Design by Management

Course content

Studio course where theories, concepts and methods from silviculture and landscape architecture are combined in exercises and project work that explores the dynamic of woody vegetation and how this can inform design and management of urban woodlands and green spaces.

Part 1

- Urban woodlands and silviculture.

- Woodland and stand types, their structures and dynamics as affected by silviculture

- Nature-Based forest management and Forest Development types as a planning tool

- Stand establishment and tending including soil classification and species choice.

- Project focusing on problems and potentials for designing urban woodlands landscape and stands through active and creative management

Part 2

Stands of trees and shrubs in other urban green spaces such as parks, historical gardens, and infrastructure landscapes.

- Original design intensions,

- small scale interventions as management tool,

- Dynamic design strategies.

- portraying dynamic vegetation design

- Project focusing on the links between design and management in realizingobjectives for trees and shrubs in urban green space.


MSc Programme in Landscape Architecture

Learning outcome

The course aims to give the students an in-depth understanding of the growth dynamics and interaction of trees and other woody species in relation to design and management decisions and how this relates to succession processes and site conditions.

This understanding is used to integrate design and management in a time perspective to accomplish desired functional, aesthetical, sustainable and ecological goals in managing parks, woodlands and other urban nature areas.

Design by management operates with the original intension of close-to-nature forest management with the main principle of making use of natural processes in management thus advancing goal fulfilment and reducing management costs. Urban green areas are put into a similar context and living up to the idea of "gaining more for less".The students will be able to analyse a specific unit (forest, woodland, park ect.), appraise its future development, and suggest appropriate design and management interventions to guide the establish new or guide existing elements in the desired direction.

The course provides an academic perspective to design by management of nature, woodlands and urban landscapes where qualities in all stages of development are explored, with the main emphasis on trees.

A combination of lectures, excursions, field exercises and project work in groups

List of literature, reference projects and other teaching material will be accessible through the course homepage

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 min
Written assignment
The student draws a question in relation to the course Syllabus and is given 20 min preparation time.
The first part of the exam focuses on the drawn question and the second part of exam focuses on the written assignment (project work). A combined grade is given after the oral exam. The written assignemnt has to be handed in prior to the exam week.

Submission of project report prepared in groups, and statement of Group Work indicating each group participant has contributed to the report. This document should be signed by all group members in order to be valid for the examination.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 30
  • Preparation
  • 262
  • Practical exercises
  • 120
  • English
  • 412


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 1
A And C
Study Board of Geosciences and Management
Contracting department
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinators
  • Nané Køllgaard Pedersen   (3-7d7a7f4f78767d3d7a843d737a)
  • Vivian Kvist Johannsen   (3-857a794f78767d3d7a843d737a)
Saved on the 17-05-2021

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