The section’s common ground is the landscape professions’ occupation with spatial change, that is, the planning, shaping, building, managing and maintenance of landscapes and outdoor environments. These activities involve aesthetic, ecological, social, functional and economic considerations at a variety of scales, from the most intimate outdoor objects, such as a park bench or perennial bed, to the planning of towns, cities of larger geographical areas, such as an urban greenway, an inter-city transport corridor or for potential tourism resources in a region.
An ethos of taking care of and cultivating nature for the benefit of humans’ physical and spiritual wellbeing at present and in the future, is at the core of the landscape professions. They continue a garden art legacy, traceable at least a thousand years back, and an ancient tradition of employing nature and the cultural landscape as places for plant cultivation, recreation and contemplation. While this tradition is essential, contemporary and local challenges always call for visionary thinking, aesthetic innovation, practical ingenuity and professional specialization.
Landscape values, design, planning, management
These days as in the past, the design of gardens, parks, urban spaces, housing complexes and their quality outdoor surroundings, cemeteries and more are common fields of work for landscape professionals, whether in the private or the public sector. Addressing new contemporary challenges, both the professional and academic perspectives are today focusing on problem resolution within the environmental and social contexts of ecological values and democratic ideals. All this is in line with the European Landscape Convention Areas of research revolve around urban growth, urbanization and strategies for managing landscape qualities at a large scale.
Did you know that Norwegian landscape architects have designed parts of the Ground Zero memorial in New York, have been responsible for the new City Rail in Bergen and figure as the top leaders in national public authorities?
Landscape construction, design implementation, mangagement
The profession builds on a broad concern for the importance of green spaces for human quality of life and a sustainable societal development.
In the production of good outdoor spaces, knowledge of nature and technology must be combined with an understanding of economic and legal matters. The interaction between commissioner, landscape entrepreneur and designer requires someone to take on a comprehensive responsibility for the process and an analytical approach to project implementation.
Sustainable storm water and soil management, erosion control, the establishment of green roofs and rain beds, the construction of durable urban floors as well as the establishment and maintenance of new and existing plantings are some of the many actual challenges to landscape professionals.
Both landscape architects and landscape engineers need to adopt a multidisciplinary approach if their solutions and projects are to be relevant and adequate. The section’s staff are involved in various research groups that deliver a broad selection of courses and course modules to the department’s study programs, in cooperation with the other sections of the department as well as other departments at NMBU as a whole.
The landscape section encompasses the following research groups:
- Didactics, design methods, presentation methods, research by design
- History and cultural heritage.
- Digital planning, design and research tools.
- Urban landscape, urban design
- Landscape construction and materials
- Green space management, plant establishment and maintenance
- Landscape planning and resource management