Netherlands, Groningen

Design Dialogues for Bridging Controvercies

when 1 July 2014 - 8 July 2014
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 800

When a governments decides to build a contested project such as a highway, a windfarm, a power plant, et cetera, plans may become fiercely contested. rnrnDesigners can facilitate deep deliberation of communities to gain a shared understanding and arrive at a shared solution, by helping to define converging joint image of problems, possibilities and preferred solutions. rnrnThe Summerschool participants engage in a deeply visual-conversational process with residents and stakeholders at an actual contested project site (yet to be determined). Site visits and desk research help build a knowledge base for the design process, and in design meetings solution space is explored.

Course leader

dr. Terry van Dijk, Faculty of Spatial Sciences,

Target group

Master level students that have passed for at least 15 EC worth of courses that focus explicitly on urban or regional design, containing at least one design studio. We need proof of that in the form of a list of grades or reference letter from a teacher.

Course aim

The first part of the programme will be the design process itself and the pursuit of a solution that is acceptable to local communities. We hope to involve the local stakeholders in a process to discover unexpected possibilities and reach a shared understanding of problems, possibilities and best options. rnrnThe second part will be about analysing our own design process. The design sessions are recorded and monitored during the process, to allow measuring what happens in the interaction, what happens to the implicit frames participants have in their minds and to the outcomes. rnrnPurpose is to generate innovative outcomes and better understanding of how a design process can help acceptance of contested projects.

Fee info

EUR 800: 800 for foreign non RuG-partner students, including housing
EUR 600: 600 for foreign RuG-partner students, including housing


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