Assignment 1: Pictures of our landscapes

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Assigned: Wednesday, Oct. 6

Due: Tuesday, Oct. 26

When we want to develop adequate concepts and designs for the future of a landscape, we first have to examine its status quo and identify specific problems and potentials. We have to understand the natural and human processes and forces which led to the recent shapes, functions, and meanings of a certain landscape.

This first assignment of our joint seminar aims at introducing the landscapes of our university towns/cities to each other. It will address, what we can understand when we look at a picture of a landscape we are familiar or not familiar with. The physical appearance we see can give us several hints about a landscape’s physical, cultural and economic characteristics and history.

Start this assignment with a brainstorming in your group to find out what the most significant aspects of your landscape might be (not each aspect might be something physical but manifests itself in a certain physical appearance). Then go out and make pictures. Select the three you find best to communicate the chosen aspect/s of this landscape to the other participants. Corresponding with the pictures prepare a brief narrative that explains what the three pictures can tell us about this landscape. Also be prepared to give a short (5 minutes max) statement about the chosen pictures in our online class.

Please note: The term “landscape” is not used equivalent to a rural setting but based on an understanding which embraces urban and suburban settings as well.


  • Three pictures in jpg format uploaded as demonstrated on the seminar WIKI under "Assignments" by Oct. 24
  • Brief written description (narrative); 400-500 words for all three pictures together; first written as pdf, doc or rtf file, then copied, pasted and edited as demonstrated on the seminar WIKI by Oct. 24
  • Preparation of an oral statement of 5 minutes about the chosen pictures for the online meeting on Oct. 26

Evaluation criteria:

  • 60% Content: delivery of products assigned, appropriateness of pictures to illustrate the addressed aspects;
  • 40% Communication: structure/logical flow, professional terminology in oral presentation, and written statement.

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