Course code LAA215

LAA215 Urban Landscape Design and Constructions

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Course responsible: Jenny Blandina Osuldsen
Teachers: Kristin Marie Berg, Tove Judith Næverdal
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Maximum of 35
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in January block. This course has teaching/evaluation in January block and Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2011-2012
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course is built up around the project assignments based on themes of materialty and constructions in detaild design. Work method varies from individual to group work, seminars and discussions. Main assignment is a detailed design in utban context from registration, analysis, through concept phase to detailed design and visualisations as an individual assignment. 
Learning outcome:
Knowledge: Students will gain knowledge about different landscape architectural challenges and methods in relationship to projects on a detailed design level, especially within an urban context. They will receive extended knowledge in detailed design and site specific design in an urban context. They will receive in depth knowledge on appropriate use of materials, programming, environmental and sustainable solutions and reflect on the users of the urban realm. Students gain knowledge and reflect on their professional role  in relationship to other professions and adjacent diciplines. Students get insight in contemporary national and international landscape architectural projects, and sustainable solutions within an environmental and social context. Accomplishments: Students will be able to master the different phases of a project. They will be able to accumulate and use relevant abilities to design medium complex projects such as gardens, parks, and urban public spaces from analysis, to conceptual ideas and in depth design development to detail design.  Understanding of universal design solutions are to be integrated in their designs. Students will be able to use relevant and contemporary tools, techniques, and forms of expression. They will be able to visualize and present a medium complex landscape architectural project, from concept to buildable, detailed design. General competence: The students will receive an overview of contemporary architecture and landscape architecture which can serve as inspiration for different design solutions. Through students individual work, their problem solving competence will be developed, along with their abilities towards an independent professional thoughts and reflection.
Learning activities:
The course is based on lectures, seminars/group discussions, excursions and project case studies, executed individually and in groups. Learning by doing for all design projects is key for personal develpoment. Case studies are presented visual and verbal and students make written reflections on their own learning processes and gain of new knowledge. 
Teaching support:
The students receive weekly supervision, in groups and individually. Canvas is platform for shared information.
There are no books prescribed for the course. Astrid Zimmerman: Constructing Landscape, materials, techniques, structural components. Birkhäuser 2008, 3.edition 2015, Holgersen & Dam: Befæstelser 2002. An overview of contemporary, periodical articles and other literature will be shared online on Canvas..
An approved Bachelor´s degree in Landscape Architecture from another educational institution or an approved two first years and passed course in LAA224, Vegetation design, in Landscape Architecture at NMBU.
Recommended prerequisites:
LAD100, LAA214, LAA224.
Mandatory activity:
Compulsory assignments. Students need to attend the review session and excursions. Recommended   80% attendence in seminars tutorials and lectures.
Independent work and project assignment are evaluated together with oral presentation.Graded A-F.
Nominal workload:
Total workload is 375 hours in total. 
Entrance requirements:

Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse) and

An approved Bachelor´s degree in Landscape Architecture from another educational institution or an approved two-year basic block in Landscape Architecture at NMBU, or the equivalent.

Reduction of credits:
With LAA 216, 5 ECTS. Only for students who have completed LAA216 before they start LAA215.
Type of course:
Lectures, discussion groups, workshops and seminars: about 110 hours. Supervision: 3-4 hours. Field work and surveying: ca 25 hours.
Course evaluation involves the examiner taking part in in-class, joint review sessions - concept phase presentation and final delivery with oral presentations . Semester assignments are approved by the responsible teacher. 
Examination details: Portfolio: Letter grades