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Studio - Landscape architecture for sustainable urban design

The main focus in the course is on contemporary sustainable urban design development on a neighborhood level. The studio project work is organized as teamwork. Tutoring, lectures and seminars support the project work. Sustainable development is explored and evaluated for different urban morphological characters. Emphasis is on the green and blue structures in relation to built structures, street networks and public meeting places. Methods to gather site-specific knowledge include drawing by hand as a powerful analyzing tool. The project develops skills in finding solutions for combinations of esthetic, technical, functional for sustainable urban design. Presenting of ideas uses a combination of digital tools and drawings by hand.

The course includes methods to evaluate of sustainability parameters and work with the legal urban design process of environmental assessment. The template for the project report follow a scientific structure that help the teamwork to agree on solutions that rely on theory and findings. The structure also allows discussion on alternatives as reflections on the project proposal. The study trip, paid by students, to a Nordic city gives an international perspective and knowledge of different ways for treating similar situations concerning cultural historic values and climate issues. An individual final exam summarizes the most important sustainable urban design theory discussed on lectures and seminars.

Welcome to the course "Landscape architecture for sustainable urban design",

You will find a schedule four weeks before the start of the course. And before course start you will also find a description for the studio project and the grading criteria etc.

You are welcome to get aquantied to the course main literature as early as possible. There will be reading instructions later for the details that we need from the book to learn about sustainable urban design. There will also be plenty of complemenmtary readings and links for the different assignments that supports the project.

Look in the beginning of October (week 40) for more information.



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The course evaluation is open between 2022-01-09 and 2022-01-30

Additional course evaluations for LK0346

Academic year 2021/2022

Studio - Landscape architecture for sustainable urban design (LK0346-M2044) 2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16

Academic year 2020/2021

Studio - Landscape architecture for sustainable urban design (LK0346-20096) 2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Studio - Landscape architecture for sustainable urban design (LK0346-20021) 2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19

LK0346 Studio - Landscape architecture for sustainable urban design, 15.0 Credits

Studio – Landskapsarkitektur för hållbar stadsbyggnadskonst

Syllabus approved



Landscape Architecture

Education cycle

Master’s level

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 Human Geography and/or Community Planning, and knowledge equivalent to 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 depth knowledge on the art of urban design from a landscape perspective directed towards long-term sustainability.

Knowledge and understanding
After completion of this course the student shall be able to:
- define and describe different kinds of historical and contemporary urban characters and their linkage to urban design ideals and landscape architecture as well as ecological, social and economic sustainable development.

Competence and skills
After completion of this course the student shall be able to:
- within given frames apply methods relevant to landscape architecture and the art of urban design for analysis of cultural environments, urban green-blue structures, and long-term sustainability.
- in a project group develop, design and motivate a proposal for sustainable development of a city district or a small town in the form of an elaborated vision or program that includes relevant structures and illustrates main design principles.
-use hand drawings and available digital visualization tools as well as professional language in the making of an urban development proposal.

Judgement and approach
After completion of this course the student shall be able to:
- reflect upon sustainable urban development focusing on landscape, cultural and natural values, ecological and social environment and relating to an international context.


The course consists of lectures, seminars, exercises, field work, field trip, project work in groups and a written individual examination.

The main focus is on the contemporary urban landscape, and the ultimate goal is a proposal for renewal of an existing city district or small town in a long-term sustainable direction, based on theoretical as well as place based knowledge. The proposal and the related analyses are worked out in a project group and documented in the form of a printed vision or program that is also orally presented.

Previously approved methods for analysis and interpretation of urban sites are used and deepened, and alternative methods are introduced and applied concerning cultural environments and the experience of place.

Literature on urban planning and design is studied. Examples and ideals from the last one hundred and fifty years are discussed in texts and in seminars according to aesthetic, ecological and social aspects. Densification and greening are themes for discussion and reflection.

Field trip(s) will be undertaken in order to illustrate cases of interest for the project work. The aim is to inspire and also to widen the frames of reference for the development and design of the re-formation proposal.

Seminars, exercises, field trips and activities connected to them are compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed project group work and passed written individual examination as well as passed 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 gives 15 credits of skill training.

Travel costs to the site for project work and the field trip are financed or partly 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: LP0429, LP0526, LP0545, LP0582, LK0224, LK0250
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) Public places – urban spaces: the dimensions of urban design
Author: Carmona, Matthew, Tiesdell, Steve, Heath, Tim, Oc, Taner,
ISBN: 9781856178273
Comments: Course literature (reading instructions will be provided for seminar and written exam) Obligatorisk läsning (läsanvisningar tillhandahålls inför seminarium och tentamen) Carmona, Matthew, Tiesdell, Steve, Heath, Tim, Oc, Taner, 2010. Public places – urban spaces: the dimensions of urban design, London and New York, Architectural Press Recommended reading within the subject art of urban design Rekommenderad läsning inom ämnet stadsplanekonst Alexander, Christopher, m fl, 1977, A pattern language; Towns, Buildings, Construction, New York, Oxford University press. Alexander, Christopher, m fl, 1979, The timeless way of building, New York, Oxford University press. Alminana, Roberta, Duany, Andres, Plater-Zyberk, Elizabeth, 2003, The New Civic Art: Elements of Town Planning, New York Garnham, Harry Launce, 1985, “Maintaining the spirit of place”, PDA Publishers corporation, Arizona, USA. Howard, Ebenezer, 1946, Garden cities of To-morrow, London, Faber and Faber LTD, originally published in London 1898, with title Tomorrow. A Peaceful Path to Real Reform. Lynch, Kevin, 1990 (1981), A Theory of Good City Form, Cambridge, MA, USA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Nasar, Jack, 1998, The evaluative image of the city, USA, Great Britain and India, Sage Publications. Newman, Oscar, 1973, Defensible Space, People and design in the violent city, USA 1972, The Macmillan Company, Great Britain, Architectural Press. Norberg-Schultz, Christian, Genius Loci, Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture Rizzoli, New York. 1980 Rasmussen, Steen Eiler, 1962, Experiencing architecture, MIT Sitte, Camillo, City Planning according to Artistic Principles, 1889, Vienna, i översättning av Sidenbladh, Göran, 1982, Stadsbyggnad, Arkitektur förlag AB, Stockholm Unwin, Raymond, 1994, Town planning in practice, (första upplagan 1909 London, Longmans, Green & co, (1920,) this edition with preface by Andres Duany, New York, Princeton Architectural Press.

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, Landscape Architecture Programme (admission before 1 July 2007) 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: LK0346 Application code: SLU-20044 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%