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Spatial Justice Master Thesis Award

Spatial Justice Master Thesis Award

We are looking for outstanding Master graduation theses, written at Dutch institutions (in either Dutch or English), which contemplate aspects of justice, democracy building and participation in urban development studies and design.  These may include theses developed in spatial planning, urban design, urbanism, human geography, sociology, political sciences, and other fields...
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 DEVELOPMENT STUDIES MAILING LIST

Join our DEVELOPMENT STUDIES MAILING LIST

At the chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Delft University of Technology, we promote activities concerning “development” and “development studies”. By “development studies”, we mean the study of issues concerning spatial development in the so-called developing countries. Within our discipline, we can think of urban development, housing, urbanisation...
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Join our Facebook group! 1000+ people have done so!

1000+ 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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Click here for our LinkedIN Group. Our LinkedIN Group has 500+ people as of October 2012. Join us for updates and announcements.
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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Marcin Dąbrowski's lecture on adaptive cities at Urban Studies Foundation symposium

Marcin Dąbrowski’s lecture on adaptive cities at Urban Studies Foundation symposium

Marcin Dąbrowski presented his research on governance challenges in climate change adaptation in the Dutch and Chinese delta cities as a lecture at a symposium organised by the Urban Studies Foundation (USF) at the University of Glasgow. Marcin’s research is conducted as part of a USF postdoctoral research fellowship. You can see the video here:...
Complex cities graduations – detailed descriptions available.

Complex cities graduations – detailed descriptions available.

The Complex cities research group* has formulated a set of research and design projects for Master of Science Urbanism graduations, starting in the fall semester 2015. Please find an updated and detailed description of these via this site: https://complexcitiesstudio.wordpress.com/ . Projects are defined to enhance the relation among research and education. They are meant to inspire investigations...
Globalisation Studio final presentations

Globalisation Studio final presentations

Students on the 2015 Globalisation Free Choice Studio made their final presentations in June. The Studio was based on urban development and spatial planning in the context of flood risk management in Buenos Aires, Argentina. One team from Argentina joined the presentations in Delft together with Profession Flavio Janches of the University of Buenos Aires...
Habermas comments.

Habermas comments.

Since Jürgen Habermas is an often quoted author in planning literature (argumentative, collaborative, communicative planning) and since many readers of this blog share an interest in European integration: take note of his recent remarks on negotiations with Greece, published in the Süddeutsche Zeitung on 22 June,  at this link.  The article is in German but has...
Third International Conference:  NEW URBAN LANGUAGES: TALES AND IMAGES OF SPATIAL JUSTICE (TU Delft 24-26 JUN 2015)

Third International Conference: NEW URBAN LANGUAGES: TALES AND IMAGES OF SPATIAL JUSTICE (TU Delft 24-26 JUN 2015)

The 3rd International Conference “New Urban Languages: Tales and Images of Spatial Justice” took place from June 24 to 26 2015 at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft (Bouwkunde). The Conference is a joint initiative of the Politecnico di Milano (Department of Architecture and Urban Studies), the Politecnica of...
SPS Seminar: Prof. Ashwani Kumar (CEPT University, India) - Blue blood of cities? Water and urbanism in India - 2 July 2015

SPS Seminar: Prof. Ashwani Kumar (CEPT University, India) – Blue blood of cities? Water and urbanism in India – 2 July 2015

On Thursday 2 July, Ashwani Kumar (CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India), a visiting UKNA fellow at TU Delft, presented his reflections on water and urbanism in India and discussed the potential for transfer of practices and ideas from the Netherlands into the cities in the Ganges river basin. Presentation slides – click here. Blue blood of cities?...
Indian NGO, 1000th member of SPS Facebook page

Indian NGO, 1000th member of SPS Facebook page

We already have 1000 members in our Facebook page, folks! An Indian NGO focusing on urban planning, research and project management is the 1000th member! Visit them HERE. Visit our Facebook page HERE.
Invitation: Shaping regional futures - A conference on the performance of regional design.

Invitation: Shaping regional futures – A conference on the performance of regional design.

On the 14th-15th of October 2015 the Chair of Urban Development at the Technical University Munich and the Chair of Spatial Planning & Strategy at the Delft University of Technology are organizing a conference on regional design. During the conference the performance of regional design will be discussed:  the way how the imagination and envisioning of...
Le Genre, La Ville

Le Genre, La Ville

The CNRS International Interdsiciplinary research group on work, gender and societies  published a thematic issue on The City in its scientific journal ‘Travail, Genre et Societés’. The issue was presented with a debate at Sorbonne University, Paris, Wednesday 27th May. Lidewij Tummers  contributed to the issue as well as the debate on ‘Gender stereotypes in...
Invited speaker at "Modelling World 2015"

