Site Morphology and Landscape Techniques


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

A BSc degree (Bachelor) in Architecture and Design or similar.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

This module activates theories and methodologies concerning site and investigates the site as an urban landscape of technical and aesthetic features. Thus, the module draws on subjects such as Landscape Urbanism and Landscape Architecture, site mapping and spatial development, as well as geotechnical methods and theories; all of which contribute to the understanding of the site as a living organism. This course works with the spatial section as a tool in order to examine what is above and what is below the surface in order to facilitate a movement from analysis to conceptual design in an integrated process - a process within which, technique, nature and aesthetics mutually influence each other, and are parts of the same totality.

Students who complete the module:

Learning objectives


  • Must exhibit knowledge of natural processes and their effect on technical and formal considerations relating to landscape and urban design
  • Must be able to understand theories and methods relating to sites and technical and aesthetic landscapes
  • Must be able to understand theories and methods relating to geotechnical conditions; among these knowledge about soil conditions and ground water conditions, as well as knowledge of the methods used to solve geotechnical and foundation problems.


  • Must be able to apply theories and methods relating to the site seen as a result of natural processes
  • Must be able to utilise analytical and methodological tools in the determination of site characteristics, origin and development and further to use this information as a catalyst for design proposals and the generation of form and space
  • Must be able to work with sectional models, using this technique as both an analytical and a conceptual design tool
  • Must be able to understand the site as being made up of what occurs both above and below the surface, as well as it being constructed of both technical and aesthetic elements
  • Must be able to understand what a geotechnical report is and what constitutes the content of such a report


  • Must be able to reflect upon the interdependency and mutual influence that the built and natural environments have on each other
  • Must be able to present the movement from analysis to conceptual design as an integrated proposal through the use of sectional models
  • Must be able to communicate knowledge of and methods relating to the geological conditions of the soil

Type of instruction

See general description of the types of instruction described in the introduction to Chapter 3.



Name of examSite Morphology and Landscape Techniques
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aids
Without aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentAs stated in the framework Provisions.

Facts about the module

Danish titleStedets morfologi og landskabsteknikker
Module codeAODUTM2K155
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Architecture & Design
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design