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Landscape planning in theory and practice

The aim of the course is to learn to scrutinize how landscape is being understood in theory, and transformed in the practice, of landscape planning. It captures how ideas of landscape and its geographical constitution can limit, or facilitate, certain planning solutions.

The course uses landscape theory as a lens to critique and gain deeper understanding of planning, especially landscape planning. It discusses key concepts and methods in landscape planning, with examples of how it is practiced.

The course is based on literature seminars combined with lectures and workshops. It ends with writing a paper in which one of the theories or concepts discussed in the course is studied in more detail.

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Additional course evaluations for LK0345

Academic year 2022/2023

Landscape planning in theory and practice (LK0345-20027)

2022-11-01 - 2023-01-15

Academic year 2021/2022

Landscape planning in theory and practice (LK0345-10117)

2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

Landscape planning in theory and practice (LK0345-10181)

2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

Landscape planning in theory and practice (LK0345-10035)

2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

Compulsory reading list

This is the compulsory reading list for the seminars. In addition a recommended readings list will be posted on the course Canvas page on the course start day.

Seminar 1: Thinking through maps

This seminar explores cartographic thinking, or how the modern cartography (in tandem with modern science) has affected the way we think and do space, for instance by treating it as an abstract matrix filled with discrete objects. We will discuss what characterises modern cartography, and how it frames the way landscape architects think and act.

Cosgrove. D. (1985). “Prospect, perspective and the evolution of the landscape idea”. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 10(1), pp. 45-62.

Harley, J. B. (1988). “Maps, knowledge, and power”. In: S. Daniels & D. Cosgrove (Eds.): The iconography of landscape (pp. 277–312). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lundberg, A. K., Richardson, T. 2021. “Balancing nature conservation and windpower development: the contested work that maps do in protecting Europe’s last wild reindeer”, Landscape Research, 46:2, 182-196

Dodds, R. & Joppe, M. (2001). “Promoting urban green tourism: The development of the other map of Toronto”, Journal of Vacation Marketing, 7(3), 261–267.

Seminar 2: Ways of seeing, ways of doing: why does the definition of landscape matter?

In this seminar, we will examine how different discourses on landscape influence how we frame our environment. We will consider how different conceptualisations of landscape are brought in to played when we read and communicate landscape and how these readings ultimately informs planning and understand conflict in the landscape.

Joks, S., Østmo, L. & Law, J. 2020. “Verbing meahcci: Living Sámi lands”, The Sociological Review, 68, 305-321.

Olwig, K. R. (2005). “The Landscape of ‘Customary’ Law versus that of ‘Natural’ Law”, Landscape Research, 30(3): 299–320.

Atha, M., Howard, P., Thompson, I. & Waterton, E. (2019). “Introduction. Ways of knowing and being with landscape: a beginning”. In: P. Howard, I. Thompson, E. Waterton, & M. Atha (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies (pp. xix-xxviii). Abingdon, Oxon – New York: Routledge.

Seminar 3: Materialised discourses

This seminar explores landscape understood as a materialised discourse, and the difficulties in moving beyond such a “naturalised” discourse, e.g. when aiming for a more sustainable or multifunctional land-use. Unless we take the materialised dis- courses seriously, such land-use transitions might fail. The seminar will discuss the importance of materialised landscapes – but also what kind of landscapes planning tend to materialise.

Egoz, S., Bowring, J. & Perkins, H. C. (2001). “Tastes in tension: form, function, and meaning in New Zealand’s farmed landscapes”. Landscape and Urban Planning, 57(3), 177–196.

Qviström, M. (2008). “Landscapes out of order: studying the inner urban fringe beyond the rural – urban divide”. Geografiska Annaler Series B, 89(3), 269-282.

Schein, R. (1997). “The place of landscape: A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting an American Scene”. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 87(4), 660 – 680

Seminar 4: Nature, culture, wilderness

Nature is a powerful concept. Claims to what is “natural” have varied over the centuries, and have had a fundamental impact on the practice of landscape planners and architects. This seminar explores the concepts of nature, culture and wilderness to gain a better understanding of the complexity of the concepts, their importance and role, especially within modernity.

Cronon, W. (1996). “The Trouble with Wilderness; or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature”. In W. Cronon (Ed.), Uncommon Ground: Toward Reinventing Nature (pp. 69–90). New York: W.W. Norton & Company

Kaika, M. (2005). City of flows: modernity, nature and the city (pp. 11–26). New York. Routledge.