Invited speaker at “Modelling World 2015″

Jorge Gil was an invited speaker at this year’s “Modelling World 2015″ conference in London. “Modelling World is the UK & Europe’s longest running, best attended and biggest annual exhibition and conference for transport, data and urban professionals. This year’s event will focus on what models can expect to deliver in the next decade, and...
SPS Seminar: Libera Amenta - REVERSE LAND: Wasted Landscapes as a resource to re-cycle contemporary cities

SPS Seminar: Libera Amenta – REVERSE LAND: Wasted Landscapes as a resource to re-cycle contemporary cities

Libera Amenta (University of Naples Federico II) REVERSE LAND: Wasted Landscapes as a resource to re-cycle contemporary cities Thursday, June 18 Abstract: Land as resource is becoming increasingly scarce.  Nowadays, both the rapid growth of contemporary cities and their shrinkage resulting from of economic crisis, de-industrialisation, and political change, are shaping the landscape in a...
SPS Seminar: Carlo Pisano  (University of Cagliari) The Patchwork Metropolis

SPS Seminar: Carlo Pisano (University of Cagliari) The Patchwork Metropolis

SPS Seminar 11 June 2015 Carlo Pisano   (University of Cagliari)  The Patchwork Metropolis. A Dutch case study towards the end of the compact city. ABSTRACT: The patchwork, as a metaphor, is opposed to the idea of fragmentation[4], it is instead a composition of a series of entities arranged together, in which a superior unity...
The Bartlett DPU Summer Lab series 2015

The Bartlett DPU Summer Lab series 2015

Dear friend and colleague We are delighted to finally announce the launch of the DPU summerLab 2015 series. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, the DPU summerLab – by now five years old – is a unique platform for one-week design workshops in urban contested spaces. Through the summerLab, we have been partnering...
Urbanism students present in Taiwan

Urbanism students present in Taiwan

Presentations of Urbanism studio work by Wenchi Yang and Sebastiaan Huls made a big impact at the iCities conference at the National Cheng Kong University, Tainan, Taiwan in May. Their presentations on studio work from the IJssel-Vecht-Delta / Zwolle region and Sāo Paulo, Brazil raised by far the most questions and comments from the audience....
Evert Meijers: "Good fences make good neighbour cities? SPS Seminar, June 4

Evert Meijers: “Good fences make good neighbour cities? SPS Seminar, June 4

Evert Meijers presented his work as part of the NAPOLEON project at a seminar as part of the Spatial Planning and Strategy Seminar series on 4th of June 2015. He explored the concept of  “borrowed size” in Dutch planning and its implications for regional development. ‘Good fences make good neighbours’ is a proverb that has...
New Website Complex Cities Research

New Website Complex Cities Research

The Complex Cities research group and graduation platform has a new website. please click HERE to visit. The website was designed by Verena Balz and Azadeh Mashayekhi. Complex Cities is an association of researchers to assist graduation at the Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Delft University of Technology. Researchers share...
Christopher Choa, head of Urban Development for AECOM at TU Delft:  The Rise of Sharing: Commodity vs. Experience

Christopher Choa, head of Urban Development for AECOM at TU Delft: The Rise of Sharing: Commodity vs. Experience

Christopher Choa, head of Urban Development for AECOM, delivered a talk as part of the SPS seminar series on 2 June: The Rise of Sharing: Commodity vs. Experience Generational change has always been correlated with evolution in the physical environment.  What are some of the practical impacts of GenY on real estate development?   For...
URBAN TRANSFORMATIONS IN RIO DE JANEIRO: Professor Guilherme Lassance, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

URBAN TRANSFORMATIONS IN RIO DE JANEIRO: Professor Guilherme Lassance, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

SPS Seminar 21 May 2015: Urban Transformations in Rio de Janeiro Professor Guilherme Lassance, from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, discussed urban transformations in the city of Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games. He highlighted the transformations happening at the outskirts of the...
Publication on co-housing

Publication on co-housing

In March 2015, a special issue on co-housing research was published by the Journal of Urban Research and practice: “Taking apart co-housing: Towards a long-term perspective of self-managed collaborative housing initiatives.” Guest editer is SPS colleague Lidewij Tummers and features 8 articles on research from different countries. Please find the contributions here: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rurp20/8/1  
SPS Seminar 12 May - Victor Sanz: Planning a global network of industrial communities: The architecture and urbanism of the Bata Shoe Company industrial satellite cities

SPS Seminar 12 May – Victor Sanz: Planning a global network of industrial communities: The architecture and urbanism of the Bata Shoe Company industrial satellite cities

Victor Sanz (Polytechnic University of Madrid / TU Delft) presented his research as part of the SPS Seminar Series on 12 May 2015. The topic of the talk was the following: “Planning a global network of industrial communities: The architecture and urbanism of the Bata Shoe Company industrial satellite cities.” You can see a video...
SPS Seminar 23 April by Paul Benneworth (University of Twente): ‘Global science scapes: how  global science and political flows are shaping 21st century science landscapes

