Course code LAA340

LAA340 Sustainable Design and Management of Blue/Green Environmental

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Course responsible: Anne-Karine Halvorsen Thoren
Teachers: Ola Asbjørn Bettum, Deni Ruggeri
ECTS credits: 20
Faculty: Department of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:

Min. 10, max.40 students


Teaching exam periods:

This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel,

Course frequency: <p>Even years</p><p><br/><br/></p>
First time: Study year 2012-2013
Preferential right:

M-LA have priority.

Course contents:

The course consists of three main parts where the first contains the knowledge base and will run more or less the entire semester. Part 1 and 2 together constitute about 5 ECTS and part 3 is an individual project of 15 ECTS .

Part 1 Knowledge base

a) Blue green structures in an urban perspective. b) Current challenges related to urban growth , public health and climate change. c) Values ¿¿and functions of the blue green structures d ) Planning and managing blue green structures at different levels e ) Good examples nationally and internationally.

Workshops will be arranged in which students present and discuss material from the knowledge base.

Part 2: Joint fieldwork included preparation. Part 2 includes group work and plenary discussions, data collection and fieldwork in the project area.

a) The students agree on topics which are necessary to identify and analyze in the project area based on the knowledge from phase 1 before leaving for the fieldwork. b) The students prepare joint registrations/analysis from the project area

Part 3: Conducting of individual projects. In part 3 students are working individually. They can choose a topic according to their own interests or based on suggestions from the municipality and the fieldwork in part 2. Students have to formulate and programmer their own project. In addition, part 3 includes seminars, lectures , plenary critique sessions and individual supervision.

a) After / during the fieldwork the students have to decide on topic for their individual projects and they must describe the goal of the individual project, questions to be examined , level of detail , work schedule with an overview of the need for further analysis / registrations or other questions to be handled. b) The final project will provide an overview of the entire process from questions and objectives, necessary analyzes to be justified and summarized, alternative concepts / including justifications for final choice, t necessary project material. The project material must include descriptions and illustrations that communicate analyzes and proposals in a professional manner. The material is presented in a report (PDF file) and on posters.


Learning outcome:


The student will have advanced knowledge of a) how blue-green structures can improve cities that be more sustainable and robust when the climate is changing, b ) how landscape achitecture can help to preserve and develop blue-green structures in urban areas, c ) a good base to identify and solve complex planning management or detail -oriented tasks related to blue-green structures d ) innovative design and plans in the field , e ) the relevant professional and ethical issues .

Academic skills :

The student is able to a) apply knowledge to new themes and issues in landscape architecture, b ) analyze existing theories , methods and interpretations within the field of landscap architecture , c ) analyze and think critically about souresof information and apply them to formulate and structure professional  reasoning, d ) conduct a project  independenty .

General competencies:

The student will be able to a) manage own learning in an independent manner , b ) reflect on and improve own professional practice , c ) apply knowledge and skills in new areas to carry out advanced tasks , d ) disseminate comprehensive independent study and use the subject areas fom of expression , e ) communicate professional issues, analyzes and conclusions

Learning activities:

Lectures, workshops / seminars, field trips and fieldwork, project work in groups and individually, presentation and critque in plenary session, individual supevision.


Teaching support:

Supervson individually and in groups. Critique in plenary sessions.


3-year basic block landscape architecture study or equivalent

Recommended prerequisites:

3-year basic block landscape architecture study or equivalent

Mandatory activity:
Group work conected to workshops / literature studies including written materials. Tasks associated with the project shall be submitted and approved. Applies for group work, contract / work schedule and a final project. Field trips, fieldwork and plenary critique.
Evaluation is based on: Individual project. Compulsary assignments must be  completed/ appove
Nominal workload:
The course consists of three main phases where the first contains the knowledge base and will run more or less the entire semester. Phase 1 and 2 together constitute about. 5 ECTS and phase 3, the individual section is approx. 15 ECTS.
Entrance requirements:

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

Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures 35 hours, 25 hours of workshops, excursion 10 hours, field work 40 hours, passages 40 hours, individual counseling / supervision in groups six hours

Students programmer the individual project  and thus have the opportunity to choose their own profile (detail dsign, planning level, management)

Students at the master level of By-Reg (4 and 5th year students) and Masters students from INA with a background in natural resource management and forest management can also apply to participate.

The course can be customized English guest students but they must be prepared for the lectures that will mainly take place in Norwegian


External examiner for approval of accademic program / content, to the mid-term and the final evaluaton plenary sessions including evaluaton of final written material.

Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått