Landscape Architecture and Planning (BLP) / BSc

Profile

Students of the Landscape Architecture and Planning bachelor programme (BLP) study the deliberate shaping and governing of landscapes at various scales. The programme centres on the process of landscape interventions by means of planning and design, with sound academic reflection on both process and outcomes. The programme’s aims are to create, enhance, maintain, and protect landscapes in order to become or remain functional, aesthetically pleasing, meaningful, inclusive, and sustainable. 
The programme focuses primarily on the rural-urban landscapes of the Netherlands and Europe in a dynamic and global context of cultural, ecological, technological, economic and political transformation. Concepts and approaches from both the creative arts and the natural and social sciences are integrated, in order to comprehend the complex relationships between people, nature and landscape. The programme combines the professional skills of physical design and spatial planning with the ability to conduct research and express a scholarly attitude in a critical and reflexive way. 

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this BSc programme graduates are expected to:
- be able to distinguish different design and planning theories, methodologies and practices;
- have the creativity and power of imagination necessary to generate and represent future landscapes and spatial organizations and their impact on society at large and can distinguish different planning or design methods;
- be able to present models, alternatives and potential scenarios of past, present and future landscape; interventions on interrelating scales and/or research results both visually, orally and in text;
- are able to carry out an analysis of the physical and social dimensions of landscapes and their historical development in order to understand the multidimensional aspects of landscapes and to assess the impact of proposed landscape interventions on people's lives;
- be able to identify the ethical implications of planning and design interventions in relation to themes as gender, equity, multiculturalism and sustainability;
- be able to execute landscape research under supervision: the graduates are able to develop a research proposal, to formulate research questions, to collect empirical data and to analyse different types of related literature;
- have scientific curiosity, are pro-active and able to motivate an opinion;
- be critical, self-reflective and able to operate according to explicit academic codes of conduct and professional ethical standards;
- be able to operate in individual and group work settings and to be responsible for all related outcomes;
- be able to design and plan under supervision his/her own learning path, based on continuous evaluation upon personal knowledge, skills and performance.

Specializations

A - Landscape Architecture;
B - Spatial Planning.

Programme Director

Dr. ir. H. van der Stoep
Phone: 0317-(4)81896
Email: Hetty.vanderstoep@wur.nl

Study Adviser(s)

- Carlotte Cruijsen, MSc
- Narda van der Krogt, MSc
Email: blp.bsc@wur.nl
Phone: 0317-(4)83532 (secretary)
Consultation hours: weekly based on reservation at http://appointments.owi.wur.nl/blpmlp. For urgent questions, please contact Hilde Holleman (secretary) by email: hilde.holleman@wur.nl

Programme Committee

Chair: Sam Buisman
Secretary: Hilde Holleman

Internet

www.wur.nl/blp

Study Association

Genius Loci
Forum building, Droevendaalsesteeg 2, 6708 PB Wageningen
Internet: http://www.stgeniusloci.nl/

Unconditional Admission to the MSc

MCL Climate Studies;
MDR Development and Rural Innovation;
MGI Geo-information Science;
MTO Tourism, Society and Environment;
MLP Landscape Architecture and Planning.