NIGK15015U  Landscape Studio

Volume 2015/2016
Education

MSc Programme in Landscape Architecture

Content

This course is an advanced design course.
It focuses on the ability to formulate solutions, strategies, planning- and methods of analysis into structures of transformation and changes in use and the ability to solve problems in time, place, material and programme. This is because landscapes that are studied and planned for embody interpretation of the past, understanding of the present and expectations for the future.
Society is constantly undergoing transformations that impact the landscape profession. Such issues are addressed in the theme course and this is why themes are different from year to year depending on professional and social significance.
The field of the issues are space and works in their context meaning urban landscapes that creates the framework for movement and pause, experience, remembrance and recognition. Besides the well known genres such as historical and modern parks and gardens, squares and streets, cemeteries and recreational landscapes, residential areas, institutions and businesses the course focuses on damaged and derelict landscapes like costal-, harbour- and industrial areas that are in transformation towards new use, new aesthetics and new meaning.
Taking a position on the situation of any landscape is part of all projects as is taking a position on the relation between building and landscape. Architectonic craftsmanship is trained through programming and through proposals for transformation of urban landscapes. Priority is given to terrain modelling, knowledge of construction and materials, water circulation and plant growth. The ability to think specially, social and artistically, to understand the significance of a work of art is trained throughout the course as well as the ability to evaluate the quality of own- and others works.

 

Learning Outcome
 
The main aims of the course is to provide academic, professional, artistic, and scientific competence in problem solving related to landscape architecture through project work of different scale. The aim of the project work itself is to gain insight into (1) analysing and structuring of complicated landscape related problems into (2) spatial programming, describing, and reflecting on the biological regulating aspects and social communicating aspects that embody works of landscape architecture and thereby (3) communicate issues of landscape architecture that deal with the relationship between nature and man.

After completing the course, the students should be able to:

Knowledge:
• Describe and formulate solutions, strategies, relevant planning- and methods of analysis into spatial programmes for change in landscape related use.
• Describe models, applied theories and concepts related to transformation through drawings, illustrations, diagrams, text, and models.

Skills:
• Apply scientific, technological, and ethical skills relating to problem solving.

Competences:
• Communicate and present a critical and reflective view on problems and solutions of own- and others work of landscape architecture.

See Absalon

The course focuses on project work and problem solving within the design discipline. Priority is given to design by modelling, teamwork, presentation and critics.
Teaching and learning methods
The teaching methods applied include scientific and artistic methods as well as techniques for sketching and presentation. Special emphasis is put on sketching by modelling, analysing by modelling, conversation and texts. The theory of education is that the learning is best done in independent group work and through dialog with tutors and fellow students around the drawing board, through presentations where fellow students and tutors comment and give constructive criticism. In addition there are lectures and introductions by guests and supervisors. Throughout the theme course meetings for planning and evaluation are scheduled ideally once a week.
Credit
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
The examination concists of an oral examination and will address issues relating to the theme project. The project accounts for 80 % of final the grade and the oral exam for 20 %.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment

Please refer to learning outcome.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Excursions
  • 80
  • Lectures
  • 40
  • Project work
  • 100
  • Preparation
  • 192
  • Total
  • 412