825047 VU Landscape and Territorial Strategies

summer semester 2022 | Last update: 12.10.2023 Place course on memo list
VU Landscape and Territorial Strategies
VU 2

The students are able to understand and evaluate the basic methods and strategies of planning and designing landscapes and open spaces. They can relate these in a reflected way to local and global contexts.

Imparting basic knowledge and methods in landscape and spatial planning in relation to contemporary architecture; inclusion of the discourses of neighbouring disciplines such as human geography, sociology, ecology and biology.

This course sets out to explore the role of agricultural territories as altered environments within an extended urban landscape.

Specific case studies within the Alpine region will be investigated in an attempt to define the extent to which altered environments function as part of a greater ‘urban’ environment. The case studies in relation to various environments (urban/rural/natural) will be analyzed through the use of exploratory methods including: data analysis, cartographic representation, and visual storytelling.

Human interventions, both minor and complex, have reshaped the natural environment altering it to an unrecognizable degree – resulting in the development of an altered/built environment. Our current geological time period, the Epoch of the Anthropocene, is a consequence of the compiling of these altered environments. It is therefore integral that subtopics of ecology + environment, place + culture, scale + perspective, sense + device (technology) be considered. As Alpine territories are continuously developed their historic role and strategic geographic location as trade and access point between northern Europe and Mediterranean territories – and the world beyond – will be reconfigured.

The goal is to develop a series of maps and diagrams, which tell a coherent narrative on the physical formation of land(scape) within the Alps using agricultural territories as the protagonist.

Course examination according to § 7, statute section on "study-law regulations".

Will be discussed in the first lesson.

course group (825047-0) taught by Ian Gillis (online)

Di. 08.03 - Intro + Task Assignment (1pm – 2:30pm)

Fr. 11.03 - Lecture 1 + Research Roundtable (1pm – 2:30pm)

Di. 15.03 - Lecture 2 + Research Roundtable (1pm – 2:30pm)

Fi. 18.03 - Lecture 3 + Research Roundtable (1pm – 2:30pm)

Di. 22.03 - Lecture 4 + Research Roundtable (1pm – 2:30pm)

Fr. 25.03 - Phase 1 Presentation (TBD)

Di. 05.04 - 1-on-1 (Time Slot)

Di. 26.04 - Group Review (1pm – 4pm)

Di. 10.05 - 1-on-1 (Time Slot)

Di. 24.05 - Phase 2 Presentation (TBD)


course groups (825047-1,2) taught by Claudia Pasquero and Konstantinos Alexopoulos (online) t.b.a. 

course groups (825047-3,4,5) taught by Maria Kuptsova, Artem Konevski, Vadim Smakthin (online) t.b.a.

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  • SDG 11 - Sustainable cities and communities: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.
  • SDG 15 - Life on land: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.