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Landscape Architecture and Site Planning - Basic Fundamentals

About the course

In the event of rapid urbanization there is a trend of fast depletion of natural resources especially the vegetation.

Depletion of natural ground-cover and Landscape is one of the major sources of natural hazards, such as Landslide, Flood, Heat Island, Soil erosion etc. There is growing interest in this field of knowledge.

This course is tailored very effectively to introduce all aspects of Plant sciences, Planting design techniques, Garden maintenance and management. This course would be very useful for the students as well as practicing architects, planner, engineers and common people.

The lectures would be supported with real-time illustrations through sketches and analysis, in addition to the digital illustrations time to time. These would result in easy comprehension by the students of different level of ability and


 Multiple illustrations with case studies would be the strength of this course disseminated with lucid lectures.


Industries that will recognize this course

This course would be very useful for the Govt. or Private

Horticulture and Gardening departments, Plant Nurseries, any

individual Landscape connoisseurs.

Course instructor

Uttam K. Banerjee is currently a senior Professor in the Department of Architecture & Regional Planning, as well as Joint-Faculty in the RCG School of Infrastructure Design and Management at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, where he has served as the Head in both the departments from 2004 to 2007 and 2011 to 2014 respectively. He has graduated with Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch), post-graduated with Master of City Planning (MCP) and Ph.D. in Transportation system evaluation from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.


He has a wide spectrum of knowledge with academic, research and professional experience in the multiple domains associated with Architecture, Planning, Infrastructure, Landscape, Environment and Computer Applications. He has these issues as a part of 'Landscape Design and Site Planning' course at the UG level and 'Landscape and Recreational Planning' at the PG level in the Department of Architecture and Regional Planning at IIT Kharagpur, and teaching the course for the last 32 years.

He has undertaken several Landscape consultancy projects at the national level, e.g. Vindhyachal (NTPC), Korba (NTPC), Farakka (NTPC). Over the last decade and till date he has been involved in the projects related to Environmental Management, National Land use Policy formulation; Climate Change Adaptation planning sponsored by various international organizations as well as Govt. of India. He is currently involved in research on Climate Change Adaptation through Landscape planning.

He was the coordinator for the training program for the architects, titled NPCBAERM (National Program for Capacity Building of Architects on Earthquake Risk Management),as National Resource Institute for the national mission sponsored by Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India. He has undertaken several capacity building events for the architects, planners, environmental engineers in the area of ‘Ecocity planning’ sponsored by the GIZGermany, and ‘Sustainable Land use Planning & Infrastructure’ sponsored by the World Bank Institute. He is an expert member of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for Smart City Guidelines formulation.


Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Landscape Design

Week 2: History of Landscape

Week 3: Landscape Elements

Week 4: Site Analysis

Week 5: User Analysis

Week 6: Landform Design

Week 7: Drainage Design

Week 8: Plant Sciences and Plant Maintenance


 Certification exam:

• The exam is optional for a fee. Exams will be on 23 April 2017.

• Time: Shift 1: 9am-12 noons; Shift 2: 2pm-5pm

• Any one shift can be chosen to write the exam for a course.

• Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.

• The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


• Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score.

• 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of 8 weeks course: Best 6 out of 8 assignments.

• E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT KHARAGPUR. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc