ETE-33806 Planning and Design of Urban Space


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
One day excursion8
Practical intensively supervised24
Project learning14
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. HHM Rijnaarts
dr. M Spiller
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. HHM Rijnaarts
dr. M Spiller
dr. ir. GJ Carsjens
G Kleinrensink
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. HHM Rijnaarts
dr. ir. WGM van der Knaap

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Assumed knowledge on:

ETE-22806 Principles of Urban Environmental Management;
LUP-23306 Planning for Urban Quality of Life

Continuation courses:

Thesis Urban Environmental Technology and Management (ETE) or Land Use Planning (LUP)


This course deals with a number of concepts and methods, including specific spatial analysis approaches, which are relevant to the planning and design of sustainable urban environments. The mix of theories and concepts, case studies and simulation exercises offered in this module provides students with theoretical and practical understanding of the key issues which urban spatial planners and infrastructure managers are facing when aiming for sustainable management of the urban space.
Main concepts in urban spatial planning and design are elaborated. Real case studies as presented by professionals in the urban planning arena are discussed. Students use spatial planning tools like Design Table for simulating a city/neighbourhood redesign, including elements of stakeholder participation for building alternative urban scenarios. In the group assignment, students design different scenarios for the development of a specific city/region. The scenarios are finally brought to life in a specific urban space by means of the design table tool to give first insights in trade-offs between different stakeholder priorities.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course students will be able to:
- recognize how different elements of the urban space such as energy, water and sanitation networks, transport, buildings, and recreation facilities, interact in the urban environment and are brought together into a specific spatial organization;
- relate relevant concepts of spatial design to criteria of urban sustainability (including buildings). - use concepts of spatial planning in the urban environment using modern tools such as the design table (learning by doing; practical);
- understand the cause and effect relationship between decisions related to the organization of the urban space and their impact on environmental and social aspects like air quality, water- material - and energy cycles, public health, urban footprint, public perception and acceptance and other sustainability criteria;
- understand the aspects involved in bringing about innovation and participation among different stakeholders in urban settings, i.e. Public/Government/Companies;
- apply tools related to the process of building scenarios for urban planning following a systematic approach.


- assignment combined with practical: Group assignment using the design table and scenario analysis;
- excursion: Energy in local VINEX planning: Excursion for example to the 'Waalsprong';
- workshop: Design table and Stakeholder Priorities.


Written examination (60%), Design table assignment (40%).


Course reader.

Restricted Optional for: MUEUrban Environmental ManagementMSc5AF