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Studio - Landscape architecture for sustainable urban design

The main focus in the course is on contemporary sustainable urban design development on a neighborhood level. The studio project work is organized as teamwork. Tutoring, lectures and seminars support the project work. Sustainable development is explored and evaluated for different urban morphological characters. Emphasis is on the green and blue structures in relation to built structures, street networks and public meeting places. Methods to gather site-specific knowledge include drawing by hand as a powerful analyzing tool. The project develops skills in finding solutions for combinations of esthetic, technical, functional for sustainable urban design. Presenting of ideas uses a combination of digital tools and drawings by hand.

The course includes methods to evaluate of sustainability parameters and work with the legal urban design process of environmental assessment. The template for the project report follow a scientific structure that help the teamwork to agree on solutions that rely on theory and findings. The structure also allows discussion on alternatives as reflections on the project proposal. An individual final exam summarizes the most important sustainable urban design theory discussed on lectures and seminars.

Information from the course leader

Welcome to Studio - Landscape architecture for sustainable urban design!

The course starts 31st of October at 13.00, please see preliminary timetable.

Course litterature will be provided on Canvas as pdf's or links, no need to buy any litterature in advance.

More information will come once the Canvas page is up running.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Best, Helena

Course evaluation

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LK0346-20114 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for LK0346

Academic year 2022/2023

Studio - Landscape architecture for sustainable urban design (LK0346-20029)

2022-11-01 - 2023-01-15

Academic year 2021/2022

Studio - Landscape architecture for sustainable urban design (LK0346-20044)

2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16

Academic year 2020/2021

Studio - Landscape architecture for sustainable urban design (LK0346-20096)

2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Studio - Landscape architecture for sustainable urban design (LK0346-20021)

2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

There exist a huge body or literature (books, reports and not least scientific articles) on urban design and sustainability. This master’s level course is structured around a number of literature seminars and assignments in which you will get a chance to discuss some aspects on urban design and sustainability. For the purpose of the discussions, we have chosen newer texts that we think are informative, inspiring or interesting in various ways. The literature will be provided on Canvas during the course.

Below is a list of some of the literature, more will come on Canvas during the course:

  • Arup (2021) Designing for planetary boundary cities.Planetary boundaries - Arup
  • Meyer, E.K. 2008. 'Sustaining beauty. The performance of appearance.' Journal of Landscape Architecture, 3 (1): 6-23.
  • Andersson, T. 2021. 'Landscape architecture used as a society service: The Swedish example.' In Green visions: greenspace planning and design in nordic cities, edited by K. Nilsson, R. Weber and L. Rohrer. Livonia: Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing AB.
  • Engström, A., and M. Qviström. 2022. 'Situating the silence of recreation in transit-oriented development.' International Planning Studies, 27 (4): 411-424.
  • Nordh, H., and A.S. Olafsson. 2021. 'Plans for urban green infrastructure in Scandinavia.'Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 64 (5): 883-904.
  • Gearey, M., L. Robertson, J. Anderson, P. Barros, and D. Cracknell. 2019. 'Re-naturing the City for Health and Wellbeing: Green/Blue Urban Spaces as Sites of Renewal and Contestation.' In Planning Cities with Nature: Theories, Strategies and Methods, edited by Fabiano Lemes de Oliveira and Ian Mell, 153-168. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
  • Emilsson, T., and Å.O. Sang. 2017. Impacts of climate change on urban areas and nature-based solutions for adaptation. In Nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation in urban areas, edited by N. Kabisch, H. Korn, J. Stadler and A. Bonn. Springer Open.
  • Zurovac, G. 2020, Where planning and design meet: transformation of urban tissue under densification policy – the case of Oslo. PhD thesis. The Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

If you would like to read more “classics” on urban design, please see for example:

  • Carmona, M., Heath, T., Oc, T. and S. Tiesdell, 2010. Public places – urban spaces: the dimensions of urban design, London and New York, Architectural Press
  • Alexander, C. m fl, 1977, A pattern language; Towns, Buildings,
    New York, Oxford University press.
  • Howard, E., 1946, Garden cities of To-morrow, London, Faber and Faber
    LTD, originally published in London 1898, with title Tomorrow. A Peaceful Path to Real Reform.
  • Lynch, K., 1990 (1981), A Theory of Good City Form, Cambridge, MA, USA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Gehl, J., 2010, Cities for People. Washington, Island Press

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 (A1N)
Subject: Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0346 Application code: SLU-20114 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%