Landscape architecture: History, theory and practice
Additional course evaluations for LK0313
Academic year 2022/2023
Landscape architecture: History, theory and practice (LK0313-10035)
2022-08-29 - 2022-10-31
Academic year 2021/2022
Landscape architecture: History, theory and practice (LK0313-10116)
2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01
Academic year 2020/2021
Landscape architecture: History, theory and practice (LK0313-10178)
2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01
Academic year 2019/2020
Landscape architecture: History, theory and practice (LK0313-10034)
2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31
Academic year 2018/2019
Landscape architecture: History, theory and practice (LK0313-10054)
2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05
Syllabus and other information
LK0313 Landscape architecture: History, theory and practice, 15.0 CreditsLandskapsarkitektur: historia, teori och praktik
Education cycleMaster’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirementsMaster’s level (A1N)
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to 150 credits of which 90 credits in Landscape Architecture, and/or Architecture, and/or Urban Planning and/or Human Geography and/or Community Planning, and English 6, or admitted to the Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation – Master´s programme.
ObjectivesTo provide deep understanding of different landscape architecture and design theories and viewpoints through history and their relation to landscape architecture practice.
After completion of the course the student should be able to:
Knowledge and understanding
- understand theories and concepts in landscape architecture and design
- analyse major fields of landscape architecture research, their methodology and relation to other design disciplines
- discuss key theories and case studies of landscape architecture history in Sweden and internationally; critically relate these knowledges to the development of modern society
- elaborate practical implications from theories in landscape architecture and design
- discuss main theoretical viewpoints in today’s landscape architecture and its relation to sustainability
Competence and skills
- apply key landscape architecture theories and historical precedences into a landscape architecture design concept
Judgement and approach
- reflect on a personal approach in the field of landscape architecture and future professional role
- decode contemporary landscapes and reflect on them from a personal point of view concerning design and ethical standpoints.
ContentThe course is consisted of lectures, seminars, field trip and writing an essay. Suggested literature list covers the history and contemporary practice of landscape architecture, design theory and landscape architecture/architecture theory. A field trip to a city or place in Europe, and visits in Uppsala-Stockholm are included in the course. Different topics will be discussed in seminars.
Students will produce one conceptual design which reflects discussed theories and historical case studies.
Students will produce one analytical text with a critical assessment of a chosen landscape architecture project. Students will write a reflecting text about their own approach as a designer in relation to given lectures, field trips, literature and seminars. Special attention will be given to critical thinking and the producing of graphic communication such as sketches, photos, figures and diagrams.
Excursions, study visits, seminars and activities connected to them are compulsory.
Formats and requirements for examinationPassed written works, conceptual design, and participation in compulsory activities. If a student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
If a student has been granted targeted study support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative form of assessment.
If this course is discontinued, SLU will decide on transitional provisions for the examination of students admitted under this syllabus who have not yet been awarded a Pass grade.
For the assessment an independent project (degree project), the examiner may also allow a student to add supplemental information after the deadline for submission. For more information, please refer to the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
- If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
- If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
- If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
- For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.
Other informationThe right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course instance which the student has been admitted to and registered on.
If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information, please refer to the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
Additional informationField trips are financed by the student. Information about costs will be available on the course homepage 4 weeks before the course starts.
Department of Urban and Rural Development
Introduction lectures and seminars consist of two parts: the first part covers the role of history and theory in landscape architecture and the second part focuses on the contemporary debates in landscape architecture.
Introduction: History, theory and practice in landscape architecture
Boone, K. (2020). Notes Toward a History of Black Landscape Architecture. Places Journal. https://doi.org/10.22269/201028
Hunt, J.D. (2004). Historical Ground: The role of history in contemporary landscape architecture Routledge & CRC Press. (introduction)
Swaffield, S. R. (2006). Theory and Critique in Landscape Architecture: Making Connections. Journal of Landscape Architecture, 1(1), 22–29. https://doi.org/10.1080/18626033.2006.9723361
Upton, D. (1991). Architectural History or Landscape History? Journal of Architectural Education (1984-), 44(4), 195–199. https://doi.org/10.2307/1425140
Way, T. PLATFORM: Why History for Designers? (Part 1). (n.d.). PLATFORM. Retrieved June 16, 2022, from https://www.platformspace.net/home/why-history-for-designers-part-1+ Part 2
Angelo, H. (2021) How Green Became Good: Urbanized Nature and Making of Cities and Citizens. Chicago U. Press (Introduction: pp.1-26)
Duncan, J. S., & Duncan, N. G. (2001). The Aestheticization of the Politics of Landscape Preservation. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 91(2), 387–409.
hooks, bell (1991) "Theory as Liberatory Practice," Yale Journal of Law & Feminism: Vol. 4: Iss. 1, Article 2. Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yjlf/vol4/iss1/2
Lipsitz, G. (2007). The Racialization of Space and the Spatialization of Race Theorizing the Hidden Architecture of Landscape. Landscape Journal, 26(1), 10–23. https://doi.org/10.3368/lj.26.1.10
Mitchell, D. (2016). Cultural landscapes: The dialectical landscape – recent landscape research in human geography: Progress in Human Geography. https://doi.org/10.1191/0309132502ph376pr
Mitchell, W. J. T. (Ed.). (2002). Landscape and Power, Second Edition. University of Chicago Press. https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/L/bo3626791.html (introduction)
Taylor, D. E. (2009). The Environment and the People in American Cities, 1600s-1900s: Disorder, Inequality, and Social Change. Duke University Press.
