Planning for all

Integrating Spatial Planning and Design with society

‘Planning for all’ is a debate and discussion as part of the ‘The New Planning Dialogue’ series organized by Vereniging Deltametropool in close collaboration with Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. In this session, we will look at the changing roles of spatial planning and design and the challenges in capacities faced by planners and designers.

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Due to the necessary restrictions and rules regarding COVID19, the event will be organised completely online via Zoom. Considering the traveling and meeting, the organising team has decided not to meet at Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam for the recording. Our speakers and panelists has been informed and we have agreed upon a online meeting.

This debate will focus on the repositioning of the spatial planner or designer as an orchestrator and enabler of sustainable regional futures. With the current pressing global issues in mind, it’s high time to embrace and promote the unique qualities and attributes of spatial planning and design, and explore the new roles planners and designers should take on. Some of the questions that we will address are;

How should planners and designers operate in addressing the big-ticket issues of the 21st century?
What capacities are essential to create an impact on sectors related to new planning, that will encompass distinctive collaborations? 

In the format of a debate, we will look at the paradigm shift in the roles of spatial planning and the capacities that challenges the new age planners. Some of the main discussions will revolve around;

Paradigm shift in spatial planning and design
Big challenges and differences in sectoral boundaries
Changing roles: Planner as a boundary spanner
Capacity building in of planning that is needed to interact with other sectors (social, economic, cultural, energy, technological)
Expectations from various sectors from planners?
– Additional capacities necessary for 21st CE planners and designers
Unprecedented times: Prioritization of monumental shifts in the field of planning


13:00 – Welcome by Paul Gerretsen (Vereniging Deltametropool)

Introduction to New Planning

13:10 – What are the urgencies in planning and how do they redefine the role of planning and design? (University of Groningen)

Part 1: Panel discussion

13:20 – Panel Discussion 1 (Pakhuis de Zwijger)

Speakers: Marlous van der Veen | Ellen van Bueren | Henk Ovink | Christian Zuidema | Christian Lamker | Jannemarie de Jonge

Predictions on climate change, population growth and ecological deterioration urge us to act faster and more radically than ever before, and calls for integrative and inclusive planning for all! The panelists discuss, identify and explore the direction and dimensions of the radical transformations needed, current obstacles and shortcomings, and, in this light, crucial new profiles for the planner of the future. 

– What is/are the most critical challenge(s) we (will) face (in the near future)?

– Which sectors are critical to include in planning ?

– What should become the core added value of the planner, given the urgent challenges ahead?

– What should they do to help our society deal with such challenges?

– What still stands in the way of performing that role?

– What needs are served by the boundary spanning/ changing role of planners in professional practice?

14:05 – Video intermezzo

14:15 – Panel Discussion 2 (Pakhuis de Zwijger)

Speakers: Maria Kaika | Erik Verroen | Matthijs Bouw | Ruth Hoppner | Annet Kempenaar | Ward Rauws

The second panel explores the implications of ‘planning for all’ for planning and design professionals. It discusses the (re)new(ed) position and calls for planning in the societal debate, how it differs from before, and what skills and competences are crucial for planners of tomorrow in connecting to a multitude of actors and stakeholders.  

– How do the current radical urgencies play a role in discussing or rethinking the roles of planning?

– What practical implications can be implemented in practice to accommodate the new roles and skills?

– Do we need to re-educate planning and design professionals?

– Are the current BSc and MSc curricula in our planning and design schools shaped to properly educate and train new young professionals?

– Which cases  can we consider as leading examples in  multi-sectoral and inclusive approaches/ projects?

15:00 – Coffee break

Part 2: Interactions with audience

15:10 – First impressions with audience

What are the key roles of the planner with the current planning urgencies in mind?

15:30 – Breakout rooms

How could you develop these roles individually or as an organisation in practice?

15:50 – Conclusion and thank you and borrel!

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We cordially invite you to participate in this masterclass to discuss about the role of planning and the role of planners and join the seventh New planning Dialogue.

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The New Planning dialogue

This is the seventh event of The New Planning Dialogue, in the series of eight inspiring activities in the upcoming years. We are looking forward to host all the partners of The New Planning at this event. You can read more about the previous events over here.

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