Workshop: The nature of landscape planning. McHarg’s overlay approach

This workshop aims to acknowledge and scrutinize one of the most influential publication within landscape planning: Ian McHarg’s “Design with nature”. This book affects the everyday practice of landscape and environmental planners – whether they have heard of it or not. Therefore, there is a need to scrutinize the ideas of nature, and of mapping and planning, that inform the book. The workshop will do this in a more playful way than the academic seminars.

McHarg, I. (1969/1992). Design with nature. New York: J. Wiley. Selected chapters: “A step forward”, pp. 31–41, and “Processes as values”, pp. 103–115.

Seminar 5: Landscape Planning and Social Injustice at the intersections of Green Gentrification, Climate Change, Segregation and Place Politics

Anguelovski, Isabelle, James J. T. Connolly, Helen Cole, Melissa Garcia-Lamarca, Margarita Triguero-Mas, Francesc Baró, Nicholas Martin, et al. “Green Gentrification in European and North American Cities.” Nature Communications 13, no. 1 (July 2, 2022): 3816.

Bradley,K. , Gunnarsson-Östling, U. , I. Isaksson (2008) Exploring Environmental Justice in Sweden - How to improve planning for environmental sustainability and social equity in an ‘eco-friendly’ context. Projections - MIT Journal of Planning, 8 (2008), pp. 68-81

Holgersen, Ståle, and Andreas Malm. “‘Green Fix’ as Crisis Management. or, in Which World Is Malmö the World’s Greenest City?” Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography 97, no. 4 (December 1, 2015): 275–90.

Seamster, L., & Purifoy, D. (2020). What is environmental racism for? Place-based harm and relational development. Environmental Sociology, 1–12.

Yigit-Turan, B. and Ågren, M. (2022), Segregation and Landscape Injustice in the Shadows of White Planning and Green Exceptionalism in Sweden, Urban Matters Journal, Issue: Dislocating Urban Studies

Seminar 6: Green Reconstruction

Anguelovski, I., & Gottlieb, R. (2014). Neighborhood As Refuge: Community Reconstruction, Place Remaking, and Environmental Justice in the City. MIT Press. (chapter 6)

Fleming, Billy. “Frames and Fictions: Designing a Green New Deal Studio Sequence.” Journal of Architectural Education 75, no. 2 (July 3, 2021): 192–201.

Reinhold, M (2022) Green Reconstruction: A Curricular Toolkit for the Built Environment. University of Columbia Press.

Seminar 7: Pluriversal Approaches to Planning Research and Practice: Counter mapping, storytelling 

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

Sandercock, Leonie. “Out of the Closet: The Importance of Stories and Storytelling in Planning Practice.” Planning Theory & Practice 4, no. 1 (January 2003): 11–28.

Sletto, B., Barrera de la Torre, G., Lamina Luguana, A. M., & Pereira Júnior, D. (2021). Walking, knowing, and the limits of the map: Performing participatory cartographies in indigenous landscapes. Cultural Geographies, 14744740211034480.

Vasudevan, Raksha, and Magdalena Novoa E. “Pluriversal Planning Scholarship: Embracing Multiplicity and Situated Knowledges in Community-Based Approaches.” Planning Theory 21, no. 1 (February 1, 2022): 77–100.

Seminar 8: Anti-Subordination, Anti-Racist, Feminist Planning

Agyeman, Julian. “Beyond Equity: What Does an Anti-Racist Urban Ecology Look Like?” The Nature of Cities (blog), June 7, 2021.

Hendler, Sue. “Towards a Feminist Code of Planning Ethics.” Planning Theory & Practice 6, no. 1 (March 1, 2005): 53–69.

Knapp, Courtney E. “Integrating Critical Autobiography to Foster Anti-Racism Learning in the Urban Studies Classroom: Interpreting the ‘Race and Place’ Stories of Undergraduate Students.” Journal of Planning Education and Research 42, no. 3 (September 1, 2022): 268–79.

Steil, Justin. “Antisubordination Planning.” Journal of Planning Education and Research, December 7, 2018, 0739456X18815739.

Reading for the Zine Making and Story Mapping Workshop

Ashtari, Atyeh, Efadul Huq, and Faranak Miraftab. “The Joy of Many Stories: Zine-Making and Story-Mapping in Planning Pedagogy.” Planning Practice & Research 0, no. 0 (April 11, 2022): 1–18.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation - Master's Programme Landscape Architecture Programme - Uppsala, Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74982 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1F)
Subject: Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0345 Application code: SLU-20076 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%