LUP-12306 Integrated Studio: The Metropolitan Landscape


Studiepunten 6.00

One day excursion48
Individual Paper1
Practical extensively supervised48
Course coordinator(s)G Kleinrensink
dr. ir. GJ Carsjens
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. GJ Carsjens
CR Baltjes
G Kleinrensink
ir. JW Schavemaker
Examiner(s)dr. ir. GJ Carsjens

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

LUP-11303 Introduction Landscape Architecture and Planning: Theory, LAD-23312 Landscape Geography


Building on the foundations of the foregoing courses a multidisciplinary team of lecturers uses a range of didactic means in order to sensitize students for a comprehensive approach to the Dutch landscape. The geography, planning and architecture of Dutch landscape opens up a window on the analysis, planning and architecture of the metropolitan landscape. Basic knowledge about the soil, surface- and ground water, vegetation and the history of the landscape are being applied in the context of a planning and design task in the western part of the Netherlands. The integrated studio and its related field trips challenge the students to synthesize disciplinary knowledge and skills and develop an integrative attitude apt for spatial planning and landscape architecture. Regional soil science, hydrology, landscape ecology and historical geography are taken as exemplars for knowledge transfer from the domain of environmental sciences into the domain of landscape planning and design. Additional disciplinary input comes from a wide range of disciplines such as ecology, economy, geo-information sciences, policy sciences and human geography. This multi- and interdisciplinary approach is used for the development of unifying concepts in landscape research and design.
The studios, debate, essay and field trips take the Randstad-Green Heart Metropolis or Delta metropolis in the western part of the Netherlands as a focal point. The studio especially addresses the regional and local scale. References to the actual planning process are taken from ongoing planning and design processes such as Nota Ruimte, national ideas about the ecology, water management, economical development, the Green Heart policy, development of the district of Leidsche Rijn in the western part of Utrecht. Core concept is the unifying concept of metropolitan landscape - pointing at the need for innovative interpretations in the domain of rural and urban planning.
During the course the lecturers have special attention for the development of scientific attitude and the critical reflection of each student.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- recall theories on landscape ecology;
- interpret the genesis, spatial distribution and properties of a specific landscape that are the result of the accumulated effect of social, cultural, legal, political, economic, geographical, pedological, hydrological and ecological processes;
- investigate by use of basic design and planning methods a preliminary planning or design solution;
- describe the role of maps in planning and design;
- apply and use methods of GIS and graphics in maps on different scales;
- communicate, present and discuss a plan or design;
- work in a team.


A multidisciplinary team of lecturers uses a range of didactic means. The students will:
- work on several practical exercises in analysis and design at different scales;
- take part in several field trips;
- take part in debate sessions about actual environmental issues.


The grading is based on the results of the group work, a written exam, and an individual evaluation of the attitude during the course work.


Study materials that will be used:
- Selected parts of the book by Marjan C. Hidding, ' Planning voor stad en land' . Uitgeverij Coutinho; derde, herziene druk 2006. ISBN-10: 90 469 0014 2;
- The book: ' Anticiperend landschapsbeleid Deel 1: Drijvende krachten' ; J.A. Klijn, F.R. Veeneklaas; Alterra rapport nr. 1557.
- The book: ' De Rode Draad, Continuïteit en verandering in Veldhuizen Vleuten-De Meern'.
- Frank Berendse. Natuur en landschap in Nederland. KNNV, 2010.

Verplicht voor: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc6WD