History & Theory of Landscape Architecture II

History & Theory of Landscape Architecture II
22. July 2020 Cara Turett

A bridge formed by roots of two trees connected together, Open Source CC BY-SA 4.0


Annemarie Bucher, Dr.

Landscape as a multiperspective phenomenon combines different scientific disciplines, epistemological viewpoints and different practices. Which dimensions are currently relevant for their understanding and design? The module discusses currently relevant theories and comprehensions of landscape in their respective contexts of thought as well as on the basis of case studies and exemplary projects.

The course provides an overview of currently relevant understandings and theories of landscape. Students learn about different theoretical perspectives and case studies and how to relate them to their own work. The goal is to develop a sustainable basis for thinking and acting for a context-sensitive design practice that is embedded in larger contexts/problem situations.

Landscape as a multi-perspective subject has problematized the dichotomy of nature and culture/art/technology as well as existing disciplinary determinations. Landscape means many things at the same time and is basically in a state of change. The course discusses different assumptions and viewpoints that has shaped the understanding of landscape (and nature), as well as its planning and design, in recent decades. It starts from landscape as an expanded field in which not only specifically scientific, but also overarching aesthetic, ecological, global, indigenous, decolonial, feminist, participatory, hybrid and other conceptions of landscape and nature have become established. Along these different theoretical conceptions and landscape discourses and in view of significant case studies and landscape practices, an understanding of nature and landscape adapted to the problem situation shall be discussed.

  • Course 061-0110-00 V
  • 2 Lessons per Week
  • 2 Credits
  • Language: German
  • Offered in: MSc Landscape Architecture, MSc Architecture