LFKK10390U  Design by Management

Volume 2016/2017

MSc Programme in Landscape Architecture


Studio course where theories, concepts and methods from silviculture and landscape architecture are combined in exercises and project work that explores the dynamic of woody vegetation and how this can inform design and management of urban woodlands and green spaces.

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,

- small scale interventions as management tool,

- Dynamic design strategies.

- portraying dynamic vegetation design

- Project focusing on the links between design and management in realizingobjectives 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 design and management decisions and how this relates to succession processes and site conditions.

This understanding is used to integrate design and management in a time perspective to accomplish desired functional, aesthetical, sustainable and ecological goals in managing parks, woodlands and other urban nature areas.

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. Urban 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 design by management of nature, woodlands and urban landscapes where qualities in all stages of development are explored, with the main emphasis  on trees.

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

A combination of lectures, excursions, field exercises and project work in groups
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 min
Written assignment
The student draws a question in relation to the course Syllabus and is given 20 min preparation time.
The first part of the exam focuses on the drawn question and the second part of exam focuses on the written assignment (project work). A combined grade is given after the oral exam.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship

Identical to the ordinary examination form.

Criteria for exam assesment

See learning outcome.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 30
  • Practical exercises
  • 120
  • Project work
  • 160
  • Preparation
  • 82
  • Exam
  • 20
  • Total
  • 412