LNAK10054U Theories and Methods in Landscape Architecture

Volume 2015/2016
MSc Programme in Landscape Architecture

The course deals with space and landscape architectural works seen in context; more specifically the objective is to train the understanding of urban landscapes that create a framework for movement and lingering, experience, memory and perception.
The subjects will be theories of landscape architecture; appraisement of architecture, history and nature; the nature of the arts of building and cultivation; strategies for planning, conservation, renovation and regeneration, and analytical methodology.

Learning Outcome

The course aims at enabling the students to identify landscape-architectural problems such that subsequent strategies and solutions build upon critical and methodological analysis and scientific theories.

The course aims at the acquisition of academic competence in critical reflective study of social phenomena of a landscape-architectural nature, understanding of the structures and processes in the arts of building and cultivation, based on empiricism and theory. 

The landscape architect must be able to elucidate, interpret and evaluate the significance and quality of the work, own as well as others. To this end the course aims at the acquisition of competent awareness of and the ability to achieve insight into the origins, development and semantics of landscape-architectural language.

Priority is given to the ability to observe and think spatially, socially and artistically. The landscape architect will explicitly or implicitly take landscape-architectural decisions on behalf of the public. This takes place through a democratic process, thus one requirement will be understanding of the role of participants and the required ethics.
An aim of the course is that the students should be able to identify landscape-architectural problems such that their design strategies and solutions build upon critical and methodological analysis and scientific theories

Malene Hauxner: Drawing and Reading, Copenhagen University 2010. Additionally selected litterature and other materials.

Competences comparable to those provided by the course LFKB10243U Fagets Videnskabsteori
The teaching builds on the idea that learning takes place best in the form of independent group study in dialogue with supervisors and fellow students, around a drawing board and with group presentation, with evaluation from response groups and supervisors. In addition there will be lectures and presentations by guest lecturers and supervisors. The main supervisor holds regular planning and evaluation meetings. Priority is given to competence in independent work, teamwork, presentation of and response to one’s own work and that of others. High priority is given to the ability to engage with the significance of the works and to evaluate the quality of one’s own work and that of others.

The course is project and problem oriented. High priority is given to analysis of representation, independent study of theory, teamwork, presentation and evaluation of methods and results. Guest lectures and plenum evaluations are included.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 40
  • Preparation
  • 272
  • Project work
  • 100
  • Total
  • 412
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Description of Examination: Internal evaluation based on individual article
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Criteria for exam assesment

See learning outcome.