Analysis and design of contested landscapes - spring 2020

  • Master of landscape architecture for global sustainability, NMBU
    Sandra Hoyn, 2015

Through the analysis of a specific case of a contested landscape and the elaboration of a design-related problem solving attempt, students will learn how to apply design thinking in a global context.

Analysis and design of contested landscapes

Students will gain knowledge about how to analyse contested landscapes.
Students will be able to critically analyse different sources of information including fieldwork material and to apply a design thinking approach.
The course will prepare students to communicate their ideas and outcomes in oral, graphical, and written form (presentations, exhibitions, booklets).


The course is open for advanced students (i.e. master students and advanced bachelor students) from the departments of landscape architecture (ILA), urban and regional planning (BYREG) and international environmental and development studies (Noragric). Participation of students from other departments will be considered on application. Questions about course admission can be send to 

The course focuses on a contested landscape in Greece and examines how design thinking can contribute to a creative approach to spatial challenges (particularly related to migration and transnational flows of refugees).

The course starts in the ‘januarblokk’ with 2 obligatory preparatory meetings. The meetings will provide students with an introduction to the field course theme and otherwise focus on field course ethics and safety. The prepatory meetings are followed by an obligatory 10 days field trip to Hellas. During the field trip the students will get an insight in the particularities of the specific case, through exploring, documenting and mapping the local landscape. The analysis of the material collected during fieldwork will be carried out within a studio framework with organized teaching on one full day per week. Teaching will mainly consist of short presentations or lectures, as well as feedback to the developing students’ work.

Students have to develop and communicate a design-related problem solving strategy. They will work in teams and will present heir ideas and outcomes in oral, graphical and written form.

Published 7. November 2019 - 18:39 - Updated 27. October 2020 - 23:00