Landscape Studio is an advanced design course
where students train individual and
collective skills within a group-design
process. The ability to formulate design solutions,
strategies, planning- and methods of analysis into structures of
transformation in time, place, and programme constitutes
a core component of the course. This is because the landscapes,
that are studied and planned for, embody interpretation of the
past, understanding of the present and expectations for the future.
Society is constantly undergoing transformations that impact the landscape profession. Such issues are addressed in the course and this is why themes are different from year to year depending on professional, cultural and social significance.
The field of the issues are space and works in their context meaning urban landscapes that creates the framework for movement and pause, experience, remembrance and recognition. Besides the well known genres such as historical and modern parks and gardens, squares and streets, cemeteries and recreational landscapes, residential areas, institutions and businesses the course focuses on damaged and derelict landscapes like costal-, harbour- and industrial areas that are in transformation towards new use, new aesthetics and new meaning.
Taking a position on the situation of any landscape is part of all projects as is taking a position on the relation between building and landscape. Architectonic craftsmanship is trained through programming and through proposals for transformation of urban landscapes. Therefore priority is to assemble knowledge of terrain (modelling), knowledge of construction and materials, water circulation and plant growth into coherent landscapes. The ability to think specially, social and artistically, to understand the significance of a work of art is trained throughout the course as well as the ability to evaluate the quality of own- and others works. As a core learning experience the course entails a fieldtrip (mandatory) as a part of the design process.
MSc Programme in Landscape Architecture
The main aims of the course is to provide academic,
professional, artistic, and scientific competence in problem
solving related to landscape architecture through project work of
different scale. Landscape Studio has a special focus on the
drawing where the aim of the project work itself is to gain
insight into (1) analysing and structuring of complicated landscape
related problems into (2) spatial programming and
conceptualisation, describing, and reflecting on the biological
regulating aspects and social communicating aspects that embody
works of landscape architecture and thereby (3) communicate issues
of landscape architecture that deal with the relationship between
nature and human kind.
Exercises generally consist of studio work on the assignment of
the course incl. different forms of feedback where teachers are
The students will train individual and collective skills in a group-design process. The teaching methods applied include scientific and artistic methods as well as techniques for sketching and presentation. Special emphasis is put on sketching by modelling, vertical projection and stop-motion-media, reference studies, analyzing by modelling, design conversations and texts. The theory of education is that the learning is best done in independent group work and through dialog with tutors and fellow students in an exhibition like work space in the studio, through presentations where fellow students and tutors comment and give constructive criticism and feedback. In addition there are lectures and introductions by guests and supervisors. Throughout the theme course meetings for planning and evaluation are scheduled ideally once a week.
Students are expected to be present and to participate in course activities during studio hours. Students are expected to meet the handin's during the course, participate in presentations and critiques, the field trip, written assignment (project report) and posters for the examination.
Preparation consists of individual/group project work, presentation prep., hand-ins and other relevant design activities in the studio without the presence of teachers.
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Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
Central for the Landscape Studio Method is the practice of a specialized Design Conversation. This also means that collective feedback and peerfeedback in groups is repeated throughout the course in intervals corresponding to the design progress.
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Written assignment, during courseOral examination, 20 minutes
- Type of assessment details
- Oral examination is based on group project work. Project
assignment to be handed in prior to the exam week. A combined grade
is given after the oral exam.
The assignment must be submitted in physical form and in Digital Exam (3d-models, sketchbooks and logbooks are exempted). The format of the physical submission must follow the instructions of the teacher.
The assignment will not be graded if not submitted on time in Digital Exam.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
Please refer to learning outcome.
Single subject courses (day)
- Course number
- 15 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
- Block 4
A And C
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board of Geosciences and Management
- Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
- Faculty of Science
- Peter Lundsgaard Hansen (3-7f7b774f78767d3d7a843d737a)
Peter Lundsgaard Hansen, email@example.com, Section of Landscape and
Planning, Phone: 353-31789.
Ellen Marie Braae, firstname.lastname@example.org, Section of Landscape and Planning, Phone: 353-31792
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