being conserved and the gardens are being replanted in one of the largest historic garden conservation programmes in the country.

It is the most celebrated English landscape garden of the eighteenth century and like a palimpsest with layers of design overlain. Bridgeman’s formality was succeeded by the rococo landscape gardening of William Kent and later the picturesque style of Lancelot Brown and Lord Cobham, one on top of the other just as medieval manuscript parchments were written upon, scraped off and written over (usually in the other direction).

Together the trip to both gardens forms an ideal introduction to the eighteenth century landscape garden which is a key to an understanding of English landscape architecture and garden design. and is a complement to the tour of Painshill undertaken in Landscape and Garden Design Precedents.

Robert Holden can carry three passengers email R.Holden@gre.ac.uk

Robert Holden 3 August 2010




Issue 30/7/2010  (nb book your own accommodation)

base: Hôtel du Nord et de l’Est, 49, rue de Malte 75011 Paris Tél : +33 (0)1 47 00 71 70 Fax : +33 (0)1 43 57 51 16 http://www.hotel-nord-est.com/ metro Oberkampf ligne 5, the hotel is just south of Place de la République (c. €100 per night for a twin i.e €50 per night per person with deals for three nights or more. Or with three day internet bookings at €65 for two people as I read it  )  

 All times are local British or French times (one hour ahead of British time). Ensure you have your own passports, visas and necessary travel documents. For example, Chinese nationals will have to obtain a visa and Robert Holden can write you an academic letter; note in previous years Chinese applicants have had to apply for an interview and the interview date is sent by post and is not changeable, so apply as soon as possible ref. http://www.consulfrance-londres.org/spip.php?article318. Note travel and medical insurance is organised by the university provided you are fully registered (and have filled in the form below). Carry passports at all times in France (for police identity checks).

There are banks with bureaux de change close by (shut at weekend), but otherwise use plastic cards in holes in the wall e.g. Crédit Lyonnais is just by the Oberkampf métro. All students will need to buy a métro carnet consisting of a carnet of 10 metro tickets (c.€11.40), to save queuing you might also be able to buy Paris tourist travel and carnets at St Pancras Eurostar, fares are cheaper than London (equivalent of 80p for an unlimited métro ride inside the city of Paris).

Cheaper dormitory accommodation is available nearby at Hotel St Sebastian, a two star hotel 42 rue St-Sébastian 75011 Paris tel 00 44 (0)1 4338 5757 with 4 per room, /night per room@ c.€35 per head for dormiroy rooms, or singles at €65 and doubles at €40 per head. Ref http://www.hotel-st-sebastien.com/pages/loca_US.html. But you must book this yourself preferably as a group. Alternatively try http://www.hostelbookers.com/hostels/france/paris/4493/

Itinerary (nb. programme may change- due to weather and how fast we go, start of day times at the hotel are not to change please note). It can be cold and wet in November so take headgear and sensible waterproof shoes. Note there is a fair amount of walking, so some younger people may have to train for this, we advise walk at least 10km per day & NO REFUND IF YOU MISS THE TRAIN. You pay for the room directly to the hotel at end of stay.

17.00hrs Thursday 18  November check in London St. Pancras for Eurostar, by 17.15 hrs for  17.55hrs departure to Paris, calls Ebbsfleet 18.12, arrives Gard du Nord Paris 21.17 hrs, métro travel to Hotel Atlantide (about 10-15 minutes). Those of us who so wish can eat in rue Oberkampf (about 10 minutes walk away) or Le Troisième Bureau 74, rue Folie Méricourt. which is géniale.

10.00 hrs Friday 19  November meet at metro north end, Oberkampf entry (nice café on corner of rue Malte) , pick up Paris map, for picnics to keep costs down or in the Friday market outside in Blvd Richard Lenoir. In cafés you either sit down and they serve you (it costs more) or you stand and drink and eat at the bar. Don’t get served at the bar and then take the food to a table.

Nb before- 10am meeting do check out the street market in the Blv Richard Lenoir.


10.15 hrs métro then walk to Monument pour la Déportation (George Pinguisson 1962) on the Ile de la Citée, then Ile St Louis, and the Arsenale for the exhibition of Paris planning.

