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Landscape design based on research : a methodological guide to design-oriented projects for students and teachers in landscape architecture

Jansson, Märit; Vicenzotti, Vera; Diedrich, Lisa Babette


The integration of research-based knowledge into landscape architecture and landscape design is often demanded by society as well as by landscape architects. However, this might include methodological challenges, as often becoming evident in many students’ projects. In order to overcome these challenges, and support students and teachers in the navigation towards landscape design based on research, we have compiled this guide. It aims to support in the making of informed choices about the approach, in the methodological description, and in finding relevant literature for support and further reading. We provide an introduction to the challenges, present theoretical models and palettes of approaches and discuss the application of these. An important point to make is that there is not one way to include research-based knowledge into design, but several. Although there is much knowledge on the subject, there is also a need to test and discuss the proposed approaches and their usability in various contexts further.


design guidelines, evidence-based design, landscape architecture, landscape design, research-based design, research-based landscape architecture, research for design, research into design, research through design

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Landskapsarkitektur, trädgård, växtproduktionsvetenskap: rapportserie
2019, number: 2019:10eISBN: 978-91-576-8969-6
Publisher: Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Crop Production Science, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences