Studio – Water environments and landscape architecture
Information from the course leader
Hi & welcome to the course!
This year's version of the course is completely new, both in terms of content and course-team. The course will have a clear focus on climate-adapted and nature-based stormwater planning and design in urban environments, following the urban water cycle from green roofs, rainbeds, constructed wetlands etc all the way to the natural water habitats. The course team will consist of me, Maria Wisselgren, Tomas Eriksson and Sofia Sandqvist. To our help we have different experts that you will meet throughout the course.
Our project area will be the future Uppsala Business Park ("gamla Pharmacia") where you will be working on a larger wetland design close to Uppsala's southern (highway)entrance (east of IKEA). Fyrisån which is the river running past Ultuna is the recipient of this water.
As we are planning everything from scratch, it is taking some extra time for us. Therefore you might need some extra patience with us and just trust that we will take good care of you = we will do our best to give you both the right information and the right support when you need it. Don't hesitate to contact us (me) if you have any questions or if you have any helpful information.
Preliminary schedule and date for written exam
The date for the written exam is preliminary and noted in the preliminary schedule. Any other date that you might see through LADOK is presently not correct. We will give you the new date as soon as we get a confirmation from the examination-booking at SLU.
The first book is added under the literaturelist-tab here on the course page. The rest of the reading will come shortly. All literature will be available for free online via the SLU-library, or as a pdf on Canvas.
The extracted pages from "Water centric..." will be available in a pdf on Canvas later.
The course evaluation is now closed
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 LK0421
Academic year 2022/2023
2022-08-29 - 2022-10-31
Syllabus and other information
LK0421 Studio – Water environments and landscape architecture, 15.0 CreditsStudio – Vattenmiljöer och landskapsarkitektur
Education cycleMaster’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Master’s level (A1N)
The grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
Prior knowledgeKnowledge corresponding to 150 credits, of which 90 credits in specialisation comprising 90 credits in one of the following subjects/disciplinary domains: Architecture, Landscape architecture, Landscape planning, Community planning, Physical planning, or Human, social and economic geography, as well as knowledge corresponding to English 6.
The course aims to introduce theory, knowledge and skills about environmental climate-adapted overall water planning and landscape architecture, as well as to develop and deepen understanding, competence, and judgements in delimited landscape architecture group work projects in water planning and design that includes individual sub assignments.
The overall knowledge of the complex conditions of water environment planning is concretized by clarifying the role of landscape architecture as a coordinating function for other areas of expertise.
Knowledge and understanding
After the course, the student shall:
be able to account for relevant environmental goals, directives, legislation, and processes for water planning, both in general and specifically for the course’s design project;
be able to discuss and give examples of water planning with varied problem backgrounds where different specialized requirements are coordinated in holistic design through applied landscape architecture.
Competence and skills
After the course, the student shall:
be able to communicate knowledge, observations, own investigations on water environments orally and with text and illustrations;
be able to integrate systematic critical analysis in the project’s design and uses of the landscape’s water environments even with limited background information provided;
demonstrate the ability to collaborate in project group work in landscape architecture.
Judgement and approach
After the course, the student shall:
demonstrate the ability to reflect and assess relevant scientific, social, aesthetic, environmental and ethical aspects, including the human relationship and use of water environments;
demonstrate the ability to evaluate the project group work and identify the need for additional knowledge and competence for further development of the project proposal.
The course includes a theoretical part and a part with project teaching. The course shall have a current connection to climate issues and global goals for water environment planning and its landscaped design.
The course contains an orienting theoretical knowledge background in water environment planning including three-dimensional design of topography and terrain as a background for project teaching. The theoretical knowledge deals with concepts and directives for water planning at international and national level as well as legislation and processes for decisions regarding the use and design of aquatic environments. General knowledge is provided in the course on aquatic environment conditions, water cycles, and water environments crucial role in the transition to a sustainable climate adapted society characterized by high biodiversity and inclusion of both economic and cultural historical values, and people’s demands for water where access and equal right to a multifunctional landscape are included.
