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Studio - Large scale landscape project

The studio course is built around an infrastructure project somewhere in Sweden. It concerns transports and can be road or railway projects. An initial group assignment studies a landscape and a situation that can be found in several different places in the country. Based on a future scenario, various locations and designs of a planned new infrastructure are studied. A method for landscape characterization based on the concepts of the European Landscape Convention is applied in the group task. In the following individual design task, you choose what you want to investigate. It can be an alternative location of a road, design of ecoducts, road slopes or something else that interests you with relevance to the course and the project. Lectures, theme days and literature seminars deepen and problematize issues related to landscape, ecology, history and sustainability. A study trip (two, three days) in Sweden shows concrete examples of large-scale landscape changes. Travel costs are borne by the student. The course is given in English.

Additional course evaluations for LK0314

Academic year 2021/2022

Studio - Large scale landscape project (LK0314-30134) 2022-01-17 - 2022-03-23

Academic year 2021/2022

Studio - Large scale landscape project (LK0314-M3134) 2022-01-17 - 2022-03-23

Academic year 2020/2021

Studio - Large scale landscape project (LK0314-30132) 2021-01-18 - 2021-03-23

Academic year 2019/2020

Studio - Large scale landscape project (LK0314-30038) 2020-01-20 - 2020-03-24

Academic year 2018/2019

Studio - Large scale landscape project (LK0314-20034) 2018-11-06 - 2019-01-20

LK0314 Studio - Large scale landscape project, 15.0 Credits

Studio - Large scale landscape project

Syllabus approved



Landscape Architecture

Education cycle

Master’s level


Title Credits Code
Landscape character assessment 7.50 1002
Design proposal 7.50 1003

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 150 credits of which 90 credits in Landscape Architecture and/or Architecture and/or Urban Planning and/or Geography and/or Landscape or Urban Ecology and/or Water Resource Engineering and/or Geotechnical Engineering and/or Urban Engineering, and English 6, or admitted to the Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation – Master´s programme.


The purpose of this advanced course is for the student to gain in depht knowledge in landscape assessment and design of large scale landscape project.

After completion of this course the student shall have acquired the skills to:

Knowledge and understanding
- discuss the power of visualization and maps for large scale landscape projects
- discuss alternative methods and solutions for the given assignment
- discuss ecological processes in large scale landscape projects

Competence and skills
- formulate a project with specific goals on a given complex claim to a certain landscape
- elaborate a proposal for a large scale landscape project with sustainable development in focus
- select and apply suitable methods for inventory and assessing different kinds of landscape
- contribute to the advancement of a complex task in a team assignment
- communicate the project in different scales, large, medium, small

Judgement and approach
- assess the impact of the project proposal on the landscape.


In this course the students work in teams to produce a proposal for a large-scale landscape project situated in a peri-urban or rural landscape. The focus of the project will vary from year to year between different kinds of development projects such as roads or railways, dams, industrial- or energy plants, tourist facilities or other large land use projects. The project is based on a real life project and an existing site. The assignment will comprise landscape assessments, the formulation of the problem at hand and design of project proposals and Environmental Impact Assessment.

Lectures and seminars will be customized to the landscape and project in focus and deals with theoretical views on landscape inventory, analysis and ecological design and methods for landscape assessments. They deal with interdisciplinary working methods and specific design aspects in relation to the project, also international conventions such as European Landscape Convention, UNESCO:s heritage Conventions and UN Habitat Agenda. The power of maps and other visualizations of landscape information such as analysing and communication tools will be discussed and used in the course.

During the course there will be a field trip to study the location of the project and to experience the best sustainable practices.

The students present their team works in a written report with a design proposal and in oral presentations. There will be intermediate seminars reflecting literature and presenting different stages of the project work. The student will write an individual reflective text about the learning process and group process using lectures, readings, journal sketches and field notes.

Seminars, field trip, individual text and activities connected to them are compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed project work, seminars, individual text 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.

Other information

  • 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.

Additional information

The course gives15 credits of skill training.

The field trip is financed by the student. Information about costs will be available at the course homepage 4 weeks before course start.

Responsible department

Department of Urban and Rural Development

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Replaces: LK0253
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Landscape Architecture Programme - Uppsala, Landscape Architecture Programme, Ultuna Landscape Architecture Programme, Ultuna Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74982 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0314 Application code: SLU-30040 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%