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Learning sustainable metropolitan development for european students of planning

Abstract : Today, environmental problems and metropolitan planning concerns most of the planners threw Europe. Consequently, it's important provide to the students tools and skills to solve them. Despite the diversity of knowledge and multiplicity of practical exercises given to the students, the methods developed by planners are heavily influenced by his own native culture. For example, Italians don't treat environmental problems and metropolization as Germans or French do. The metropolization varies from country to country. The specificity of each country approach is revealed by the legislation but also by the priority given to a particular aspect or by the tools used. Some countries focus on esthetics aspects or quantitative analysis while others prefer qualitative analysis and functional aspects. Learning this specialties is interesting because it helps one criticize his own knowledge and skills and it helps to collaborated with foreign planners. Conferences about compared analysis helps students improve understanding of foreign approaches but they don't necessary change one's behavior. We put 35 students together from five different countries (England, Germany, The Netherlands, France and Italy) for 10 days and we gave them a real environmental problem to solve. The topic of the programme changes each year. This year, the students deal with the environmental problem due to the extension of a medium metropolitan area. The students are mixed in multinational groups. Confronted with problems to solve, they must mobilize their skills, explain their particular point of view and find a compromise to solve the problem. The aim of this proposal is to explain how the students are prepared both to solve a real environmental problem and to accept another system of analysis.
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José Serrano. Learning sustainable metropolitan development for european students of planning. AESOP 2004 congress Metropolitan planning and environmental issues, Jul 2004, Grenoble, France. ⟨halshs-01015440⟩



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