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Planning Project - Transforming Urban Landscapes

LK0410 Planning Project - Transforming Urban Landscapes, 15.0 Credits

Planeringsprojekt - Transformation av urbana landskap

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 one of the following subjects:

• landscape architecture
• architecture
• landscape planning
• built environment
• design
• spatial planning
• geography
• landscape science
• environmental science
• civil and environmental engineering

and an approved portfolio accordning to specific instructions. Find more information under Other information.

OR 150 credits from a Landscape Architecture programme at SLU or an Erasmus partner university.


English 6 or equivalent.


The purpose of the course is to train yourself in understanding urban landscape change and how transformation processes can be designed with specific attention to site-specific qualities and conditions, complex stakeholder constellation, and various temporalities.
After completion of the course, the student should be able to:
• critically innovate on Swedish and/or international planning systems with regards to historical and contemporary consequences of urbanization
• apply inter- and transdisciplinary design thinking on actual planning situations and graphically and verbally communicate proposals and reflections
• discuss planning operations and landscape change in relation to societal change of a political, economic, environmental, social and technical character


The course deals with urban transformation in its spatial sense, but also about the actions, the actors, the motives and the site-specific potential; all contributing to urban landscape change through various administrative, judicial and economic conditions for spatial planning and how these are altered over time.
The method is to synthesize various learning activities included in the course into a design proposal and process for how to conduct change of urban landscapes over time with the support of landscape, planning and design theories and their contemporary developments. The course comprises independent studio work, site explorations (compulsory), lectures, literature seminars (compulsory), tutorials, and open discussions of work progress (compulsory).
The project carried out in the course actualize future landscape-associated issues, such as the impact of climate change, deep adaptation of socioecological systems and facilitation of complex processes and stakeholder constellations cross scale and various temporalities. The project concludes with new proposals for planning methods as well as scenarios for the transformation of the chosen site.

The course gives 15 credits of skill training in the degree of master of science in landscape architecture

Formats and requirements for examination

The course team and examiner will evaluate the quality of assignments carried out by students, and their ability to engage each other in critical and analytical discussions. Specifications of compulsory attendance and assignments are given at course start as is the grading criteria.
  • 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.

Students admitted to Landscape Architecture – Master´s Progamme 2011-2019 are eligible for the course.

Students admitted to Landscape Architecture – Master´s Programme (LAM) 2020 and following years are eligible for the course if a portfolio is approved.

Link to portfolio instructions is posted before the application period.

Responsible department

Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management

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- Master´s Programme Landscape Architecture Programme, Alnarp Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0410 Application code: SLU-10008 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 100%