LAR-25806 Studio Site Design


Studiepunten 6.00

More days excursion14
One day excursion14
Practical extensively supervised34
Practical intensively supervised28
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. PA Roncken
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. PA Roncken
Examiner(s)dr. ir. PA Roncken

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

LAR-12303 Design studio 1: Fundamentals; LAR-22806 Landscape Architecture Theory and Aesthetics


After the instruction of the basics of design in Design Studio I and theoretical principles for design and aesthetics in Theory and Aesthetics, the implementation of design principles on a concrete location is learned in an intensive studio.
Landscape architects have the task of shaping a functioning, sustainable and pleasing environment, by imagining a place where human beings can dwell. Within the context of a technical assignment they have to shape a surrounding where people can feel at home. Their plans are always situated in a wider context that influences the site and inspires the designer. This studio deals with site design in an existing context on a location selected from a discrete set of options (the program for the design could be a park or graveyard). The aim is to get to know and apply the fundamentals of site design, using various techniques and materials and getting acquainted to the critical use of information sources.
Knowledge acquired in the courses Landscape Engineering and Planting and Construction are to be united in a convincing design. The design process consists of the following steps 1. surveying of the site and the context, analyzing aspects of site and program by fieldtrips and map studies and reference studies;
2. developing various design models on possible interventions, that are argued for and can be discussed;
3. developing a plan for the site in form, dimensions and materials;
4. constructive elaboration;
5. visualizing a presentation;
6. verbally presenting the design.;
The scale of the design is 1:10.000 for the research of site and context, 1:1.000-1:500 for the final design and 1: 100-1:10 for details.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- evaluate a given design objective and its potentials for improvement;
- distinguish individually and in small groups the relevant natural and social landscape knowledge for the design objective;
- demonstrate skills to approach a site-design by a given methodology;
- communicate by way of drawings and models realistic and inventive techniques for the representation of space;
- demonstrate the ability to work efficiently both individually and in small groups;
- apply and judge individually the relevance and objective of intermediate design products, such as spatial models and design sketches;
- present the design results in a well-ordered and attractive way both with and without oral presentation;
- evaluate critical responses after (intermediate) project presentations and appraise its consequences for the design objective.


- a structured and supervised design studio;
- several excursions;
- applied drawing;
- presentations;
- evaluation and discussion.


The design studio will be assessed on the basis of the intermediate assignments completed and combined in a portfolio, an adequately motivated design and a presentation of that design convincingly both graphically and verbally.


Design exercise book available.

Verplicht voor: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBScA: Landscape Architecture3AF+4AF