History and Theory of Landscapes I

Karin Raith
Architecture, Building Construction
2020W, Vorlesungen (VO), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S02703


Constructive interference. On the interaction of landscape and architecture.

For thousands of years, people have been opening up the most diverse regions as living spaces, both by adapting their way of life to the geographical conditions and by redesigning the local environment according to their needs - also through structural interventions. The transformation of the landscape through building serves the immediate practical use of the territory, but also ideological (political or religious) goals. In any case, the architectural engagement with the territory is determined by the cultural interpretation of the landscape.

The influence is reciprocal: the landscape affects the conception of the architecture, architecture changes the landscape. The topic of the winter semester is a cultural history of this interplay between architecture and landscape up to the 20th century. In the summer semester, we will deal with current developments.

Examination Modalities

The course format of the winter semester is a classic lecture with a written final examination.

History and Theory of Landscapes II in the summer semester consists of lectures, presentations by students, guest lectures and short excursions. Exam: Analysis and presentation of an agreed topic in class including delivery of a short written summary of this presentation. Active participation in the course. Exam interview in the form of a group discussion at the end of the semester.


The course will be held in English.

Attending both courses (History and Theory of Landscapes I in the winter semester and History and Theory of Landscapes II in the summer semester) is recommended, as there are cross-connections in terms of content.

Key Words

landscape, cultural history, architecture


12 October 2020, 10:15–11:45, "via ZOOM"
19 October 2020, 10:15–11:45, "via ZOOM"
09 November 2020, 10:15–11:45, "via ZOOM"
16 November 2020, 10:15–11:45, "via ZOOM"
23 November 2020, 10:15–11:45, "via ZOOM"
30 November 2020, 10:15–11:45, "via ZOOM"
07 December 2020, 10:15–11:45, "via ZOOM"
14 December 2020, 10:15–11:45, "via ZOOM"
11 January 2021, 10:15–11:45, "via ZOOM"
18 January 2021, 10:15–11:45, "via ZOOM"
25 January 2021, 10:15–11:45, "via ZOOM"

Course Enrolment

From 01 September 2020, 00:00
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Architecture (Master): Expertise: Theory: Urban Strategies

Fine Arts (2. Section): Scientific and Research Practice: Media Theory,Art&Knowledge Transfer,Th. of Architecture,Th. and Hist. of Design

Fine Arts (2. Section): Scientific and Research Practice: Free Electives out of Scientific and Research Practice

Individual courses: possible