LAR-36806 Climate-responsive Planning and Design


Studiepunten 6.00

Group work1
Excursion (one day)16
Course coordinator(s)JP Antunes Granadeiro Cortesão
Lecturer(s)PhD MSc I Sirnik
dr. GJ Steeneveld
dr. dipl. ing. S Stremke
JP Antunes Granadeiro Cortesão
Examiner(s)dr. GJ Steeneveld
dr. dipl. ing. S Lenzhölzer
dr. dipl. ing. S Stremke

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

BSc degree in spatial planning, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design.

LAR-37306 Reflections on Planning and Design Practices, or ETE-22806 Principles of Urban Environmental Management, or SLM-30306 Issues and Concepts in International Land and Water Management. 

Continuation courses:

MAQ-35306 Urban Hydrometeorology.


This course addresses the role of human activities 'influencing' weather and climate on the large spatial and temporal scale, as well as for nested hierarchies of scales. These human activities have led to global warming, urban heat islands, urban wind nuisance, deteriorated human thermal comfort and contribute to the depletion of fossil fuel resources. In turn, one may limit these effects by careful design of renewable energy interventions and a climate responsive design of urban morphologies. In this course, students get acquainted with the basic and advanced methods to reverse these adverse climate effects through the planning and design of both urban and rural landscapes. First, students acquire the scientific physical basis of energy systems and water cycles as drivers behind the urban climate. Second, the renewable energy sources and potential technologies are identified. Third, students learn to analyse and evaluate energy and urban climate systems. The results of the analyses form the basis for climate- responsive and energy-conscious planning and design interventions on various scale levels.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the basic scientific knowledge about energy flows and processes governing the urban climate
- explain methods for energy consumption assessment and energy potential analysis
- explain analysis techniques for urban climate processes
- analyse a selection of energy flows and urban climate issues as a basis for planning and design decisions
- distinguish different spatial design solutions for redirecting energy flows and urban climate adaptation
- propose planning and design interventions for energy flows and urban climate adaptation on different scales (metropolitan to neighbourhood)


- lectures by experts from a relevant range of disciplines (meteorologists, energy, design and planning);
- self study and literature research;
- planning and design exercises;
- verbal presentations;
- writing reports;
- one (international) excursions;
- two field trips to study site.


- written interim examination about scientific knowledge (25%);
- presentation and written report of analysis results (25%);
- presentation and written report of planning and/or design results (50%).


Oke,‎ T. R.; Mills,‎ G.; Christen, A. Voogt , J. A. (2017) Urban Climates, Cambridge University Press
Lenzholzer, S. (2015) Weather in the City - How Design Shapes the Urban Climate. Rotterdam: nai010 publishers.
Stremke, S. & Dobbelsteen, A. V. D. (eds.) (2013), Sustainable Energy Landscapes: Designing, Planning and Development. Boca Raton: CRC (Taylor & Francis Group).

Keuze voor: MLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningMSc2AF