This course will concentrate on planning systems and planning cultures. The course applies a comparative approach to land use planning systems, and will also deal with the socio-spatial context of land use planning. The aim is to learn to understand and analyse different planning systems, their tools, processes and contexts.
The course will meet in Zoom on Wednesdays and Fridays 10:15–11:45 AM (depending on the COVID-19 situation, some sessions may be organised as hybrid sessions allowing attendance both online and on campus).
Teachers: Hanna Mattila (firstname.lastname@example.org), Vesa Kanninen (email@example.com) and guest lecturers
Programme, Fall 2020 (subject to minor changes)
9.9. Introduction: What is land-use planning? (Hanna Mattila)
11.9. Planning systems – comparative approaches (& instructions for the group work) (Hanna Mattila)
Readings for the session: P. Newman and A. Thornley (1996), Urban Planning in Europe. International Competition, National Systems and Planning Projects, pp. 27-75. and V. Nadin and D. Stead (2008)," European Spatial Planning Systems, Social Models and Learning".
16.9. The Finnish planning system I (Hanna Mattila)
18.9. The Finnish planning system II (Hanna Mattila)
Readings for the session, browse: Land Use and Building Act (132/1999) (unofficial translation; recent amendments not included)
23.9. Reforming the Land Use and Building Act (Raine Mäntysalo)
Readings for the session: H. Mattila (2017), Balancing between efficiency and sustainability – discourses around Finnish
land-use planning system. In: Kristjansdottir, S. (ed.) Sustainable Planning Policy and Practice. Nordic Experiences. London: Routledge. Pp. 156–174.
25.9. The British planning systems (Vesa Kanninen)
Readings for the session:
30.9. The US planning systems (Hanna Mattila)
2.10. What can the LBA reform learn from other European planning systems – insights into planning in France, Germany and the Netherlands (Guest speakers: Kaisu Kuusela & Kaisa Schmidt-Thomé)
Readings for the session:
P. Booth (2014): What can we learn from France? Some reflections on the methodologies of cross-national research Planning cultures, in The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods, ed. by Elisabete A. Silva.
7.10. Planning cultures (Tuomas Ilmavirta)
Readings for the session: B. Sanyal (2005) Hybrid Planning Cultures: the Search of the Global Cultural Commons. Pages 3–27 in Planning Cultures. ed. by Bish Sanyal. Available at Aalto library e-books.
9.10. Planning in the EU context (Eva Purkarthofer)
14.10. Group work presentations
16.10. Group work presentations
19.10. Home exam (starts)
25.10. Home exam (ends)
Assessment: Grades will be based on the assignments (group assignment, in-class assignments) 40 % and home exam 60 %. You are required to pass both parts, assignments and home exam, to pass the course.