13.30 hrs lunch at a cheap café

15.00 Bassin Stalingrad  (Bernard Huet) and Cour du Maroc (Michel Corajoud a new €13million park or 2007-8).

16.00 Parc de la Villette, (Bernard Tschumi with structural design by Peter Rice, theme garden design by various landscape architects including Alexandre Chermetoff) until dusk to see the lighting (by Philippe Starck/ Patrick Bouchain and Louis Clair as lighting engineer)

Free evening Pariscop is the Paris Time Out for clubs and restaurants for your evening activity: for cheap student restaurants is rue Oberkampf, east of Ave de la République.

10.00 Saturday 20   November meet at metro Oberkampf entry, Jardin de ZAC Tage Kellerman by Latitude Nord (Laurence Vacherot, & Gilles Vexlard) completed c.1990: a ZAC is a Zone d’Aménagement Concertée. Then to Musée du Quai de Branly (2006) architect Jean Nouvel, with landscape garden by Gilles Clément and vertical green wall by Patrick Blanc, the  botanist.

11.00 Sunday 21  November  promenade via Boulevard Richard Lenoir (by Bernard Huet) and its Sunday Market, (maybe buy picnic: if not then eat in cafés at Parc de Bercy), Place de la Bastille and New Opéra, Viaduc Plantée / Promenade  de la Bastille (Jacques Vergeley and Philippe Mathieux 1989-) to Parc de Rueilly (Thierry Louf/ François X Mousquet/ Philippe Thomas 1991)  (if warm and fine) and Parc de Bercy (FFL+ Bernard Huet opened  1997), then cross the Seine to the Bibliothèque Nationale.


9.00 hrs Monday 22  November at metro Oberkampf entry, after breakfast, and after stowing baggage and  paying hotel  for the day’s departure to avoid delay

10.00 hrs  Parc Citröen Cévennes, Gilles Clément and Allain Provost as paysagistes and Patrick Berger, Jean François Jodry and Jean-Paul Viguier.


suggestions are,  Musée d’Orsay, Eiffel Tower, Versailles, or La Défense and Parc Diderot, good landscape bookshops are Maison Rustique, rue Jacob and the Monuments Historique shop in the Jeu de Paume In the Tuileries, just by Etoile.

18.00                                                   check in by 17.45 for c.18.43 calls Ashford 19,36  arrives  St Pancras 20.06 – does not call at Ebbsfleet, (nb luggage can be left at hotel leave hotel by 17.00hrs, not secure so don’t leave valuables, if really  worried take bags to Gard du Nord before the 9am hotel, rendez-vous and leave at the left luggage at the Eurostar side of the concourse)

These visits are aimed to amplify the Hard and Soft Landscape lectures and also the Planting Design course. We are enthusiasts for mastic asphalt, coordinated paving, 1930s French brickwork and polychromatic bricks and faience, and flexible paving: we are not so enthusiastic for monospecific block planting, top grafting and unthinking use of heavy clay topsoil on newly constructed sites. We are keen on the way the French do invest in public infrastructure including parks, gardens, and new tramways and the Vélib cycle hire system.

cut off and  return to Robert Holden (keep the above for contacts)


I wish to go on the Cert.LD Paris trip 18-22 November 2010

Enclosed is a cheque for  £120  (non refundable Eurostar group  travel only plus Insurance plus university staff travel expenses, excludes hotel costs)  nb cheques may be post-dated to 10 October, 2010 made out to “University of Greenwich” Note if travelling independently then cheque for £30 to cover staff expenses. NB payment can be made by credit card via Ms Ronke Bali at the School

name: forename………………………..…………….surname……………………………….Mr/Ms/Miss/Mrs

under 26 on 20 Nov.…… address…………………………………………………….…………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………post code……………

tel no. (+mobile)…………………………………………..email …………………..…………………………..

next of kin/contact name  (for insurance purposes)………………………………..………………………..

next of kin tel. no……………………….  date of birth (for visa application support letter)……………..

passport no. (for a visa support letter only)………………………………………………………………..

I am arranging my own travel as well as accommodation and therefore attach £30 cheque……………………………………

Note numbers on this trip are limited so book early.


­To make trip reservation hand to Robert Holden with cheque, or hand in for Ronke Bali at the Architecture School, university travel insurance is included. Places are limited to c. 25 first come first served and there is a contribution to staff costs.


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