SPS Seminar 23 April by Paul Benneworth (University of Twente): ‘Global science scapes: how global science and political flows are shaping 21st century science landscapes

On Thursday 23 April 2015 Dr. Paul Benneworth (University of Twente) offered a talk as part of SPS Seminar Series on ‘Global science scapes: how  global science and political flows are shaping 21st century science landscapes.’ Please see the abstract, slides and the video from the event below. Abstract: Major science and technology spaces are central to...
Markets as barometers of urban place, Guest lecture by Dr Kirsten Seale, Moderator: Freek Janssens, Discussants: Ceren Sezer, Asli Duru

Markets as barometers of urban place, Guest lecture by Dr Kirsten Seale, Moderator: Freek Janssens, Discussants: Ceren Sezer, Asli Duru

University of Amsterdam (UvA) Centre for Urban Studies is hosting a guest lecture by Dr. Kirsten Seale entitled Markets as barometer of urban places in April 16, 2015. In her lecture, Dr. Seale will talk about social and spatial narratives of place production in globalised twenty-first century cities through communities and experiences produced in urban markets. By doing...
Call for abstracts: AESOP TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures, Becoming Local Porto Meeting "Generative Places, Smart Approaches, Happy People"

Call for abstracts: AESOP TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures, Becoming Local Porto Meeting “Generative Places, Smart Approaches, Happy People”

Join us in Porto for the AESOP TG  Becoming Local Porto Meeting “Generative Places, Smart Approaches, Happy People” 24th – 25th September, 2015 // Deadline for abstract submission:30 April 2015 Hosting Institution: Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto – PORTUGAL AESOP TG Representatives: Burcu Yigit Turan, Gabriella Esposito de Vita Keynote Speakers: Ali Madanipour – (University...
Call for abstracts : Built Environment Special Issue “Public Spaces and Urban Justice" (Deadline for abstracts: June 1, 2015)

Call for abstracts : Built Environment Special Issue “Public Spaces and Urban Justice” (Deadline for abstracts: June 1, 2015)

We are pleased to announce the special issue of the esteemed academic journal Built Environment on the topic of Public Spaces and Urban Justice. This special issue is edited by Matej Nikšič (Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia), Gabriel Pascariu (University of Architecture and Urbanism Ion Mincu, Bucharest, Romania), Ceren Sezer (Delft University...
Roberto Rocco gives an online lecture for Rutgers University

Roberto Rocco gives an online lecture for Rutgers University

Roberto Rocco presented a lecture for the course INTERNATIONAL URBANISATION AND HOUSING ISSUES at Rutgers University, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, March 30, 2015. This course is coordinated by Professor Mi Shih. You can see the lecture here.     The political meaning of informal urbanisation: exploring meaning of positive and negative rights...
Register for the 50th anniversary of SCUPAD: The Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning and Development

Register for the 50th anniversary of SCUPAD: The Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning and Development

The Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft is a strong supporter of SCUPAD, The Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning and Development. This year, SCUPAD celebrates its 50th anniversary at its annual congress in Salzburg from 14 to 17 May at the Schloss Leopoldskron. SCUPAD is one...
Invited speaker at workshop on Smart Cities and BIM

Invited speaker at workshop on Smart Cities and BIM

Jorge Gil was one of the invited speakers at the workshop “Towards an extended network-based description for BIM and Smart Cities” organised by the Space Syntax Laboratory from the Bartlett, UCL. At this event, Jorge addressed the topic of “City Information Modelling”. Abstract: Smart Cities require knowledge-based and performance oriented approaches to urban design and planning,...
What is wrong with the University of Amsterdam (or Dutch universities in general) ?  An excellent talk in the occupied Maagdenhuis

What is wrong with the University of Amsterdam (or Dutch universities in general) ? An excellent talk in the occupied Maagdenhuis

As some of you might already know, the students and the staff of the University of Amsterdam occupied an administrative building of the university – Maagdenhuis in Spuiplein- in February 26 2015. This was a reaction to the decisions of the university administration to sell the university’s properties to the real estate developers. Since then...
Monica Haddad: Associate Professor of Community and Regional Planning, Iowa State University at BK 26 March 12h30

Monica Haddad: Associate Professor of Community and Regional Planning, Iowa State University at BK 26 March 12h30

Monica Haddad will present the lecture “Spatial Tools for Analyzing Urban Structures” at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft on March 26 from 12h30 to 13h30, BK, room 1WEST290 Monica is Associate Professor at the department of Community and Regional Planning, College of Design, Iowa State University.  Her field...
TU Delft Summer School Planning and Design with Water 2015

TU Delft Summer School Planning and Design with Water 2015

In July 2015, the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft and the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) will promote the second edition of the Summer School Planning and Design with Sustainability. The 2015 edition of the Summer School will combine spatial planning, design and environmental technology to tackle issues of water in complex urban environments. It will invite...