Tasks prior to your arrival


Ahead of your arrival, we ask you to prepare for the Summer School by performing two tasks.


You need to  explain ONE SPATIAL PLANNING ICON in YOUR OWN COUNTRY in 3 slides in 3 minutes (1 minute per slide) in terms of social, economic and environmental sustainability. 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!).


Explain the role of Spatial Planners and Designers IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY in relation to delivering PUBLIC GOODS. 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.

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 simple introduction to the Dutch Delta (the context where we will work) at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcBHIztx2Gw



There is a series of 7 BOOKLETS that we advise you to read. They are available HERE.

Each booklet is thematic (it addresses one specific theme in spatial planning) and addresses an important issue of spatial planning and design as we teach them at TU Delft. This is the same material our students get at their master’s 2 course in our methodology course.


In the folder SPATIAL JUSTICE contained HERE, you will find papers about sustainability, justice, transition sustainability, and much more. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO READ ALL THOSE PAPERS. Our suggestion is: find two or three papers that REALLY interest you and read them in detail, making notes on the side, thinking about the new concepts you find, thinking about the new ideas you read about.

Reading is the key to personal and intellectual development, but there is a special way to read in a thoughtful manner, by making notes, drawings, schemes, diagrams, by writing down ideas (and also your own ideas!),  by Googling the concepts, by looking terms up in the dictionary or even in Wikipedia (remember Wikipedia is not an academic source, but many articles are not bad).

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