The knowledge background also provides a specific basis for the project teaching, where study visits to good role models from different aspects of landscape architectural designs of aquatic environments are included with examples of coordinated solutions between different areas of expertise. The knowledge background is examined through an individual exam.
The course’s landscape architecture project is based on acquired theoretical knowledge as well as analyzes of own empirical investigations of the conditions of the delimited project site. Landscape architecture skills for communication through a combination of text, pictures, maps, drawings, and illustrations that show how the design of water environments meet the program criteria in the course project is a central part of the project teaching.
The landscape architecture project is based on the situation for a water area. The water area in the course shall have a relatively extensive geographical demarcation in the form of, for example, a lake, a coastal area, an archipelago environment, or a river.
However, the concrete design task is delimited to a manageable part of the whole suitable for the time frame for the course. The project will contain a complex problem picture including several aspects of water, for example water quality, plant- and animal life in and around water, bottom sediment, and the water cycle. The complexity shall also apply to people’s various demands on water use, such as drinking water, recreation and leisure purposes, energy production, industrial use, irrigation, transport, stormwater management and flooding problems.
The project work is supported by lectures, as well as compulsory study visits and exercises with supervision and reviews. The project work is carried out in groups where some of the project work’s exercises are submitted individually.
The course gives 15 credits of skill training.
Grading formThe grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
Formats and requirements for examination
Approved project work in groups with certain individual exercise assignments within the project work and approved written individual examination as well as approved participation in compulsory study visits.
If a student has failed an examination, the examiner has the right to issue supplementary assignments. This applies if it is possible and there are grounds to do so.
The examiner can provide an adapted assessment to students entitled to study support for students with disabilities following a decision by the university. Examiners may also issue an adapted examination or provide an alternative way for the students to take the exam.
If this syllabus is withdrawn, SLU may introduce transitional provisions for examining students admitted based on this syllabus and who have not yet passed the course.
For the assessment of an independent project (degree project), the examiner may also allow a student to add supplemental information after the deadline for submission. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
The right to participate in teaching and/or supervision only applies for the course instance the student was admitted to and registered on.
If there are special reasons, students are entitled to participate in components with compulsory attendance when the course is given again. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
Additional informationThe course gives 15 credits of skill training.
Travel costs to the site for project work and the field trip are financed by the student. Information about costs will be available at the course homepage 4 weeks before course start.
Recommended skills for the course are the ability to lead and be led in group work where understanding of complex problems is the background to creative processes and proposals in landscape architecture that are communicated orally and with text and illustrations.
Department of Urban and Rural Development
Water centric sustainable planning, retrofitting, and building the next urban environment
Novotny, Vladimir, 1938-; Ahern, John, 1949-; Brown, Paul, 1944-c2010
Read pages: 1-37, 59-60, 87-90, (97-114), (158-170), 177-227, 427-478
The Routledge handbook of urban ecology
Douglas, Ian, 1936- editor.; Routledge (Firm)2021
Read: Chapters 13,14, 15, 17, 27, 28
Integrated Sustainable Urban Water, Energy, and Solids Management: Achieving Triple Net‐Zero Adverse Impact Goals and Resiliency of Future Communities
Author(s):Vladimir NovotnyFirst published:15 January 2020Print ISBN:9781119593652 |Online ISBN:9781119593683 |DOI:10.1002/9781119593683© 2020 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Read: Preface + Chapters 1, 2 and 6
Messy ecosystems orderly frames
Perceived sensory dimensions
PDF on Canvas (Files/References/Main literature)
Swedish EPA's Guidance for sustainable stormwater management:
2023-07-18 machine translated and format-edited copy of the following webpage with subpages https://www.naturvardsverket.se/vagledning-och-stod/avlopp/hallbar-dagvattenhantering/#E-170310099 The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (= SNV - Naturvårdsverket)