Critical self-reflections on our role as educators and coaches in the Atelier

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The Atelier is an approach to teaching asking MSc students to work together among the specializations of landscape architecture, land use planning and socio-spatial analysis. In the Atelier, students explore and address a ‘real-world’ issue. In 2014, the province of Utrecht acted as the commissioner for the Atelier students, asking them to elaborate a vision for the planning and design of the network of urban water and green spaces of the municipality of Utrecht, stretching across the city borders into its peri-urban surroundings, and with a view to improve the urban region’s resilience. The university added to the assignment the task of improving the urban microclimate. This topic has recently gained some traction in the study of landscape architecture at Wageningen University. Combining these two tasks did not seem to be a too long shot, as there is an obvious relationship between urban land-use on the one hand and the microclimate on the other.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreen-blue infrastructure for a resilient and healthy city; City of Utrecht, the Netherlands (The Atelier Landscape Architecture and Planning book)
EditorsR. Schrijver, V. Hetem, van, M.A. Takeda
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen University
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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