Natural Factors

Analysing Natural factors/layers as prerequisite to ecologically sensitive Site Planning

Site planning is one of the most underestimated but important steps in the process of architectural design which when done systematically and sensitively enables one to create an architectural intervention which is unique, sensitive and rooted to its context. Of the various layers involved in site planning the study of the natural aspects/layers during site analysis is one of the most important steps towards a more informed process of site planning. Understanding and analysing these natural features to understand the site is  imperative requirement for us as architects to mitigate the negative impacts  of rapid globalization and urbanization which is leading to large scale disaster. The course is an attempt to analyse and understand  these natural layers to give clues to unique and sensitive site planning.


  • Self-Paced

    This course allows you to access the lectures and learn it at your pace and time to suit your progress in studio and practice.

  • Systematic explanations

    When the process of architectural design is done systematically and sensitively it enables one to create an architectural intervention which is unique, sensitive and rooted to its context

  • Site and Design specific

    In this course you learn the fundamentals; use and apply this knowledge on YOUR design.

Know your Mentor

Devayani Deshmukh Upasani

Senior Instructor

Devayani Deshmukh Upasani is a landscape architect based in Mumbai. She practices as a consultant landscape architect with Urban Design Cell Mumbai and has been involved in varied scale of projects including small terrace gardens to resorts, public plazas etc.She is a visiting faculty at Sir JJ College of Architecture and Rachana Sansad's Academy of Architecture and also teaches the post graduate course in Landscape Architecture at the LS Raheja School of Architecture.She also conducts Landscape workshops across the various institutes in the city.She has been an active member of the Indian Society of Landscape Architects and is presently the Hon. Chairperson of ISOLA Mumbai chapter .

Join this Course

and accomplish the key objectives

  • Understanding of the broader process of site planning

  • Understanding the various natural layers impacting site analysis

  • Understanding the method of analyzing the various natural layers at both regional or town planning scale as well as for smaller site plans

  • Formulating solutions regarding siting of various functions based on the overlap of the clues from the analysis of the various natural layers

  • Enabling the students to look at the existing architectural interventions by masters in a much more informed fashion

Course curriculum

Dont miss out the free preview in Site Introduction

  • 1

    Instructions for this course

    • Hello!

    • Introduction to ACEDGE interface

  • 2

    Site Planning: An introduction

  • 3

    Understanding Climate

    • Climate Analysis V1

    • PDF: Climate Analysis V1

    • Climate Analysis V2

    • PDF: Climate Analysis V2

  • 4

    Understanding Land

    • Land Analysis V1

    • PDF: Land Analysis V1

    • Land Analysis V2

    • PDF: Land Analysis V2

    • Land Analysis V3

    • PDF: Land Analysis V3

  • 5

    Understanding Hydrology

    • Surface Hydrology

    • PDF: Surface Hydrology

  • 6

    Understanding Vegetation/flora

    • Planning around Vegetation

    • PDF: Planning around Vegetation

  • 7

    Understanding Fauna

    • Studying and understanding Fauna

    • PDF: Studying and Understanding Fauna

  • 8

    Understanding Borrowed Views

    • Visual Analysis

    • PDF: Visual Analysis

  • 9

    Downloadable Resources

    • Reference Books on Site Analysis

  • 10

    Next Steps...

    • Conclusion

    • More References

    • Quick Survey

    • How to get your Certificate

Approach and Outcome

Aims and Objectives for the course

The course intends to study in detail the various natural aspects/layers involved in site analysis which  is an integral part of site planning process with the intention of finally aiming to create an architectural design/intervention which is unique, sensitive and rooted to its context.

Framework of the course

The course is a part of the larger course of site planning.

The larger topic of Site planning is further divided into the following subtopics/aspects

Site analysis

Understanding the user 

Understanding the design brief.

The topic of site analysis is further divided into understanding of natural and manmade factors which impact site planning.

The present course is a detailed discussion regarding the impact of natural factors/layers which impact site planning


Methodology followed 

The first  module of the course elaborates on the  broader understanding of various aspects and process of  site planning. The subsequent/following  modules comprise of  detailed discussion on natural /layers/aspects which are an integral part of site analysis and impact site planning. Each module comprises of detailed discussion of one of the natural factors and its impact on site planning followed by examples to understand the same. At the end of each module the participants can take back the understanding and apply it to their own site which will enable them to have a much more informed result in terms of the site plan and further the design intervention.

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