LFKK10390U Design by Management

Volume 2015/2016
MSc Programme in Landscape Architecture

Part 1

- 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.

- Project focusing on problems and potentials for designing urban woodlands landscape and stands through active and creative management

Part 2

Stands of trees and shrubs in other urban green spaces such as parks, historical gardens, and infrastructure landscapes.

- Original design intensions,

- Perception of future development,

- Dynamic design strategies.

- Management as design put into a time continuum

- Project focusing on problems and the role of management in realizing design objectives for trees and shrubs in urban green space.

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, and how this knowledge can inform design and management.

This understanding is used to accomplish desired functional, aesthetical, sustainable and ecological 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 municipal green areas are put into a similar context and living up to the idea of "gaining more for less".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.

List of literature, reference projects and other teaching material will be accessible through the course homepage

A combination of lectures, exercises, group work, projects, and excursions. Part 1 is an intensive introduction to plant dynamics, space and forest development types with urban woodland forestry as case. Students develops a project around a common case. Part 2 expands the scope to other types of urban green space where some of the inspiration draws upon the ideas from the comprehensive forestry cases, and some drawn upon ideas and scope of landscape architecture are merged to what we call: design by management. Students create exercises to deepen the understanding of how different design and management strategies interrelate and how they relate.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 20
  • Lectures
  • 30
  • Practical exercises
  • 120
  • Preparation
  • 82
  • Project work
  • 160
  • Total
  • 412
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 30 min
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment

See learning outcome.