Carlson, D., & Collard-Arias, M. (2022). Trajectories of practice across time: Moving beyond the histories of landscape architecture. Landscape Research, 47(1), 25–34. https://doi.org/10.1080/01426397.2021.1989393
Hutton, Jane (2020) Reciprocal Landscapes: Stories of material movements. Routledge (several chapters)
Bélanger, P. (2020). No Design on Stolen Land: Dismantling Design’s Dehumanising White Supremacy. Architectural Design, 90(1), 120–127. https://doi.org/10.1002/ad.2535
Dang, T. K. (2021). Decolonizing landscape. Landscape Research, 46(7), 1004–1016. https://doi.org/10.1080/01426397.2021.1935820
Decolonizing the Green City: From Environmental Privilege to Emancipatory Green Justice. (n.d.). https://doi.org/10.1089/env.2021.0014
Erling Björgvinsson, Nicholas De Genova, Mahmoud Keshavarz & Tintin Wulia (2020). ’Migration’ Retrieved June 20, 2022, from PARSE https://parsejournal.com/Issue 10—Spring 2020 Editorial
Fleming, B. (2021). Frames and Fictions: Designing a Green New Deal Studio Sequence. Journal of Architectural Education, 75(2), 192–201. https://doi.org/10.1080/10464883.2021.1947673
Gould, K. A., & Lewis, T. L. (2017). The Environmental Injustice of Green Gentrification: The Case of Brooklyn Prospect Park. In A. Gould and Tammy L. Lewis. New York: Routledge,
Hood, W. and Mitchell Tada, G. (2020) Black Landscapes Matter. University of Virginia Press. (several chapters)
Rothenberg, J., & Lang, S. (2017). Repurposing the High Line: Aesthetic experience and contradiction in West Chelsea. City, Culture and Society, 9, 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ccs.2015.10.001
Scott, E. E., & Swenson, K. (Eds.). (2015). Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics (1st ed.). University of California Press. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/j.ctv1xxxgv
Spencer, D. (2017). Agency and Artifice in the Environment of Neoliberalism. In E. Wall & T. Waterman (Eds.), Landscape and Agency (1st ed., pp. 177–187). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315647401-14
Subjectivity – agency, positionality, power, and privilege, reflexivity, relational thinking, co-production, link to sustainability…
Part 1 subjectivity, positionality
Sandra J. Schmidt (2017) Hacked Landscapes: Tensions, Borders, and Positionality in Spatial Literacy, Journal of Geography, 116:3, 99-108, DOI: 10.1080/00221341.2016.1257046
Rendell, R. (2005) ‘Architecture-Writing’, in Jane Rendell (ed.) ‘Critical Architecture’, special issue of the Journal of Architecture, (June 2005), v. 10. n. 3, pp. 255-64. https://www.janerendell.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/Rendell-Architecture-Writing.pdf
Rose, G. (1997). Situating knowledges: positionality, reflexivities and other tactics. Progress in Human Geography, 21(3), 305–320. https://doi.org/10.1191/030913297673302122
Warf, B. (2010). Positionality. In Encyclopedia of geography (Vol. 1, pp. 2258-2258). SAGE Publications, Inc., https://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412939591.n913
Richards, M-L (2019) Out of Line_ Erasure and vulnerability as sites of subversion | Future Achitecture Library. (n.d.). Retrieved March 5, 2021, from https://futurearchitecturelibrary.org/archifutures-articles/volum-6-agency/out-of-line/
The Unbearable Whiteness of Being: The Racial Production of Architecture and Architects. (n.d.). Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Retrieved June 23, 2022, from https://www.acsa-arch.org/chapter/the-unbearable-whiteness-of-being-the-racialproduction-of-architecture-and-architects/
Part 2 alternative modes of practice and social agency
Petrescu, D. and Torgal, K. (2017) The Social (Re)Production of Architecture: Politics, Values and Actions in Contemporary Practice. Routledge (chapters TBA)
Mitrasinovic, M. (2016) Concurrent Urbanities: Designing Infrastructures of Inclusion. Routledge (chapters TBA)
Wall & T. Waterman (Eds.), (2017) Landscape and Agency. Routledge. (chapters TBA) https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315647401-14
Dobraszczyk, D. (2021) Architecture and Anarchism: Building without Authority. Paul Holberton Publishing
Brenner, N. (n.d.). Neil Brenner, “The agency of design in an age of urbanization—dialogue with Daniel Ibañez,” in Neil Brenner, Critique of Urbanization. Basel: Bauwelt Fundamente Series, Birkhäuser Verlag, 2016, 224-236.
