Landscape architecture: History, theory and practice
The course has three main foci in three learning modules: a lecture series (Module L); a reading and writing seminar (Module S); and a one-week field study trip to a European city (Module F). First, we review the historical development of landscape architecture, emphasizing the social, political, and economic forces that shaped the profession during its first two centuries of existence. Second, we explore questions and issues facing landscape architecture today, including (but not limited to) ecology, ‘sustainability,’ and climate change; fieldwork and engaged practice; design for systems and uncertainty; and the role of new technologies. The third part of the course situates these discussions within the broader theoretical realm of ‘landscape’ as such. Topics will include changes in the meanings and uses of this word over time; the relationship among landscape, aesthetics, and power; and recent developments in landscape theory across a number of scholarly disciplines. Course deliverables consist of a 5000-word critical essay.
Additional course evaluations for LK0313
Academic year 2020/2021Landscape architecture: History, theory and practice (LK0313-10178) 2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01
Academic year 2019/2020Landscape architecture: History, theory and practice (LK0313-10034) 2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31
Academic year 2018/2019Landscape architecture: History, theory and practice (LK0313-10054) 2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05
LK0313 Landscape architecture: History, theory and practice, 15.0 CreditsLandskapsarkitektur: historia, teori och praktik
Education cycleSecond cycle
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to 150 credits of which 90 credits in Landscape Architecture, and/or Architecture, and/or Urban Planning and/or Human Geography and/or Community Planning, and English 6, or admitted to the Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation – Master´s programme.
ObjectivesTo provide deep understanding of different landscape architecture and design theories and viewpoints through history and their relation to landscape architecture practice.
After completion of the course the student should be able to:
Knowledge and understanding
- understand theories and concepts in landscape architecture and design
- analyse major fields of landscape architecture research, their methodology and relation to other design disciplines
- discuss key theories and case studies of landscape architecture history in Sweden and internationally; critically relate these knowledges to the development of modern society
- elaborate practical implications from theories in landscape architecture and design
- discuss main theoretical viewpoints in today’s landscape architecture and its relation to sustainability
Competence and skills
- apply key landscape architecture theories and historical precedences into a landscape architecture design concept
Judgement and approach
- reflect on a personal approach in the field of landscape architecture and future professional role
- decode contemporary landscapes and reflect on them from a personal point of view concerning design and ethical standpoints.
ContentThe course is consisted of lectures, seminars, field trip and writing an essay. Suggested literature list covers the history and contemporary practice of landscape architecture, design theory and landscape architecture/architecture theory. A field trip to a city or place in Europe, and visits in Uppsala-Stockholm are included in the course. Different topics will be discussed in seminars.
Students will produce one conceptual design which reflects discussed theories and historical case studies.
Students will produce one analytical text with a critical assessment of a chosen landscape architecture project. Students will write a reflecting text about their own approach as a designer in relation to given lectures, field trips, literature and seminars. Special attention will be given to critical thinking and the producing of graphic communication such as sketches, photos, figures and diagrams.
Excursions, study visits, seminars and activities connected to them are compulsory.
Formats and requirements for examinationPassed written works, conceptual design, and participation in compulsory activities.
- If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
- If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
- If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
- For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.
- The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
- If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.