LAR-27306 Garden- and Landscape Architecture: a Design and Cultural History


Studiepunten 6.00

More days excursion42
Literature study
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. A van den Brink
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. E de Jong
ir. G Bartelse
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. E de Jong

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A series of lectures combined with literature study and a field seminar.
It has often been remarked that any new assignment in landscape architecture takes place in what is almost always a historic environment. It is therefore necessary that landscape architects know about historical developments in design and place making and are able to analyze, evaluate and understand historic landscapes in our contemporary society.
In line with the study of historic landscape artifacts in the widest sense (including architecture and urbanism), this course will also look at the development of the profession of landscape architecture. From which different traditions did it grow, how did it come into being?
This course on the design and cultural histories of garden art and landscape design in Europe, the US and non-western cultures like China and Japan will focus on the period from c. 1500 to the present with special attention to Dutch translations. It outlines these histories in relation to the history of art, nature, technology and culture in general and tries to interpret their scientific and artistic meaning within the current debate on the goals of landscape architecture among the other design disciplines.
During a 5-day seminar in a city outside the Netherlands we will apply acquired knowledge through study, drawn and written analysis, discussion and the execution of assignments in situ.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the importance of reading historic texts on landscape design;
- explain by discussion and during the excursion, similarities and differences in the relationship between landscape design, science, technology and art, architecture, urbanism and culture;
- compare excerpts from literature that represent some of the main issues in the writing and understanding of landscape history;
- analyze and interpret written sources and maps of different types and scales of designed historic landscapes;
- distinguish a selection of names, dates and places of important (Dutch and international) designers and their designs and to see them in context;
- deconstruct on the basis of literature sources and the excursion the relationship between history and theory and contemporary design practice;
- demonstrate an adequate use of vocabulary, terminology and visual literacy during discussions, the excursion and the written exam;
- evaluate during excursion and by written exam, references in garden- and landscape design and their position within the cultural history.


Lecturers, discussion, visual and textual analysis, literature studies, excursion with assignments


Written examination, active participation in excursion with oral, written and drawn results


Elisabeth Barlow Rogers, Landscape Design.
A Cultural and Architectural History, New York, Harry N. Abrams, 2001 ISBN 080942534 (or later edition)
And literature as provided on EduWeb.

Verplicht voor: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBScA: Landscape Architecture1MO