Urbanism and Landscape Architecture

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Urbanism and Landscape Architecture

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    History, Landscape Architecture

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Objective

    At the end of this course, students are expected to:

    1. Know and recognize historical urban patterns, developments in landscape architecture and their meanings.
    2. Identify the relation between urban patterns, landscape architecture and architectural monuments.
    3. Read plans of cities, landscape architecture and architectural monuments.
    4. Make a visual and spatial analysis.
    5. Compare historical developments in urbanism and landscape architecture and relate them to social, political and religious ideas.
    6. Have written an essay (1700-2000 words) of academic structure and level, following a specific stylesheet (VU Department of Art and

    Course Content

    In this course students learn the history and meaning (social, political, religious) of patterns and elements of urban development and
    planning, and of landscape architecture. The examples that will be discussed cover the entire world and go back until the first millennium

    Additional Information Teaching Methods

    Lectures, seminars and excursions. The lectures and seminars of this course are offered in English. Students following the Dutch (i.e. bilingual) track can submit all written assignments in either English or Dutch. Exceptions are multiple-choice tests, assignments with peer reviewers across language tracks, and group assignments (across language tracks)

    Method of Assessment

    • Learning goals 1, 2 and 5: Assignment 1 (Exam, 50%).
    • Learning goals 3 and 4: Assignment 2 (Excursion).
    • Learning goals 1, 3, 5 and 6: Assignment 3 (Essay, 50%).

    Entry Requirements

    See the Onderwijs- en Examenregeling (OER), c.q. Teaching and Exam
    Regulations (TER) for MKDA.


    These books will provide the basis of the course reading list:

    - Barlow Rogers, Elizabeth, Landscape Design. A cultural and architectural history, Harry N. Abrams: New York 2001. (A selection of pages to be read will be announced in advance.)

    - Rutte, Reinout, The Making of the Netherlands, Thoth: Bussum 2023. (A selection of pages to be read will be announced in advance.)

    - Kostof, Spiro, The City Shaped. Urban Patterns and Meanings through History, Thames & Hudson: London 1991. (A selection of pages to be read will be announced in advance.)

    Additional readings will be provided in the form of a digital reader by your tutor in advance

    Additional Information Target Audience

    This course is compulsory for all BA MKDA students in their second year who chose Architecture as their specialisation.It is open to as an elective for 2nd or 3rd year MKDA students and students with backgrounds in history or planning. For exchange students approval of the coordinator is requested to be admitted to the course.

    * HBO-studenten ontvangen voor dit vak meer begeleiding. Dit zal plaatsvinden via enkele aanvullende werkcolleges, die in overleg met de studenten ingepland zullen worden.*

    Additional Information

    For attendance rules, see Teaching and Examination Regulations. Students should be aware that regular attendance is necessary to pass the course.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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