Course code GLA304

GLA304 Analysis and design of contested landscapes II

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Course responsible: Jörg Dieter Sieweke
Teachers: Kerstin Potthoff
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:

15 students in 2021, 25 students in 2022


Teaching exam periods:
Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Every year.
First time: Study year 2020-2021
Preferential right:
Students enrolled in the Master Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability programme.
Course contents:
Through the analysis of a specific case of a contested landscape in a Nordic context that is thematically linked to GLA302 and the elaboration of a design-related problem-solving approach, students will learn how to apply design thinking in a global context. The studio course is question- or problem-driven and embraces wicked problems. Topics, methods and objectives are specified in the studio brief.
Learning outcome:

Through field trip(s) students get an insight in the particularities of the specific case study and site, and how to carry out fieldwork (under consideration of research ethics). The specific landscape is explored, documented and mapped in the field and by other available sources, such as maps and written material. The analysis of all material and the design process are carried out within a studio framework.

Within this framework students acely explore different theories, concepts, and methods that are relevant for the development of the design project, and test their application and relevance in an iterative process.

The students are guided through the project by lectures, short presentations, assignments as well as continuous feedback to the developing work. Feedback is provided by the responsible staff, and in the form of peer reviews, in a midterm and a final review.

Learning activities:
Lectures, short presentations, fieldwork, assignments, reviews, peer reviews.
Teaching support:
Feedback and reviews.
Under development; the relevant materials will be available at the start of the course.
Relevant Bachelor's degree.
Recommended prerequisites:
GLA301, GLA 302, GLA303 or equivalent knowledge.
Mandatory activity:

Assignments; all assignments need to be ‘passed’ to pass the course

Expected full-time attendance.

Presentation of the studio outcome(s) at midterm and final review.

Active participation in the discussion with the invited reviewers.


Assignments; Final project outcome(s), graded. All assignments are given and have to be submitted in ENGLISH ONLY.

Nominal workload:
450 hours.
Entrance requirements:

Admission to the Master Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability programme. External students may enroll based on an individual case.

Priority to students enrolled in the Master Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability programme.

Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
450 hours consisting of lectures, short presentations, fieldwork, assignments, reviews, peer reviews, and self-study.
An external examiner evaluates the final project outcome(s) and reviews the students’ work in midterm and the final review.
Examination details: :