LUP-13306 Theory and Methodology of Planning and Design


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work4
Excursion (one day)8
Course coordinator(s)dr. BBD Tempels
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. CPG Driessen
C Rot
dr. BBD Tempels
dr. AM Rijke
dr. ir. R van Etteger
Examiner(s)dr. BBD Tempels

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

LUP-20306 Planning and Research Methods; LUP-24306 Concepts and Approaches in Planning Practices; LAR-29306 History of Ideas in Landscape Architecture and Planning; LAR-28806 Concepts and Approaches in Landscape Architecture


This course provides the students with a basic understanding of the disciplines and professions of planning and design and the use of scientific knowledge in the domains of landscape architecture and spatial planning. Students are familiarized with fundamental conceptual frameworks that describe and explain landscape both as a natural, a social and a spatial system from a geographical, design and planning perspective. Students will be able to understand and explain spatial concepts such as landscape, place region, scale and map and are introduced to central issues and concepts of philosophy of science in relation to landscape architecture and planning.
They learn about theories and methodologies for landscape transformations through planning and design. Based on general and accessible presentations of the planning and design working process, these theories and methodologies are discussed with examples from both past and contemporary practice on various spatial and temporal scales. Students are challenged to critically reflect upon the presented theories and methodologies, and to explore their own competencies and motives to become a future landscape architect or spatial planner.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course the student are expected to be able to:
- summarize the aims and goals of land use planning and landscape architecture;
- explain the differences between the profession of landscape architect and planner;
- recognize the role of theories, concepts, methodologies and methods for landscape architecture and planning practices;
- recognize and compare theories and methodologies of classical and contemporary landscape architects and spatial planners;
- describe different theories of planning and design processes on various spatial and temporal scales;


Lectures, studying literature, a group assignment and practicals to develop a reflexive attitude to the use of academic theories and methodologies in planning and design practices.


Group assignment and written exam.


Couch, C. (2016) Urban Planning: An introduction, London: Palgrave. ISBN: 9781137427564

Thompson, I. (2014) Landscape Architecture: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Additional literature is available in Brightspace.

Compulsory for: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc4WD