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Spatial planning and strategy is a chair in the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment 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.

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...
Contribute to the BLOG 'Planning Latin America'

Contribute to the BLOG ‘Planning Latin America’

The Development Studies Group of the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (TU Delft), together with colleagues from the Universities of Toronto and Aalborg,  has launched a new BLOG to circulate information and promote debate on themes related to spatial planning in Latin America....
Join our DEVELOPMENT STUDIES MAILING LIST

Join our DEVELOPMENT STUDIES MAILING LIST

We have been having a fair amount of activities concerning “development” and “development studies” going on in Spatial Planning and OTB. By “development” I mean studies on issues of concern to developing countries. In our case, we can think of urban development, housing, metropolinization, governance, resources management, territorial management, emergencies,...
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500+ 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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Spatial Planning at iCities 2014 Conference at NCKU, Taiwan

Spatial Planning at iCities 2014 Conference at NCKU, Taiwan

In October 2014, NCKU hold the iCities  “Workshop on Workshop” – a special event devoted to the discussions of “workshops” “Workshop as we know is an educational activity with emerging significance in planning and design education. In the dictionary, workshop is defined as “a meeting at which a group of people engaging in intensive discussion...
SPS Seminar - 23 October 2014 - Dr. Hongyuan Wang - Major concerns and instruments of spatial planning practices in China

SPS Seminar – 23 October 2014 – Dr. Hongyuan Wang – Major concerns and instruments of spatial planning practices in China

Speaker:Dr. Hongyuan Wang, China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (our guest researcher - Urban Knowledge Network Asia fellow)  Title: Major concerns and instruments of spatial planning practices in China Abstract: China is a fast developing country facing many challenges. Spatial planning plays a major role in solving these problems in China. This presentation focuses on the following questions: What...
The AESOP Thematic Group, Public Spaces and Urban Cultures "Becoming Local Paris" Meeting's program is available online! Come and join us!

The AESOP Thematic Group, Public Spaces and Urban Cultures “Becoming Local Paris” Meeting’s program is available online! Come and join us!

Becoming Local Series are mobile debates and workshops organised by the AESOP (The Association of European Schools of Planning) working group ‘Public Spaces and Urban Cultures’ in collaboration with the local organisers. For more information about the previous events and the working group, please visit:  http://www.becominglocalistanbul.org ,  http://becominglocalbucharest.ro and http://www.aesop-planning.eu/blogs/en_GB/urban-cultures-and-public-spaces)    BECOMING LOCAL PARIS / OCTOBER 23-25, 2014...
My new life as professor at University College Bergen in Norway

My new life as professor at University College Bergen in Norway

My new life as professor at University College Bergen in Norway Akkelies van Nes Now I am working as a professor in Land use planning at the University College Bergen, department of Civil engineering in Bergen in Norway. One of my tasks is to make a new master program in land use planning. We aim...
New article in Planning Perspectives

New article in Planning Perspectives

A new article by SPS member Dorina Pojani and Ledita Mezini of the Polytechnic University of Tirana, on the urban design history of Gjirokastra, a historic city in Albania, was published in Planning Perspectives. ABSTRACT. Gjirokastra, a century-old small city in southern Albania (now a UNESCO World Heritage site), provides an outstanding example of a Classical...
New Article in Landscape and Urban Planning

New Article in Landscape and Urban Planning

Beyond urban–rural classifications: Characterising and mapping territories-in-between across Europe and article SP& S chair mebers Alexander Wandl, Vincent Nadin, Wil Zonneveld and Remon Rooij was recently published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning. Link: Abstract Much of physical territory of the Europe does not fit classic ‘urban–rural’ typologies but can best be described as...
Alexander von Humboldt Lectures 2014-2015:  Spatial Justice

Alexander von Humboldt Lectures 2014-2015: Spatial Justice

Alexander von Humboldt Lectures 2014-2015: Spatial Justice The Alexander von Humboldt lectures are an initiative of Prof. Huib Ernste Series organisers: Prof. Huib Ernste, dr. Karel Martens, dr. Olivier Kramsch, dr. Bart van Leeuwen Click here for a more detailed description of this year’s theme.   See also: www.ru.nl/humboldt   The Department of Human Geography, Spatial Planning and Environmental Politics...
Call for Contributions: Book "The Political Meaning of Informal Urbanisation"

Call for Contributions: Book “The Political Meaning of Informal Urbanisation”

  WE ARE NOW COLLECTING EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO A PEER-REVIEWED BOOK ON THE POLITICAL MEANING OF INFORMAL URBANISATION THE POLITICAL MEANING OF INFORMAL URBANISATION IS A PEER-REVIEWED BOOK BEING EDITED BY ROBERTO ROCCO (TUDelft) AND JAN VAN BALLEGOOIJEN. IT EXPLORES THE INTERSECTIONS BETWEEN INFORMAL URBANISATION PROCESSES AND POLITICS, PARTICULARLY THE POLITICAL STRUGGLES...
NALACS THESIS AWARD 2013-2014

