landskab 3 2012 - Danske Landskabsarkitekter

landskab 3 2012 - Danske Landskabsarkitekter


Urban Play, p. 84

Bettina Lamm and Charlotte Bagger Brandt

With our multidisciplinary approach we share

a vision that through architectural and artistic

strategies we can create new settings for play,

life and engagement in public spaces. In our

approach to the project Urban Play we don’t

differentiate between the common professional

boundaries; artist, curator, architect

and city planner. In this way we participate as

creative players in the project. We create and

map the playing board, so to speak, its rules

and its visualization with our respective experiences

as landscape architect and curator/art

historian and we invite a mixed bag of artists,

architects and urban space activists to participate

in this urban game.

Therapy garden Nacadia: Evidence-based

health design, p. 88

Ulrika K. Stigsdotter, Maja Steen Møller,

Sus Sola Corazon and Victoria Linn Lygum

At the therapy garden Nacadia a so-called

mindfulness-inspired garden therapy is employed

where the garden is used as a therapeutical

tool, so that the patients’ experiences,

sense impressions, activities and relations to

the nature environment are a significant part

of the therapeutical process. But in addition

to being a treatment place, Nacadia will also

serve as a research, development and demonstration

project in the area of ‘evidence-based

health design’ and stress therapy. An important

aspect in Skov & Landskab’s interpretation

of evidence-based health design is that

the process does not stop when the garden is

completed. The therapy garden is considered

as a process in itself, where new research and

documented experience will continuously add

new and strong evidence to the design so that

Nacadia can constantly develop.

Where is the volume knob on a tree? – design

in a broad sense, p. 92

Torben Dam, Jan Støvring and Palle Kristoffersen

Design – in the word’s broad sense – is perhaps

the phrase that is most descriptive when

a planting proposal is created on the drawing

board. But plants should grow and develop in

an interplay with other plants, soil conditions

and the urban space. In this course, plants and

technology at the landscape architect education

at Copenhagen University are instrumental

in getting the students to formulate

architectural goals for their planting proposals

before they decide the individual plant

species. The goal is a sustainable, structured


The landscape architecture education at

Copenhagen University anno 2012, p. 96

Karen Sejr

Landscape architecture and city planning at

Copenhagen University combine creativity

and aesthetics with biological knowledge. It is

a practice-oriented education with a focus on

plants, design, nature, urban life and a good

study environment.

On September 1, 2011, 75 new students

started their bachelor’s education in landscape

architecture at Copenhagen University.

During the entire first study year, the

students participate in the course Plan and

Design. Here the focus is placed on landscape

architecture’s means, space, scale, color, etc.

and the tools that landscape architects use,

plan, section, model and spatial visualizations.

Through lectures and excursions, the

students are made aware of the profession’s

wide variety of works. They also gain knowledge

of the broad extent of the landscape

architectural language: avenues and axes, the

gardens of the baroque and romanticist periods

and elements such as point de vue and


At the moment there is no special course

in Landscape architecture history, but Richard

Hare, who is head of the bachelor program,

has given this a high priority and it is much

desired on the list of courses that should be

offered to landscape architecture students.

The study of landscape architectural

craftsmanship is supplemented by natural

science courses that deal with soil, water,

vegetation and ecology. And finally the different

courses are linked together through

project work, such as when the first year students

design rainwater beds on a parking lot

in northwest Copenhagen. Proposals that

not only have an architectural basis but also

a planting content.

According to Richard Hare this is also

one of the areas where the education will be

improved: “For the first time this year we have

been able to couple teaching in botany and the

use of plants together with the course Plan

and Design. This implies that already from the

first year of study, we discuss the use of different

plants and employ them in the design.

I would like to further develop this and contribute

to ensuring that the study of the use of

plants becomes part of the bachelor program

in the landscape architecture education as a

new independent course in the use of plants.”

In the second year of study, the education

is divided in an Urban design package and a

Landscape design package. The former deals

with urban planning, the city’s structure and

dynamics, and the latter focuses on plants and

gardens. A common element in the two study

packages is the profession’s scientific theory

as well as a number of elective courses.

During the third year of study, there is a

bachelor internship after Christmas. These

internships are at green administration

offices in the Danish municipalities or at private

offices, both large and small. And finally

the landscape architect students in the bachelor

program in recent years have used the

opportunity to work abroad. This includes

cities like Seattle and New York City in USA,

and in Holland, Germany and France.

The master’s program is run in English

and offers three different specialized programs:

Landscape Planning, Urban Design and

Green Space Management.

The goal of the Landscape Planning program

is to strengthen the students’ competencies

in design, both on a theoretical and

practical level. This specialization is based on

two obligatory courses: Theory and Method in

Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning.

In addition to this there are a number of

elective courses and finally the degree projects,

which in most cases last a half year. This

applies to all three specializations.

Urban Design combines the development

of strategies with design-interventions and

provides a foundation in ecological urbanism.

This program is base on the courses Theories

of Urban Design, Urban Ecosystems and The

Urbanism Studio.

Green Space Management focuses on the

socio-political and organizational aspects

of the administration and planning of green

areas. The basis for this program is the

courses Urban Forestry & Urban Greening

and the new course Design by management,

which is based on the fact that the design of

our green spaces is to a great degree the result

of care and cultivation.

A few years ago, the master’s program in

landscape architecture was converted to an

international, English language education.

This has been a challenge, but in most cases

a great advantage for the program. It attracts

many talented foreign students who use the

opportunity to learn about the Nordic tradition

and about Danish landscape architecture,

and who contribute to heightening the level

among the Danish master students.

The cosmopolitan environment provides

the Danish students with an international net-

work, the ability to communicate landscape

architecture theory in English and the courage

to study abroad – and give future landscape

architects the ability to work abroad.

Pete Avondoglio

100 LANDSKAB 3 2012

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