t.BA.VS.RP.19HS (Spatial Planning) 
Module: Spatial Planning
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Spatial Planning
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Version: 2.0 start 01 February 2019

Short description

Spatial planning (SP) is a cross-cutting discipline which deals primarily with settlement, landscape and transport. The course covers SP instruments in the context of future technological and social developments. The dynamics of transport and SP development and their impacts play a key role.

Module coordinator

Sauter-Servaes, Thomas (saut)

Learning objectives (competencies)

Objectives Competences Taxonomy levels
The students know the models, basic concepts and instruments of spatial planning related to future technical and social developments R C1
The students know the models, basic concepts and instruments of spatial planning related to future technical and social developments R, U C1, C2
The students know the most important instruments, strategies and concepts in these policies and understand the relevance of instruments and measures for sustainable development R, U, A C1, C2, C3
The students analyse the most important relationships and cross references between transport and spatial development and can explain questions about the relationship between settlement densification and the impact on transport behaviour A, E C3, C4
Students evaluate current issues in spatial development and evaluate and use the results in their own work in a team solution-oriented assign C C5

Module contents

  • Introduction to spatial planning
  • Spatial planning theory (models, e.g. theory of the central places, model of Thünen, model of Wegener, tripod model of Swiss federal office of spatial development)
  • Global problems of spatial planning and environmental situation
  • European spatial planning concept
  • Spatial planning in the neighbour countries (e.g. Germany, Austria)
  • Swiss spatial planning system
  • Spatial planning concept Switzerland
  • Sectoral strategies and sectoral plans of the government, the structure plans of the cantons (e.g.  sectoral transport plans, sectoral plan for aviation infrastructure, sectoral plan high-voltage power lines)
  • Legislation of spatial planning on federal, canton, municipality level
  • Structure plans (cantons, regions, communes); e.g. Zurich, Lucerne, Solothurn, Ticino)
  • Communal approach
  • Cantonal and communal land use plans
  • Zonal plan and communal construction law (e.g. Winterthur, Dietikon)
  • Development plan (traffic)
  • Special-use plans, detailed plans
  • Construction permissions
  • Additional permissions
  • Co-ordination of all processes
  • Agglomeration programs
  • Specific questions of spatial planning
  • Interfaces space and traffic planning
  • Interfaces spatial and environmental policy
  • Spatial planning and EIA / sustainability assessment
  • Parking space planning
  • Questions of city densification/
  • city of short ways
  • Approval procedure rail

Teaching materials

Kurt Gilgen (2012): Kommunale Raumplanung in der Schweiz. Vdf. Zürich. New edition planned
G. Danielli et a l. (2014): Raumplanung in der Schweiz. Rüegger Verlag. Zürich
Documents in internet (Levels: federal, canton, municipality)
http://www.vlp-aspan.ch/de/theme n
Demonstration objects, sightseeing (Zurich West, Winterthur, Lucerne), discussions
with spatial planners on different levels (federal, canton, municipality)

Supplementary literature

Danielli G.; Maibach M. (2014): Schweizerische Verkehrspolitik. Rüegger Verlag. Chur.
Ewald K. (2009): Die ausgewechselte Landschaft: vom Umgang der Schweiz mit ihrer
wichtigsten natürlichen Ressource. Haupt. Bern.
Fahrländer Partner AG (2008). Bauzonen Schweiz. Wie viele Bauzonen braucht die
Schweiz? Schlussbericht. Zürich.
Gilgen K. (2006): Kommunale Richt- und Nutzungspläne. 2. Auflage. Zürich.
United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat, 2009). Planning sustainable
cities, Global Report on human settlements 2009, Nairobi
Publikationen Raumbeobachtung Kanton Zürich
Federal Office of spatial development
www.vlp-asp an.ch
ESPON (European Observation Network for Territorial Development and Cohesion)


No special knowledge required

Teaching language

(X) German ( ) English

Part of International Profile

( ) Yes (X) No

Module structure

Type 2a
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Description Type Form Scope Grade Weighting
Graded assignments during teaching semester Presentation 2 group work and presentations 2 times 20 minutes graded 20 %
  Individual work written   graded 20 %
End-of-semester exam Examination written 90 minutes graded  60 %



Legal basis

The module description is part of the legal basis in addition to the general academic regulations. It is binding. During the first week of the semester a written and communicated supplement can specify the module description in more detail.
Course: Raumplanung - Vorlesung
Raumplanung - Vorlesung


  • No module description is available in the system for the cut-off date of 01 August 2099.