NALACS THESIS AWARD 2013-2014

NALACS THESIS AWARD 2013-2014 NALACS is the Netherlands Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies Have you recently written your Master’s thesis on a Latin American or Caribbean topic? Then send us your thesis before October 1, 2014 and you are in competition to win the NALACS Thesis Award and a €250 cash prize! To enter...
New article in Land Use Policy

New article in Land Use Policy

A new article entitled “Dutch Planning Policy: The Resurgence of TOD“ by SPS chair members Dorina Pojani and Dominic Stead was published in Land Use Policy. ABSTRACT This article examines the transfer of knowledge and information in planning processes, particularly those related to Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in the metropolitan region of Amsterdam. The authors conclude that...
Summer School Planning and Design with Water

Summer School Planning and Design with Water

Thirty-two Chinese and Taiwanese students have completed the programme of the 1st Summer School Planning and Design with Water, organised by the Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy (Vincent Nadin and Roberto Rocco) in partnership with the chair of Environmental Technology & Design of the TU Delft (Fransje Hooimeijer) and the Department of Urban Planning of...
Expert Meeting on Marketplaces During AESOP's Annual Congress

Expert Meeting on Marketplaces During AESOP’s Annual Congress

This Thursday July 10th, at 13:45, a group of experts will meet in Utrecht, the Netherlands, to discuss the role of Marketplaces as Urban Development Strategies. The discussion will cover a wide variety of topics, from communities and governance to actual market design. We are proud to present the participants: - Arnold Reijndorp, architect, independent researcher, and...
Course Smart Infrastructures and Mobility takes 18 students to Sao Paulo

Course Smart Infrastructures and Mobility takes 18 students to Sao Paulo

The course SIM (Smart Infrastructure and Mobility) took 18 TU Delft students  for a week of activities in Sao Paulo the biggest city of Brasil. The objective was to link with research being done at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Sao Paulo (FAUU-USP), led by Professor Alexandre Delijaicov of the...
SPS at LASA (Latin American Studies Association) in Chicago 2014

SPS at LASA (Latin American Studies Association) in Chicago 2014

With over 7,000 members, forty-five percent of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one Association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA’s mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the...
New Urban Languages Conference 2nd edition with TU Delft participation

New Urban Languages Conference 2nd edition with TU Delft participation

The  New Urban Languages Conference is organised by the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies DAStU of the Politecnico di Milano, the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura ETSA of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and now also by the Group of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Delft University of Technology.  The theme of the second edition of the conference was  Re-thinking...
Invitation Round Table AESOP Conference 2014: Emerging regional design in an era of co-governance and co-evolution.

Invitation Round Table AESOP Conference 2014: Emerging regional design in an era of co-governance and co-evolution.

Thursday 10th July, 15.30-17.00, chaired by Wil Zonneveld (Delft University of Technology), Michael Neuman (University of New South Wales) & Verena Balz (Delft University of Technology).   Many recent planning reforms across the world have led to shifts in planning regimes, often seeking to balance statutory plan-led with development-led approaches. The wish to simultaneously create...
Article on the governance of EU financial engineering instruments for sustainable urban development in Regional Studies

Article on the governance of EU financial engineering instruments for sustainable urban development in Regional Studies

New paper by Marcin Dąbrowski looking into the impacts of EU financial engineering instruments for sustainable urban development projects (JESSICA) is to be published in Regional Studies. JESSICA, one of the financial engineering instruments (FEI) within European Union cohesion policy framework in the 2007–13 period, created scope for developing cooperation between sub-national authorities and financial institutions...
Spatial Planning Systems and Practices in Europe

Spatial Planning Systems and Practices in Europe

  SPS members have contributed two chapters to the book Spatial Planning Systems and Practices in Europe, published in April 2014. Vincent Nadin and Dominic Stead wrote the chapter ‘Spatial Planning in the United Kingdom 1990-2013′, and Wil Zonneveld and David Evers wrote the chapter ‘Dutch National Spatial Planning at the End of an Era’....
Article on children school transport published in Journal of Transport Geography

Article on children school transport published in Journal of Transport Geography

A new article by Dorina Pojani, postdoc in the SPS chair, and Kobe Boussauw from Gent University, was published in the Journal of Transport Geography.  Abstract This paper examines how characteristics of the physical and socio-economic environment influence children’s school travel mode in Tirana, the capital of Albania. A survey of students aged 11 to 13, revealed...
Call for Abstracts: The Aesop TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures “Becoming Local” Paris Meeting

Call for Abstracts: The Aesop TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures “Becoming Local” Paris Meeting

