LUP-11803 Studio Planning Basics


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)G Kleinrensink
Lecturer(s)G Kleinrensink
Examiner(s)G Kleinrensink

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In this studio students are engaged with the basic competences of spatial planners. Students will discover the characteristic features of spatial planning and will work on multiple exercises on regional and local scale level in the context of a spatial planning process in a region in the Netherlands. Knowledge and insights accumulated in previous courses will be applied in the studio.
During the studio, students will make an inventory, conduct interviews and make observations in practice. The first part of the planning process consists of describing and analysing the existing situation and the developments in the area. The second part consists of developing a strategic plan with a long-term horizon and formulating a set of short-term actions in parallel.
Students will write two reflection papers. In the first paper students will reflect on the role and relevance of social and environmental knowledge for the domain of spatial planning. The second paper intends to support the students' choice for the major landscape architecture or spatial planning. In this paper students will reflect on their personal competencies and attitude in the context of scientific and professional competences of spatial planners and landscape architects.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- interpret and adjust a project assignment;
- describe and analyse the existing spatial organization of activities and clarify the knowledge required;
- recall and apply knowledge of the social and natural sciences;
- produce a plan for the spatial organization of those activities and elaborate the plan into interventions on different spatial scales and with different time horizons;
- clarify the role of different sketches, maps or documents in planning and design projects;
- communicate with stakeholders, identify their interests and sketch perspectives for the future;
- prepare and give an oral presentation on a planning project including a critical reflection;
- write a reflection paper in which personal study choices in relation to landscape architecture and planning are made specific.


- instruction lectures;
- group work;
- planning and design activities;
- report writing;
- presentations and discussions.
These activities have to be performed individually or in groups of different amount of students.


The work of the individual student is assessed on the basis of a written evaluation of the successive steps of the process, the content and presentation of the results and his/her contribution to the group work.


A manual for this practical course will be handed out during the first group meeting.

Compulsory for: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc6MO