LAR-13809 Integrated Studio 1


Credits 9.00

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Continuation courses:

LUP-12803 Integrated Studio 2


This introductory course is a planning- and design studio and deals with highlights and best practices in contemporary (urban) landscape studies, planning and landscape architecture. It exemplifies the relevance of the comprehensive Wageningen expertise of informed design and planning practices by drawing on the relevant cultural, ecological and technical knowledge. The course offers a mixture of experiential learning (interactive lectures and excursions with on-site assignments), planning- and design assignments and critical reflection thereon. Students will be challenged to develop an opinion about the quality of contemporary projects according to different perspectives, like those of experts (e.g. planners, designers, ecologists, geographers), local communities, politicians and other decision makers. The Studio consist of 7 steps in which we will answer 7 related questions: 1. Who makes spaces, places and landscapes? 2. What are the roles of experts and non-experts in these processes of space making? 3. What are the roles of planners and landscape architects? 4. How can you analyse a place, space or landscape? 5. How can you make a scenario to anticipate on the future development of a landscape? 6 How can you design a model of a future intervention of the landscape? The Studio results in two group assignments in which planning and design competences are examined.
During the course students will practice general academic skills, such as computer skills, group skills, information literacy skills and writing skills.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- recognize study areas, roles and products of landscape architects and spatial planners;
- interpret a given narrative planning and design method;
- interpret a given landscape analysis for a small or medium sized study area;
- produce scenario's and design models in groups;
- apply various sketches, maps and documents;
- evaluate scenario's and design models in terms of societal criteria
- organise group processes such as chairing meetings, writing minutes and executing a group case study within a short and strict time frame;
- use the library infrastructure of Wageningen University to find scientific information and to verify the reliability and relevance of this information;
- compose a concise scientific text.


- case study in groups of 10 students;
- lectures and tutorials on Computers, communication and Information (CCI);
- lectures and tutorials on information literacy;
- literature study;
- excursions;
- interactive lectures;
- planning and design assignments.


- information literacy: individual examination (5%);
- case study: landscape analysis for a small or medium sized study area: poster and presentation (20%);
- computer, communication and information: individual examination (15%);
- two group assignments in which planning and design competences are examined: a scenario of the future development of a place and a design model, based on the scenarios that are made (60%).


Reader to prepare for lectures (available at start of the course).