Power of Design (SD)

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Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode GESD1
Vaknaam Power of Design (SD)
Niveau(s) propedeuse
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Power of Design (SD)
Leerdoelen Analyze problems and places
1. Explain why it is vital to produce designs for a region, in which politics, public interest, decision-making and interdependence are used coherently
2. Interpret a place, problem or design for various subjective perspectives

Problem solving
3. Give examples of the following problem solving strategies: inference, loop breaking, testing solution space

Work in a team
(Side outcome – not assessed)

4. Discern between normative, rational and political arguments in a design process

Reflect on plan quality
5. Point out credibility, relevance and legitimacy as the key quality indicators of a design

Develop spatial policies
6. Describe what influence spatial concepts have had on the geography of the Netherlands and the nature of that influence
7. Point out the relevance of the past for regional strategic designs, within the visionary attitude of the designer toward the future

Communicate, convey ideas
8. Characterize designs as selective representations of the future, being part of and ongoing political process in which disagreement and discussion will always exist
9. Discern between the various intentions (functions) for which designs can be made by and with decision-makers and stakeholders
10. Explain the meaning a design can have, also unintentionally, to the beholder
11. Explain how the intention for a design is limited with the scale of the problem

Get to know real life situation
12. Describe spatial problems on a number of Dutch sites in their local context
Omschrijving With help of real life examples, this course shows how designs are a planners tool to connect a variety of interests and opinions into a seductive image of a possible future for a place. The course discusses the commissioner of the planner: society, or at least of part of society. Theories of problem solving are explained; tracing types of assumptions and arguments and how to come to creative answers to complicated questions. With help of many examples, it is explained what spatial concepts are. With their charismatic simplicity and applicability for various places, they connect people and organizations in a common ambition. Historical references can be an important inspiration. Every other week, a case is visited, showing the stories behind old, recent and future spatial patterns. Participation in the field work is mandatory.
Uren per week 6
Onderwijsvorm Fieldwork, Guest lectures, Independent study, Learning communities, Lectures
Toetsvorm Examination with open questions digital, Group assignments
Vaksoort propedeuse
Coördinator dr. ir. T. van Dijk
Docent(en) Guest lecturers ,dr. ir. T. van Dijk
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Lecture notes “How Designs structure Place-Making”
Opmerkingen The fieldwork implies students will have to travel from Groningen to various locations independently, possibly leading to travel expenditures.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Human Geography & Planning  (Optional courses Human Geography & Planning) 3 semester I a keuze
BSc Spatial Planning and Design  (Basic programme BSc Spatial Planning and Design) 1 semester I a verplicht
Pre-master programmes FSS  (Pre-master Society, Sustainability and Planning) - semester I a verplicht
Pre-master programmes FSS  (Pre-master Environmental and Infrastructure Planning) - semester I a verplicht