spring 2024
LAR-3081 Studio 2: Landscape practicess - 24 ECTS

Type of course

Cannot be taken as an individual course. Available only to students in the study programme Master in Landscape Architecture.

Obligatory prerequisites

LAR-3071 Studio 1: Urban Practices

Course content

The study programme differentiates between urban, landscape, and territorial practices. This differentiation enables three different perspectives to be added to the spectrum of human activities, which directly affect arctic/subarctic landscapes. The focus on such practices underscores how humans actively influence and shape landscapes through different activities.

Even though the three perspectives mentioned above overlap to a certain degree, they are thematized and divided into separate studio courses. This studio will have its focus on Landscape Practices.

Landscape practices can, among other things, be connected to recreational use of landscapes, the cultivation of landscapes, raw material extraction and other uses of natural resources, as well as the adaptation and design of landscapes in connection with major construction projects. The concept of landscape practices incorporates the continual transformation of landscapes, how different landscapes practices have replaced each other or developed over time in response to new forms of landscape use.

Central to this course is a discussion of the culture-nature binary and different perspectives on nature, including issues connected to the idea of the Anthropocene as a new geological epoch. This discussion is essential in relation to the understanding of the landscape in the Arctic/subarctic, characterized by humans use over generations, but which is now increasingly shaped by new types of activities and influenced by humans' impact on global climate and global nutrient cycles.

The intention of the study programme is to challenge its participants to study and evaluate existing landscape practices, as well as develop new ones, that can help support our ambition of sustainable development in the field.

Objectives of the course

After passing the course, the student will have the following learning outcomes:


  • Specific knowledge about the relationship between perspectives on nature and landscape practices.
  • General knowledge about landscapes in the Arctic/subarctic and landscapes ongoing transformation which follows from shifting practices.
  • Knowledge of nature restoration and ecological restoration.
  • Understanding of landscape architecture’s role in relation to landscape practices and the ambition of sustainable societal development.


  • The ability to analyze landscape with the view to identify how they are impacted and formed through different landscape practices.
  • The ability to develop landscape architectural responses to issues connected to landscape practices, at an advanced level, through design research.
  • The ability to incorporate and apply one’s own observations and experiences to qualify landscape architectural project proposals.
  • The ability to incorporate and apply basic knowledge about biodiversity and ecosystems to qualify landscape architectural project proposals.
  • The ability to convey landscape architectural intentions in a manner that expresses empathy and understanding for the relevant landscape.

General Competence:

  • The ability to independently apply knowledge and skills, and to a significant degree, facilitate one’s own work process.
  • The ability to describe the issues with a significant degree of complexity.
  • The ability to collaborate with others in the field and, to a significant degree, take responsibility for own and others learning.
  • The ability, to a significant degree, to reflect critically upon landscape architecture’s societal relevance and the potential role of the landscape architect.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

Project-based teaching with individual or group supervision. In addition, the teaching can be implemented through site visits, fieldwork, lectures, and workshops. Review of project work in group seminars constitutes an essential part of the teaching.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is available for inbound exchange students.

This course is open for inbound exchange student who meets the admission requirements. Please see the Admission requirements.

Do you have questions about this module? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty: INBOUND STUDENT MOBILITY: COURSE COORDINATORS AT THE FACULTIES | UiT


More info about the coursework requirements

The following work requirements must be met before the exam can take place:

Documentation that all assignments set as a part of the course has been completed/handed in. The person with course responsibility will determine the documentation requirements for each specific assignment

More info about the oral exam

An Oral exam based on an oral/visual presentation of the work process connected to the exhibited work. The examination of each student/project will have an allotted timeframe of 20 minutes.

Re-sit examination

Continuation is not granted to students who do not pass the exam in this subject.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 24
  • Course code: LAR-3081
  • Tidligere år og semester for dette emnet