The elective deals with the current transformation processes of metropolitan landscapes in Europe and introduces landscape architecture design on a territorial scale.
On the basis of cartographic analysis and field trips, students will develop concrete strategies for the Venetian Lagoon, which stretches over 500km2 around the city.
The elective introduces the subject and complexity of the urbanized landscape and teaches the critical engagement with the challenges and potentials of current tendencies in Landscape Architecture. On the basis of a concrete study area, students examine the large-scale processes of reuse, reform and reinterpretation of metropolitan landscapes in Europe and develop new approaches and strategies on various scales. They become familiar with GIS as an analytical tool, model building as a design methodology and the representation of landscape through plans. They develop a project based on the perception of place, knowledge of landscape-architectonic typologies and conception of public space. The design process is accompanied by workshops, lectures, excursions, critiques and a workbook.
A workbook with texts and background information is available for purchase (CHF 20.-). A digital version is also available for free.
The participation in the course is subject to the following three conditions:
1) The course is limited to 12 students. The restriction follows the time of the inscription according to the first-come-first-served-principle.
2) A field-trip to the respective metropolis is mandatory for all students.
3) The contribution to expenses will be max. 250.- CHF per student.