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LK0347

Studio – Urban ecology for landscape architecture

The course contain theoretical and practical knowledge in urban ecology for designing sustainable urban landscapes. Individual assignments and group studio projects are supported by tutoring, lectures, seminars and field trips. The course starts with a focus on the theoretical foundation of urban ecology and its practical application in landscape architecture in Sweden as well as internationally. Focus is then gradually moved to applying this knowledge through studio work, producing conceptual strategies and more detailed design solutions based on real sites in Sweden.
The studio addresses a broad range of concepts, such as landscape patterns and environmental processes, disturbance, succession, fragmentation, biodiversity, ecosystem services, human and cultural perspectives of urban landscapes. Technical solutions for low impact design as well as long term management will be taken into consideration. The scale spans from an overall urban-rural scale to detailed situations within a city block.
Special attention is given to reflection and critical assessment of contemporary landscape architecture in relationship to ecological requirements. The studio develop skills in visual and verbal methods that efficiently communicate complex interdisciplinary design solutions.
Field trips around Uppsala and a longer trip in Sweden or neighboring countries provide important insights in how ecological design principles can be implemented. Travel costs are expected to be covered by students.

Additional course evaluations for LK0347

Academic year 2020/2021

Studio – Urban ecology for landscape architecture (LK0347-40055) 2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06

Academic year 2020/2021

Studio – Urban ecology for landscape architecture (LK0347-M4055) 2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06

Academic year 2019/2020

Studio – Urban ecology for landscape architecture (LK0347-40018) 2020-03-25 - 2020-06-07

LK0347 Studio – Urban ecology for landscape architecture, 15.0 Credits

Studio – Urbanekologi för landskapsarkitektur

Syllabus approved

2018-11-21

Subjects

Landscape Architecture

Education cycle

Master’s level

Modules

Title Credits Code
Literature workshop + field trips 4.00 1002
Overall design proposal (group work) 2.50 1003
Detailed design proposal (individual work) 5.50 1004
Article (individual work) 3.00 1005

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.

Language

English

Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 120 credits with a minimum of 90 credits in landscape architecture and/or architecture and/or landscape planning and/or spatial planning and/or built environment, and knowledge equivalent to English 6, or admitted to the Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation – Masters Programme.

Objectives

The aim of the course is for the student to develop theoretical and practical knowledge of urban ecology in designing sustainable landscapes.

Knowledge and understanding
After the course, the student will be able to:
- explain the theoretical foundation of urban ecology and its application in landscape architecture practice.
- present knowledge from examples of implemented ecological landscape architecture projects in Sweden and internationally.

Competence and skills
After the course, the student will be able to:
- apply key urban ecological theories into a landscape architecture design concept.
- design projects based on ecological solutions and urban biodiversity that includes a human and cultural perspective at overall and detailed level in the landscape.
- communicate complex interdisciplinary design solutions through successful visual and verbal methods.

Judgement and approach
After the course, the student will be able to:
- reflect on ecological values in relation to the practice of landscape architecture and sustainable development.
- critically asses contemporary landscape architecture projects based on established ecological requirements.

Content

The course consists of lectures, seminars and studio projects and have two parts. One theoretical that cover terminology and main aspects of landscape and urban ecology and principles of ecological design. The other applying these knowledges in real case situations.

The students discuss and works with a broad range of aspects in the field such as landscape patterns and environmental processes, disturbance, succession, fragmentation, biodiversity, ecosystem services, technical solutions for low impact design and long term management.

The students produce conceptual strategies and ecological design solutions in groups on an overall level, such as dealing with green-blue structures on an urban-rural scale. Individually, the students continue designing on detailed levels that are important for urban development, such as an urban district or a city block. The different proposals will be based on real case, on site, scenarios in Sweden. Themes can shift between years and deal with housing, recreation, communication, health, trade etc.

Field trips around Uppsala and a longer trip in Sweden or neighboring countries provides important insights in how ecological design principles can be implemented.

Project work, seminars, exercises, field trips and activities connected to them are compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed project work and passed individual assignments 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 within the course are 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)
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 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: LK0347 Application code: SLU-40039 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%