LAR-12803 Studio Design Basics


Studiepunten 3.00

Practical extensively supervised17
Practical intensively supervised42
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. PA Roncken
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. PA Roncken
Examiner(s)dr. ir. PA Roncken

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This course introduces the basic principles of spatial design. In a series of lectures and design assignments students will relate to various design problems that occur in landscape design. The design problems vary from relatively simple aesthetic improvements of existing situations to rather complex design problems. Besides creative design assignments that trigger originality, some reflective and analytical design problems will stimulate a critical attitude towards design.
During the lectures a selection of essential design literature will be taught and subsequently applied in short design assignments on various scale levels. Discussed design principles that relate to form, space, scale and time in landscape architecture are: repetition, sequence, balance, middle term, patterns, hierarchy and proportion. Design methods include different problem solving strategies, using design instruments such as scale models, drawings, schemes and pictures.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- interpret a given design problem and extend it with new design opportunities;
- analyze and arrange a multitude of (abstract) landscape characteristics, both individually and in small groups;
- apply the objective of intermediate design products, such as inventive analyses, models and design sketches;
- value the position of a new design in relation to existing cultural and academic perspectives;
- organize his/her portfolio work in a well-ordered manner and independent of additional oral explanation;
- prepare and give an oral presentation on a design project;
- show scientific curiosity.


- lectures;
- design exercises;
- reference studies;
- presentations and discussions.


A3 portfolio holding the intermediate and final products of the design assignments.


Exercise book.

Verplicht voor: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc6WD