LUP-37312 Studio Strategic Planning


Credits 12.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Group work9
Excursion (one day)16
Excursion (multiple days)24
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. GJ Carsjens
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. GJ Carsjens
Examiner(s)dr. ir. GJ Carsjens

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English


Note: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with LUP-23806 Planning for Urban Quality of Life.

This studio is an in-depth planning practical, focusing at strategic spatial planning at regional scale level. The course consists of two interlinked parts. The first part aims to familiarize the students with theory and methododology for regional planning, including methods for prospective and projective scenario study. In the second part the students are challenged to analyse and solve a complex regional planning task taken from planning practice. Learning by doing is combined with the systematic application of methodology learned in the first part of this course, combined with knowledge from previous courses in the bachelor program.
In the second part of the course the students are working independently in groups and have to produce a strategic vision for the future spatial development of a region in the Netherlands, including spatial scenarios, visions and strategies. The students are confronted with an actual client and stakeholders from planning practice. Upon start of the group work the students will stay a few days at location, to familiarize themselves with the spatial organization of the region, the client and a diversity of stakeholders. The majority of the work takes place in Wageningen. The final results are presented in the study area to the client and stakeholders, including oral presentations, posters and management reports. The results and presentation aim to support the debate among stakeholders about the future spatial development of the region. Students will be practicing with different organisational tasks, such as preparing and supervising steps and sessions in the process, emphasizing the quality of interactions between participants in the process and supervising the deliverables during the process.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- apply methods for building spatial scenarios, visions and strategies with a long-term horizon
- analyse the development and spatial organization of the landscape and societal activities on a regional scale
- critically reflect on the presented methods
- develop a regional plan with a high degree of complexity within a specific social and physical context
- organize the work process for designing a regional plan in an interactive setting with a client in a region
- function in different organizational roles and plan his/her tasks within the timeframe of the planning task
- critically reflect on personal action and thinking and the group process


The studio is a practical course with various activities:
- lectures;
- reading literature;
- group work;
- one-day and multiple-day excursions;
- writing two reflective essays.


The work of the individual student is assessed on the basis of the result of the group work (60%) and two individual assignments (40%). The individual assignments include two reflection essays. One reflection essay aims to reflect on the methods used during the course, and the other essay on personal action and thinking during the process of the complex regional planning task as well as the group process and group members. Guidelines for writing the reflection essays will be presented at the start of the course. The individual assignments are to be submitted through the blackboard of the course and will be automatically checked by a plagiarism detector (TurnItIn). The result of the group work and the average of the individual assignments should both be a minimum of 5.5.


Course manual, selected scientific papers and secondary literature.

Compulsory for: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBScB: Spatial Planning5WD