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Spatial Planning Section Group Photo: that's us!

Spatial Planning Section Group Photo: that’s us!

The Spatial Planning Section of the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft  is composed by more than 20 researchers, teachers, young researchers and support staff. We strive every day to do excellent research and education in issues of urban development, not only in Europe, but internationally.  On this photo, from...
SPS is part of the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft

SPS is part of the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft

SPS is part of the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft. Click on the logo to go to the official website of the Department of Urbanism Urbanism The Department of Urbanism in the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology...
Join our INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT MAILING LIST

Join our INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT MAILING LIST

  The chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy promotes activities concerning International Urban Development. This concerns mostly issues of urban development in the Global South. This includes (but is not limited to) urban management, housing, informal urbanisation, governance, resources management, territorial management, urban emergencies, among other topics concerning the built environment in the Global...
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Join our Facebook group! 2400+ people have done so!

2400+ people have joined our group on Facebook since its creation. That is the space we use to comment on current events, to discuss books and papers and to share the social life of the chair.Go to our Facebook group page by clicking HERE!  
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Welcome to the BLOG Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Delft University of Technology

Welcome to the BLOG Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Delft University of Technology

  Spatial planning and strategy is a chair in the Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology. We are concerned with knowledge about the formulation, implementation and evaluation of strategic and urban planning tools – visions, strategies, plans and programmes.   We are particularly interested in how intervention...
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IPHS2018 Conference in Yokohama

IPHS2018 Conference in Yokohama

    SPS chair and the Urbanism Department were very well represented at the International Planning History Society 2018 Conference in the port city of Yokohama. Cinco Yu presented his PhD research on participation in urban regeneration in Taipei and Luiz Carvahlo Filho his work on planning codes and urban form. Moreover, Yu-Tzu Lin (Keats),...
Call for papers / Special issue 'The Politics of Visibility in Public Space' / Space and Culture / Sage Publications Inc. 

Call for papers / Special issue ‘The Politics of Visibility in Public Space’ / Space and Culture / Sage Publications Inc. 

CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline September 16, 2018  ‘THE POLITICS OF VISIBILITY IN PUBLIC SPACE’  Special issue in Space and Culture (Sage Publications Inc.)  Guest editors:  Ceren Sezer / Delft University of Technology, Urbanism, the Netherlands. Freek Janssens / University of Leeds, School of Geography, United Kingdom. Theme: The visibility of individuals or groups in public...
A new article on public life, immigrant amenities and socio-cultural inclusion in Amsterdam

A new article on public life, immigrant amenities and socio-cultural inclusion in Amsterdam

Ceren Sezer published a new article in Journal of Urban Design entitled Public life, immigrant amenities and socio-cultural inclusion: the presence and changes of Turkish amenities in Amsterdam. This article studies the presence of, and the changes in, immigrant amenities in the context of urban renewal processes as well as the implications of these changes in the...
Akkie van Nes and Luiz Carvalho: Urban form in discussion in Siberia

Akkie van Nes and Luiz Carvalho: Urban form in discussion in Siberia

Akkelies van Nes and Luiz Carvalho from the Spatial Planning section, together with Daniela Maiullari from Environmental Technology and Design presented their research at the 25th ISUF, that took place from 5 to 9 July in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The conference focused on urban form and social context, from traditions to newest demands. The presentations explored...
New paper on Dutch national spatial planning

New paper on Dutch national spatial planning

Verena Balz and Wil Zonneveld have published a paper titled ‘Transformations of Planning Rationales: Changing Spaces for Governance in Recent Dutch National Planning’ in Planning Theory & Practice. The paper assesses spatial concepts outlined in Dutch national plans between 1988 and 2012. By focusing on the dimensions of concepts, and the room for interpretation these create,...
Upcoming final presentations of Complex cities graduation students

Upcoming final presentations of Complex cities graduation students

Complex cities graduation students have worked over the past year on research and design projects at the common interest of and with SP&S researchers. They are now about to present their final outcomes. For a program of their presentations, please see here. Please note that a few upcoming P5 presentations are not listed yet, because...
Confronting Informality Symposium and Ideas Competition Report Online!

Confronting Informality Symposium and Ideas Competition Report Online!

