LAR-35806 Studio Regional Design


Studiepunten 6.00

More days excursion14
One day excursion14
Practical extensively supervised34
Practical intensively supervised28
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. I Duchhart
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. I Duchhart
ir. JW Schavemaker
and others
Examiner(s)dr. ir. I Duchhart

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

LAR-12803 Design Studio 1: Fundamentals, LAR-25806 Design Studio 2: Site Design; LAR-26309 Design Studio 3: Urban Design

Continuation courses:

LAR-81812 Bsc Thesis Landscape Architecture


New societal trends - such as urbanization and needs for ecological infrastructure - and the expected climatic change places a large variety of demands on the rural areas. Rural 'green' open space is in transition towards multifunctional production and social and ecological services. Landscape architecture has a role to play in searching for new balances between water management, agricultural production, climate mitigation and adaptation, recreational use, energy, and ecology.
The design assignment in this design studio focuses on the regional scale level - typically including various landscape types. The central level of scale will on 1:25,000. Supportive levels of scale will vary from 1:50,000 up to 1: 100,000 (analyses and conceptual design). However, the followed design process also demands work on levels of scale 1:500, 1:2000, and 1:10,000. The design studio - being the last of the cycle of the Bsc Landscape Architecture studios integrates the knowledge and skills gained in the previous Design Studios 1 up to 3.
Objective of the landscape-design assignment is the development of a (re)new(ed) landscape that is functional, sustainable, smart, and beautiful. Current driving forces in the landscape should be recognized and understood. They will form the basis for the transformation towards the proposed landscape development concepts. Designs on more detailed levels of scale play a two-fold role in the design process - firstly they will act as a research-tool testing the proposed design concept and secondly they act as means of illustration.
Problem statements develop in the course of the studio - ultimately each individual student will develop a problem statement and related design assignments. The issues identified evolve around climate adaptation, recreation, agricultural development, and energy. The student concurrently structures his/her related landscape analyses. Innovative problem solving in a well-designed way is core to the studio. Tools and means are landscape-based such as tree-planting, water-management, and nature development as well as spatial organization of the physical environment. The analysis of relevant problem-solving interventions underlies the design principles used in the various plans. In order to be able to make well-founded design decisions - an initial landscape theoretical vision will have to be developed.
Although there are moments of group work, each student will develop its own landscape plan - the design studio as a whole however demonstrates many different potentials and constraints of the regional design.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- apply the knowledge on natural sciences to analyze the landscape system and its visual characteristics;
- identify the legal and political context of the design assignment;
- interpret the landscape transformations in the project area;
- select design methods for relevant analyses and design explorations;
- analyze the various landscape scale levels by use of effective drawing and mapping techniques;
- design architectural landscape interventions on different scale levels between a regional plan and a human scale;
- appraise the consequences of design interventions on the natural and social coherences;
- present (intermediate) design results that reveal a coherence between scales, mapping and conceptual thoughts;
- express an opinion.


The Design Studio follows the format of a design laboratory, in which the student practices with: - carrying out landscape analysis and perception studies design exercises that work towards conceptual - strategic designs;
- carrying out literature studies on landscape interventions as well as on landscape theory;
- undertaking detailed design exercises to solve conflicting land-use demands;
- designing and giving form to landscape concepts, landscape plans, and illustrative details;
- preparing a final posters;
- explanatory lectures;
- one two-day fieldtrip and two one-day or several half-day excursions.
The activities are mostly individually.


The final (verbal and graphical) poster presentation forms a dominant part in the examination. One A4 methodological reflection and an A3 booklet presenting a landscape analysis too form examination products. Throughout the design studio, there are several presentation moments. The result of which will be included in the final assessment.


Rik de Visser. 1997. Het landschap van de landinrichting, een halve eeuw landschapsbouw.
Marc Antrop. 2007. Perspectieven op het landschap, Achtergronden om landschappen te lezen en te begrijpen.

Verplicht voor: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBScA: Landscape Architecture1AF