Design project - Composition and Materiality
Se portfolio instructions on: https://www.slu.se/lam-portfolio/
Additional course evaluations for LK0387
Academic year 2022/2023
2023-03-22 - 2023-06-04
Academic year 2021/2022
2022-03-24 - 2022-06-05
Academic year 2020/2021
2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06
Syllabus and other information
LK0387 Design project - Composition and Materiality, 15.0 CreditsDesignprojekt – Komposition och materialitet
Education cycleMaster’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Master’s level (A1F)
The grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to 120 credits, of which
Specific entry requirements: 90 credits in one of the following subjects:
• landscape architecture • architecture • landscape planning • built environment • design • spatial planning • geography • landscape science • environmental science • civil engineering
and an approved portfolio accordning to specific instructions. See link for portfolio instructions during additional information.
OR 150 credits from a Landscape Architecture programme at SLU or an Erasmus partner University
and the equivalent of 15 credits in Landscape Architecture on second cycle level
English 6 or equivalent
After completion of the course, the student should be able to:
prepare design proposals where the expression and interaction of different materials are the main components
understand the origins and function-related characteristics of different materials and apply this knowledge in compositions and new applications of materials
evaluate different materials in relation to cost, durability and maintenance
fulfil conceptual ideas in complex situations to functioning compositions
formulate ideas, proposals and reflections, both graphically and verbally
The course is an intimate study of design where spatial compositions and compositions of different materials in form, colour, texture and other characteristics comprise the medium. The design exercises are characterised by high complexity in interface situations between the functions, forms, ages and expressions of different materials.
In the composition exercises, both built materials and vegetation are used, where the properties of the respective materials and their immediate impact and respective dynamics over time are exploited. In experimental studies, the frame of reference is extended.
The emphasis in the course is on shorter and longer exercises, both individual and group, that are presented and critically discussed. Lectures, study trips and picture and literature seminars are important elements in the articulation of knowledge
The course comprises lectures, literature seminars (mandatory), reviews (mandatory), field work with mandatory exercises, workshops, independent studio work and independent writing work.
The course gives 15 skills training credits for students in the Landscape Architecture Programme.
Grading formThe grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
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 a student has failed an examination, the examiner has the right to issue supplementary assignments. This applies if it is possible and there are grounds to do so.
The examiner can provide an adapted assessment to students entitled to study support for students with disabilities following a decision by the university. Examiners may also issue an adapted examination or provide an alternative way for the students to take the exam.
If this syllabus is withdrawn, SLU may introduce transitional provisions for examining students admitted based on this syllabus and who have not yet passed the course.
For the assessment of an independent project (degree project), the examiner may also allow a student to add supplemental information after the deadline for submission. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
The right to participate in teaching and/or supervision only applies for the course instance the student was admitted to and registered on.
If there are special reasons, students are entitled to participate in components with compulsory attendance when the course is given again. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
Additional informationSe portfolio instructions on: https://www.slu.se/lam-portfolio/
High attendance during the independent studio work in group is strongly recommended and necessary.
Previous studies in material and construction are recommended.
Courses in Landscape Planning from SLU counts as Landscape Architecture when assessing qualifications.
Students admitted to Landscape Architecture – Master´s Progamme 2011-2019 are eligible for the course
Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
COURSE LITERATURE** **
**Design project - Composition and materiality **
LK0387, 15 ECTS, 2023, course period 4
**Mandatory readings: **
Book for Literature Seminar 1:
Dee, Catherine (2012).* To Design Landscape. Art, Nature & Utility. London and New York, Routledge. *
Mandatory literature below will be available at the virtual classroom Canvas
Compendium for Literature Seminar 2:
Bergsjö, A. (2017). *Materials in the outdoor environment and sustainability *(bilingual Swedish/English), Department of Landscape architecture, Planning and Managment
SLU Alnarp [Unpublished manuscript]
Articles for Case Place study:
Francis, M. (2001). *A Case Study Method For Landscape Architecture. *Landscape Journal.Vol. 20 (1), 15-29.
Szanto, C (2016). *The polysensory dynamics of ambiance. Exemple of a *Japanese garden (Murin-an).
Journal articles for light workshop:
Fontenell, C V (2008). *The importance of lighting *to the experience of architecture - the lighting approach in architectural competitions. KTH.
Moyer, J L (2013). The landscape lighting book. 2. ed. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley
Luminous Composition, 19-32, Public Spaces 205-209, Plant Materials 221-228.
Matusiak, B., Fridell Anter, K., Arnkil, H., Klarén, U. (2011). *PERCIFAL method in use: Visual evalutation of three spaces. *AIC 2011 midterm meeting, Zurich – Interaction of colour & lighte in the arts and sciences – proceedings.
Journal articles for sound workshop:
Brown, A. L., Muhar, A. (2007). *An approach to the acoustic design of outdoor space. *Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. Volume 47 (6), 827-842.
Cerwén, G. (2020) Listening to Japanese gardens II: expanding the soundscape action design tool. Journal of Urban Design Volume 25 (5), 607-628.
Hosanna research project, (2013) *Novel solutions for quieter and greener cities. *Summary broschure, The project was funded from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007–2013) under grant agreement n° 234306, collaborative project HOSANNA. [Unpublished material]
Rasmussen, S. E. (1964). Experiencing architecture. 1. ppk ed. Cambridge, Mass.: M.I.T. 224-237.
Schafer, R. M. (1994). The soundscape: our sonic environment and the tuning of the world. Rochester, Vt.: Destiny Books. 3-12, 205-213
Articles for fieldwork:
Treib, M. (ed), Andersson, T. (1993). *Erik Glemme and the Stockholm park system. *Modern Landscape architecture: A critical review
Andersson, T. (2012). *Landscapes of resistance. *Paisea Landscape Architecture Magazine. (8), 4-11.
Isling, B. (2005). *A typology for the parks of Stockholm. *Garden History 32(2):248
Sundström, E. (2004). *The Restoration of Norr Mälarstrand: A linear park of the Stockholm School. *Garden History Vol. 32(2), 272-278.
*Skogskyrkogården. *World heritage list, no 558 Information course compendium.
A list for further optional reading will be published on Canvas.