Study programme

Trends in contemporary landscape architecture (152103)

ECTS 6.00
English language R2
Teaching hours 60
Lectures 30
Practicum 20
Seminar 10
Lecturer
Assist. Prof. Iva Rechner Dika, PhD
Assist. Prof. Ines Hrdalo, PhD
Associate teacher for exercises
Assist. Prof. Ines Hrdalo, PhD
Grading
Sufficient (2) 60-70%
Good (3) 71-80%
Very good (4) 81-90%
Excellent (5) 91-100%
Conditions for obtaining signature
Regular attendance and fulfilling set tasks.
Submitt and present seminar work and landscape design projects analysis.

Course coordinator

Assist. Prof. Iva Rechner Dika, PhD
Assist. Prof. Iva Rechner Dika, PhD

Course description

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with global trends as well as with trends in Croatian recent landscape design projects and realizations. Students will evolve their knowledge on contemporary landscape design through detailed and comprehensive analysis of projects, realizations and theoretical papers.

Type of course

General competences

The aim is to teach and qualify students for: rational analytical approach towards landscape design projects and realizations; critical thinking and review of theoretical works and a relation between theory and practice in contemporary landscape architecture.

Types of instruction

  • Design exercises
    Analysis of contemporary landscape design projects. Submit in writing.
  • Field work
    Visit to domestic or foreign recent landscape design realizations.
  • Lectures
    Lectures on the thematic units planned by the curriculum.
  • Seminars
    Presentations and critical reflections on contemporary landscape design projects. Submit in writing.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcome Evaluation methods
Identify, evaluate and describe designed landscape. Written exam, oral exam, design exercises
Distinguish the typology of open spaces in urban and rural environments and determine their design features. Written exam, oral exam
Recognize new trends in landscape design and their peculiarities. Written exam, oral exam, seminar
Critically analyze and compare design characteristics of contemporary landscape designs. Design exercise

Working methods

Teachers' obligations

Regurarly maintain all forms of teaching. Specified time for consultations beyond regular classes.

Students' obligations

Regular attendance and fulfilling of set tasks.

Methods of grading

Evaluation elements Maximum points or Share in evaluation Grade rating scale Grade Direct teaching hours Total number of average student workload ECTS
Seminar 20% 0-59%
60-70%
71-80%
81-90%
91-100%
Insufficient (1)
Sufficient (2)
Good (3)
Very good (4)
Excellent (5)
10 30 1,5
Design Exercises 30% 0-59%
60-70%
71-80%
81-90%
91 -100%
Insufficient (1)
Sufficient (2)
Good (3)
Very good (4)
Excellent (5)
20 1,5
Oral exam 50% 0-59%
60-70%
71-80%
81-90%
91 -100%
Insufficient (1)
Sufficient (2)
Good (3)
Very good (4)
Excellent (5)
30 90 3
Total 100 60 180 6
Evaluation elements Description Deadline Recoupment
Seminar According to the curriculum. By the end of semester.
Design Exercises According to the curriculum. By the end of semester.
Oral exam During semester. By the end of semester.

Weekly class schedule

  1. (L) Course introduction. Review of theoretical concepts and trends in 20th century landscape design. (DE) Relevant 20th century landscape design works concept analysis.
  2. (L) Different forms of tourism and their relation to the landscape. (DE) Tourist complexes analysis and their relationship with the landscape.
  3. (L) 21st century landscape design trends. Ecological design. Sustainable approaches to brownfield regeneration. (DE) Relevant examples composition analysis (projects and realizations).
  4. (L) Urban green infrastructure. (DE) Analysis of foreign urban green infrastructure projects.
  5. (L, DE) Sustainable approaches to open space design. Relevant examples composition analysis (projects and realization).
  6. (L, S) Contemporary landscape design practice – memorial spaces (projects and realizations).
  7. (L, S) Contemporary landscape design practice – different housing models and landscape for the elderly (projects and realizations).
  8. (L, S) Contemporary landscape design practice – childrens play (projects and realizations).
  9. (L, DE) Contemporary landscape design practice – urban gardens (projects and realizations).
  10. (L, DE) Contemporary landscape design practice – waterfront design (projects and realizations).
  11. (L, DE) Contemporary landscape design practice – museums (projects and realizations).
  12. (L, DE) Contemporary landscape design practice – green roofs, vertical gardens and green architecture (projects and realizations).
  13. Field work: excursion outside Zagreb - examples of contemporary landscape design. Critical analysis and evaluation.
  14. (L, S) Contemporary landscape design practice – theme choosen by students (projects and realizations).
  15. (L, S) Contemporary landscape design practice – theme choosen by students (projects and realizations).

Obligatory literature

  1. Gaventa, S. (2006). New Public Spaces. Octopus publishing group Swaffield, S. (2002), Theory in Landscape architecture, University of Pennsylvania Press
  2. Landscape Architecture Europe Foundation (ur.) (2006). Landscape Architecure Europe: Fieldwork. Birkhäuser, Basel
  3. Murphy, M. D. (2005). Landscape architecture theory: an evolving body of thought. Waveland Press, Inc, USA
  4. Richardson, T. (2011). Futurescapes - designers for tomorrow's outdoor spaces. Thames & Hudson, London

Recommended literature

  1. www. Landezine.com
  2. Arnheim, R. (1977). The dynamics of architectural form, Berkely
  3. Jodidio, P. (2012). Landscape architecture now!, Taschen GMBH
  4. Treib, M., Imbert, D. (1993). Modern Landscape Architecture: A critical review, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT Press
  5. Walker, P., Simo, M. (1994). Invisible gardens: The search for modernism in the American Landscape, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT Press

Similar course at related universities

  • Contemporary landscape architecture, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien