LAR-26309 Studio Urban Design


Studiepunten 9.00

More days excursion56
One day excursion14
Practical extensively supervised34
Practical intensively supervised28
Course coordinator(s)dr. dipl. ing. S Lenzhölzer
Lecturer(s)RFM van Seumeren
dr. dipl. ing. S Lenzhölzer
ir. AJ van Haaften
Examiner(s)dr. dipl. ing. S Lenzhölzer
ir. AJ van Haaften
ir. JAAT van Merriënboer

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

LAR-12803 and LAR-25806


Landscape architects are increasingly involved in the design of urban environments such as housing, commercial and inner city improvements. With their design knowledge including living materials, they can contribute to landscape and sustainability issues. They are able to enhance the unique contextual coherences within the landscape and are therefore able to create environments that adapt seamlessly within their environment. Often, in such projects, developers or municipalities define the building programme. The task for the landscape architect is to combine the programme with the various interactions in the landscape system. For example, agriculture, nature, recreation and cultural history must be integrated with the building programme in a spatial composition and as part of a living landscape.
In this design studio the students work on a scale level of 1:5000 to 1:100 and face the complexities related to urban design. Additionally to the new skills they acquire on urban design, they deepen the skills acquired in design studios 1 and 2. The students work on a given site with a given programme, that can be extended in relation to the concept chosen. The site is firstly analysed regarding its landscape features and system. Secondly, the implications of building programmes are explored. Both findings are brought together in an integrated urban design. Qualitative design questions that will be discussed are: How does the given program relate to the surroundings, the historical and (invisible) natural landscape? What existing or reinterpreted features can be integrated into the site design? How to construct a desired atmosphere and spatial urban composition?

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- interpret a selection of urban theory (building types, infrastructure and outdoor spaces) that is relevant for the design objective;
- analyze natural and social systems and the (potential) coherences with urban patterns of a given project area;
- evaluate and explore references from design projects visited during excursions;
- apply the theory of human geography and environmental psychology ;
- appraise the consequences of design proposals with regard to the natural and social coherences;
- demonstrate an imaginative capacity in design proposals to apply the functional aspects of vegetation (e.g. microclimate adaptation);
- apply advanced freehand and digital visualization skills in the design proces;
- present (intermediate) design results convincingly and evaluate critical responses, both with and without oral presentation.


To extend reference knowledge:
- lectures and excercises;
- reference studies;
- excursions;
- literature study. To practice urban design:
- design studio.


- evaluation of excercises, reference analysis - assessment of the work submitted during the design studio (interim presentations and final presentation).


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Heeling, J. , Meyer, H., Westrik, J. , Sauren, E. 2002, Het ontwerp van de stadsplattegrond, SUN, Amsterdam.
Meyer, H. de, Josselin de Jong, F., Hoekstra, M.J. (eds.). 2006 Het ontwerp van de openbare ruimte. SUN, Amsterdam.

Verplicht voor: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBScA: Landscape Architecture6WD