Seminar Landscape Education for Democracy 2018

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You want to learn more about the LED programme? Please have a look at the video documentation of our online seminar and intensive study programme 2016.

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.

Our project and learning activities

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 practioners 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. 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 includes 13 online course sessions available to students at any institution, as well as a 10-days on-site intensive programme available only to students at partner universities.

The 2018 LED intensive programme will be organised by Szent István University in Budapest, Hungary.

LED in action - some impressions from our online seminar 2017

Information material and LED resources

Our information materials for the upcoming 2018 course are currently being updated.

You can access LED lecture resources via this link:

Please visit the documentations of our previous online courses for further information:

For further information on the previous intensive study programmes please visit the following pages:

LED Publications 'Partnering for Landscape Democracy':

LED in action - some impressions from the Kassel workshop 2017

Course schedule and content for 2018

LED seminar schedule and assignments 2018

Online seminar: March-June 2018

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.

More information can be found in the detailed course schedule.

  • The seminar starts on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 14 00 CET.
  • The seminar group will meet regularly on Wednesdays between 14 00 - 15 30 CET.

Themes covered in the course are:

  • Landscape and democracy
  • Participation theories and practices
  • Community and identity
  • The design process
  • Communication and representation

Working Groups


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 two modes.

Full participation includes:

Following includes:

  • visitation of online seminar sessions either in real time or through video recordings;
  • possibility to do a final assessment

Further information

  • please contact info(at)
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Our partnership

Grant holder and coordinator

  • NMBU, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Department of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning

Project partners

  • 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.

ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnership Programme

The LED - Landscape Education for Democracy Project has been (partially) funded by the ERASMUS+ grant program of the European Union under grant no.2015-1-NO01-KA203-013239 Neither the European Commission nor the project's national funding agency are responsible for the content or liable for any losses or damage resulting of the use of these resources.