Course code GLA304

GLA304 Analysis and design of contested landscapes II

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Course responsible: Jörg Dieter Sieweke
Teachers: Maria Gabriella Trovato
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
25 students
Teaching exam periods:
Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Once a year.
First time: Study year 2020-2021
Preferential right:
Students enrolled in the Master of Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability programme.
Course contents:
Through the analysis of a specific case of a contested landscape in a Nordic context (details are under development and may change in the future) 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 problem-driven and encompasses major, fundamental issues. Topics, methods and objectives are specified in the studio brief (course outline).
Learning outcome:

Through studio work and/or field trip(s) students get an insight into 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 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 one or two interim reviews as well as the final review.

Learning activities:
Lectures, short presentations, fieldwork, assignments, reviews, peer reviews.
Teaching support:

In the course of organized teaching, conducted by the tutors, suitable input is presented, regular feedback is provided, the project development is guided and supported, and reviews allow the students to develop and defend their work.

Guidance to relevant references, precedents, best practice, literature, or other elements of the professional canon will be provided.

Tailored for each thematic framework, particular studio topic, and project, it will be made available at the beginning of each studio, in the form of a studio brief (course outline).
A relevant Bachelor’s degree (see terms of admission).
Recommended prerequisites:
GLA301, GLA 302, GLA303 or equivalent knowledge.
Mandatory activity:

• Compulsory 80% attendance (participation) in all scheduled studio sessions.

• Compulsory presentation of the individual studio outcomes at studio tutoring and feedback sessions, and all reviews. The students have to present their work in a prevalent way (prevalent forms of graphical and oral presentation of design-research work).

• Active participation in the developing project discussion with the tutors, peer students and invited reviewers.

• Active and coherent participation throughout the term in order to produce and aggregate work for the portfolio. The portfolio is not to be produced at the end of the term but is expected to be developed in a continuing and coherent mode of individual practice during the term. This process is closely guided by studio instructors and will lay out the specific expectations - typically on a weekly basis.

• Students are expected to demonstrate weekly progress in the development of the proposal and project development in iterations of conducting research and testing it in a design application.

• On a trial and error basis of continuous testing and vetting of their ideas, students take responsibility to drive their individual proposals and project. Instructors (critics) provide guidance and assistance.

• Using graphic tools for exploration and visualization of this process. Presentation of the studio outcome(s) at interim reviews and the final review.



All submissions have to be submitted in the English language.

Nominal workload:

Total workload of 375 hours.

A maximum of 93.75 hours (= 25% of 375 hours of the total workload per student) will be structured teaching, consisting of lectures, assignments, tutoring and feedback sessions, short presentations, reviews, and peer reviews.

The remaining 75% of the students’ workload (= a maximum of 281.25 hours) have to be dedicated, by each student, to the related studio work, in the form of self-study. This is where those materials and outcomes have to be generated, which are presented and discussed with the students, in the studio sessions as such (during structured teaching).

Entrance requirements:
Admission to the Master of Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability programme. External students may enrol based on an individual case.
Type of course:
A maximum of 93.75 hours (= 25% of 375 hours of the total workload per student) will be structured teaching, consisting of lectures, assignments, tutoring and feedback sessions, short presentations, reviews, and peer reviews.
.The fieldtrip is not a compulsory activity. 
An external examiner reviews and evaluates the final project outcomes.
Examination details: Portfolio: Letter grades