The New Planning Dialogue #7

Role of Planning and Role of Planners

With the current urgencies and unique processes, it is high time to embrace and promote the unique qualities and attributes of planning. Repositioning the planner as an orchestrator and enabler of planning regional futures. What new role(s) should planning and planners serve in addressing the big-ticket issues of the 21st century? What capacities will be essential to interact with planning related sectors to encompass distinctive collaborations?

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‘Role of Planning and Role of Planners’ is a debate and discussion as part of the ‘The New Planning Dialogue’ organized by Vereniging Deltametropool in collaboration with Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. We are planning this session on 2 October 2020. In this session, we will look at the changing roles of planning as a sector and the urgencies pressurizing the planner capacities. Following will be some of the discussion points:

  • Paradigm shift in Planning
  • Big challenges and differences in sectoral boundaries
  • Changing roles – Planner as a boundary spanner
  • Capacity of planning that is needed to interact with other sectors (social, economic, cultural, energy, technological)
  • What are the other sectors expecting from planners?
  • What additional capacities could be interesting for planners and designers?
  • In this unprecedented era, which monumental shifts in the field of planning should be more prioritized?


Tentative Program

13:00 – Welcome by Paul Gerretsen (Vereniging Deltametropool) 
              Introduction to New Planning 

13:10 – What are the urgencies in planning and what is the role of planner? (University of Groningen)

13:20 – Audience impression: What are the different roles of the planner with the current planning urgencies? 

13:30 – Panel Discussion 1 – Pakhuis de Zwijger

  1. How relevant is the question of boundary spanning/ changing role of planners in the professional practice?

  2. What kind of extra skills are required with the current paradigm shift – Change from a ‘steering role’ to a ‘strategic role’ – What are the factors that led to this? What changes and Why? 

14:30 – Coffee break

14:40 – Expert responses from University of Groningen

14:50 – Panel Discussion 2 University of Groningen

  1. How do these urgencies play an important role to discuss or rethink about the changing roles? What changes can be implemented in practice to accommodate these new roles and skills?

  2. Which case studies/ theories might be helpful to integrate these capacities in the multi-sectoral approaches/ projects? How to change and When? 

15:45 – Final audience impression: How would you do it individually in your practice? 

15:55 – Conclusion +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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