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Landscape architecture: History, theory and practice

This course is a critical introduction to the history, theory, and practice of landscape architecture. It is intended for masters-level students in the landscape architecture professional program and beginning students in the Master in Sustainable Urbanization. Space permitting, the course is also open to students enrolled in any other master program at SLU or another Swedish university. Because of its international makeup it is conducted in English.

Information from the course leader

A warm welcome to Landscape architecture: history, theory, practice!

We will meet for the course introduction on Tuesday, August 30, at 9.00 sharp in Ateljén, Ulls hus.

If you do not know your way around Ulls hus, it's by the letter D in the map:

We have the course intro on Tuesday, due to the separate roll call for the students on the LASU program on Monday. However, the first day of the course is Monday, August 29, and we strongly advise you to use your time on Monday for reading. You will find all the literature here on the course website.

An important note on the literature for seminar 1: we have added one new text, and put another under recommended. The new compulsory text is: Giannetto R.F. (2013). “The Use of History in Landscape Architectural Nostalgia“, Change over time, vol. 3 no. 1: text that no longer is compulsory but recommended is Hunt, J.D. (2004). Historical Ground: The role of history in contemporary landscape architecture, Routledge & CRC Press (introduction).

As you might have noticed, you cannot register on the course by yourselves: we will take care of the registration for you on Tuesday. If you for any reason will not attend the course, we would appreciate if you send us an email Monday 29 at the latest.

We are really looking forward to seeing you all!

/Anna and Burcu

Course evaluation

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LK0313-10035 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for LK0313

Academic year 2023/2024

Landscape architecture: History, theory and practice (LK0313-10007)

2023-08-28 - 2023-10-30

Academic year 2021/2022

Landscape architecture: History, theory and practice (LK0313-10116)

2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

Landscape architecture: History, theory and practice (LK0313-10178)

2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

Landscape architecture: History, theory and practice (LK0313-10034)

2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Academic year 2018/2019

Landscape architecture: History, theory and practice (LK0313-10054)

2018-09-03 - 2018-11-11

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list


Introduction lectures and seminars consist of two parts: the first part covers the role of history and theory in landscape architecture and the second part focuses on the contemporary debates in landscape architecture.

Part 1

Introduction: History, theory and practice in landscape architecture

Compulsory readings

Boone, K. (2020). Notes Toward a History of Black Landscape Architecture. Places Journal.

Hunt, J.D. (2004). Historical Ground: The role of history in contemporary landscape architecture Routledge & CRC Press. (introduction)

Swaffield, S. R. (2006). Theory and Critique in Landscape Architecture: Making Connections. Journal of Landscape Architecture, 1(1), 22–29.

Upton, D. (1991). Architectural History or Landscape History? Journal of Architectural Education (1984-), 44(4), 195–199.

Way, T. PLATFORM: Why History for Designers? (Part 1). (n.d.). PLATFORM. Retrieved June 16, 2022, from Part 2

Recommended readings

Angelo, H. (2021) How Green Became Good: Urbanized Nature and Making of Cities and Citizens. Chicago U. Press (Introduction: pp.1-26)

Duncan, J. S., & Duncan, N. G. (2001). The Aestheticization of the Politics of Landscape Preservation. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 91(2), 387–409.

hooks, bell (1991) "Theory as Liberatory Practice," Yale Journal of Law & Feminism: Vol. 4: Iss. 1, Article 2. Available at:

Lipsitz, G. (2007). The Racialization of Space and the Spatialization of Race Theorizing the Hidden Architecture of Landscape. Landscape Journal, 26(1), 10–23.

Mitchell, D. (2016). Cultural landscapes: The dialectical landscape – recent landscape research in human geography: Progress in Human Geography.

Mitchell, W. J. T. (Ed.). (2002). Landscape and Power, Second Edition. University of Chicago Press. (introduction)

Taylor, D. E. (2009). The Environment and the People in American Cities, 1600s-1900s: Disorder, Inequality, and Social Change. Duke University Press.