To the interest of researchers and practitioners of public spaces and urban cultures : “BECOMING LOCAL” PARIS MEETING Transforming spaces, redefining localities (23-25 October 2014, Paris) This meeting is organized by the Laboratoire Architecture Anthropologie (LAA) and the AESOP Thematic Group “Public Spaces and Urban Cultures” and will be the fourth to take place under...
The Aesop TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures "Becoming Local" Bucharest Meeting (June 11-14, 2014)

The Aesop TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures “Becoming Local” Bucharest Meeting (June 11-14, 2014)

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism will host a four-day annual meeting of the AESOP thematic group of Public Spaces and Urban Cultures in Bucharest, Romania. The meeting is a second one under ‘Becoming Local’ theme, following an inspiring first meeting in Istanbul in November 2013. The aim of the ‘Becoming Local’ series is...
Di Fang, a student at MSc2 Urbanism, becomes the 500th member of the SPS Facebook group

Di Fang, a student at MSc2 Urbanism, becomes the 500th member of the SPS Facebook group

Di Fang is the 500th member of the SPS Facebook group ! Di Fang is a student at MSc Urbanism of the Delft University of Technology. ‪#‎TUDelft‬ TU Delft TU Delft Internationals . She comes from Huangshan in China and likes cats! Di Fang will receive a special present from us to celebrate the event. You can also join by clicking HERE....
IHS Erasmus University and SPS in joint networking activity

IHS Erasmus University and SPS in joint networking activity

On April 24, the IHS and the Group of SPS promoted a joint networking activity. Roberto Rocco was invited to present to students of the Research Workshop ‘SOC’ (Self Organised Cities) at the IHS, which was followed by a discussion between students of IHS and TU Delft on possible collaborations and research agendas for the future....
Gathering of Latin American Researchers of Bouwkunde and OTB

Gathering of Latin American Researchers of Bouwkunde and OTB

Latin American researchers of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment gathered for an informal meeting in April to get to know each other and discuss further collaboration. The gathering is part of the effort of the Chair Spatial Planning and Strategy to foster initiatives in international development partnerships. Meeting at the restaurant Rossio...
Article on urban design ideology published in Planning Perspectives

Article on urban design ideology published in Planning Perspectives

A new article by Dorina Pojani, postdoc in the SPS chair, was published in Planning Perspectives. This article recounts the history of urban design in the centre of Tirana, the capital of Albania, during five political periods (Ottoman Empire, Italian domination, communist regime, post-communist anarchy, and Western-style planning). Starting in the 1910s, successive governments have...
Workshop of Urban System and Environment (USE) Joint Research Centre between SCUT and TU Delft

Workshop of Urban System and Environment (USE) Joint Research Centre between SCUT and TU Delft

Urban planning and urban environment are one of the key areas for cooperation between China and the Netherlands and the European Union more broadly. A workshop providing an opportunity to discuss and learn more about those issues was held at  TU Delft on 9th and 10th  April in Delft under the banner of the Urban Systems and Environment...
100 students from the University of the West of England visit TUDelft

100 students from the University of the West of England visit TUDelft

On April 2, 105 students and a  number of teachers from the University of the West of England (UWE) have visited the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft. The students were accompanied by Janet Askew, Marcus Grant, Adam Sheppard, Nicholas Smith and Nick Croft. They were received by Professor Vincent Nadin, who spoke about comparative...
Spatial analysis in prehistoric and historic built environments

Spatial analysis in prehistoric and historic built environments

  Spatial analysis and social spaces Interdisciplinary approaches to the interpretation of prehistoric and historic built environments Ed. by Paliou, Eleftheria / Lieberwirth, Undine / Polla, Silvia Series:Topoi – Berlin Studies of the Ancient World/Topoi – Berliner Studien der Alten Welt 18 We would like to announce the publication of a new open access volume on...
Debating EU urban policy: RSA workshop on the new cycle of cohesion policy 2014-2020

Debating EU urban policy: RSA workshop on the new cycle of cohesion policy 2014-2020

On Monday 24 March 2014 the SPS Chair co-organised a workshop on the new cycle of EU cohesion policy. The event was set up by the Regional Studies Association’s Research Network on EU Cohesion Policy, in collaboration with a range of partner institutions from Belgium (IES and Cosmpolis), Scotland (EPRC),   and the Czech Republic (Prague...
Jorge Gil at the SPS Seminar Series

Jorge Gil at the SPS Seminar Series

Jorge Gil presented his research on The sustainable mobility potential of TOD neighbourhoods in the city-region at the SPS Seminar Series Abstract: Departing from the concept of ‘multi-modal urban regional development’ in Bertolini and le Clercq (2003), the urban environment is described using a framework where the urban activity space is organised by modes of movement (non-motorised,...