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60 413 Creative Community engagement in exposed territories

Full course name in English: 
Creative Community engagement in exposed territories
60 413
Syklus 2
2023 Vår
2023 Vår
Maksimum antall studenter: 
Karin Helms

Admission to AHO and successful completion of 180 ECTS foundation level studies. The course is open to students in landscape architecture, architecture and Design. 

Basic knowledges in architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture is required

Om emnet

The course will explore different public participatory methods offered by landscape architecture, design and other disciplines to explore large scale landscapes that are undergoing transformation due to environmental risk and urban urgencies. The course is related to ongoing research on nature-based solutions in landscapes exposed to geohazards such as flooding, mudslides and avalanches. The course provides an overview of current interdisciplinary ways of working with communities that needs to imagine the future of their territories and transformations caused by climate change and critical 21st century issues. The elective investigates the first steps in designing with and for communities living in territories of risk, this means where actions need to be taken to adapt and anticipate future situations.

We will explore:

- Background to community engagement. The role of the designers and role of the communities. Traditional methods need to be changed to make acceptable changes in the landscape.

- Public participation methods for large scale landscapes, modes of doing with locals to anticipate future changes, transformations, acceptance of disappearances and the integration of new artefacts in large landscapes. Proposals of tools to act with locals.

- Tools such as the innovative Systems Oriented Design, (SOD). SOD is a skillbased methodology that has been developed to understand, interact with and design complex systems through Gigamapping. This allows for collection, analysis and interpretation of information, actors and entities across the large data system.

- Field work. In risk landscapes, locals need to anticipate possible transfer of activities over to new settlements. We will learn by working with a community through a common workshop


Knowledges/ Competences:

At the end of the course the student will have acquired the knowledge of a vocabulary related to community engagement, understand the different methods and tools through scale: Gigamappings, large-scale landscape transformation understandings and local scale for new housing or settlements. 


The aim of the elective is to give in-depth knowledge theory on the different methods in community participation, understand  planning for people; public participation, community engagement for those living in larger landscapes on risk due to climate change.

General competence:

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

- Research precedents linked to participatory actions and articulate them in large -scale territorial scales.

- Apply and transfer design projects principles derived from precedents and from theoretical backgrounds to future projects.

- Relate individual and specific design decisions to wider contexts and concerns of landscape, architecture and design fields. Students will learn to work in pluri-disciplinary teams (we will work in teams during the intensive elective week). They will achieve a critical understanding of current theories, principles and concepts and demonstrate ability in reading and summarizing contents, interpreting the concepts and communicating conclusions.

Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

The semester is divided into three parts.

PART 1: DIFFERENT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MODES OF ACTING Part one is an introduction to the different modes of acting in community engagement projects. This part is an individual work

PART 2: MAPPING NATURE -BASED SOLUTIONS FOR RISK LANDSCAPES Nature-based solutions, landscape at risk: How can we work with a community to make them accept risks? Second assignment is group work and consists of a visit to a landscape site under risk:

PART 3: WORKSHOP WITH A COMMUNITY , possible test- community activity

There will be a 2-day visit to Aurland. There will possibly be a second visit during the elective week, a test community engagement event, a 1-day activity. (not confirmed). Learning to understand a landscape at risk means to go and see the area and understand the people living there. No alternatives are proposed. Students that cannot travel should not take this course.

It is expected that students are present at least 80% of the time. 


Link to course literature will be registered in Leganto

Obligatorisk arbeidskravPåkrevde arbeidskravOppmøte påkrevdKommentar
Oppmøte til undervisning PåkrevdAttendance each Tuesday, morning lectures and 1:1 tutoring. Afternoon is set
aside for the student individual work. The course is framed for one workday a week.
Obligatoriske arbeidskrav:
Obligatorisk arbeidskrav:Oppmøte til undervisning
Påkrevde arbeidskrav:
Oppmøte påkrevd:Påkrevd
Kommentar:Attendance each Tuesday, morning lectures and 1:1 tutoring. Afternoon is set
aside for the student individual work. The course is framed for one workday a week.
VurderingsmappeIndividuellBestått / ikke beståttEach assignment (part1, part2.part3) counts for 1/3 for the grading
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar:Each assignment (part1, part2.part3) counts for 1/3 for the grading