LAR-22806 Landscape Architecture Theory and Aesthetics


Studiepunten 6.00

One day excursion14
Literature study
Problem-based learning5
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. M Brinkhuijsen
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. M Brinkhuijsen
dr. ir. R van Etteger
and others
Examiner(s)dr. ir. M Brinkhuijsen
dr. ir. R van Etteger

Language of instruction:



The course offers an insight in architectural theory and aesthetics. Lectures will refer to the theory as explained during the Introduction Landscape Architecture and Planning: Theory. Both theory and aesthetics are offered in lectures and exercises. The content of the course reflects a variety of Dutch and international references in landscape architecture. It provides an overview of the various demands a landscape architect is confronted with. It deals with concepts concerned with natural systems and social constructs. It deals with the aesthetics of landscape architecture and characteristics of good design. It offers an understanding of the correlation between different scale levels in landscape design. It offers insight in aesthetic vocabulary, design principles and design processes.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- define characteristics of contemporary landscape architecture and relate them to design theories and aesthetics;
- recognize landscape architecture as an academic and professional discipline from literature sources and excursion;
- analyze principles and concepts of landscape design as they relate to socio-cultural, economic and environmental conditions;
- distinguish the most important design methods in relation to the most common spatial and temporal scale levels;
- interpret through exercises and discussion the position of natural and social analyses within design processes, methods and techniques;
- recall by design references the differences and correlations between operational and strategic design;
- evaluate by critical discussion the legal and political context of design practices, procedures and products;
- demonstrate concise writing on an individual level.


- lectures;
- exercises in study groups (design analysis, literature analysis, discussion and presentation);
- individual writing exercise (design critique);
- small excursion(s).


- written examination on the material covered in lectures and the literature;
- design critique.


Students will be informed about the obligatory literature at the start of the course.

Verplicht voor: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc1MO
Keuze voor: MLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningMSc1MO
Verplicht voor: WULAPBSc Minor Landscape Architecture and Planning1MO