Spatial Planning and Design Concepts

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					                              Teacher Developed Activity, T-DA!
                                        Caryl Dahn

Activity Name: Spatial Planning and Design Concepts
Seminar: Building America: Minnesota Iron Range
Grade Ban: 9-12
For use with lessons about: Design Careers/Spatial Planning
Time Needed: 2 lesson – 45 minutes
Materials :
        Optima/ Computer
        Copy of Minntac DVD
        Laurentian Vision Partnership conceptual drawings and other materials

Overview :
This lesson offers a real world application of the importance of the design process
through the development of land use. It offers an expanded view of “design” and the
“spatial planning” of an area though its restoration and utilization of value added
qualities. Students will be exposed to the “charette” method of design, a powerful tool for
establishing a shared vision in a public venue. Drawings will be used to explore solutions
and resolve conflicts of stakeholders for a win/win solution.

Essential question: How can design concepts be used in a broader context by the
spatial planning of a land use area for future development?

   Students will understand the diverse history and present interests of a specific
     geographical area; the Minnesota Iron Range
   Students will use critical thinking stills to take the role of a current stakeholder of
     a community group and collaborate with others groups
   Students will understand the “charette” method of design
   Students will use design and drawings to achieve a shared vision and create
     collaborative solutions to a problem.

Activity steps:
       1. Discussion is built around “How is the design process used in problem
           solving”? Look at examples of „design” in furniture making, city planning,
           landscaping, etc. Design is a plan and solves problems for creative and
           functional solutions.

         2. Students will view materials on the history of taconite mining and land use of
            the Mesabe Iron Range of Northern Minnesota for context. They will also

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              have a brief overview of the diverse population that has attributed to the
              mining interests.

         3. Students will critically view a Minntac promotional DVD, taking note of
            issues that address the surrounding community and the stakeholders that might
            be involved.

         4. Students will take on the role of a current resident in the area and brainstorm
            concerns and needs for future development noting historic conservation,
            economic development, and environmental concerns.

         5. Each group shares their concerns and what they would like to see happen in
            the area for development. Once sharing is complete, they return to their
            groups and prepare a drawing that represents their ideas for public viewing.
            The group shares their ideas once again to the entire class with their visual

         6. Student view and discuss Laurentian Vision Partnership materials and the
            charrette model of community planning and design to see the results of the
            Partnership‟s design team planning.

         Web Site
         Home Page
         Who We Are
         Large Scale Projects Map
         Innovation Grant Program (.doc)

Possible extension to this lesson-
Explore the development of the student‟s local community. What is the community at
large planning for city development or land-use? What is their design process?

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Handout: Public Design Workshop (Charrette)

Name ________________________________________________________
You will be divided into groups using the list below. Circle the group you are
assigned to :


Mining companies                             Property owners (local and distant)

Neighboring communities                      National and local designers

Define individual goals for your constituencies.

What would you like to see happen?



 What are your concerns?



What ideas can you incorporate to further develop this area? Make a drawing to illustrate
your ideas for presentation to the group at large.

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Rubric/Assessment tool:
Spatial Planning and Shared Vision Rubric


Student Name:

    CATEGORY             Needs Improvement         Satisfactory             Excellent
Note taking from         Student doe not list      Students find two or     Student lists six
Minntac Promotional      more than one             three stakeholders       possible stockholders
DVD Video                stakeholder or possible   and/or possible issues   and/or issues that
                         issue from the DVD        from viewing the DCD     might be important
                                                                            from viewing the

Group work               Student does not          Student participates     Student takes a
                         participate with group    somewhat in t=group      leadership role in the
                         activity. No ideas are    activity. Some ideas     group activity.
                         offered.                  are shared.              Brainstorming ideas is

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Additional resources: Minnesota Historical Society Minnesota Iron Mining Laurentian Vision Partnership Coordinator
     This site is the basis of the lesson plan using the drawing and the conceptual ideas from
     the designer‟s plan. It also gives websites for the different companies involved. Under
     “Design Workshops” the different drawings are highlighted as PDF files. Voyageurs Retreat
     This site highlights the design of a land development project for housing. The site has a
     photo gallery of the building homesites Giants Ridge
     This site has additional proposed drawings of Giant‟s Ridge land development called
     Mountain Top Village and Base Resort Village Iron Range Resources
     The site‟s purpose is economic development in the Iron Range area. The Center for Landuse Interpretation
       The Center for Land Use Interpretation is a research organization involved in exploring,
       examining, and understanding land and landscape issues. National Charrette Institute
       The NCI Charrette System is a design-based, accelerated, collaborative project
       management system for all aspects of community planning including sustainable
       community plans, regional/comprehensive plans, transportation/infrastructure plans,
       and development plans. Iowa Arts Council Public
Art Links
       This is a great site for a comprehensive link to many websites that incorporate land use,
       public art and design.

Giant Ridge Master Development PlanResort Times 2020: Vision for the Future Summer
       Brochure explaining the Giant Ridge plan for land development.
Laurentian Vision Partnership: Transforming pits and piles into lakes and landscapes
Laurentian Vision Partnership
       Brochure explaining the rational and ideas behind the project.

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