Tasks prior to your arrival


Ahead of their arrival, we ask students to prepare for the Summer School by performing three tasks.  You need to be able to:

1. Explain ONE SPATIAL PLANNING ICON in YOUR OWN country in 3 slides in 3 minutes (1 minute per slide). You need to read document number 1 to understand what we mean by “Spatial Planning Icon”. Please, prepare an image of an icon to show . This is a VERY SHORT EXERCISE. Remember you will have only 3 minutes to explain. (At TU Delft, we take short presentations very seriously, so you will not have extra time!).

2. Explain the role of Spatial Planners and Designers IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY. You need to read document number 2  and document number 3 in order to do this. You are not going to present this. Instead, you will be invited to play a game in which the information contained in the paper will be useful.

3. Prepare your contribution to the ‘Museum of Water’. A  Museum of Water is an artistic intervention originally created by British artist Amy Sharrocks. You can see what a Museum of Water is here: http://www.museumofwater.co.uk  


Amy Sharrocks. Photo by Ruth Corney

The idea is that the Museum of Water will help us interrogate ourselves about the meanings of water in our lives.  According to Amy Sharrocks: “It is time to re-examine our connection with the water that surrounds us, and develop a new relationship. We need to hold on to water, consider what is precious about it and how we are using it now in order to explore how we might save it for the future. We are all implicated in this.”

How to prepare your contribution to the TU Delft Museum of Water? Please, use a small transparent glass or plastic container to collect water that is significant for you. It could be the water of the monsoon in India, the water of a river in Australia, the water from a swimming pool you like, or the water of puddle in your favourite square. Some people find inventive ways to collect water and also special containers that mean something as well. One of the samples in our latest Museum of Water at TU Delft had the tears that a student collected patiently during many months. It is interesting when we can see water of different colours or different levels of purity. You may also want to show a challenge or a problem, by showcasing polluted or undrinkable water.

What is important is that attached to your little container is a tag with a story of why that water is significant for you. You can write a story or tell people about an incident, a challenge, a problem, a memory, or whatever you want to express. It is important that the tag is big enough and that the short story is written in your own hand (not printed).

We will set the TU Delft Museum of Water during the Summer School, but since our students are not here during the summer, we will set it up again in September for all students and our community to see and promote it in our website. The 3 most inventive or original water samples will be awarded the book The City at Eye Level created by STIPO, initiator of the City at Eye Level network. STIPO is a multi-disciplinary office for urban strategy, place-making and city development located in Rotterdam.

Please, keep in mind you are not allowed to bring liquids in your hand luggage. Therefore, the little glass or plastic container must be brought inside your bag, together with your toiletries, for example and well wrapped, so it doesn’t leak!

Here are examples of tag designs you can use. Here you can DOWNLOAD printable tags. You can also use your own tag designs.


And here’s a very popular tag to inspire you: the “Drink me” tag attached to the bottle Alice finds at the bottom of the Rabbit Hole in the original illustration by Sir John Tenniel (1820 – 1914), for Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll.


The documents are downloadable below:

1. REPORT: 35 ICONS OF DUTCH SPATIAL PLANNING (Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment)

2. REPORT: 75 YEARS OF NATIONAL SPATIAL POLICY IN THE NETHERLANDS (Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment)

3. ACADEMIC PAPER: Urban Planners as Network Managers and Metagovernors (by Karina Sehested)

You also need to watch:

A general introduction to ‘study in the Netherlands’ at:

A simple introduction to the Dutch Delta (the context where we will work) at:

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