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2. Programme

THEORY: 3,5 credits


The Man-made Landscape:

Unit 1: Geometry and biomorphism

1.1.    Origins of the manmade Landscape

1.2.    River cultures

1.3.    The Sacred Landscapes


Unit 2: Cities and Patterns: The Mandala

2.1. Rites and Landscape

2.2. Porticos

2.3. Archetypes: Tapestry and Paradises


Unit 3: The Creation of the Villa

3.1. Precedents: Forests and Gods

3.2. The Cities of Hipodamus

3.3. The garden as a piece of art: The Topiary art


Unit 4: The Medieval Landscape

4.1. Magic and Nature

4.2. The “Hortus Conclusus”

4.3. The Muslim paradise: Andalusian Gardens


Unit 5: Architecture and Nature

5.1. The Architectonic Garden: Ideology and Art

5.2. Composition Principles: Models and Canon

5.3. The Italian Graden in Europe


Unit 6: The Geometric Universe:

6.1. Gardens and Perspective

6.2. The French School

6.3. Urban Implications


Unit 7: Oriental Gardens

7.1. Principles

7.2. East vs West

7.3. Japanese gardens Typologies


Unit 8: The Landscape Revolution

8.1. Precedents

8.2. The Picturesque

8.3. The “abstract landscape” concept


Unit 9: Modern Landscape:

9.1. Referents and Principles

9.2. The Landscape in the Modern Movement

9.3. Models: the “Ville Contemporaine”

9.4. The American school


Unit 10: XXth Century Landscapes:

10.1 The Landscape as an architectonical creation

10.2. The Masters: From Luis Barragan to Alvaro Siza

10.3. Iconographic Landscapes


Unit 11: City and Landscape:

11.1 The Big Urban Landscape Projects

11.2. After “La Villette”

11.3. The Japanese School


Unit 12: Landscape and Art:

12.1. Land-art

12.2 Urban art

12.3. Ciber Landscapes



PRACTICE: 3 credits

Major Project: Design of an Open Public Space



·          Site Visit

·          Site Analysis

·          Project Development

·          Public Presentation


Complementary Lessons:

1.        Landscape and Environment: elements and processes

a.        The planting material: Introduction, Use principles, Species and use in Landscape Design

b.        The non-living materials: Buildings, structures and equipments. The Use of water

2.        The Open Urban Space:

a.        Historic Precedents. Design Principles

b.        Squares and Streets

c.        Urban Parks

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