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Institute of Urbanism and Landscape

Institute of Urbanism and Landscape

The institute comprises teaching, research and development (with)in the fields of urbanism, architecture and landscape architecture.

Knowledge production within the core areas of architecture and landscape architecture is (being) developed with a strong multidisciplinary perspective. The institute emphasized interplay and dialogue between urbanism and landscape approaches. A productive exchange between teaching and research addresses current challenges in the fields of city, landscape and architecture, as well as urban development processes at different scales. Urban history, planning history, landscape architecture history as well as landscape theory is an integrated part of all teaching.
The institute pays particular attention to specific aspects of local situations that may also have global relevance, thus contributing to both local and global discourses. Examples are the persistent focus on Norwegian urban and garden design as perceived in a European context and Arctic and Subarctic habitats as laboratories for cities and landscapes exposed to climate change.
At all levels the institute demonstrates a close contact and dialogue with urban actors and contributes to form the agenda in important urban development issues.

The institute has a strong international profile, and features an established network of cooperating institutions both within practice, teaching and research. The institute offers two Master's programmes in landscape architecture, one two-year International Master in Oslo and one 5 year integrated Master in collaboration with the Arctic University of Norway UiT in Tromsø, and co-manages a Master in Architecture with the Institute of Architecture, and the Institute of Form, Theory and History. Its education provision includes a postgraduate Master in Urbanism, and a PhD program.
Research at the institute is organized under The Oslo Centre for Urban and Landscape Studies.

Head of Institute: Marianne Skjulhaug

Key concepts: Cities, urban architecture, landscape, Urban practice, urban design, urban planning, urban development, urban transformation, regional planning, landscape practice and landscape urbanism, urban ecology, water and water management, urban media- and technology practices and the network city, participation processes, mapping, GIS, urbanism and landscape history, theory focusing on urban planning history, landscape theory, peri-urbanism.

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