ETE-33806 Planning and Design of Urban Space


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper1
Group work4
Excursion (one day)10
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. JTC Grotenhuis
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. JTC Grotenhuis
IM Voskamp
J Willet
Examiner(s)dr. ir. JTC Grotenhuis

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

ETE-22806 Principles of Urban Environmental Management; ETE-34306 Energy, Water and Waste Cycles in the Built Environment; LUP-23306 Planning for Urban Quality of Life.

Continuation courses:

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


This course introduces concepts, principles and methods for the planning and design of sustainable urban environments. The mix of concepts, case studies and simulation exercises offered in this module provides students with theoretical and practical understanding of the key issues that urban planners and infrastructure managers are facing when developing sustainable urban communities.
The course is built around real world planning challenges and brings together urban planning and urban design.
In the group assignment students work on a case study in which they apply water-sensitive design, passive solar design and urban form concepts. In the individual paper students contrast current planning methods with selected literature. In a small, one-week assignment, students practice the use of various planning tools, e.g. Environmental Impact Assessment, evaluation matrices and Net Present Valuation. Finally, students are introduced to the design software Google Sketchup.
The course is facilitated through lectures, but interactive hands-on workshops are a key element of this course. The analysis of real cases during the lectures, the group assignment and the individual assignment are other specific features of the course.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course the student is able to:
- recognise how different elements of the urban form (spatial organization of urban area) interact with energy, water, sanitation and social parameters;
- practice the use of software tools that are employed by planners to make decisions about the spatial organisation, design and technology implementation (e.g. Google Sketch up, Monte Carlo simulations);
- understand different concepts of urban planning paradigms and how they will influence processes of urban change and technology implementation;
- apply methods to engage with stakeholders and to support their planning decisions, through stakeholder analysis;
- design sustainable urban areas using concepts of water-sensitive urban design, passive solar design, and urban form.


- attending lectures and reading literature;
- group and individual assignments;
- workshops and tutorial on stakeholder analysis, passive design, water-sensitive urban design, modelling of rain runoff;
- Excel exercises: quantitative scenarios, Net Present Valuation, assessment matrices, MS excel logic functions;
- excursion(s) to the case study areas.


- individual paper (50%); small assignment (10%);
- group work - district design poster (40%).
To pass the course, the mark for each assignment needs to be at least 5.5.


Lecture hand-outs (MyPortal);
Reader (MyPortal);
Selected papers (MyPortal).

Keuze voor: MUEUrban Environmental ManagementMSc5AF