Course Information
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID420001969

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours4
Total Hours52
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Probable better achievement of student in case of basic knowledge of sketching.
Learning Outcomes
During the course: • formation of groups and promotion of interaction among students and/with the lecturers, aids the overall concept of dealing with the classroom as a unified team, where all equal. Students fall into groups to perform various tasks, i.e. putting together information on site analysis factors. • enhancement of critical thinking is highly encouraged in issues of planning and designing the landscape. • teaching of tools, techniques and methodologies in planning and designing a landscape is defined as the course’s main goal.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Respect natural environment
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Theory Unit 1. Introduction: definitions, studies of landscape architecture in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, garden and urban open space plans, acknowledged works of landscape architecture, famous landscape architects, the meaning of scale, the meaning of a sketch. Unit 2. History of landscape architecture: From ancient times to the Italian garden-villas of the Renaissance. Unit 3. History of landscape architecture: From the French formal gardens up to now. Unit 4. Site analysis Unit 5. Principles of design: unity, functionality, simplicity, scale. Principles of landscape synthesis: lines, form, texture, color, variation, repetition, balance, emphasis. Principles of landscape design: organization of space, connection of space, connection of elements in space, hierarchy of spaces, forms and shapes, connection of geometrical forms, rhythm. Unit 6. Use of plants in landscape architecture: species, dimensions, planting design, ecological, functional and aesthetical attributes of plants. Unit 7. The Mediterranean garden displayed & topography, contour lines, measuring slope. Unit 8. Construction elements in a garden I. Unit 9. Construction elements in a garden II & the planning process for short scale projects. Unit 10. Garden irrigation plans. Unit 11. Lighting in landscape architecture. Unit 12. Presentation of landscape architecture complete folder-studies. Unit 13. Presentation of Design Project No2 by students. Practicals - Design Project No1 (runs parallel with theory units 1 – 4): Creating a landscape architecture design in A3 paper with the use of the rectangular grid. Getting familiar with geometrical shapes. Getting familiar with scale and dimensions. How to draw trees, bushes, hard surfaces etc. The idea of a concept diagram. - Design Project No2 (runs parallel with units 4 until the end): Design of an open space (the chosen space is different every year). Site analysis, concept, corrections of designs by the tutors, presentation of work in class. Field Trips - Visit to the Aristotle University Dissemination Research Center ( - Visit to Thessaloniki’s new water front
Landscape, Design, Landscape design, Architecture, Landscape architecture, urban, open, space, urban open space
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Laboratory Work341.2
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities100.4
Written assigments70.3
Student Assessment
Written exams project
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Project
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Τσαλικίδης, ιωάννης, Α.2008. Αρχιτεκτονική Τοπίου: Εισαγωγή στη θεωρία και την Εφαρμογή. Κωδικός βιβλιου : 14907
Additional bibliography for study
Τσαλικίδης Ι.Α. και Μπακιρτζή Ο.Χ., 2014. Τοπία και κήποι των ανθρώπων. Θεώρση τςη Αρχιτεκτονικής Τοπίου από την Αρχαιότητα έως τον 21ο αιώνα. Εκδόσεις Επίκεντρο, Θεσσαλονίκη Benson John F. and Roe M. (eds), 2007. Landscape and Sustainability. Routlegde, Taylor and Francis Group, London and New York. Eckbo G., 1969. The landscape we see. McGraw-Hill Book Company McHarg I. 1992. Design with Nature.John Wiley and Sons, INC. (second edition) Oudolf P. & Kingsbury N., 2005. Planting Design, Gardens in time and space. Timber Press Thompson, W.J. and Sorvig K., 2008. Sustainable Landscape Construction, a guide to green building outdoors, Second edition Topos magazine
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