SP&S associate professor Remon Rooij, PhD MSc is guest editor of a special issue of the Planning, Practice & Research journal (2016, Volume 31, Issue 5) on spatial planning education: Educating Spatial Planners for the Age of Co-Creation.

Remon and co-editor Andrea I. Frank PhD from Cardiff University introduce the journal by saying that planners are often billed as leaders and change agents of the (un)built environment. It is, however, important to recognise that planners are in reality only one of many players in a sea of actors involved in shaping future developments and projects. Plans and interventions today are co-created and in fact co-evolve relying as much on the input, cooperation and actions of inhabitants, users, developers, politicians as on expert planners and a wide variety of other professions. In their editorial introduction, Remon and Andrea state that planners therefore require skills for co-creation drawing on science and working with other disciplines. In turn planning programmes and curricula need to incorporate learning and teaching approaches that prepare students in higher education for work in co-creation settings by purposefully exposing them to learning environments that involve community, science and practice.

 

The collection of articles in the special issue, which were presented initially at the 2014 Association of European Schools of Planning congress in Utrecht, showcase curriculum developments and pedagogical research of planning educators from different world regions that in the round shed light on a variety of issues and challenges of embedding learning and teaching for co-creation and co-evolution. In their own contribution, Remon and Andrea elaborate on the tensions of employing transformational yet high risk pedagogies in higher education settings, which are becoming increasingly risk-averse and streamlined.

 

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