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Dynamic Vegetation Design

The course is intended for fourth to fifth year students of landscape architecture, architecture, or related programmes. The main objective of the course is to give the students the ability to design and construct viable biotopes for gardens, public open spaces and recreational areas on the urban fringe. On completion of this course, the students will:

- Have deepened insights concerning a selected number of environmentally interesting natural and cultural landscape biotopes as well as biological and spatial systems.

- Have the ability to view an individual biotope in its landscape ecological system perspective and treat it from a

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

Additional course evaluations for LK0384

Academic year 2022/2023

Dynamic Vegetation Design (LK0384-40010)

2023-03-22 - 2023-06-04

Academic year 2021/2022

Dynamic Vegetation Design (LK0384-40126)

2022-03-24 - 2022-06-05

Academic year 2020/2021

Dynamic Vegetation Design (LK0384-40073)

2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

Course Literature LK0384 - 2023

Main textbook (obligatory readings) Digitally available through SLU library:
1. Dunnet, N. & Hitchmough, J. (eds), (2008): The Dynamic Landscape. Ecology and Management of Naturalistic Urban planting. Spon Press. London & New York.

Complementary textbook (not obligatory)

2. Dee, C., (2001): Form and Fabric in landscape architecture – A visual introduction. Spon Press, Taylor & Francis, London.

Extracts from following Literature needed for the course will be available on Canvas:

** History of nature based design:**
3. Kendle, T., Cooper, D. Forbes, S., (1992): The history and development of ecological landscape styles. In Kendle, T., Forbes, S., ed. (1992): Urban Nature Conservation 71-113.

4. Spirn, A.W., (1995): Constructing nature: The legacy of Fredrick Law Olmsted. In Cronon, W. (ed), (1995): Uncommon ground, rethinking the human place in nature.
W. Norton & Co. New York. p 91-113

5. Ruff, A., (2002): Holland and the Ecological Landscape. Garden History Vol. 30. No 2. 239-251.

Vegetation design, concepts and theories

6. Cronon, W., (1995): The trouble with wilderness; or getting back to the wrong nature. In Cronon, W. (ed), (1995): Uncommon ground, rethinking the human place in nature.
W. Norton & Co. New York. p 69-90.

7. Gustavsson, R., Hermy, M., Konijnendijk, C. and Steidle-Schwahn, A. (2005): Management of Urban Woodlands and Parks - searching for Creative and Sustainable Concepts. In: Konijnendijk et. al. (eds.) Urban Forests and Trees; A reference book. Springer, Berlin. 369-399.

8. Hladikova, D., Sestak, J. (2017): Creative Management in the young landscape of Alnarp´s Landscape Laboratory. (Eds) Wiström, B., Gunnarsson, A. Rapportserie: Rapport 2017:16, Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Alnarp.

9. Gustavsson, R., (2009): The touch of the world: dynamic vegetation studies and embodied knowledge. Journal of Landscape Architecture. Spring Volume. 42-55.

10. Gustavsson, R., Ingelög, T., (1994): The new landscape – creation and construction of biotopes. Translation from: Gustavsson, R., Ingelög, T., (1994): Det nya landskapet. Skogsstyrelsen, Jönköping.

11. Larsen, J.B., Nielsen, A.B. (2012): Urban Forest Landscape Restoration – Applying Forest Development Types in Design and Planning. In: Stanturf, J., Lamb, D., Madsen, P. (eds.), Forest Landscape Restoration: Integrating Natural and Social Sciences, World Forests 15, DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-5326-6_9, © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012

12. Hammer, M., (1990): Nature as a Guide. Translation from: Hammer, M., (1987): Naturen som förebild. In: Bengtsson, R., Berglund, K., Bosch-Willebrand, I., Gustavsson, E., Hammer, M., Hermelin-Jungstedt, I., Lorentzon, K., Lövkvist, B., Nilsson, E., Zetterlund, H. & MOVIUM. (eds.) Perennboken - med växtbeskrivningar. LTs förlag, Stockholm. p 148-161.

13. Nielsen, A. B., Jensen, R. B., (2007): Some visual aspects of planting design and silviculture across contemporary forest management paradigms - Perspectives for urban afforestation, Urban forestry & Urban Greening, No 6. 143-158.

14. Richnau, G., Wiström, B., Nielsen, A.B., Löf, M. (2012): Creation of multi-layered canopy structures in young oak-dominated urban woodlands – the ‘ecological approach’ revisited. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 11: 147-158.