Part 2

Contemporary debates

Compulsory readings

Carlson, D., & Collard-Arias, M. (2022). Trajectories of practice across time: Moving beyond the histories of landscape architecture. Landscape Research, 47(1), 25–34.

Hutton, Jane (2020) Reciprocal Landscapes: Stories of material movements. Routledge (several chapters)

Recommended readings

Bélanger, P. (2020). No Design on Stolen Land: Dismantling Design’s Dehumanising White Supremacy. Architectural Design, 90(1), 120–127.

Dang, T. K. (2021). Decolonizing landscape. Landscape Research, 46(7), 1004–1016.

Decolonizing the Green City: From Environmental Privilege to Emancipatory Green Justice. (n.d.).

Erling Björgvinsson, Nicholas De Genova, Mahmoud Keshavarz & Tintin Wulia (2020). ’Migration’ Retrieved June 20, 2022, from PARSE 10—Spring 2020 Editorial

Fleming, B. (2021). Frames and Fictions: Designing a Green New Deal Studio Sequence. Journal of Architectural Education, 75(2), 192–201.

Gould, K. A., & Lewis, T. L. (2017). The Environmental Injustice of Green Gentrification: The Case of Brooklyn Prospect Park. In A. Gould and Tammy L. Lewis. New York: Routledge,

Hood, W. and Mitchell Tada, G. (2020) Black Landscapes Matter. University of Virginia Press. (several chapters)

Rothenberg, J., & Lang, S. (2017). Repurposing the High Line: Aesthetic experience and contradiction in West Chelsea. City, Culture and Society, 9, 1–12.

Scott, E. E., & Swenson, K. (Eds.). (2015). Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics (1st ed.). University of California Press.

Spencer, D. (2017). Agency and Artifice in the Environment of Neoliberalism. In E. Wall & T. Waterman (Eds.), Landscape and Agency (1st ed., pp. 177–187). Routledge.

Subjectivity – agency, positionality, power, and privilege, reflexivity, relational thinking, co-production, link to sustainability…

Part 1 subjectivity, positionality

Compulsory readings

Sandra J. Schmidt (2017) Hacked Landscapes: Tensions, Borders, and Positionality in Spatial Literacy, Journal of Geography, 116:3, 99-108, DOI: 10.1080/00221341.2016.1257046

Recommended readings

Rendell, R. (2005) ‘Architecture-Writing’, in Jane Rendell (ed.) ‘Critical Architecture’, special issue of the Journal of Architecture, (June 2005), v. 10. n. 3, pp. 255-64.

Rose, G. (1997). Situating knowledges: positionality, reflexivities and other tactics. Progress in Human Geography, 21(3), 305–320.

Warf, B. (2010). Positionality. In Encyclopedia of geography (Vol. 1, pp. 2258-2258). SAGE Publications, Inc.,

Richards, M-L (2019) Out of Line_ Erasure and vulnerability as sites of subversion | Future Achitecture Library. (n.d.). Retrieved March 5, 2021, from

The Unbearable Whiteness of Being: The Racial Production of Architecture and Architects. (n.d.). Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Retrieved June 23, 2022, from

Part 2 alternative modes of practice and social agency

Compulsory readings

Petrescu, D. and Torgal, K. (2017) The Social (Re)Production of Architecture: Politics, Values and Actions in Contemporary Practice. Routledge (chapters TBA)

Mitrasinovic, M. (2016) Concurrent Urbanities: Designing Infrastructures of Inclusion. Routledge (chapters TBA)

Wall & T. Waterman (Eds.), (2017) Landscape and Agency. Routledge. (chapters TBA)

Recommended readings

Dobraszczyk, D. (2021) Architecture and Anarchism: Building without Authority. Paul Holberton Publishing

Brenner, N. (n.d.). Neil Brenner, “The agency of design in an age of urbanization—dialogue with Daniel Ibañez,” in Neil Brenner, Critique of Urbanization. Basel: Bauwelt Fundamente Series, Birkhäuser Verlag, 2016, 224-236.

