LAR-24306 Landscape Engineering


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Excursion (one day)12
Course coordinator(s)ir. G Bartelse
Lecturer(s)dr. Y Tai
Examiner(s)ir. G Bartelse

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

HWM-10303 Water 1; LUP-11803 Studio Planning Basics; LAR-12803 Studio Design Basics; LUP-13306 Theory and Methodology of Planning and Design
SGL-11303 Introduction to Soil Science.

Continuation courses:

LAR-27806 Planting, Construction and Representation 2; LAR-28306 Studio Urban Design; LUP-20306 Planning and Research Methods; LUP-30806 Studio Participative Planning.


Landscape engineering concerns the application of both scientific and engineering knowledge to plan and/or design well-functioning physical environments. Interrelating natural and social processes of the landscape form the basis for well-considered choices concerning landscape design and planning. As such, landscape engineering considers a wide range of measures on different scales, from the level of regional and local land use organization (i.e. macro-scale), urban district and neighbourhood (i.e. meso-scale) to the level of building materials and tree species (i.e. micro-scale). It offers an introduction on the technical aspects to come to these process-oriented decisions in landscape planning and design. This knowledge enables students to develop functional and feasible landscape interventions. This course provides the students with qualitative and quantitative data on key categories in landscape engineering to adapt the physical space to become more suitable to future land use. Knowledge on the use of physical spaces, soil, water, vegetation and built elements will be considered as tools that help to materialize state of the art design and planning challenges.
The lectures focus on the technical conditions, opportunities and restrictions of contemporary landscape construction and organization. This should enable students to facilitate and integrate landscape developments on different scale levels. Students will be challenged to apply this information in practical exercises for actual landscape transformations in rural and (peri-)urban situations on macro-, meso- and micro-scale.
The IPC-day is an obligatory part of the course. By registering for the course you also have registered for the IPC-day. If you do not take part in the IPC-day (without a legitimate reason) you will be charged for the costs made.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- describe technical characteristics of landscape elements in project plans, land exploitation and cost calculations by the use of compendia;
- analyse and interpret a project assignment in terms of technical data and information requirements;
- propose an integrated approach for construction and maintenance, based on the application of principles of project management, budget and contracts;
- understand the processes involved in land exploitation;
- determine the financial feasabilty of the chosen materials and planting for the construction of a project;


- lectures;
- guest lectures;
- discussions, cases/assignments and self study.


- three group project assignments (30% per assignment);
- evaluation of the group proces (10%).
A minimum of 5,5 is required for each of the products. Participation in the IPC day is required to pass the course.


A reader and a literature list will be available in Brightspace at the start of the course.

Compulsory for: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc2AF