LAR-37809 Studio Regional Design


Credits 9.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Excursion (multiple days)41
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. R van Etteger
Lecturer(s)SH Brandsma
dr. ir. WWY Tan
dr. ir. R van Etteger
dr. Y Tai
TMF Wirth
Examiner(s)dr. ir. R van Etteger

Language of instruction:

NL and/or EN

Assumed knowledge on:

LAR-25806 Studio Site Design, LAR-28306 Studio Urban Design.

Continuation courses:

LAR-81812 BSc thesis Landscape Architecture.


In this design studio students are intensively guided to prepare for and complete the full complexity of a design project related to 1) representational abilities; 2) applied knowledge; 3) reflective and productive attitude. The design assignment is related to contemporary design themes in a given region with a specified program of demands. The students analyse the regional landscape, identify opportunities and restrictions for deliberate human landscape interventions, and develop potential futures for a robust landscape where human beings like to dwell and natural processes are enhanced. Various alternative models on different scale levels will be studied and explored to determine sustainable and desirable qualities (ecological, narrative and managerial). Core levels of scale vary between 1:10.000 and 1:25.000 for the regional design and 1:200 up to 1:2.000 for elaborated, detailed designs. The method applied is evidence-based design. The students are expected to take a theoretical stance to support their design decision-making.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- investigate systemic characteristics of a large sized study area;
- detect landscape challenges and propose solutions with reference to international examples;
- develop a model that provides a solution for one of the landscape challenges;
- elaborate the model into a regional design on several interrelated scales;
- apply advanced visualisation techniques;
- justify the inter-scalar consistency of the final designs;
- defend your design research for an expert audience.


Map studies, literature study, field observations, interviews, studio work, reflective paper, presentations.


The examination consists of an oral poster presentation. The posters contain a coherent and logical explanation of a graphical representation of the existing landscape, interpreted opportunities and restrictions for design interventions, and a convincing proposal for landscape interventions that enhance landscape qualities and solve present or future problems in a smart and structural way. The posters show various 2D maps, 3D (Photoshop or hand-drawn) representations, 2D cross-sections, schematic landscape systems, a time phasing on different scales (1:25,000; 1:500; 1:2,000) and limited text. The final mark is based on the intermediary posters and presentations (10%), an A3 process book (50%) and the final presentation booklet including one digital A0 poster (40%).


Articles, book chapters and websites, maps and digital data, field work during excursions, lectures visiting experts and representatives hosting region.

Compulsory for: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBScA: Spec. A - Landscape Architecture5WD