Open Doors Virtual Days

Dear Students,
we are sorry that we cannot host you in our Institute this year, however, we hope that we will, at least virtually, manage to bring you closer to spatial planning and interest you in choosing a profession in planning.

Adam Butigan, MGE 
Director of the Institute for Physical Planning of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County


What do you have to know about spatial planning?

Spatial planners produce spatial plans and various studies with which they help to create a better community. They direct development to certain areas and create the preconditions for the settling of new residents. In line with the increase of settlements, they also plan all the functions (nurseries, school, sports grounds, health facilities, hospitals, churches, etc.) that a settlement must have in order to enable a harmonious life.

The work of a spatial planner

The basic mission of spatial planners is the production of spatial plans of all levels, in line with which they gather data about the condition of the space, the state of the economy and the condition of the environment and nature. They produce analyses of the various factors, in other words, the segments that influence the spatial distribution of the activities. An integral part of the job of a spatial planner is also the assessment of spatial plans and the suggestion of the making of new, or amendments to existing spatial plans.

Along with all of this, constant education is also needed in order that they are up to date with new laws and trends in planning.

What skills are needed?

Analytical skills
Spatial planners analyse varied information and data from various sources. They use GIS (geographic information systems) and statistical analyses in order to determine the significance of the obtained data.

Good communication
A spatial planner must clearly and effectively present their idea and plan at meetings with various interested parties and at public debates with the citizens.

Creativity and ideas
In spatial planning there is no “mould”, every plan or study is a new challenge that requires a different approach.

Spatial planners must be able to lead projects and assess the importance of individual segments, take into account the compliance of the timetable of activities and agree with all associates and interested parties in order to determine in the end the best possible solution for the planned space.

You can find out more about spatial planning and how to read a spatial plan at the website of the virtual exhibition.