Landscapes and Gardens as Cultural Heritage

Landscapes and Gardens as Cultural Heritage
27. January 2022 Silvia Converso

Rieterpark Zurich, Photo: Dunja Richter, 2016


Dunja Richter, Dr.

Testimonies of landscape architecture such as parks, gardens, squares and avenues are subject to constant change. Since they consist primarily of plants, they are particularly fragile compared to buildings. Similar to a parchment from which the text is repeatedly scraped and overwritten, garden art can be multi-layered carriers of meaning. Aesthetic paradigms, social conditions, values, the understanding of space and time or the preference for certain plant species are inscribed in them.

The course «Landscapes and Gardens as Cultural Heritage. Research, Preserve, Develop» provides knowledge on how landscapes and gardens can be preserved as cultural heritage and responsibly taken into account in design and planning.

The course introduces the subject area, the goals, terms, institutions and legal bases of historic garden preservation. Taking significant examples into account, current problems are discussed and methods for researching, preserving and developing of historically significant open spaces and cultural landscapes are taught. After developing a theoretical basis, the students explore a park, garden or square in the practical part of the course. They learn to read the different layers of a site, uncover its history and present its value in terms of future development. The findings of this search for traces are documented in text, drawings and photographs and summarised in a survey.

The elective offers a platform for interdisciplinary exchange between students of the MSc in Landscape Architecture and MSc in Architecture and students of the MAS in Preservation and Construction History. Guest contributions open up a framework for in-depth discourse.


Excursion (mandatory): Saturday, 22 April 2023, full day

  • Course 061-0124-23L
  • 2 Lessons per Week
  • 3 Credits
  • Language: German
  • Offered in: MSc Landscape Architecture, MSc Architecture