15. Richnau G, Brunet J, Nielsen AB, Wiström B (2016): Planting clonal shade-tolerant herbs in young urban woodlands—Effects of compost on plant growth, flowering and survival Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 17, 158-165

Water, water streams and wetlands
16. Hammer, M., Våtmarkskompendium – Wetland compendium. Unpublished.

17. Lacoursière, J. O., Vought, L. B-M. (2010): Restoration in the Agricultural Landscape. In: M. Eiseltová (ed). Restoration of Lakes, Streams; Floodplains and Bogs in Europe; Principles and Case Studies, Wetlands Ecology, Conservation and Management 3. Springer Media. Pp 225-242.

18. Ekstam, U., Forshed, N. (1997): Om hävden upphör – If grassland management ceases. Naturvårdsverket. Partly translated to English.

19. Hammer, M., (1990): Meadows. Translation from: Hammer, M., (1987):.Naturen som förebild. In: Bengtsson, R., Berglund, K., Bosch-Willebrand, I., Gustavsson, E., Hammer, M., Hermelin-Jungstedt, I., Lorentzon, K., Lövkvist, B., Nilsson, E., Zetterlund, H. & MOVIUM. (eds.) Perennboken - med växtbeskrivningar. LTs förlag, Stockholm. p 162-170.

20. Mårtensson, L.M., (2017): Methods of establishing species-rich meadow biotopes in urban areas. Ecological Engineering 103, 134-140.

Biotope creation and communication
21. Hammer, M. Excerpts from Biotope descriptions. Nya ekologihuset i Lund. Unpublished.

22. Nielsen, A.B., Nielsen, J.B., (2005): The use of profile diagrams for mixed stands in urban woodlands—the management perspective. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. Vol 3. 163–175

23. van Dooren, N., Nielsen, A.B., (2018): The representation of time: addressing a theoretical flaw in landscape architecture. Landscape Research, 1-17.

24. Jansson, M., Gunnarsson, A., Mårtensson, F., Andersson, S. (2014): Children's perspectives on vegetation establishment: Implications for school ground greening. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 13, 166-174.

25. Florgård, C., (2000): Long-term changes in indigenous vegetation preserved in urban areas. Landscape and Urban Planning, Vol 52, 101-116.

26. Wiström, B., Nielsen A.B., Bjørn M.C., (2018): Use of cover crops when establishing woody plantings. IGN Rapport, Institut for Geovidenskab og Naturforvaltning, Københavns Universitet

Supplementary materials and suggested readings also be provided on Canvas.

27. Hill, M. O., Mountford, J. O., Roy, D. B. & Bunce, R. G. H. (1999): Ellenberg´s indicator values for British plants. Ecofact Volume 2. Institute of terrestrial Ecology.

28. Ballard B, Wilson S, Udale-Clarke H, Illman S, Scott T, Ashley R, Kellagher R (2015): the SuDS manual. CIRIA. London

29. San-Miguel-Ayanz, J., de Rigo, D., Caudullo, G., Houston Durrant, T., Mauri, A. (Eds.), (2016): European Atlas of Forest Tree Species. Publication Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.

30. Gunnarsson, A., (2010): WOODED MEADOW GARDENING IN SOUTHERN SWEDEN DURING THE PAST CENTURIES. International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), Leuven, Belgium, pp. 967-972.

31. Hammer, M. Creation of woodland herbaceous layer in urban broad-leaf plantations – introduction techniques and establishment studies. Manuscript. Alnarp

32. Tyler T., Karlsson T., Milberg P., Sahlin U., Sundberg S. (2015): Invasive plant species in the Swedish flora: developing criteria and definitions, and assessing the invasiveness of individual taxa. Nordic Journal of Botany 33: 300-317.

33. Ekologgruppen. (2017): Åmansboken. Vård, skötsel och restaurering av åar i jordbruksbygd. Andra rev. upplagan. Saxån-Braåns Vattenråd.

34. van Dooren, N. (2012): Speaking about drawing. Topos 80, 43-54

35. Påhlsson, L., (1998): Vegetationstyper i Norden TemaNord. Nordiska Ministerrådet, Copenhagen, p. 710.

36. Kiehl, K., Kirmer, A., Donath, T.W., Rasran, L., Hölzel, N., (2010): Species introduction in restoration projects – Evaluation of different techniques for the establishment of semi-natural grasslands in Central and Northwestern Europe. Basic and Applied Ecology 11, 285-299.

37. Tyler, T., Herbertsson, L., Olofsson, J., Olsson, P.A. (2021): Ecological indicator and traits values for Swedish vascular plants. Ecological Indicators 120, 106923


Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Landscape Architecture- Master's Programme Landscape Architecture Programme, Alnarp Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74982 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0384 Application code: SLU-40036 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 100%