Regional Design: Discretionary Approaches to Planning in the Netherlands

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This thesis elaborates on the role and position of regional design in spatial planning. Building upon the argument that design in this realm aims to improve planning guidance by judging its implications for particular situations, the thesis develops an analytical framework for an enhanced understanding of how design both influences, and is influenced by, prevailing planning rationales. The analytical framework is applied to a set of regional design initiatives that evolved
in the context of Dutch national plans between 1988 and 2012. Significantly, the analysis reveals aspects of spatial planning frameworks that shape the performances of design practice, of particular importance being the flexibility of planning frameworks and the involvement of actors in initiating, conducting and judging design. In theoretical terms, the thesis contributes to the integration of planning and design theory. The societal relevance of this dissertation evolves
against the background of an increasing use of regional design-led practices in Dutch spatial planning since the mid-1980s.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Zonneveld, W.A.M., Supervisor
  • Nadin, V., Supervisor
Award date26 Jun 2019
Place of PublicationDelft
Print ISBNs978-94-6366-182-9
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2019

Bibliographical note

A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment No 6 (2019)


  • Regional design
  • Spatial planning
  • Governance


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