852304 Design workshop

Project course
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Kommenda, Clara , Furlan, Cecilia
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


In the fall semester of 2023, the design workshop course will be part of the 7th edition of the international design workshop (re)CYCLE LIMBURG in Herleen and Maastricht (The Netherlands).

Landscapes and cities as renewable resources are a shared concept among architects, urbanists and landscape architects; however, each territory is unique and, hence, needs specific approaches to be “re-cycled”. Building the city and landscapes with available waste materials has been a natural practice for ages. Benefiting from available waste processes and materials is something we lost since industrialization and more linear processes of urbanization and consumption dominate the practices of today. It is, however, an urgent necessity to rethink this resource-consumptive process.

In the course, we will push the concept of recycling as the spatial driver to envision future landscapes on multiple scales. Starting from evaluating what already exists, we will envision how to work with former architectural elements, landscape infrastructures, public spaces, and vacant sites.

The design workshop will focus on an interesting landscape in the South of the Netherlands, Limburg. Limburg appears to be a transition territory, undoubtedly going through deep-set changes, and is after one or more life cycles. These slow or radical changes imply losses and costs, but Speaking of the life cycle for landscapes and territories entails understanding the dynamics of transformations that occur slowly or after radical shocks. Each implies losses and costs but offers the potentiality of underperforming sites.
So how do we envision spatial developments for Limburg where infrastructures, public spaces, gardens and resources are linked into a coherent vision?

The workshop will focus on specific locations in the urban districts of Heerlen Noord and Maastricht. We will investigate the role and meaning of the so-called “public” spaces and landscape design, testing if and how these spaces can catalyse future cycles that promote social cohesion, identity, circularity, climate adaptive solutions, playfulness, and well-being.

#Organization :
This initiative was organized together with ZUYD University of Applied Sciences, diverse (inter)national partner universities TU Delft, BTU Berlin, KU LEUVEN, BOKU, the municipality of Heerlen and the housing association Wonen Limburg.

The workshop will take place abroad from 19/11/2023 to 25/11/2023 in Herleen (the Netherlands)
The workshop will be in English, and you will group in small interdisciplinary and international groups. Living and accommodation costs are covered by the organization. Transport costs are not covered.

#Workshop & Activities:
During five days, international participants will work simultaneously on the landscape/ Urban scale, focusing on public space.

Mapping, analysing and understanding urban context on different scales
· Co designs
· Envisioning lightweight, low-cost, yet substantial and long-term impact interventions of tactical urbanism
· Activate the engagement of the local community by co-production processes.
· Promote projects that facilitate economic, climate adaptive solutions, socio-cultural revival and a local sense of community.

Previous knowledge expected

The workshop is open to students of the Master programme Landscape Architecture Landscape Planning and Urban Planning
Expected skills are knowledge of designing, CAD, GIS and techniques for visualization.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After the course, the students will be able to:
- Identify the four central methods (system mapping, selecting leverage points, ideate solutions, and contextualise solutions) of systemic design;
- Apply a systemic design process to their study area.
- Critically reflect on their design process;
- To operate and integrate design and systemic thinking in a situated learning environment in relation to the involved research groups national and international (research) projects.
- To construct cross-disciplinary and holistic ecological design strategies and approaches
To prepare students to address the most urgent issues in design offices, governmental departments and research environments
-develop a critical and reflective attitude towards the current urbanism practice.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.