854100 Landscape planning I

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Gugerell, Katharina , Damyanovic, Doris
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction
Deutsch, Englisch


The course offers students an insight into the discipline and fields of action of landscape planning. It also provides an overview of policy instruments that play an important role in landscape governance. These include planning instruments, market-based instruments and social/cultural instruments.
Landscape is examined here from a broad perspective and is analyzed in the context of current issues of biodiversity, climate change, NBS/risk.
The course discusses four key landscape areas:
-Rural Landscapes: The focus in this unit is on agriculture and forestry. Landscape is strongly perceived as a resource. Issues of raw materials and supply are the focus. In addition, energy landscapes are discussed.
-(Peri-)Urban Landscapes: In this area, many different interests coincide in a confined space. Aspects such as housing and densification play a role. Different social and ecological phenomena confront each other, such as production and manufacturing on the one hand - preservation of the water balance and climate change adaptations on the other.
-Alpine Landscapes: Here, social developments (demographic change, decline in population) play a role as well as ecological development (biodiversity, protection and NBS). Tourism in the alpine region is particularly important.
While the focus of the lecture is on Europe, all chapters will be extended and complemented with an international input/example as well as short guest lectures (zoom).
The fourth session will present the discipline of landscape planning and its challenges from a global perspective, through examples, guest lectures, and presentations. Topics such as food sovereignty, informality, land rights, landgrabbing, global conservation, risk and natural hazards will be highlighted.

Previous knowledge expected


Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Students know different policy and planning instruments (formal and informal) in the context of landscape planning and are familiar with their advantages and disadvantages.
Students know possible planning challenges as well as areas of tension of different landscape types. They are able to identify conflicts of use and associated stakeholder interests.
They are able to identify and name policy mixes for diverse landscape types.
Students have an overview of global challenges in the context of landscape planning.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.