061-0109-00L  History and Theory of Landscape Architecture I

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersA. Bucher
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


061-0109-00 VHistory and Theory of Landscape Architecture I Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
No course on 27.10.2022 (Seminar Week). It takes place in alternation with Ethics in Landscape Architecture.
24s hrs
Fri13:45-17:30HIL G 64 »
20.09.13:45-17:30HIL G 64 »
A. Bucher

Catalogue data

AbstractThe course deals with phenomena, terms and social contexts of designing nature since the 19th century, in order to derive a basis for ways of thinking and action for the present.
ObjectiveStudents acquire an overview of the history of landscape architecture as well as an insight into the changing concepts and ways of thinking about designing nature. They become familiar with historical developments and their actuality and learn "from history". Students also analyse examples and design contexts and develop a basis for ways of thinking and action for current landscape architectural proposals.
ContentDesigning nature accompanies the history of mankind. Since industrialisation and with the establishment of landscape architecture as a profession, the understanding of nature and design concepts have changed from the green lung of cities to the current saving of the planet in the Anthropocene. The course deals with the relevant phenomena of designing nature (park, garden city, garden reform, new gardens, modern gardens, natural gardens, postmodern parks and landscapes, ecosystem repair, urban agriculture, slum upgrading, nature-cultures, etc.), terms (nature, landscape, garden, ecology, agriculture, etc.) and their wider contexts. Based on the history and theory of the profession, students develop a strong fundament for designing in the present.
Lecture notesCourse material will be provided.
LiteratureThe course material includes a reading list.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course takes place as a block course alternating with "Ethics in Landscape Architecture".
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesDecision-makingassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Self-presentation and Social Influence assessed
Sensitivity to Diversityassessed
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityassessed
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersA. Bucher
Typeend-of-semester examination
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionA repetition date will be offered in the first two weeks of the semester immediately consecutive.
Mode of examinationoral 30 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationDas genaue Prüfungsdatum folgt bis zur 7. Semesterwoche.

Learning materials

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General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupLandscape Architecture MSc (061000)

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Landscape Architecture MasterCompulsory Basic CoursesOInformation