Mitrasinovic, M. and Rendon, G. (editors) (2017) Cooperative Cities. Journal of Design Strategies, Vol. 9, Fall 2017. Parsons School of Design, New York. (several articles)
Place – memory, materiality, performativity, experience, relationality, power, belonging, boundaries and borders, stigmatization, making sense of place, place-making, relating with place
Part 1 – place
Hayden, Dolores. (2009) Urban Landscape History: The Sense of Place and the Politics of Space". Understanding Ordinary Landscapes, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009, pp. 111-133. https://doi.org/10.12987/9780300185614-010
Tuck, E. and McKenzie (2015) Place in Research: Theory, Methodology and Methods. Routledge (pp.1-48)
McKittrick, K. (2006) Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle (introduction: Geographic Stories) Minnesota University Press
Lipsitz, G. (2011). How Racism Takes Place. Temple University Press. (sections 1, 2, 5)
Hayden, D. (1995). The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History. MIT Press.
Part 2 - Place making/unmaking
Abrams, K. (2017). “Hijinks in Harlem: The Whiteness of ‘Place’”. Avery Review 24 (June 2017), http://averyreview.com/issues/24/hijinks-inharlem.
Ujijji Davis, “The Bottom: The Emergence and Erasure of Black American Urban Landscapes” in the Avery Review 34 (October 2018), https://www. averyreview.com/issues/34/the-bottom.
Anguelovski, I., & Gottlieb, R. (2014). Neighborhood As Refuge: Community Reconstruction, Place Remaking, and Environmental Justice in the City. MIT Press. http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/slub-ebooks/detail.action?docID=3339756 (chapters TBA)
Yigit Turan, B. (2021). Superkilen: Coloniality, Citizenship and Border Politics. In Landscape Citizenships. Tim Waterman, Jane Wolff, and Ed Wall (eds.). New York and London: Routledge.
Björgvinsson, E., Keshavarz, M. (2020). Partitioning Vulnerabilities: On the Paradoxes of Participatory Design in the City of Malmö. In: Dancus, A., Hyvönen, M., Karlsson, M. (eds) Vulnerability in Scandinavian Art and Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-37382-5_12
Site explorations – different types of/perspectives on mappings
Corner, J. (1999) The Agency of Mapping: Speculation, Critique and Invention. In Mappings, edited by Denis Cosgrove. 213-52. London: Reaktion.
Kahn, A and Burns, C. (2021) Site Matters: Strategies for Uncertainty Through Planning and Design. Routledge (chapters TBA)
Parikh, A. (2020). Insider-outsider as process: Drawing as reflexive feminist methodology during fieldwork. Cultural Geographies, 27(3), 437–452. https://doi.org/10.1177/1474474019887755
Halder, S. Michel, B. (2018) This is not an atlas: A global collection of counter-cartographies (First edition). (2018). [Map]. Transcript Verlag. Introduction pp. 12-37 https://www.transcript-verlag.de/shopMedia/openaccess/pdf/oa9783839445198.pdf
Amoo-Adare, E. (2011). Engendering Critical Spatial Literacy: Migrant Asante Women and the Politics of Urban Space. In O. Oyĕwùmí (Ed.), Gender Epistemologies in Africa (pp. 101–118). Palgrave Macmillan US. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230116276_6
Cuff, D., Loukaitou-Sideris, Todd Presnerr, Maite Zubiaurre, and Jonathan Jae-an Crisman (2020) Urban Humanities: New Practices for Reimagining the City. MIT (chapters TBA)
Reflecting on history – what is absent or hidden, left out… (the archive?)
Burns, K. (2010). Ex libris: Archaeologies of Feminism, Architecture and Deconstruction. Architectural Theory Review, 15(3), 242–265. https://doi.org/10.1080/13264826.2010.524706
Lipsitz, G. (2011). How Racism Takes Place. Temple University Press. http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/slub-ebooks/detail.action?docID=660533
(sections 3-visible archives ,4-invisible archives )
Fabiola López-Durán. (2018). Eugenics in the Garden Transatlantic Architecture and the Crafting of Modernity https://utpress.utexas.edu/books/lopez-duran-eugenics-in-the-garden
Marie-Louise Richards ISSN: 1755-068 www.field-journal.org vol.7 (1) 39 Hyper-visible Invisibility: Tracing the Politics, Poetics and Affects of the Unseen. pp-39-52