LUP-30806 Studio Participative Planning


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work4
Excursion (one day)24
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. WGM van der Knaap
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. WGM van der Knaap
Examiner(s)dr. ir. WGM van der Knaap

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In this course students make a design for a spatial operational plan (focussing on execution) on a local scale, in a complex context with different stakeholders. The plan must address the present spatial problems in the area. In this course the students have to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills from previous courses. The students are confronted with a vision for the long-term future of the area, which consistently has to be operationalized in the successive phases of the course. The main phases are:
- analysis of patrons and processes;
- a first proposal for a spatial plan;
- a further elaboration of arrangement and construction for a part of the area;
- calculation of impacts and an economic evaluation of the measures proposed.
Those phases are finished with oral and written presentations, including maps.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- interpret and adjust a project assignment for the local scale;
- carry out an analysis of the physical and social dimensions and development of an area and analyse the spatial organization of activities on local scale;
- apply planning methods in a project on local scale;
- develop plans to solve social, economic and ecological problems;
- develop and present a plan at the local scale for a selected area with a high degree of complexity within a specific social and physical context and given a specific planning task;
- develop plans for infrastructure networks, including solutions to mitigate environmental impacts;
- analyse the consequences of alternative choices for different stakeholders in society;
- prepare and give an oral presentation on a planning project;
- express an opinion;
- work in a team;
- understand how to write a reflection paper on personal action and thinking and group processes.


- practical assignments (individual as well as in groups);
- written, oral and poster presentations;
- field excursion (participation is obligatory).


The student will be assessed on the basis of:
- his/her completion of the different practical exercises (individual as well as group results) and his/her activities during the group processes;
- a personal evaluation based on a weighted average of the student's individual and group results over the different phases (number of phases depends on the topic and problem statement; this will differ each year);
- the students are asked to gather their personal experiences, including individual contributions to the group work, during the course in a separate reflection document (which is not graded).
Each of the different phases will be graded separately. Compensation from separate results is offered in the final grading of the course. For a successful completion of course, the average grade has to be a minimum of 5.50. More detailed information will be provided in the course guide.


A reader will be available at the start of the course.

Compulsory for: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBScB: Spatial Planning6WD
Compulsory for: WUSPABSc Minor Spatial Planning6WD