There is a large area of brownfield land next to Lausanne station. Brainstorm the different ways that this could be developed. List your ideas.


Watch and note urban problems and planning solutions in two columns

Compare your list with others. Add your ideas.

Match the problems to the solutions.

What are New Towns? Research an answer to this question


Urban, Regional and Spatial Planning

Urban planning (urban, city, and town planning) is a technical and political process concerned with the use of land and design of the urban environment, including transportation networks, to guide and ensure the orderly development of settlements and communities. It concerns itself with research and analysis, strategic thinking, architecture, urban design, public consultation, policy recommendations, implementation and management.

Regional planning deals with the efficient placement of land-use activities, infrastructure, and settlement growth across a larger area of land than an individual city or town. The related field of urban planning deals with the specific issues of city planning. Both concepts are encapsulated in spatial planning. 

Spatial planning refers to the methods used by the public sector to influence the distribution of people and activities in spaces of various scales. Discrete professional disciplines which involve spatial planning include land use, urban, regional, transport and environmental planning. Other related areas are also important, including economic and community planning. Spatial planning takes place on local, regional, national and inter-national levels and often result in the creation of a spatial plan.

Source: Wikipedia


Regional Inequalities and Spatial Planning

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Complete tasks 15-18.


Spatial Planning in Switzerland: A Short Introduction

Read document and make detailed notes.


Land Use in Switzerland: Statistics

Read the press release below and summarise the changes in land use in Switzerland.


The spatial planning of land in Switzerland is divided into four sections: settlement and urban areas, agricultural areas, wooded areas and unproductive areas.

Work in groups to create a summary of the information provided in the above document. Make a short presentation with a bullet point summary, screen shot of the maps and graphs at the end of the section and an explanation of what the maps and graphs show.

Present your summary to the group.