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Studio – Urban ecology for landscape architecture

The course consists of lectures, seminars and studio projects and have two parts. One theoretical that cover terminology and main aspects of landscape and urban ecology and principles of ecological design. The other applying these knowledges in real case situations.

The students discuss and works with a broad range of aspects in the field such as landscape patterns and environmental processes, disturbance, succession, fragmentation, biodiversity, ecosystem services, technical solutions for low impact design and long term management.

The students produce conceptual strategies and ecological design solutions in groups on an overall level, such as dealing with green-blue structures on an urban-rural scale. Individually, the students continue designing on detailed levels that are important for urban development, such as an urban district or a city block. The different proposals will be based on real case, on site, scenarios in Sweden. Themes can shift between years and deal with housing, recreation, communication, health, trade etc.

Field trips around Uppsala and a longer trip in Sweden or neighboring countries provides important insights in how ecological design principles can be implemented.

Project work, seminars, exercises, field trips and activities connected to them are compulsory.

Information from the course leader


We are going to end the excursion a bit earlier on Tuesday 21/5, making it possible to take the earlier train (17:07). This gives us a better margin if the train to Stockholm is delayed. We hope you understand and we apologise for not thinking of this earlier. We were so focused on the excursion's content and getting sufficient time in Österlen.

(SJ hasn't yet released the tickets for the 17:07 train.

We will soon upload an updated version of the schedule.


We hope you're all looking forward to our course-start next month! We sure are.

An extra warm welcome to all of you who are new to Uppsala and Sweden. The adress-list hints that at least eight different countries are represented this year. A new record for us!

The course introduction and roll call, on Wedneday 20/3, starts at 8:30 in Sal X, Ulls hus, Ulls väg 27.

Today we have done some minor adjustments in our literature list that you find on our course page. All literature will be available as pdf on the Canvas course page when the course starts.

Today we have also added a detailed schedule on the course page.

In the schedule, as well as in our excursion programme you find that our excursion to Malmö-Österlen will take place 20-21/5. We will start at Malmö C at 8:00 on Monday 20/5 . Apart from the tourbus that will take us to our various stops in Malmö and Österlen, students finance travel costs to and from Malmö, as well as the stay in Malmö.

If it is possible for you, and you haven't been to Malmö or Copenhagen before, we warmly recommend to add extra days before and/or after the excursion. There is plenty more to see and we will happily recommend other inspiring places for you to visit.

If you are entitled to study support for students with disabilities, remember to contact us before the course starts.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Course evaluation

The course evaluation is not yet activated

The course evaluation is open between 2024-05-26 and 2024-06-16

Additional course evaluations for LK0347

Academic year 2022/2023

Studio – Urban ecology for landscape architecture (LK0347-40029)

2023-03-22 - 2023-06-04

Academic year 2021/2022

Studio – Urban ecology for landscape architecture (LK0347-40039)

2022-03-24 - 2022-06-05

Academic year 2020/2021

Studio – Urban ecology for landscape architecture (LK0347-40055)

2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06

Academic year 2019/2020

Studio – Urban ecology for landscape architecture (LK0347-40018)

2020-03-25 - 2020-06-07

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

All literature available as pdf on the Canvas course page when course starts.

A buzz on top, Encouraging the conservation of invertebrates on living roofs and walls, London Wildlife Trust


**Buzzing on top: Linking wild bee diversity, abundance and traits with green roof qualities**,

Sophie Kratschmer, Monika Kriechbaum, Bärbel Pachinger


**Ecology of green roofs**

Download: (PDF) Ecology of Green Roofs - GROOVES (Green Roofs Verified Ecosystem Services) (

**Green roof and ground-level invertebrate communities are similar and are driven by building height**, Jacinda R Dromgold, Caragh G Threlfall, Briony A Norton, Nicholas S G Williams


**Land sharing vs. land sparing: does the compact city reconcile urban development and biodiversity conservation?**, Masashi Soga, Yuichi Yamaura, Shinsuka Koike, Kevin J. Gaston


**Messy Ecosystems Orderly Frames**, Joan Iverson-Nassauer


**Motivations for Conserving Urban Biodiversity**[,]() Donald C. Dearborn, Salit Kark


**Neuroscience for designing green spaces**, Agnieszka Olszewska-Guizzo, Chapter 8 + Appendix

**Perceived sensory dimensions: An Evidence-based Approach to Greenspace Aesthetics**, Stoltz, Grahn.


**Renaturing Cities - Methods, examples and recommendations**


**The essential tree selection guide**, Henrik Sjöman & Arit Anderson, pp 50-55, 61- 66, 91-93

**The Gro Green Roof Code**, The Green Roof Organistation (GRO) (representing the UK Green, Blue and Biosolar Roofing industries)


The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology 2nd edition, published 2021
Ian Douglas, PML Anderson, David Goode, Michael C. Houck, David Maddox, Harini Nagendra, and Tan Puay Yok

(Available as E-book at SLU library. Chapters below as pdf on Canvas page)

Chapters: 4, 18, 21, 23, 29, 30, 31, 47, 55, 78

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: LK0347 Application code: SLU-40076 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%