Landscape-based Urbanism. Towards a Landscape Approach for Designing Urban Environments 

'Landscape-based urbanism utilizes understanding of the landscape system and its social, cultural and ecological processes ~ landscape logic ~ as the basis for sustainable urban planning and design'

Urbanization is one of the biggest challenges of this century, alongside biodiversity loss and climate change. Urbanization comes at the expense of fragile ecosystems that protect and provide us with food and water, not to mention the associated increasing vulnerability to flooding, drought and social inequality. For sustainable urbanization we need a landscape-based approach to urbanism that considers the biosphere as the context for social and economic development and takes the landscape first.

Landscape-based urbanism is an approach in which the landscape is the basis for designing future-proof urban environments. Designing with nature, people and history is at the core of Landscape-based urbanism. Understanding landscape systems and their associated ecological and cultural logic is the starting point for spatial design across scales. By using landscape logic, we can build nature-inclusive and climate adaptive and ensure a healthy and safe living environment for everyone.

Landscape-based urbanism is an international research and design perspective developed at the Section Landscape Architecture, Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and The Built Environment, Delft University of Technology by Prof. Dr. Steffen Nijhuis