Seminar Landscape Education for Democracy 2019
LED Seminar 2019
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 2019 includes 13 online course sessions available to students at any institution.
Our course will start again in April 2020.
LED in action - some impressions from our online seminar 2017
Information material and LED resources
Our information materials for the upcoming 2020 course are currently being updated.
You can access LED lecture resources via this link:
- LED 2019 Materials and Recordings (open access)
- LED 2018 Materials and Recordings (open access)
- LED 2017 Materials and Recordings (open access)
- LED 2016 Materials and Recordings (open access)]
- LED reading list
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':
- Zingonia - Partnering for Landscape Democracy
- Kassel - Partnering for Landscape Democracy (both free download)
LED in action - some impressions from the Kassel workshop 2017
Course schedule and content for 2019
Online seminar: April-June 2019
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, April 3, 2019 at 16 30 pm CET.
- The seminar group will meet regularly on Wednesdays between 16 30 - 18 00 CET.
Themes covered in the course are:
- Landscape and democracy
- Participation theories and practices
- Community and identity
- The design process
- Communication and representation
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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:
- 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
- visitation of online seminar sessions either in real time or through video recordings;
- possibility to do a final assessment
- please contact info(at)led-project.org
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- Nürtingen-Geislingen University, Nürtingen, 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.