Category: Course Visits and Trips

A clear landscape view of Cheltenham

Our new first year students explored a part of the Cotswolds last week, partly to orientate themselves in the broader Gloucestershire landscape but also to study at close hand some features that make up the scene: local rocks…

Forest of Dean Freeminers

For me, I suppose it’s the geology that makes the Forest of Dean unique. As an earth scientist, my interest is always fired by a knowledge of the strata underground and how that influences the surface relief. The…

Save the planet: fly to Java, “Garden of the East”

For much of the time teaching Appraising Landscapes and Sustainable Technology to the current first year students, I have been banging my drum about the global climate emergency, advocating some of the founding principles of the Extinction Rebellion…

Lightmoor site visit, Forest of Dean, 29th October

We’ve been using Lightmoor as a project site for many years. Not because we can’t think of anywhere else to go but because it perfectly fits the bill in terms of its mining heritage which imbues the whole…

Landscape and Urban Design Field Trip to Cardiff

Landscape and Urban Design Field Trip to Cardiff New students were welcomed to the course with a trip to Cardiff including a lecture by Peter McComiskey, Director of TACP Landscapes (founded in 1906). The lecture was called Past,…

Urban Futures Student Trip: The Changing Face of Birmingham

Does planning the future always involve destroying the past? How do we enact change at a human scale in cities? What are the critical issues facing cities today? What are the potential solutions of these issues? How can…

Cirencester practice visits

We met Jane Fitzgerald White and David Bailey from PortusWhitton in Cirencester market square. They gave us a potted history of the place from the Roman days, through the Dark Ages to the time of the medieval abbey,…

A STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL PLACE

“A STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL PLACE” These were the words that Dennis Potter, British dramatist born in the FOREST of DEAN, chose to describe his home area. He went on to say it contained “rather ugly villages in a…

DERIVE DELIGHTS

New students to the landscape architecture course in Cheltenham have been introduced to the delights of the dérive. From the French and literally meaning ‘drifting’, the dérives we have undertaken have included wandering around the town centre during…