Mitrasinovic, M. and Rendon, G. (editors) (2017) Cooperative Cities. Journal of Design Strategies, Vol. 9, Fall 2017. Parsons School of Design, New York. (several articles)

Place – memory, materiality, performativity, experience, relationality, power, belonging, boundaries and borders, stigmatization, making sense of place, place-making, relating with place

Part 1 – place

Compulsory readings

Hayden, Dolores. (2009) Urban Landscape History: The Sense of Place and the Politics of Space". Understanding Ordinary Landscapes, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009, pp. 111-133.

Tuck, E. and McKenzie (2015) Place in Research: Theory, Methodology and Methods. Routledge (pp.1-48)

Recommended readings

McKittrick, K. (2006) Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle (introduction: Geographic Stories) Minnesota University Press

Lipsitz, G. (2011). How Racism Takes Place. Temple University Press. (sections 1, 2, 5)

Hayden, D. (1995). The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History. MIT Press.

Part 2 - Place making/unmaking

Compulsory readings

Abrams, K. (2017). “Hijinks in Harlem: The Whiteness of ‘Place’”. Avery Review 24 (June 2017),

Ujijji Davis, “The Bottom: The Emergence and Erasure of Black American Urban Landscapes” in the Avery Review 34 (October 2018), https://www.

Anguelovski, I., & Gottlieb, R. (2014). Neighborhood As Refuge: Community Reconstruction, Place Remaking, and Environmental Justice in the City. MIT Press. (chapters TBA)

Recommended readings

Yigit Turan, B. (2021). Superkilen: Coloniality, Citizenship and Border Politics. In Landscape Citizenships. Tim Waterman, Jane Wolff, and Ed Wall (eds.). New York and London: Routledge.

Björgvinsson, E., Keshavarz, M. (2020). Partitioning Vulnerabilities: On the Paradoxes of Participatory Design in the City of Malmö. In: Dancus, A., Hyvönen, M., Karlsson, M. (eds) Vulnerability in Scandinavian Art and Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Site explorations – different types of/perspectives on mappings

Compulsory readings

Corner, J. (1999) The Agency of Mapping: Speculation, Critique and Invention. In Mappings, edited by Denis Cosgrove. 213-52. London: Reaktion.

Kahn, A and Burns, C. (2021) Site Matters: Strategies for Uncertainty Through Planning and Design. Routledge (chapters TBA)

Parikh, A. (2020). Insider-outsider as process: Drawing as reflexive feminist methodology during fieldwork. Cultural Geographies, 27(3), 437–452.

Recommended readings 

Halder, S. Michel, B. (2018) This is not an atlas: A global collection of counter-cartographies (First edition). (2018). [Map]. Transcript Verlag. Introduction pp. 12-37

Amoo-Adare, E. (2011). Engendering Critical Spatial Literacy: Migrant Asante Women and the Politics of Urban Space. In O. Oyĕwùmí (Ed.), Gender Epistemologies in Africa (pp. 101–118). Palgrave Macmillan US.

Cuff, D., Loukaitou-Sideris, Todd Presnerr, Maite Zubiaurre, and Jonathan Jae-an Crisman (2020) Urban Humanities: New Practices for Reimagining the City. MIT (chapters TBA)

Reflecting on history – what is absent or hidden, left out… (the archive?)

Compulsory readings

Burns, K. (2010). Ex libris: Archaeologies of Feminism, Architecture and Deconstruction. Architectural Theory Review, 15(3), 242–265.

Lipsitz, G. (2011). How Racism Takes Place. Temple University Press.

(sections 3-visible archives ,4-invisible archives )

Recommended readings 

Fabiola López-Durán. (2018). Eugenics in the Garden Transatlantic Architecture and the Crafting of Modernity

Marie-Louise Richards ISSN: 1755-068 vol.7 (1) 39 Hyper-visible Invisibility: Tracing the Politics, Poetics and Affects of the Unseen. pp-39-52

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation - Master's Programme Landscape Architecture Programme - Uppsala, Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74982 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Landscape Architecture Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0313 Application code: SLU-10035 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%