LAR-25806 Studio Site Design


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Field practical12
Excursion (multiple days)40
Course coordinator(s)ir. G Bartelse
Lecturer(s)ir. G Bartelse
H Marconi Penteado
P de Kort
MJH Bakx
Examiner(s)ir. G Bartelse

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

LAR-12803 Studio Design Basics; LAR-13306 Integrated Studio 1; LUP-13306 Theory and Methodology of Planning and Design; SGL-11303 Soil 1; WRM-10303 Water 1

Continuation courses:

LAR-27806 Planting, Construction and Representation 2; LAR-28306 Studio Urban Design


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 a contemporary design theme and client on a given location with a pre-selected program of demands. The students both analyse an existing place and project a future possibility where human beings can dwell and natural processes are enhanced. Various alternative models and scale levels will be studied and explored to determine sustainable and desirable qualities (ecological, phenomenological, narrative and managerial). Scale levels vary in between 1:25.000 to 1:50.
5 days Excursion abroad
The excursion is an obligatory part of the studio. By registering for the Studio you also have registered for the excursion. If you do not take part in the excursion (without a legitimate reason) you will be charged for the costs made (such as room reservation, travel tickets, etc.).
If you lose any travel tickets and you need to buy a new one, these costs will not be reimbursed by Wageningen University. Although registered students are covered by the collective insurance policy of Wageningen University we also recommend that you make sure that your health insurance covers your stay in France. If you do not have a valid health insurance and passport, you will not be able to join the excursion and you will be charged for the costs of the excursion.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- investigate narrative and systemic characteristics of a site;
- identify several models that provide solutions for a given design brief with reference to design examples;
- select a suitable concept based on the identified models based on solid arguments;
- elaborate the selected concept into a master plan;
- apply basic level visualization techniques;
- justify the design products in a public defence;


- study of the theme and its spatial and atmospheric components;
- survey of existing design related to the theme (field trip and literature);
- coaching on reflective and productive attitude;
- survey of the site and the wider context, analyzing aspects of site and program by field-trips, map studies, reference studies;
- development of conceptual model by synthesizing model study and site characteristics; 

- developing of a final plan for a specific site in form, dimensions and materials;
- visualizing by use of (digital) graphics and spatial representations;
- verbal presentation and defense of the design products (intermediate, final, public symposium).


The examination consists of a design project that consists of a graphical representation of the existing landscape (defended orally), interpreted opportunities for design interventions and a convincing proposal for additional value by means of a new estate (scale 1:25.000 to 1:50). The final mark is based on a reflection paper (10%), the poster and defense of the landscape analysis (20%), performance during studio work (20%) and the final posters (50%). Students need a minimum 5.5 for each of the following products: 3 A0 posters, video selfportret, A3 booklet and essay.


Will be announced in the course guide.

Compulsory for: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBScA: Spec. A - Landscape Architecture1AF