Preserving Communities and Creating Public Goods in Informal Settlements. This version of the report contains all 20 finalists (including the 3 winners and 2 honourable mentions).
Sharon Wohl PhD success

Sharon Wohl PhD success

  Sharon Wohl has successfully defended her thesis: Complex Adaptive Systems and Urban Morphogenesis. The panel were impressed with the work based on journal publications, and the thoughtful and robust answers to challenging questions. We thank the panel for their contribution to the promotion: Dr. Stephen Marshall, U College London; Prof. dr. Francis P. Heylighen,...
SPS research strategy meeting held on 12 June 2018

SPS research strategy meeting held on 12 June 2018

Monday 10 June the SPS chair had the second meeting about strategy of the chair for the coming years. This time it was about research strategy. EPRC colleagues Laura Polverari and Fabian Gal were invited and contributed to the output of the meeting. Four emerging research themes and opportunities were identified for the near future:...
Spatial Planning colleagues presented at the RSA Annual Conference in Lugano, 3-6 June 2018

Spatial Planning colleagues presented at the RSA Annual Conference in Lugano, 3-6 June 2018

Ana María Fernández-Maldonado, Marcin Dąbrowski and Roberto Rocco, together with Marjolein Spaans from OTB, presented the results of the COHESIFY project (www.cohesify.eu/) entitled ‘Linking Cohesion Policy and Citizens’ Identification with the EU in Regions: Between Opportunism and Euroscepticism in the Netherlands’. Beyond reporting COHESIFY results, Marcin Dąbrowski also presented his on-going work on the regional...
Confronting Informality Symposium held on June 7th

Confronting Informality Symposium held on June 7th

The Department of Urbanism and the Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy sponsored the student-led Symposium Confronting Informality on June 7, 2018. The event was part of the research package sponsored by the City of the Hague on ‘Sustainable Development Goals for Responsible Innovation‘ and was also funded by Delft Global Initiative and Polis. This...
Jane Jacobs is still here, book of the conference celebrating Jacobs' centennial published online

Jane Jacobs is still here, book of the conference celebrating Jacobs’ centennial published online

Jane Jacobs is still here: Jane Jacobs 100 Her legacy and relevance in the 21st Century This book is downloadable from BK BOOKS.   Edited Roberto Rocco TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0331-7295 SYNOPSIS On the occasion of Jane Jacobs’ 100 anniversary, the chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Delft University...
Rethink the City MOOC receives honourable mention

Rethink the City MOOC receives honourable mention

A TUDelft MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has received an honourable mention in the 2018 Open Education Awards.  The Open Education Awards are awarded annually by the Open Education Consortium, dedicated to improving educational access and effectiveness worldwide. All nominations are judged in different categories by an international committee. The MOOC, entitled ‘Rethink the City:...
SPS Seminar 28 June - Prof. Martin de Jong: City branding in the face of ecological modernization

SPS Seminar 28 June – Prof. Martin de Jong: City branding in the face of ecological modernization

SPS Seminar 28 June 2018, 12:30-13:30 Venue: Think Room, Bouwkunde, TU Delft Speaker: Prof. Martin de Jong Topic: City branding in the face of ecological modernization: Evidence from polycentric regions in China, North-Western Europe and the Gulf States Prof. Martin de Jong – City branding in the face of ecological modernization  Abstract: It has become common...
SPS Seminar 21 June - Milos Mladenovic: How should we drive emerging mobility technologies?

SPS Seminar 21 June – Milos Mladenovic: How should we drive emerging mobility technologies?

SPS Seminar  Speaker: Milos Mladenovic Topic: How should we drive emerging mobility technologies? – Anticipation and collective imagination in governing of mobility futures Milos Mladenovic, (Ph.D., civil engineering) is an assistant professor of transport systems planning at Aalto University, Department of Built Environment, Finland. He has received his Ph.D. from the Department of Civil and Environmental...
Dominic Stead new chair of AESOP Committee

Dominic Stead new chair of AESOP Committee

On 19 April 2018, the AESOP Council of Representatives appointed Dominic Stead as the new Chair of the Best Published Paper Award Committee. Dominic takes over from the outgoing committee chair, Karina Pallagst from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Other members of AESOP’s Best Published Paper Award Committee currently include Umberto Janin Rivolin (Politecnico di Torino,...
H2020 COHESIFY project final conference

H2020 COHESIFY project final conference

The COHESIFY project (COHESIFY – Understanding the Impact of EU Cohesion Policy on European Identification), supported as part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, is coming to an end. The project kept busy a good part of our section (Marcin Dąbrowski, Ana Maria Fernandez Maldonado, Roberto Rocco, Dominic Stead, Wil Zonneveld and Vincent Nadin) and...
SPS Seminar 31 May 2018: Akkelies van Nes - Political ideologies and settlement patterns in the Arctic

SPS Seminar 31 May 2018: Akkelies van Nes – Political ideologies and settlement patterns in the Arctic

SPS Seminar – 31 May 2018 12:30-13:30 00 West 290, Bouwkunde, TU Delft Akkelies van Nes (TU Delft and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences) will present her research on “Political ideologies and settlement patterns in the Arctic”.
SPS Seminar 17 May 2018: José van Campen en Sandra van Assen - Spatial Quality Advice in the Netherlands

SPS Seminar 17 May 2018: José van Campen en Sandra van Assen – Spatial Quality Advice in the Netherlands

