The course gives the students an overview of theoretical reflection of designing landscapes and gardens in historical perspective. The focus is on the emancipation of landscape architecture theory in the second half of the 20th century and contemporary positions. Landscape architecture is discussed within a wider framework of cultural practice, with excursions into social sciences, philosophy, art and ecology. Key themes: landscape as language and representation; landscape and gender; landscape as a cultural product; landscape as a public space; landscape and urbanism; landscape, ecology and infrastructure. The course combines lectures with more interactive approach, the students are required in the final sessions to prepare their own presentation and submit an essay on chosen theme.
The minimum number of students to open the course is 5. EXCEPTION for self-paying students: if there are less than 5 students, the course will be taught in consultations.