Criticality in Research / Criticality as Praxis

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology invite you to apply for the “Criticality in Research/Criticality as Praxis” course. This course aims to strengthen awareness of the variety of critical theory and practice models available to academic and professional actors in the landscape field. Setting a landscape focus guarantees a shared arena for the coursework, making it easier to recognize how diverse knowledge-creation practices (including but not limited to design) generate understanding and contribute to the evolution of landscape-relevant discourse and action. The course is suitable for researchers from all disciplines concerned with the constructed urban landscape (design, planning, environmental science, sustainability studies, landscape architecture, urban history, heritage, ecology, architecture, etc.).

Dates: 5, 6, 7 OCTOBER 2020 
Time: day 1: 13.00-17.00 and 18.00 – 21.00, day 2: 11.00 – 18.30, day 3: 11.00-18.00 
Venue: online (webinar on zoom) 
Open to: registered PhD students in fields concerned with urban landscape futures (design, planning, environmental science, landscape architecture, architecture, urban history, ecology, architecture, sustainability studies etc.)
Course responsible: Lisa Diedrich, Prof. of Landscape Architecture/Director, SLU Urban Futures 
Andrea Kahn, Prof. of Site Thinking in Research and Design, SLU Landscape
Course assistant: Sonia Curnier, MSc Arch. PhD EPFL, Post-doc SLU Landscape
Language: English 
Credits: 4 ECTS


Monday 5 October 
Session 1: Critical FRAMES/Critical RESEARCH
Session 2: Theoretical FRAMES/ Critical RESEARCH PRAXIS 
Tuesday 6 October
Session 3: WORKING knowledge: Formulating critical positions [TAKE 1] 
Wednesday 7 October 
Session 4: WORKING knowledge/Refining critical positions [TAKE 2]

If you would like to apply, please submit the following to SLU Profs. Lisa Diedrich & Andrea Kahn
(lisa.diedrich@slu.seandrea.kahn@slu.seby 15 JUNE 2020

  • a 1-page abstract of their PhD, including title of the research project
  • 1-paragraph statement with their motivation for participating in this course
  • PhD start date, name of supervisor(s) and home institution