The Centre deals with the broad spectrum of landscape architecture and contributes to studies both in the architecture degree course as well as in that of spatial planning. Together with the other two centres of the Institute, landscape forms a fundamental part of the “bridge” between architecture and spatial planning in the faculty.
Landscape architecture is an autonomous discipline and autonomous profession (first university degree course Harvard, 1901; international Federation of Landscape Architects founded in 1948), but shares important interfaces with architecture and spatial planning – especially in the field of open space design and landscape planning.
The role of the Centre within the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Planning is to teach fundamental basics and to sensitise students in both degree courses to the increasing significance of outdoor space and landscape as central factor in the human built and planned environment. Key words: public space; climate change; green infrastructure; open space and microclimate; urban landscape structures; local identity; development and protection of the cultural and cultivated landscape, et al.
The official name of the Centre indicates both the great range of the discipline and also the variety of interests and key research focuses of the academic staff. To name a few topics: historical horticulture in Austria, landscape planning on the regional level and contemporary art and landscape projects, urban climate research, planning of outdoor space in the urban sector and design of public space, also the development of outdoor space and landscape in the local authority (community).