Design studio performance in complex spatial projects: lessons from The Netherlands

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The Netherlands has a strong design tradition in planning for the built environment. After a period of neglect, attention for the role of design studios has resurged, particularly for addressing complex spatial projects. These area-based projects have impacts that cut across local to regional scales, so setting up a design process that addresses these scales and engages a wide range of relevant parties proves helpful for formulating design briefs and identifying potential spatial outcomes. This paper discusses the role of the design studio in the Dutch practice, exploring to what extent it helps in identifying the integrated outcomes desired.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Urban Design
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Research by design
  • Design studio
  • Project development
  • Research through design
  • Stakeholder involvement


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