Case Studies from the Student Groups: Learning for Life? How participants evaluate LEDs relevance and applicability

Eva Schwab, Tonje Cecilie Stordalen

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A widening economic gap and growing diversity in society, coupled with climate change and deteriorating habitats are pressing challenges which should be tackled in socially and politically-responsible manners by our society at large and planning and design professionals more specifically. Planning and design education however seldom considers its social responsibility and is therefore slow to prepare students to lead democratic, participatory planning, community design and landscape stewardship processes. To fill this gap, the LED sought to offer online courses and intensive workshops to planning and
design students. The team wanted the educational experience to be improved and adapted upon through a feedback loop, which involved participants in evaluating its education, relevance and applicability from a student perspective. Analysis of the interviews showed that while the students valued the LED experience and found it transformative both on a personal and professional level, they expressed also doubts about the applicability of their newly acquired skills in future professional offices where participatory practices are often
discredited as too time consuming and limiting of the designers’ expertise and creativity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-51
JournalIN_BO : Ricerche e Progetti per il Territorio, la Città e l'Architettura
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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