Teaching Urban and Regional Planning
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Teaching Urban and Regional Planning

Innovative Pedagogies in Practice

Edited by Andrea I. Frank and Artur da Rosa Pires

This innovative book makes the case for training future planners in new and creative ways as coordinators, enablers and facilitators. An international range of teaching case studies offer distinctive ideas for the future of planning education along with practical tips to assist in adapting pedagogical approaches to various institutional settings. Unique contributions from educational scholars contextualise the emergent planning education approaches in contemporary pedagogical debates.
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Chapter 6: Challenges in education of participatory planning: collaborating with patients and physicians to plan mental health facilities

Elsa Vivant


This chapter presents a pedagogical experiment with master’s students in urban planning. The originality of this workshop was that students worked with patients with mental illness in order to plan and relocate a mental health institution. This was sponsored by a Parisian psychiatric hospital that wanted to reorganize its activities in the city, while contributing to the social inclusion and empowerment of its patients. After presenting the different stages of the workshop, this chapter focuses on an analysis of the conditions and difficulties of this innovative and inclusive approach. The experiment raised several issues related to inclusion and dignity through planning practices and the education of future town planners. This afforded new understandings and a deeper appreciation of the challenges of participatory planning, by giving a voice to those who never speak. The whole process was enriching for all concerned, in terms of learning from others and from themselves. It also enhanced the learning opportunities for students, since they were compelled to reflect deeply on the complexities of standardised planning principles.

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