LUP-32306 Studio Strategic Planning


Studiepunten 6.00

One day excursion24
Learning supported by IT20
Problem-based learning24
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. GJ Carsjens
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. GJ Carsjens
ir. JPA van Nieuwenhuize
G Kleinrensink
Examiner(s)dr. ir. GJ Carsjens

Language of instruction:

Dutch and English

Assumed knowledge on:

Students are expected to be familiar with the methods and techniques for decision-oriented as well as design-oriented approaches of planning from LUP-33306.


This practical course is a problem oriented course and design studio in which the students are challenged to analyse and solve a complex planning problem taken from practice. Interdisciplinary research and stakeholder participation is a necessary ingredient of this course. Learning by doing is combined with systematic application of prescriptions taken from the planning methodology course LUP-33306. Staff members perform the role of advisers on the job. In the studio, taking several weeks of full time group work, students practise a combination of the decision-oriented and design-oriented approach of planning.
The studio reflects an incremental and cyclical planning process. Students are tempted to produce a strategic vision for the future spatial development of a region in the Netherlands, including some spatial scenario's and a package of short term actions. Emphasis is laid upon the argumentative part of the work and the role of professionals in planning. The students are confronted with actual clients and stakeholders from planning practice.
Students work under very strict time constraints and are thus confronted with a range of uncertainties. The course helps students to develop facilitation and mediation skills so much needed in modern collaborative planning practice.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- interpret and adjust a project assignment;
- facilitate a strategic planning process with adequate knowledge;
- use and assemble a variety of methods and techniques for strategic planning to achieve a planning task at the regional level;
- analyze the legal, political and institutional context of a planning project at the regional level;
- explore relevant reference situation for a strategic planning project at the regional level;
- develop and present a strategic plan at the regional scale for a selected region with a high degree of complexity, within a specific social and physical context and given a specific planning task;
- organize a decision-making process towards the generation of a regional plan in a setting of interactive planning with a range of stakeholders involved;
- communicate with and mediate between stakeholders in environmental conflict-situations;
- prepare and give an oral presentation on a planning project;
- show a pro-active attitude;
- have a good overview over his/her tasks and responsibilities in the process;
- function in different organizational roles, plan his/her tasks and keep to a given time planning;
- reflect on personal action and thinking.


Instruction lectures, group work, planning and design activities, excursion, report writing, presentations, and discussions.


The work of the individual student is assessed on the basis of:
- his/her contribution to the group work;
- a written evaluation of his/her contribution to and role in the planning process and his/her learning experiences.


A manual for this practical course will be handed out during the first group meeting.

Verplicht voor: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBScB: Spatial Planning6WD