NIGK13006U Landscapefilm

Volume 2013/2014
The aim of the studio is to enhance the landscape architectural student’s ability to perform as an design entrepreneur with the film media.

The studio will emphasize time as key subject for the landscape architectural agenda and innovation. Hence the landscape film studio is realized as methodological investigations. 

The studio train the student in rethinking parameters and scope of the landscape architectural methodology through the media used. Landscape film studio explores a particular subject every year that challenge contemporary practice and investigate possible innovation strategies.

The film media is studied in workshops for capacities of registration, analysis and communication of landscape architectural agendas. Parallel, existing practice of architectural film is looked upon in market studies, production cost and innovation perspectives. How the film media generate or show values for capitalization. A film related design project is the final result.

Landscapefilm studio will - just as an entrepreneurial designproject - be design work intensive.
Learning Outcome
The main objectives of the studio are to provide different academic and artistic competence for understanding of time, landscape and entrepreneurship as core elements of the landscape architectural practice. 

The aim of the studio project itself is to gain insight into
(1) the theoretical discourse on time and space
(2) the practice of innovation and entrepreneurship
(3) filmic methods of registration and communication through experimental exercises and
(4) a filmic research by design-based project dialogue with a specific context, forum or situation. 

Through readings and discussions the student will learn about innovation strategies and the film media relations to landscape architecture. The student is introduced to product life systems, innovative thinking models and film registration techniques. Analogous the student learns about time and the representation spatial dynamics as a key element of the landscape architecture.

Through a design project the student learn about innovation in practice. Additionally the student is to learn to argue for a landscape architectural agenda with or within a specific methodology. 


The course focuses on how time can be highlighted as a value in the skills and projects available for the landscape architect. The skills obtained include
a) the ability to frame, analyse, formulate and debate arguments, strategies and systematic thinking in landscape architecture - in relation to time, film and innovation aspects.
b the student obtains methodological skills by exploring, developing and testing the film camera as potential value-producing media in a concrete project design setting.

Key is how the student can take on the entrepreneurial mind-set and show and convert the film into a new landscape and time business agendas.

- To describe, conceptualise, discuss and apply knowledge of innovation in landscape architectural related media and methodologies; Predominantly film but also drawings, text, visualisations, diagrams, models.

- To perform innovative through a focus on capturing time dynamics through film in a specific landscape designproject
- To show and communicate a critical and reflective view on methodologies and entrepreneurship in the field of landscape architecture.
David Gurteen (1998) Knowledge, creativity and innovation. in Journal of Knowledge Management Volume 2, Number 1, September

Adam Kahane (2000): How to Change the World: Lessons for Entrepreneurs from Activists. GBN Global Business Network

John Dixon Hunt (2004): A reception history of landscape ARchitecture and the role of movement in Garden reception. The afterlife of gardens. Reaktion Books

Martino Stierli (2010): Die "Er-Fahrung" der Stadt. Film, urbane Wahrnehmung und der mobilisierte Blick. In Las Vegas in Rückspiegel. Die Stadt in Theorie, Fotografie und Film. Gta Verlag

Christophe Girot (2012). Landscape Vision Motion. ETH Zurich

Fred Truniger (2012): Filmic mapping. Documentary Film and the Visual Culture of Landscape Architecture. ETH Zurich

Each year the literature list will be supplemented in relation to the specific subject and site(s).
Bachelors degree in landscape architecture or equal to similar urban design-related discipline.

Students are expected to have optained the compentences equal to what is taught in Urbanism Studio LNAK10083 or Landscape Planning LNAK10053.

Visiting students can only enter the course, if they can document in a port folio to the course responsible that they have passed courses with similar curriculum.
This is an advance design studio at graduate level.

The studio does not restrict itself to specific theoretical positions, themes or platforms in the landscape architectural field. Focus is on investigating a specific filmic methodology within or in relation to landscape architecture from a business and innovation perspective: How landscape architects may capitalize further on film in working with living and dynamic contexts - like habitats, seasons, urban development and climatic conditions. How a film perspective can lead to new knowledge about human surroundings in the design proces. How filmic time-space perspectives can become an asset to capitalize on in innovation strategies of cities and landscapes alike.

Landscape film studio takes off with readings of basic innovation as well as the new field of landscape film literature. Throughout the studio the subject is addressed in innovation-minded workshops, which focus both on media, production and outcome issues, - on methodology, business models and design product.

In the end, the student does a design project that addresses new processes or production models in the attempt to capitalize on film and time. The design project is examined for its innovative value: How the proposed design project capitalize on the film media.

Innovative external professionals will be invited to present their methodologies to qualify the studio subjects. These invited lectures are to work as possible role models for the students.

The studio will be taught through small group works.

The student is expected to participate in intensive design studio group work. The student is expected to read and prepare for presentations and discussion of the studio literature. The student is to expected to explore new media creatively.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 10
  • Guidance
  • 10
  • Practical exercises
  • 25
  • Preparation
  • 10
  • Project work
  • 151
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 11 minues
Port folio exam is an exam of the students port folios which is consists of a A4 process port folio and 3xA1 project design panel.

The A4 process port folio is prepared as a documentation of student work with the film media through the course, while the 3xA1 project design panels are prepared as design competition panel in the latter half of the course.

The 10 minute oral examination is based on reviewing the process and the design project port folio. The oral examination consist of a 1 minute film presenting the design project and a 10 minute oral examination of the student on the basis of the port folio.
Exam registration requirements
Hand in of design project and filmic port folio, prior to examination
Without aids
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
The examination will be conducted by two internal examinators.
Criteria for exam assesment
See learning outcome.