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Theme course 2024


The aim of the course is to offer specialised knowledge in the subject of body comfort during prolonged outdoor activities and how to control microclimates through landscape design. It is given in collaboration with Akademiska Hus’s development project Activity based outdoor learning environments and will include the construction of one or more prototypes in support of outdoor learning activities at Campus Alnarp.

*Tentative course structure*

Week 1–3:

Theoretical backdrop: Microclimate and body comfort.

Embodied research: Exposing ourselves to different aspects of the microclimate.

Full scale testing: Using different materials and elements to discover how they interfere with microclimate.

Week 4–6:

Design proposals: Working individually and in teams to produce proposals for prototype structures in support of outdoor learning activities at Alnarp campus.

Lectures and tutoring by professionals that designs weather protection structures.

Week 7–9:

Construction of selected prototypes.

*Learning outcomes*

After the course the student shall:

Understand how microclimate affects body comfort in different outdoor environments;

Understand how microclimate can be controlled in landscape design; 

In cooperation with fellow students and with the aid of professional designers, be able to design an expedient structure that provides body comfort during outdoor learning activities.

Course evaluation

The course evaluation is not yet activated

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

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

Brown, R. (2010). Design with microclimate the secret to comfortable outdoor spaces. Washington: Island Press.

Available on-line from SLU University Library.

Aditional literature will be provided at the start of the course.

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: LK0431 Application code: SLU-40092 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 100%