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Théories du paysage (APA 6001)

Landscape has plural meanings depending on the discipline, professional expertise or collective representations that it mobilizes. Building on the results of research activities for nearly twenty years at the Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design at University of Montreal, this seminar aims to bring conceptual clarification and a basic theoretical framework to better understand this notion strongly related to the development of cities and regions in Quebec or elsewhere in the world.

Brief description of the seminar

The issue of landscape in Quebec and elsewhere, demonstrates the challenges and raises many valuations to the qualitative dimensions (eg heritage identity environmental aesthetics, etc..) Territories inhabited. Also, the issues they pose considerable challenges. A conceptual clarification and theoretical framework, however, remain a prerequisite, both in terms of research and in terms of intentions managers (eg planning and projects). But the landscape refers to a plurality of meanings in disciplinary contexts, professional expertise or collective representations that mobilizes. It is treated as a visual resource, a requirement or a carrier under specific valuations territorial form, contemporary landscape conditions require to extend this notion of plural meanings to it, and that echo the new social concerns environmental, frame life and well-being. In light of these concerns, it is also important to consider the operational range of a proper landscape perspective and frameworks it requires.
This seminar will explore this notion of structuring development from conceptual and theoretical foundations which are transmitted Cosmetology, cultural geography, landscape ecology, environmental psychology, and more broadly in the humanities and sciences development .
This seminar builds on the results of research activities for nearly twenty years to the Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design at University of Montreal (CPEUM) and since 2003 the UNESCO Chair in Landscape and environment institution (CUPEUM). In doing so, it builds on a thorough understanding of current issues that concern concrete landscape areas (eg urban landscapes, suburban or rural) as key players in the Quebec land (eg, public, semi-public and private).

This course is offered to student (s) registered (s) for graduate students who aims to feed their study or research projects by the critical review and theoretical deepening of the role of landscape in a variety of issues of development. The expected objective, in terms of learning, is to bring the student (s) to read and recognize the meanings of the concept of landscape by examining various theoretical and conceptual approaches to understand the applications in the field of management (eg, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning).

Evaluation mode
The seminar consists of two complementary work leading, ultimately, to develop critical thinking towards a development challenge inspired by the theoretical knowledge from the field of landscape studies.