Historic Parks, Gardens and Built Environments

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127HPGB ZK 4 2P English
Garant předmětu:
Jan Hendrych, Jiří Kupka
Jan Hendrych, Václav Jetel, Jiří Kupka
Jan Hendrych, Václav Jetel, Jiří Kupka
Department of Urban Design, Town and Regional Planning

This optional one-semester course deals with the processes that are of historical importance for the transformation and modeling of cities and cultural landscapes in the area of historic urbanism, parks, and gardens and discusses the traditional elements, strategies, procedures, and techniques in which urban landscape spaces and their natural systems are indispensable in structuring traditional forms of sustainable settlements and their surroundings. Development and transformations of gardens, parks, and urban landscapes, philosophy of founding and design, basic principles, techniques, and techniques will be discussed and presented in a wide variety of selected examples and accompanied by relevant field excursions.

All this, on selected eloquent examples, will illustrate important cultural, historical, natural, and ecological processes that shape cultural landscapes and urban environments. In this respect, appropriate strategies, procedures, and methods for their conservation, care, and protection will also be discussed and selected on the ground during thematic excursions.

Based on the knowledge, experience, and practice that will be presented during the course through presentations, case studies, and study field excursions, the students will actively participate in the preparation of papers in the form of written studies or essays on chosen topics.


Active participation in lectures and excursions.

Syllabus of lectures:

Thematic areas of lectures/seminars:

1. Old World Gardens, Cultural landscapes and gardens of prehistoric times

2. Gardens and cultural landscapes of the Middle Ages

3. Moorish gardens

4. Gardens of the Middle Ages on the British Isles

5. Gardens, parks, and landscapes of Italian Renaissance, Mannerism, and Baroque

6. The Renaissance, Mannerist, and Baroque Gardens and landscapes in Bohemia

7. The French Garden

8. Landscape parks - introduction, Landscape parks in England

9. English Landscape park inspirations

10. Public Park, Urban and metropolitan public parks, and parkway systems

Syllabus of tutorials:

Selected thematic Field Excursions:

1. Prague Castle Gardens

2. Palace Gardens in Praha

3. Premonstratensian Strahov monastery gardens

4. Benedictine Monastery Břevnov Gardens

5. Parks and gardens in Prague 6, Structured Public greenery, the system of park areas

Study Objective:

Based on the knowledge, learning experience, and practice documented through history and the current state of presented topics shall be explored and discussed in presentations and cases. Field excursions (near the faculty area and relevant to the study course contents) will be structured with the distinctive aim of strengthening the student's personal spatial experience with historical and current gardens, parks, and urban and landscape sites. Participating students shall contribute to the course-by-semester work in the form of a research paper or essay on the selected subjects, or alternatively in the form of a selected site analytical study with a suitable written and graphical proposal.

Study materials:

Norberg-Schulz, Christian, Genius loci. Rizzoli, 1991.

Free PDF: genius-loci-towards-a-phenomenology-of-architecture-d86177309.html

HAZLEHURST, F. H., Gardens of Illusion: The Genius of Andre Le Nôtre. Vanderbilt University Press, 1986.

HOBHOUSE, P. (1992), Gardening through the Ages: An Illustrated History of Plants and Their Influence on Garden Styles from Ancient Egypt to the Present Day. Simon & Schuster.

LASDUN, S (1991), The English Park: Royal, Private and Public. Vendome Press.

LAZARO, C. (1990), Italian Renaissance Garden: From the Conventions of Planting, Design, and Ornament to the Grand Gardens of Sixteenth-Century Central Italy. Yale Univerity Press.

NEWTON, N. T. (1972). Design on the Land: The Development of Landscape Architecture. Harvard University Press.

WATKINS, J. (2007), The Management and Maintenance of Historic Parks, Gardens and Landscapes: The English Heritage Handbook. Frances Lincoln Publisher.

JELLICOE, G. & S.: Landscape of Man.Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1982.

THACKER, CH. The history of gardens. University of California Press, 1985.

Further information:
Time-table for winter semester 2023/2024:

(lecture parallel1)
Thákurova 7 (budova FSv)
Time-table for summer semester 2023/2024:

(lecture parallel1)
Thákurova 7 (budova FSv)
The course is a part of the following study plans:
Data valid to 2024-07-17
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