USING BOUNDARY OBJECTS TO MAKE STUDENTS BROKERS ACROSS DISCIPLINES: A DIALOGUE BETWEEN STUDENTS AND THEIR LECTURERS ON BERTOLINI’S NODE-PLACE MODEL
Author:
Lukas Gilliard, Fabian Wenner, Gal Biran Belahuski, Elisabeth Nagl, Anna Rodewald, Fabian Schmid, Maximilian Stechele, Michael Zettl, Michael Bentlage, Alain Thierstein
Title:
USING BOUNDARY OBJECTS TO MAKE STUDENTS BROKERS ACROSS DISCIPLINES: A DIALOGUE BETWEEN STUDENTS AND THEIR LECTURERS ON BERTOLINI’S NODE-PLACE MODEL
doi:
10.24306/TrAESOP.2018.01.006
Journal:
TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF EUROPEAN SCHOOLS OF PLANNING
Edition:
Volume 2, Issue 1 | June 2018 | 81 - 98

The competencies required for steering urban development sustainably are scattered amongst various
disciplines. This is particularly relevant for planners working at the interface of different sub-disciplines, such
as transport and land-use planning, exemplified by transit-oriented development (TOD). In this paper, we
use Bertolini’s node-place model (NPM) example for TOD to test whether it enables interdisciplinary work to
be undertaken in planning education. We tested our hypothesis in two design studios by challenging urban
design students to develop their own design brief based on an NPM. The paper is of a dialogic, discursive
nature. Students discuss whether or not the NPM enables them to better understand the relationship between
transit and urban development and to develop spatial strategies based upon an integrative approach. Our
discussion reveals that the NPM cannot necessarily bridge disciplinary boundaries successfully. However, both
lecturers and students see value in the model as a didactic instrument.