Faculties and centres
Landscape Urbanism (U4) belongs to the Urban Planning and Land Management Area. The subject is offered during the first semester of the fourth year of the Bachelor Degree in Architecture.
Landscape is a polyvalent word related to ecology, urbanism, architecture, geography, territorial studies, gardening and a wide range of different issues and situations. But, what is landscape? And why do we need to develop a specific subject to address this topic?
We must consider that the training required to become an architect must comprise a holistic comprehension of the world, both in a large and in a detailed scale. This way of learning about how to draw cross-cutting connections implies an assessment methodology, to manage with all the information among: natural processes or environment, the needs of the population and general urban strategies. What we submit in this subject is related with the modern concept of landscape in connection with other aspects of urban and territorial planning.
General Competences (CG)
Basic Competences and Competences included under the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES)
Inherent transversal competences:>>Cognitive Instrumental
UA Basic Transversal Competences
Inherent transversal competences:>>Methodological Instrumental
Inherent transversal competences:>>Technological Instrumental
Inherent transversal Competences:>>Social Interpersonal
Inherent transversal Competences:>>Entrepreneurship Capability System
Specific Competences:>> Project Block
This subject has two overriding aims. First of all, to introduce the concept of landscape and all the implications related to its identity; and in second place, to build self-awareness about the multiplicity of factors implied within a project decision.
The general guidelines of this course try to explore the concept of landscape and the connections between landscape, sense of place, identity and values attached to landscapes. Landscape is not simply what we see, but a way of seeing: “we see it with our eye but interpret it with our mind and ascribe values to landscape for intangible reasons” (TAYLOR, 2008). The ability to interpret these concepts, sometimes complex to inter-link, is a strong tool in the process of a place making; therefore a valuable skill in an architect education.