Landscape compositions & systems

This research theme focusses on knowledge acquisition, strategy development and design exploration of landscape compositions and systems in the built environment. The research responds to the needs of society by mobilizing its landscape architecture knowledge, skills and reputation towards the design and planning of sustainable living landscapes.

Through fundamental research and practical applications scholars in landscape architecture explore the potential of spatial, temporal and material dimensions of landscape – including ecological, social and technical aspects – advancing future-oriented action and thinking on the development of urban landscapes at multiple scale levels. Topics include: green-blue landscape infrastructures, metropolitan parks and gardens, polder landscapes, urban landscape characterization, architecture and landscape, landscape-based urban development.

Research questions

  • How to understand urban landscapes while providing clues for spatial design and planning at multiple scale levels?
  • How to shape territories through design while establishing local identity and tangible regional relationships through connecting ecological and social processes, and urban and architectural form?
  • What spatial design and planning principles for sustainable urban landscape development are available and how to adapt and apply them?


Would you like to know more about this research theme or discuss the possibilities for cooperation? Please contact the research leader:

Dr. S. Nijhuis