The course focuses on planning in the face of tourism development pressures. Growth management, economic planning, urban design, and historic rehabilitation are major areas of emphasis. Economic diversification; identifying and enhancing place character and identity; defining and encouraging alternative tourism sectors are among the objectives that underline the studio’s approach. Food tourism, agricultural tourism, slow food, slow money and slow city are among the emphases. Understanding a new planning and design culture, its regulations and traditions, contacting various interest groups and grasping the local and national politics will be an important learning outcome. Crafting regional economic strategies, developing land use policies, writing guidelines for creating development codes (form-based codes in particular), preparing detailed urban design schemes for key areas are among the tasks that studio teaching will underline. In addition, sharing these with the local officials and incorporating their input to the proposals will be an important part of the studio work.