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Dynamic Vegetation Design

The course is intended for fourth to fifth year students of landscape architecture, architecture, or related programmes. The main objective of the course is to give the students the ability to design and construct viable biotopes for gardens, public open spaces and recreational areas on the urban fringe. On completion of this course, the students will:
- Have deepened insights concerning a selected number of environmentally interesting natural and cultural landscape biotopes as well as biological and spatial systems.
- Have the ability to view an individual biotope in its landscape ecological system perspective and treat it from a

Course start and info
Very welcome to course Dynamic Vegetation Design. We are looking forward to meeting you all and to an interesting and inspiring course! The course starts at the 24/3 at 10.00 using Zoom. Join Zoom Meeting this day using the following link

Passcode: 835019

The course will run through Canvas. If you do not have access to the Canvas course page e-mail Björn using your SLU student e-mail. bjorn.wistrom@ Also if you do not have the possibility to attend the course start, please notify Björn beforehand. The main source for information during the course will be Canvas so please check Canvas regularly. This course homepage will not be updated! Do not forget that you yourself should register for the course in Ladok student at latest the 24/3. Also if you do not plan to take the course you should report this as well so that your place can be handed to those on the waiting list.

Best regards Björn and Allan

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Academic year 2020/2021

Dynamic Vegetation Design (LK0384-M4073) 2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06

LK0384 Dynamic Vegetation Design, 15.0 Credits

Dynamisk Vegetations Gestaltning

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 120 credits, of which

specific entry requirements: 90 credits in one of the following subjects:

• architecture
• landscape architecture
• landscape planning
• built environment
• design
• spatial planning
• geography
• landscape science
• environmental science


English 6 or equivalent.


The main objective of the course is to give the students the ability to design and construct viable biotopes for gardens, public open spaces and recreational areas on the urban fringe.

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- descripe the composition of a number of important key biotopes, how they can be designed, constructed and controlled in both nature-like and horticultural versions
- design a biotope-based installation with inspiration from both natural and cultural models and presentation of the proposal both graphically and verbally
- descripe construction and development of the biotope-based dynamic vegetation system with wild indigenous and/or horticultural international species compositions
- understand the importance of design for the experiential qualities, purification capacity, flow capacity and biodiversity of water constructions.


The course deals with the design of vegetation and vegetational construction of biotope-inspired nature-like or horticultural installations with emphasis on the design and construction stages. Knowledge and inspiration are taken from soil, water and vegetation systems in Central and Northern Europe. In addition to design, understanding of the composition, patterns, structures, succession, dynamics and maintenance requirements is central. Discussion on the recreational and ecological functions and qualities is based on planning strategies at green structure level. The historical development of biotope-based park- and landscape design is also covered.

The course comprises lectures, excursions (compulsory), supervision exercises (some are compulsory), literature seminars (compulsory), criticism (reviews), independent work studio and independent work writing.

The course gives 15 skills training credits for students in the Landscape Architecture Programme.

Formats and requirements for examination

Lecturers will evaluate the quality of compulsory assignments submitted and presented by students, particularly the design assignments. Specifications of compulsory attendance and assignments are given at course start. Students’ knowledge and ability to engage each other in critical and analytical discussions will also be assessed in picture and literature seminars.
  • 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

Courses in Landscape Planning from SLU counts as Landscape Architecture when assessing qualifications.
The course departs from that the student’s possess basic plant knowledge and is familiar with the most common trees and shrubs of the region where the course is given. In case the student do not possess this knowledge it is up to the student themselves to enquire this knowledge before and during the course.

Responsible department

Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Replaces: LK0264

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Landscape Architecture- Master´s Programme Landscape Architecture Programme, Alnarp Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74982 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0384 Application code: SLU-40073 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 100%