LUP-35806 Transport, Traffic and Infrastructure


Studiepunten 6.00

Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. GJ Carsjens
dr. C Basta
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. GJ Carsjens
CR Baltjes
JR de Vries
dr. C Basta
Examiner(s)dr. ir. GJ Carsjens
dr. C Basta

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The course consists of an interdisciplinary outlook on the planning of so-called network infrastructures and focuses on the interrelation between the flows of goods, people and energy t the metropolitan scale in particular. The course offers a perspective on metropolitan and rural landscapes based on the identification of the 'vital nets' represented by network infrastructures like as railway tracks, (often adjacent) power lines, roads and bicycle' paths. Special attention is given to the interrelation between transportation routes and site-specific infrastructures (like industrial and energy facilities) and to their integration within, and impacts on, the daily living environment.
The course prepares the students to identify and planning the best possible integration of transport and site-specific installations according to the objectives of safety and sustainability. That is why the course has a special accent on the concepts of risks and safety and on how land use planning may enhance a safe and sustainable network-infrastructures design. Methods and techniques for, in particular, assessing the risks and impacts of site-specific infrastructures in relation to transport networks and mobility are provided. Examples of locational assessments are discussed. The European regulatory framework (EIA, SEA and key European legislations) are described. Special attention is given to the Dutch legal framework. An international comparative outlook derived from literature on mobility and facility siting case-studies will be also provided. Finally, throughout the course students are stimulated to reflect on the social and ethical implications of the transport of, in particular, goods and energy at international scale. In their final essay students will therefore also present their vision of how spatial planning can represent an incentive for more sustainable and ethically sound goods- and energy- transportation patterns.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- compare the most important theories in the domain of infrastructure and transportation studies;
- analyze traffic and mobility and its environmental impacts in a project on a local or regional scale;
- develop a basic infrastructure and transportation network on a local or regional scale;
- embed this basic infrastructure and transportation network in a complex planning project;
- write scientifically and organize literature references.


Lectures, practical assignment (attendance is mandatory).


Discussion on a 15 pages report on a topic chosen by the student.


A reader will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Verplicht voor: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBScB: Spatial Planning1AF