Seminar Landscape Education for Democracy 2017
Are you a planning or design student interested in learning how to create more inclusive, open and democratic landscapes?
Then participate in the LED Program – an exciting way to earn credits and strengthen important professional skills.
The next online seminar will start on Wednesday, 5th of April 2017 at 15 30 CET. We receive registrations until 26th of March 2017.
The landscape belongs to everyone. We should all have equal access to it and a voice in how it is used, valued and maintained. However, spatial planning education rarely includes considerations of democratic processes, participatory planning, community design and landscape stewardship. Furthermore, it does not fully prepare young practcioners to become leaders in promoting democratic landscape change and work effectively in partnership with communities.
The idea behind the LED (Landscape Education for Democracy) project, a partnership between 5 European landscape architecture faculties and the LE:NOTRE Institute is to promote awareness and empower young design and planning professionals to become more active in shaping democratic change. The project employs interdisciplinary, problem-based learning environments and curricular innovation to introduce landscape and democracy as a cross-disciplinary subject. Our goal is to fill a gap in design and planning education and give students the opportunity to confront themselves with pressing issues of landscape democracy, right to the landscape and participation.
The LED course starts this spring featuring a 12 online course sessions available to students at any institution, as well as a two-week summer on-site intensive programme available only to students at partner universities.
The 2017 LED intensive programme will be organised by Kassel University in Germany.
Please download the LED 2017 Presentation for further information.
Course schedule and content for 2017
Online seminar: March-May
- The online module consists of twelve 90-minute sessions of lectures, reading materials, collaborative group work, concept mapping, storyboarding and other diverse active and passive learning tools.
- The course will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays between 15 30 and 17 00 pm CET in the LED virtual classroom.
- Check this link for time zone conversion of the course starting time.
Themes covered in the course are:
- Landscape and democracy
- Participation theories and practices
- Community and identity
- The design process
- Communication and representation
- The registration deadline is 26th of March 2017, for both the online course and the intensive programme
- Registered participants will receive regular information by email and invitations to the online seminar sessions
- Registration for the online course and application for participation in the intensive study programme are done via the same link:
Conditions for participation and credits
Participation in the online seminar is free and open to students at any institution as well as the general public.
There are no registration fees. Participation is possible in active or passive mode.
- Active participation includes:
- regular attendance of the online class (or working with the seminar recordings in due time)
- completion of the seminar coursework and group assignments
- academic recognition of up to 5 ECTS
- Passive participation includes:
- visitation of online seminar sessions either in real time or through video recordings;
- no academic recognition granted
- please contact info(at)led-project.org
Grant holder and coordinator
- NMBU, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Department of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning
- Nürtingen-Geislingen University, Nürtingen, Germany
- University of Kassel School of Architecture, Urban and Landscape Planning, Kassel, Germany
- Szent István University, Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Budapest, Hungary
- University of Bologna, Department of Architecture, Italy
- LE:NOTRE Institute, an international foundation based in Wageningen, Netherlands.