ETE-33806 Planning and Design of Urban Space


Studiepunten 6.00

One day excursion16
Practical intensively supervised18
Project learning5
Problem-based learning3
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. HHM Rijnaarts
dr. M Spiller
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. HHM Rijnaarts
dr. M Spiller
dr. ir. GJ Carsjens
G Kleinrensink
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. HHM Rijnaarts
dr. M Spiller
dr. ir. GJ Carsjens
G Kleinrensink

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

ETE-22806 Principles of Urban Environmental Management; ETE-34306 Energy, Water and Waste Cycles in the Built Environment; LUP-23306 Planning for Urban Quality of Life

Continuation courses:

Thesis Urban Environmental Technology and Management (ETE) or Land Use Planning (LUP)


This course introduces concepts, principles and methods for the planning and design of sustainable urban environments. The mix of concepts, case studies and simulation exercises offered in this module provides students with theoretical and practical understanding of the key issues, which urban planners and infrastructure managers are facing when developing sustainable urban communities.
The course is built around a real world planning challenge and brings together participative planning and urban design. Students work on a case study, where they redesign an urban district and conduct stakeholder interviews and stakeholder analysis. Furthermore, students will use methods to investigate the site conditions to determine passive housing design potentials and option to close resource cycles, while also focusing on quality of life. Students are also introduced to spatial planning tools like Design Table for simulating a city/neighbourhood redesign.
During the course, it will be emphasised that planning needs to account for the context, in which it takes places. The key example for this are real case studies from developing countries and emerging economies presented by professionals in the field. Furthermore, the individual assignment allows students to apply knowledge to a planning challenge selected by them.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- recognise how different elements of the urban space such as energy, water, sanitation, buildings and recreation facilities interact within a specific spatial organization;
- relate relevant concepts of spatial design to criteria of urban sustainability;
- understand the relationship between decisions related to the organisation of the urban space on the one hand and their impacts on air quality, water-, material and energy cycles, public health, urban footprints, public perception and acceptance on the other;
- practice the use of software tools that are employed by planners to make decisions about the spatial organisation of the build environment (e.g. design tables);
- understand the aspects involved in bringing about innovation and participation among different stakeholders in urban settings, i.e. Public, Government, Companies;
- recognise and apply methods to engage with stakeholders and to support their planning decisions, including interviews, design charrettes, stakeholder analysis, multi criteria decision analysis and decision oriented planning.


- following lectures and reading literature;
- group and individual assignments;
- workshops on design charretts, stakeholder interviews, planning fieldwork, stakeholder analysis;
- excursion(s) to the case study area.


Individual assignment (60%), Group work - district design poster(40%).


Course reader.

Keuze voor: MUEUrban Environmental ManagementMSc5AF