The upcoming SPS Seminar will be with José van Campen en Sandra van Assen (TU Delft) on spatial quality advice in the Netherlands. The seminar will take place on Thursday 17 May at 12:30-13:30 in room 01 West 270 at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft. José and Sandra will present their...
'The Poverty of Territorialism: A Neo-medieval View of Europe and European Planning',  by Andreas Faludi 

‘The Poverty of Territorialism: A Neo-medieval View of Europe and European Planning’,  by Andreas Faludi 

‘The Poverty of Territorialism: A Neo-medieval View of Europe and European Planning‘, a book  by Andreas Faludi. This book will by published in summer by Edgar Elgar Publishing. This book identifies cases for and against territorialism giving states a monopoly on controlling their territories. The territoriality of EU members is also a barrier to European...
Symposium Education for Water Resilient Cities: May 14 from 10:00 to 17:3, ROOM C, Faculty of Architecture

Symposium Education for Water Resilient Cities: May 14 from 10:00 to 17:3, ROOM C, Faculty of Architecture

Dear friend of the TU Delft, Sign up for the symposium Education for Water Resilient Cities at the website: https://thecityweneed.education We have decided to concentrate the symposium on just one day, May 14th, from 10:00 to 17:30 in ROOM C (Faculty of Architecture, Julianalaan 134, Delft). The schedule for that day remains unchanged. See the...
Urbanism and EMU part of collaboration between Chinese and Western Universities

Urbanism and EMU part of collaboration between Chinese and Western Universities

The department of Urbanism and the European Post-master in Urbanism – EMU, have been invited to be part of a collaboration between Chinese and western universities. The objective of the exchange is to discuss the role of waterscapes in city development in China. The exchange is organised by the China Architecture and Design Group –...
Re-learning public space / An action research event in Amsterdam / 28th - 30th June 2018

Re-learning public space / An action research event in Amsterdam / 28th – 30th June 2018

JOIN US in AMSTERDAM! Re-learning public space: an action-research event to develop an alternative city guide of Amsterdam (June 28-30, 2018). Participation is free of charge and deadline for registration is approaching: May 18, 2018. Further details: https://theurbanpublic.com . This event is organised by the AESOP Thematic Group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures in collaboration with the...
Turkey: freedom of expression in jeopardy

Turkey: freedom of expression in jeopardy

The latest report of the English PEN, the founding centre of the PEN International – an organisation promotes freedom of expression and literature across frontiers – , is about Turkey. The report is entitled Turkey: freedom of expression in jeopardy. Violations of the rights of authors, publishers and academics under the State of Emergency and written...
SPS Seminar: Victor Muñoz Sanz: Automated Landscapes, 24 April, 12:00-13:00

SPS Seminar: Victor Muñoz Sanz: Automated Landscapes, 24 April, 12:00-13:00

SPS Seminar 24 March 2018 12:00-13:00 BG West 290, Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft Speaker: Victor Muñoz Sanz (TU Delft) Automated Landscapes: Planning and Technology in the Port of Rotterdam   The increasing use of robotization and computer algorithms in industrial processes seem to indicate that we are heading to a future of workspaces without...
Join the PICH Planning and Heritage Final Conference

Join the PICH Planning and Heritage Final Conference

Future conservation of the historic environment in Europe will be shaped by neoliberal inspired reforms of urban planning systems, but in uncertain ways. Just how is the subjectd of the PICH Final Conference that will be held at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology on Thursday 12 April. The...
New paper on flood risk management in Hong Kong and Singapore in Journal of Cleaner Production

New paper on flood risk management in Hong Kong and Singapore in Journal of Cleaner Production

Marcin Dąbrowski’s new paper on flood risk management (FRM) in coastal Asian cities is about to be published in Journal of Cleaner Production. It was written is collaboration with colleagues from Nottingham Ningbo University and University of Leeds (F. Chan – lead author), National University of Singapore (C.C. Joon and A. Ziegler) and Aalto University (O. Varis). ...
SDGs and Neo-Liberalism

SDGs and Neo-Liberalism

  Text by Roberto Rocco: In March 2018, I set up an exhibition on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft. A few days later, SDG 8 “Decent Work and Economic Growth” was defaced. There is no way to know who did this,...
New Book

New Book

‘Cork Strolls’, written by brother-and-sister team Gregory and Audrey Bracken has just been published. A guide to Cork’s architecture, it is the follow-up to their bestselling ‘Dublin Strolls’ (The Collins Press, 2016).
New paper on EU-China, EU-Brazil regional policy transfer published in Regional Studies

New paper on EU-China, EU-Brazil regional policy transfer published in Regional Studies

New paper by Marcin Dąbrowski, Ida Musiałkowska (Poznań University of Economics) and Laura Polverari (EPRC, University of Strathclyde) on the transfer of regional policy from the EU to China and to Brazil has just been published online in Regional Studies. The paper investigates the European Union (EU)–Brazil and EU–China regional policy dialogues, viewed as vectors...