SLU LANDSCAPE operates as a cross-campus network that collects, galvanizes and animates university resources in the landscape architecture field with members from Department of Urban and Rural Development (SOL), Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (LAPF), Department of People and Society, the Movium Think Tank and the SLU URBAN FUTURES research platform (approximately 170 colleagues).
Since its inception in 2014, SLU Landscape has evolved from a cross-departmental ‘portal’ for cooperation and joint profiling into an action-oriented network. In all its undertakings SLU Landscape adheres to the vision and values expressed in the LTV Faculty Strategy. Its Steering and Working Groups promote and oversee results-oriented projects and planning efforts in three areas:
- COOPERATION/COLLABORATION, through regular meetings, workshops, and bottom-up initiatives to create new joint action opportunities
- STRATEGY/COMMUNICATION - https://www.slu.se/landscape collects and shares information about SLU Landscape and its Steering Group meets twice annually to set strategic goals
- CULTURE BUILDING/STAFF DEVELOPMENT, through regular meetings like the SLU Landscape days (bi-annual cross campus meetings), the annual Call for Ideas, Teaching Synergy and PhDs Forum.
The Steering Group focuses on long-term strategy to support the mission of SLU Landscape and build its visibility inside SLU and beyond, on the international horizon. They are supported by a Working Group from Alnarp and Ultuna, representing a range of experience from recent hires to long-standing SLU Landscape staff.
The SLU Landscape concept
The driving concept of SLU Landscape is to support the Landscape field at SLU by increasing collaboration, communication and knowledge exchange with the aim of enhancing SLU’s standing in the Landscape field nationally and internationally. SLU Landscape embraces all Landscape-oriented education, research activities and actors at SLU and refers to three distinct and interrelated constructs:
a conceptual construct designating an abstract vision of collaboration and shared identity across Landscape
a functional construct describing an operative entity driven by SLU employees who realise and manage activities related to that vision
an institutional construct representing an innovative organizational arrangement allowing five separate entities to speak and act as one