Town Planning Review

Making the case for internationalisation: reflections on the transnational planning studio experience

Town Planning Review (2016), 87, (4), 371–377.

Abstract

This commentary examines international planning studio education through the experience of a US graduate student. As international networks and interconnectedness are strengthened through the process of globalisation, the author contends that it is increasingly beneficial for planning students to have the experience of an international studio. It may be argued that no other educational tool offers students the same opportunity in which to learn and experience cross-cultural engagement and awareness.

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BALASSIANO, K. (2011), ‘Tackling “wicked problems” in planning studio courses’, Journal of Planning Education and Research, 31, 449–60. Tackling “wicked problems” in planning studio courses Journal of Planning Education and Research 31 449 60 Google Scholar

BROOKS, M. P. (2002), Planning Theory for Practitioners, Chicago, Planners Press, American Planning Association. Planning Theory for Practitioners Google Scholar

DANDEKAR, H. C. (2009), ‘Commentary: a multi-university planning studio at the World Planning Congress: an opportunity for international planning education’, Journal of Planning Education and Research, 28, 382–90. Commentary: a multi-university planning studio at the World Planning Congress: an opportunity for international planning education Journal of Planning Education and Research 28 382 90 Google Scholar

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Evans, Krista