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60 302 Themes and Concepts in Landscape Architecture

Full course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
Tema og konsepter i landskapsarkitekturen
Course code: 
60 302
Level of study: 
Teaching semester: 
2022 Autumn
Assessment semester: 
2022 Autumn
Language of instruction: 
Maximum number of students: 
Person in charge
Janike Kampevold Larsen
Required prerequisite knowledge

The course is mandatory for master students in Landscape Architecture who do not have a background in Landscape Architecture and landscape notions. The course is open students landscape arcitecture and architecture. 

Course content

The course will be subdivided in three thematics:

  1. Historical approaches on large-scale urban landscapes methods, knowledge about backgrounds, innovative thinking from the past and transferable approaches to design, 19th and 20th century approaches. Themes on physical and cultural properties for the urban and suburban.


  1. Current theoretical and practical approaches in sustainable design for integrated development of ecologic systems, landscape structures, for our contemporary urban and rural landscapes. Notions as “Landscape urbanism”(Charles Waldheim), “Third landscape” ( G. Clement), Landscape as a prerequisite ( M.Desvigne),  as well as current policies as Nature in towns – “Preservation through development” ( D. Sijmons) … will be explored.


  1. First approaches on past and current ephemeral gardens and co-design approaches - research oriented perspectives on participatory methods for public spaces and landscape long-term projects, role of the designers in this mode of doing. The social approach in Landscape Architecture is here the main topic.


Karin Helms will present a lecture at the start of each “chapter”. Hannes Zander will give three lectures on the historical aspects and landscape notions from the 19th and 20th century. All other lectures are given by teachers from AHO, some lectures will be given by guest lecturer from other schools/ NMBU/EMiLA partners. The students will be asked to give lectures of their understanding of their readings.

Learning outcome

Knowledges/ Competences:

The aim of the elective is to give in-depth knowledge theory on landscape notions and fundamentals of design concepts by benefiting from participating in research-led lectures that provide expertices in the different field in design, oriented on landscape issues.

The first part of the course and thematic focuses on a series of theoretical lessons that illustrates a number of nodal concepts of past landscape notions from the 19th and 20th century. The second part will be on contemporary landscape notions and actual policies – during this phase the students will present each one approach of a contemporary landscape architect’s work through the analyse of a precedent. The third phase will explore through visits and readings the role and social demand for ephemeral and co-designed project in the public realm.  



On completion of this elective course, the student will be able to

  • Research precedents in art, design to articulate themes in landscape projects.
  • Apply and transfer in design projects principles derived from precedents and from theoretical back grounds to the development of future projects.
  • To relate individual and specific design decisions to wider contexts and concerns of landscape architecture.

General competence

  • Have a repertoire of methodologies in landscape architecture which can be used in planning and design, applying aesthetic and scientific principles.
  • Critical awareness of the historical development of the tasks the discipline deals with.
  • A critical understanding of the principles theories, principles and concepts.
  • Students will demonstrate ability in reading and summarizing contents, interpreting the concepts and communicating conclusions.
  • Demonstrate an individual and reflexive approach to landscape architecture history and theory.
Working and learning activities

Weekly lectures and a self-directed writing exercise. There will be duets working groups after each “chapter”. the working group exercise is a part of the final handle in work.

The course activities include participation in discussions throughout the semester, a written assignment and an oral presentation of the assignment. There will be individual tutorial and group discussions. We are looking for engaged students.


Written assignment, oral presentation of the assignment, and participation in discussions throughout the semester.

Form of assessmentGroupingGrading scaleComment
Project assignmentIndividualPass / fail
Form of assessment:Project assignment
Grading scale:Pass / fail