Course code LAA312

LAA312 Landscape Architecture Theory

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Course responsible: Anne Katrine Geelmuyden
Teachers: Marius Fiskevold, Tore Edvard Bergaust, Deni Ruggeri
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Maximum of 20, minimum of 10.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .
Course frequency: The course runs i even-numbered years
First time: Study year 2013-2014
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Invited discussions with the main teacher and guest teachers based on book chapters, and journal articles. Assignments, independent studies.The main topics of the course are: Basic problems and concepts in landscape architecture and planning, historical and contemporary. Knowledge base in landskape architecture and -planning. The foundations for arguments on and assessments of landscape and landscape architecture works. Approaches to the landscape concept in other disciplines.
Learning outcome:
Knowledge: the studetns will acquire substantial knowledge of the discipline"s theoretical and methodological tradition. Skills: The students will acquire training in reading advanced theoretical texts, in reiterating their content and initiating a discussion on the arguments of the text, in light of contemporary professional issues.They shall have acquired some exercise in defining relevant theoretical concepts with which to reflect on their concrete problems, in a way that reveals the generalizable aspects of these problems and increases the students" body of references.  They must be able to argue well for their design and planning solutions. General competence: Students will be able to communicate and cooperate in an international learning and working environment.
Learning activities:
Discussions initiated by the students and teachers. Supervised or commented written assignment.
Teaching support:
The students receive guidence, both in groups and individually, throughout the semester on request.

The syllabus will vary according to the studio courses offered to the students parallel the the theory course. Articles and book chapters.

Some basic topics that will be addressed are:


1) Introduction: The garden as basic figure of landscape architecture?

Hunt, J. D., 2000: Greater perfection. The practice of garden theory. Chapter 3 (pp. 32-75). Thames - Hudson, London.


2) How does 'landscape' come into being? Knowledge in landscape architecture and planning. Assessment methodology.


3) 'The picturesque' as ideal og 'landscape' as cultural object. The value basis of landscape planning.

Gilpin, W., 1795: Observations on the River Wye.

Walpole, H., 1995: -#8220-The History of the Modern Taste of Gardening-#8221-. Ursus Press, New York.


4) The landscape concept in other disciplines (e. g. geography, architecture, ecology,...).

Wylie, J., 2007: Landscape. Routledge. London - N.Y.


5) Landscape - Nature- Sustainable and ecological landscape architecture and planning.

Mozingo, L. A., 1997: The aesthetics of ecological design: Seeing science as culture.- Landscape Journal 16/1, pp.46-5 or other text.


5) Aesthetics in landscape architecture. Some basic concepts in critiquing landscape architecture works. Gustavsson, E., 2013: 'Meaning versus signification: Towards a more nuanced view of landscape aesthetics'. JoLA 2/2012, pp.28-31.

LAA 211 or a similar course in landscape architecture history. At least three project courses. The students should have some experience in landscape analysis. It is recommended to have taken ex. phil (theory of science).
Recommended prerequisites:
It is recommended that the students have completed landscape analyses or evaluations. The students should also have comprehensive design/planning experience from at least three courses.
Mandatory activity:
Two accepted assignments. A minimum of 80% presence and active participation in seminars/discussions.
Assignments are evaluated as with "passed"/"not passed".
Nominal workload:
Total of 150 hours. Structured teaching: ca. 28 hours. Individual study: 66 hours. Assignment writing: Twice ca. 28 hours each.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Seminars: Ca. 22 hours. Discussions and assignment reviews: Ca. 4 hours.
The course will not be offered if there are fewer than 10 students registered
An external examiner evaluates the home exam and comments on the course content and structure.
Examination details: Continuous exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått