"Reflection on participation of a design team in activities, resulting in the exhibition "New Netherland, 2050", led to a new insight in the strucure of design processes and their contribution to the spatial organisation on a national level and for a long span of time. There will be a full explanation of the chosen design strategy, focussing on the role of a central design team in the framework of a decentralised design process and the methods and thechniques involved. The viewpoint that the far future is only conceivable as a historical reflection on the past links this paper to the theme of the conference."