Design

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After reading this page:

  • you've learned what the Design Phase is.
  • you've learned what elements the Design Phase consists of.
  • you've learned what sources of information you can use during this phase.
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Design

The Design Phase consists of 4 important elements:

  1. Selecting a plan area
  2. Gathering Information
  3. Interpreting Information
  4. Implementing Information

The design phase is the phase were all information to be used for development of the project is being gathered, processed and implemented. When the Design phase is completed the project is ready to deploy, together with the stakeholders involved.

Taking the different steps (as described below) together with your client during this phase is very valuable. You are hereby designing the project together and constantly validating the information you've acquired and interpreted. Since the client is often the expert on the topics which need to be addressed within your project, he can point you towards the right information, get you in contact with the right stakeholders for interviewing, etc. He can also be the first validation for the information you've implemented.

Selecting a map area

An important step in the process is deciding in which location the project will take place. This so called map area is the physical location where the discussion is taking place. A different location could mean different stakeholders to be involved, different themes or indicators to be useful or different actions to be available.

Since choosing a physical location is can influence many parameters, this is defined as one of the first steps to take.

Choosing a location is also a step in the Wizard

Gathering Information

One of the most important aspects of developing the project is gathering information. Only when you've gathered enough and the right information, a project can be designed which brings the right discussion to the table.

As stated above, when designing a project for/ with a client, he can often point you in the right direction for obtaining useful information. By involving your client in the information gathering process, you know the information you've gathered is the correct (and latest!) information. This is the first step in gaining support (from your client) in the project.

Stakeholder interviews

During the design phase it is wise to interview the stakeholders involved in the process. We always advise to take the interview as an independent party in the process, and alone (without the client at the table). Our experience is that stakeholders approach interviews differently, and so you get different, biased answers. You want this interviews to be as neutral as possible. Those interviews were used as a basis to develop the active roles of the project.

An important aspect is to stay independent during the interviews.

Helpful Instruments

While developing projects based on the Tygron Platform we developed 3 different questionnaires which can assist you in developing a project yourself.

Program of Requirements

The Program of Requirements is an questionnaire which assists in asking the most important questions. They're a set of predefined questions which closely align to the Tygron Platform. We use it ourselves in a lot projects.

For now there's only an empty template. The filled template will come online soon, which will be based on the Bedrijventerrein.

Stakeholders / Indicators

The Stakeholders / Indicators questionnaire is another instrument which can be used in developing a project.

This template forces you to think about the importance of certain stakeholders towards certain themes. The indicators can be transferred from the Program of Requirements Sheet.

Each stakeholder has 100% points to divide between the indicators. By assigning more points towards a certain theme, the stakeholder attributes more value to this theme. This implies that this stakeholder has the greatest urgence to reach the best score on this indicator when taking actions.

For now only the empty template is available. We'll soon put the filled in template for the Bedrijventerrein online.

Construction Types / Indicators

The Construction Types / Indicators sheet forces you think about the effect a construction will have on a certain theme. It can have both a positive effect and a negative effect on certain indicators. It can have no effect, a marginal effect or a large effect on certain indicators.

This sheet closely relates to the Functions.

Sources of information

Important sources of information can be a zoning plan, a structure vision or webpages concerning the project. For the Netherlands there's a large website where you can find information on zoning plans ands structure visions, http://www.ruimtelijkeplannen.nl/

When developing an urban planning project, both the stakeholder interviews and the various other documentation available are very valuable.

Interpreting Information

In interpreting the information an important task for you is to choose which information will be implemented inside the project (the most important topics for the discussion) and which information will be outside the project (less important topics for the discussion). Most of the times this information can be digested from the sources of information and the stakeholder interviews you did, in close collaboration with your client.

Implementing information

With the information gathered, you will implement the interpreted information into the Tygron Platform. You can start from the Wizard and then continue refining the information in the Editor. When implementing the information in the Editor, it is important to regularly check with your customer to see whether you're heading in the right direction.