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Intervals of neglect: Industrial Heritage in the Arctic

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Intervals of neglect: Industrial Heritage in the Arctic
65 504
Syklus 2
2017 Høst

A completed Bachelor in Landscape Architecture or Architecture from university or university college.
Study place Tromsø the whole semester.

Om emnet

The course will introduce students to the topic of industrial heritage from an Arctic perspective through case studies specifically chosen for the studio. The sites under investigation will allow students to engage with traces of past activity whilst exploring how landscape interventions can shape their future. It embraces design for an unpredictable future where responses may be richly speculative but informed. The sites will share past histories concerning extractive industries, such as coal mining, copper mining and ice extraction from lakes and glaciers. Engagement with the material, historic and cultural qualities of these sites will raise questions about their vulnerabilities in an Arctic context. Excursions will include visits to a site on Tromsøya, Kåfjord and Bjørnøya/ Svalbard.

The overall objectives of the studio are as follows:

• General theory on heritage – introduction to the criteria for how sites/objects gain heritage status. The theory will embrace the subject of time and reinforce the interconnectedness of past, present and future.
• the consequences of climate change on heritage sites in the Arctic- thawing permafrost, coastal erosion, geo-hazards, rising sea levels, changing ecologies etc. are just some of the physical threats endangering heritage sites in the Arctic today.
• Consequences of tourism on Arctic heritage sites - considerations relating to management plans, accessibility, protection etc. will be introduced.
• Examine the different approaches of contemporary landscape architecture to heritage sites. Here, research is incorporated into the design process to further understand landscape practice and heritage, in addition to developing a critique of methods that have been implemented by landscape architects.


a. Knowledge:
• The students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the process of sites gaining heritage status in the Arctic – they will learn the procedures adopted by local, regional, national and international bodies.
• An awareness of the threats and vulnerabilities to Arctic heritage sites, both environmental and social, will be addressed.
• Extensive knowledge of how landscape architects take different approaches to heritage sites with a view to understanding the different outcomes of diverse interventions

b. Skills:
• Students will learn of the various considerations to be addressed when approaching the study of a heritage site such as sourcing, recording and documenting of information.
• Ability to illustrate information pertaining to specific sites through the development of site plans and sections of varying scales; incorporation of archaeological, ecological, geological, climatic data etc.
• Ability to work independently and in groups throughout the studio.
• Develop competencies on how to adopt appropriate methods, covered in theory, to specific sites. It is expected to be an experimental and exploratory exercise in transferring theoretical knowledge to practical studio work.

c. General competence:
• A good and well-informed knowledge of Arctic heritage with the ability to be critical of approaches adopted by different professionals/stakeholders of multiple perspectives.
• A working knowledge of the basic tools and skills needed to analyse, appraise and implement appropriate measures to Arctic heritage sites.
• Abilities to refine large quantities of research information into concise and appropriate means.
• Communicate studio work effectively, through visual and oral presentations, to both landscape architects and other professionals related to heritage.

Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

• Lectures including those from external sources e.g. UiT, Polar Institute input
• Studio work – individual and group work
• Study trip at the start of the semester

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