LFKK10390U Design by Management

Volume 2013/2014
MSc Programme in Landscape Architecture

Part 1

- Und urban woodlands and silviculture.

- Woodland and stand types, their structures and dynamics as affected by silviculture

- Nature-Based forest management and Forest Development types as a planning tool

- Stand establishment and tending including soil classification and species choice.

Part 2

Potentials and problems of urban nature areas such as parks, beaches, polders, meadows, cultural heritage, historical gardens, infrastructure landscapes, retrofited dumps and gravel pits, cemeteries with main emphasis on trees and other woody species.

- Original design intensions,

- Perception of future development,

- Design of strategies.


- Management plans and interventions

Part 3.

Project focussing on problems and dilemmas in relation to trees and shrubs in an urban context.
Learning Outcome

The course aims to give the students an in-depth understanding of the growth dynamics and interaction of trees and other woody species in relation to site conditions including succession processes in woodlands. This understanding is used to accomplish desired aesthetical and biological goals in managing parks, woodlands and other urban nature areas by applying adequate management methods and tools.

Design by management operates with the original intension of close-to-nature forest management with the main principle of making use of natural processes in management thus advancing goal fulfilment and reducing management costs. The students will be able to analyse a specific management unit (forest, woodland, park ect.), appraise its future development, and suggest appropriate interventions to guide the system in the desired direction. The course provides an academic perspective to the management of nature, woodlands and urban landscapes with main emphasis on trees.
A combination of lectures, group work, projects, and excursions. Part 1 is an intensive introduction with urban woodland forestry as case. Students develops a report around a common case. Part 2 expands the scope to nature and urban landscapes where some of the inspiration draws upon the ideas from the comprehensive forestry cases, and some draws upon design by management. Students built their own project report, by problem formulation, design strategies and a management plan. Part 3 deepens design strategies for a specific problem in nature and in urban landscapes and extract valuable knowledge from nature-based forest stands. Students create individually a poster of one case.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 20
  • Lectures
  • 30
  • Practical exercises
  • 120
  • Preparation
  • 82
  • Project work
  • 160
  • Total
  • 412
Type of assessment
Oral examination
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment
See learning outcome.