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 10: Addressing the interplay of design-based disciplines and social sciences in urban development education

Lukas Gilliard, Nadia Alaily-Mattar and Alain Thierstein


This contribution presents the pedagogy of the first-year design studio of the interdisciplinary master programme in Urbanism, Landscape and City at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The programme is designed for early career professionals with a first academic degree in an urban development related discipline. The programme’s pedagogy is based on the assumption that the competencies for steering urban development are distributed among various disciplines, thus calling for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches. So far, tendencies for specialisation and academic compartmentalization challenge the adoption of such approaches, which would require new tools and methods to engage design-based disciplines with the social and economic sciences and the humanities. The need to develop new pedagogies in this area is urgent. The pedagogy presented in this chapter combines trend analyses with methods of data analysis and design that are spatially oriented. This combination allows a discursive process-oriented planning approach that enables students from various disciplines to work collaboratively. This is a particularly pressing task in the context of contemporary conditions of urbanism, which undermine the effectiveness of the established instruments of urban planning thus threatening spatial planning with political insignificance.

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