Spatial Planning Seminar:
Technology Enhanced
Blended Learning
Spatial Planning    (Raumordnung, Raumplanung, LV-Nr. 825075, SE, SS 2012)

7,000,000,000 humans and growing share the surface of our planet, more than half in cities where space is at a premium, which makes organizing that by and large finite space and its use "well", effectively and efficiently an inherently interesting topic. The primary objective of the seminar is to explore Spatial Planning (Raumordnung, Raumplanung) as the interplay between the built environment and its man-made structures, and the natural environment, its resources and constraints, for human activities.
    The basic idea seems simple enough: organize the use of space for the benefit of all, sustainably.
We want to critically explore the basic concepts, the goals and aims, the instruments, of spatial planning, with a strong bias for the measurable, numbers, quantitative methods: Numbers beat no numbers any time.

The tools of enquiry are a number of "models" starting with conceptual frameworks, to simple "back of the enevelop" calculations to dynamic, distributed numerical computer models.

This implies an "ontology", a well defined language (of preferably measurable concepts) for a start (what exactly are we talking about ?), and some understanding of numerical methods, models, and multi-attribute theory to make the right (or at least: good enough) choices for better - sustainable ? - use of space.

Supporting material and on-line tools:       Introduction to the Seminar (PPT)

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