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Open planning process

Project:
Open planning process workshops
Location:
various municipalities
Designers:
Ronald Bron Hilke Floris Mark van der Heide Raymond van der Heijden Ellemijk Marks Mark van Rijnberk Peter de Ruyter Patrick Verhoeven
Client:
Municipality of Amsterdam Municipality of Bodegraven Municipality of Mid-Drenthe Municipality of Nieuwkoop Municipality of Zwartewaterland Municipality of Grebo (SE) Montferland Beheer BV Kristal Building fund
Size:
Open planning process
Year of design:
2003-2009
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Drawing up one plan together
The core principles of the HOSPER design agency are collaboration and openness when drawing up plans. We do this together with the client, the specialists involved and with residents and interested parties who can bring with them knowledge from the area and are frequently those who are invited to test the direction of the plan. HOSPER intertwines its communication with all of the parties involved during the design phase and its open planning processes by using different studio formats and presentation techniques. By following this format, a range of people are involved in the design phase, a foundation is created and the arguments behind the decisions become clearer. In an open planning process, communication is used as a means of development instead of a hindrance or a burden to a project process. "Clarity for all" and "singing from the same hymn sheet" are the positive effects that arise from step-by-step progression through our open planning process. HOSPER has developed a variety of techniques to involve residents, interested groups, architects, urban planners, technicians and other parties in the planning process. For each design process, we aim to find a suitable participation format that suits not only the project, but also the client and the target group. This may vary from interim public presentations with the opportunity to ask questions, regular consultations in the form of hands-on workshops, to large-scale, public workshops held over a period of several days.

Scale model
It is common to experience difficulties when trying to visualise the ultimate physical appearance of a plan. Using a scale model is an important tool for providing a concrete spatial representation of how the plan could appear, but also of the result of modifications proposed during workshops. By modifying the scale model on location, the different solutions can be tested and assessed in terms of their spatial quality. Doing this allows the consequences to be seen immediately, thus providing the opportunity to work together on site to advance the plan a step further.

Workshops
In order to make optimum use of the knowledge provided by different parties to a project, close cooperation is key. The workshop is an excellent platform for this to take place. Workshops offer the different parties involved the opportunity to come together and engage in mutual discussion on different aspects of the plan. This direct approach helps to ensure clear communication and the opportunity to work together to create a solution. The workshop's main focus lies on design, which means that the pen and sketchpad are frequently used to help arrive at solutions to issues raised.

Contact with residents
Projects always impact on the existing environment and its (immediate) residents. By involving residents in the planning process, the plan can be strengthened and the foundations expanded. Using a number of themes, wide-ranging discussions can be held on the direction that the plan could take. Tools such as scale models and reference images are used to give ideas spatial meaning, and during meetings, residents are encouraged to generate as many ideas as they can. The aim of presentations is primarily to work as hard as possible to provide substantial and timely information.