Physical modelling in landscape architecture: exploring a design tool for the explorative phases in dynamic landscape design

_GRADUATION WORK_ by Jolanda de Jong

Why do landscape architects not always consider the physical model (“maquette”) as a design tool in the explorative phases of the design process? There must be a reason for this – or even better: a solution to it. In order to explore the physical model as a design tool for the explorative design phases in dynamic landscape design. To grasp – at least a small part of – the design process.

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A landscape framework for informal settlements to facilitate urban metabolism in Tete, Mozambique

_GRADUATION WORK_ by Josje Hoefsloot
The percentage of the African population living in informal settlements is increasing. The quality of the public spaces in these informal settlements is decreasing because of uncontrolled open defecation, waste dumping and lack of a sewage system. This thesis is a research in how existing public spaces can be protected, improved and used to improve the urban metabolism in Tete, Mozambique.

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Practice-based Planning for Urban Gardening

_GRADUATION WORK_ by Ioana Musat

Urban gardening is a practice increasing in popularity in the Netherlands, especially in the city of Amsterdam. However there is little understanding about the social dimensions of urban gardening. Ioana Musat provides an insightful research in the ‘Boeletuin’ and a model for this new form of food planning.

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Responsive Land, Research by design on a sustainable form of agriculture for de Krimpenerwaard

_GRADUATION WORK_ by Sander Hermens

Sander Hermens won the 1st prize at the IFLA 2016 for his graduation work. His work provides a proposal, through research by design, for a sustainable form of agriculture for the Krimpenerwaard.

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Exploring the way

_GRADUATION WORK_ by Pim Lucassen
With the retreat of religion from the public domain the popularity of pilgrimage is increasing. A new and more pluralised spirituality is arising, but current religious infrastructure does not seem flexible enough to cope with this change. Through a phenomenological exploration of the experience and landscape of the Camino de Santiago this thesis aims to facilitate a new spirituality through design interventions along the route.

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Growing up in cities: Researching the playability of a dense prosperous neighbourhood

_GRADUATION WORK_ by Sabine van den Berg
In my graduation research, I have built upon the work of two former Landscape Architecture students in 2008. They came up with the ‘Network of Play’ model, in which children in poor neighbourhoods would be stimulated to have more outside play and physical activity. In my research I have tested this model on dense, prosperous neighbourhoods, using the case of the Statenkwartier in The Hague.

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