Course code Arhi5053

Credit points 6

Territorial Development Planning

Total Hours in Course162

Number of hours for lectures24

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes20

Number of hours for laboratory classes20

Independent study hours98

Date of course confirmation10.03.2021

Responsible UnitInstutute of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Engineering

Course developer

author lect.

Iveta Lāčauniece

Mg. arch.

Course abstract

Students get acquainted with the significance of territorial planning, their main objectives, newest trends and historical stages of spatial planning. Students acquire knowledge and skills in creating of spatial planning in different levels.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge of basic principles of sustainable spatial planning, development of regional marketing strategy and territorial development.
Skills to apply various methods of spatial planning using both objective and subjective information, skills to develop development schemes
Competence in sustainable and long term spatial planning, ability to understand interdisciplinary approach.
Students present results of course in the research of the development of the chosen city displaying it in schemes, as well in the analysis of existing planning documents

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Principle of sustainability in spatial planning (4h)
2. Spatial planning in Latvija (4h)
3. Laws and regulations for territorial development planning (4h)
4. New trends in spatial planning (4h)
5. Administrative structures. Administrative structures in Latvia (4h)
6. Principle of continuity in spatial planning. Stages of the history of urban development (4h)
7. Historical development of Latvian towns (4h)
8. Basic principles of urban structure composition (4h)
9. Functional zoning of territory (4h)
10. Traffic infrastructure in the city, methods of planning (4h)
11. Engineering communications in the city (4h)
12. Basic principles of organization of different scales spaces. Perception of urban spaces (4h)
13. Subjective factors in city planning (4h)
14. Local level planning, main tasks, documents (4h)
15. Detailed plans. Technical solutions, administration (4h)
16. Organization of architectural spatial structure in local level plans (4h)

Requirements for awarding credit points

The lecture course must be attended, must be prepared report, analysis and spatial development proposal of the student’s own choses town according lecture topics. Report should be in graphic form- schemes, pictures, sketches

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Following the topic discussed in each lecture, students prepare study of the chosen city. Results of research should be represented in seminars
Themes of practical work:
1. Analysis of city development factors
2. Reflection of newest city development tendencies in the choses city
3. Analysis of the city in the territorial structure of the state
4. Historical development of the city
5. Analysis of compositional structure of the city and development proposals
6. Critical review of existing city comprehensive plan
7. Analysis of transport structure of the city and the surrounding region and proposals
8. Analysis of engineering infrastructure in the city
9. Analysis of the city based on subjective factors
10. City development opportunities and proposals
11. Analysis of current situation detailed planning territory
12. Conceptual solution for the development of detailed planning territory
13. Detailed planning solutions- building structure, transport structure, engineering infrastructure, green structure.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Assessment depends on the cumulative assessment of presentations in seminars. Creativity of proposals for city development and quality of spatial analyses will be evaluated.

Compulsory reading

1. Briņķis J., Buka O. (2001) Teritoriālā plānošana un pilsētbūvniecība, Rīga, RTU, 219 p.
2. Briņķis.J., Buka O. (2006) Pilsētu un lauku apdzīvoto vietu kompleksu arhitektoniski telpiskā plānošana, Rīga TU, 235lpp
3. Jānis Briņķis, Oļģerts Buka, (2008) reģionālā attīstība un prognostika pilsētplānošanas kontekstā, Rīga, RTU, 194 lpp
4. John A. La Grotr J.A. Site Analysis. John Willey&Sons.Inc, 2008. 328 p.
5. Kevin Lynch The Image of the City, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 194 lpp
6. Charles Landry, The Art of City Making, London, Sterling VA, 462lpp

Further reading

1. Apdzīvotu vietu ilgtspēja – R:LU, 2001.,-60lpp
2. Antrop M. (2004) Landscape change and the urbanization process in Europe. Landscape and Urban Planning, 67, pp.
3. Yli-Pelkonen V., Kohl J. The role of local ecological knowledge in sustainable urban planning: perspectives from Finland. Sustainability: Science, Practice & Policy, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2005, p. 3–14. Pieejams

Periodicals and other sources

1. Latvijas aArchitektūra. Rīga: Lilita, ISSN 1407-4923
2. Topos. European Landscape Magazin. Munchen:Callwey, ISBN 3-7667-1593-3
Landscape Architecture and Art. Proceedings of the Latvia University of Agriculture


Compulsory course in full-time studies of VBF study program "Landscape Architecture and Planning" (Master of Professional Higher Education). The study course is also taught in English.