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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

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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600+ 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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Professor Susan Buckingham at BOUWKUNDE February 5th 12:30 : "Sex and the City: Why planning for climate change needs is a gender issue"

Professor Susan Buckingham at BOUWKUNDE February 5th 12:30 : “Sex and the City: Why planning for climate change needs is a gender issue”

On FEB 5, Professor Susan Buckingham  will talk at BOUWKUNDE on “Sex and the City: Why planning for climate change needs is a gender issue”. Susan Buckingham is a feminist geographer whose main focus is on gender and environmental issues. Her teaching, research, and activist work are interlinked through a commitment to environmental and social justice. She...
RSA Workshop on Cross-national policy transfer in regional and urban policy

RSA Workshop on Cross-national policy transfer in regional and urban policy

In a globalising world, many countries, regions and cities face similar challenges. As a result, governments and policy-makers increasingly look for policy solutions, ideas and ‘good practice’ examples from other countries, seeking to adapt them to their domestic contexts. At the same time, certain states or supranational and international organisations are keen to export their...
Azadeh Mashayekhi and Nurul Azlan , at the SPS Seminar series on Tuesday 27 JANUARY

Azadeh Mashayekhi and Nurul Azlan , at the SPS Seminar series on Tuesday 27 JANUARY

 Azadeh Mashayekhi and Nurul Azlan presented their PhD reserach on Tuesday 27 JANUARY at a SPS Seminar. Below, the abstracts of the presentations: Azadeh Mashayekhi Dreaming of American City:  Iranian consumer project of modernity Abstract:  All through twentieth century Iranian cities have undergone processes of modernization in successive political regimes that have left their traces in the physical...
Comparing Apples and Oranges: international comparative planning

Comparing Apples and Oranges: international comparative planning

    Interest in international comparisons of the performance and planning of cities and regions has never been higher, though much international comparison raises as many questions as it answers. Are we comparing apples and oranges? Stuttgart and Dortmund Universities organised a colloquium under this banner, asking how we do we manage the great challenges...
Farewell to Dorina Pojani

Farewell to Dorina Pojani

Dorina Pojani completed her postdoctoral residency in the Spatial Planning and Strategy group of TU Delft. In February 2015, she will join the planning faculty of the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia as Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in urban planning. Visit her UQ staff profile. She will remain...
AESOP Prague 2015: TRACK 02: TERRITORIAL COHESION IN THE MULTI-ACTOR ARENA

AESOP Prague 2015: TRACK 02: TERRITORIAL COHESION IN THE MULTI-ACTOR ARENA

TRACK 02: TERRITORIAL COHESION IN THE MULTI-ACTOR ARENA   Co-chairs: Dominic Stead (TU Delft) , Juho Luukkonen (University of Oulu) The EU concept of territorial cohesion is being increasingly used to frame spatial planning and regional development policies at different spatial scales across Europe (and beyond). Addressing the issue of territorial cohesion (and also social and...
AESOP Prague 2015: TRACK 19: SMART APPROACHES TO RESPONSIBLE-MINDED PLANNING PRACTICE

AESOP Prague 2015: TRACK 19: SMART APPROACHES TO RESPONSIBLE-MINDED PLANNING PRACTICE

TRACK 19: SMART APPROACHES TO RESPONSIBLE-MINDED PLANNING PRACTICE This chair is chaired by Petra Hirschler (TU Vienna) and Roberto Rocco (TU Delft). There is no single “best practice” for how to do successful spatial planning. The timing and process will differ depending on location, society, economy, market pressures, and the size and the particular planning culture....
Marcin Dąbrowski publishes a commentary on EU financial instruments for urban development in CritCom

Marcin Dąbrowski publishes a commentary on EU financial instruments for urban development in CritCom

In the context of a severe economic crisis and austerity, new ideas were put forward to reform cohesion policy to enhance its often-contested effectiveness and returns on investment. One of them were financial engineering instruments, such as the Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas (JESSICA) introduced during the 2007–2013 period, expected to...
Roberto Rocco speaks at Urban Books: Are We The World? - The Export of Dutch Planning

Roberto Rocco speaks at Urban Books: Are We The World? – The Export of Dutch Planning

Book presentation by Design As Politics Are We The World’ is a thought provoking polemic about the values of Dutch planning. All over the world designers and planners from the Netherlands are being invited to solve complex questions with their ‘Dutch approach’ of integral planning, wherein technical skills, planning and process management are combined. Simultaneously the...
Qu Lei  discusses Chinese Urban Villages at the SPS Seminar Series

Qu Lei discusses Chinese Urban Villages at the SPS Seminar Series

 Qu Lei presented her work on urban villages in Shenzhen at a SPS Seminar on 15 January 2015. ‘Urban villages and affordable housing within the transitional period of Chinese cities: the case study of Shenzhen’ Abstract: Urban village is a very special type of neighbourhood, created in the fast urbanisation process in Chinese cities like Shenzhen in...
Taiwan Institute of Planners Conference

Taiwan Institute of Planners Conference

  Vincent Nadin attended the Taiwan Institute of Urban Planning (TIUP) Conference in December at the National Taipei University. The Chairman of TIUP, Professor Peng Gung-Hui is Dean at the National Taipei University of Technology College of Design, and the Executive director, Professor Lin Feng-Tian is Dean at the National Cheng Kung Univerity College of Design....
Tainan lectures

Tainan lectures

During a visit to the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Taiwan in December, Vincent Nadin gave lectures on ‘urban planning for the heritage in Europe’. The lectures were based on work for the current international project ‘SHUC: Sustainable Futures for the Historic Urban Core funded by the Joint Programming Initiative on Heritage, and being conducted...
IDEA League PhD School, Guangzhou

IDEA League PhD School, Guangzhou

Phd candidates from around Europe visited Guangzhou and Singapore in November 2014 as part of the IDEA League PhD School on ‘urban systems’. Professor Han Meyer and Yuting Tai of urban design organised the Guangzhou visit.  Spatial Planning played an important part in the Guangzhou visit through our existing cooperation programme. Colleagues in Guangzhou including...
Last SPS chair meeting of 2014

Last SPS chair meeting of 2014

The last SPS chair meeting of 2014 will take place on Thursday Dec. 18 in the 01-west-290 room starting at 12.00. Lunch will be provided. Happy holidays!
New article in Urban Studies

New article in Urban Studies

A new article on policy transfer, written by SPS chair members Dorina Pojani and Dominic Stead, was just published online in Urban Studies.  TITLE: “Going Dutch? The export of sustainable land-use and transport planning concepts from the Netherlands.” Abstract: The Netherlands is often viewed as a world model of urban planning and sustainable transport practices. This article reports on a...
Randstad Research Seminar Series #12:  Advances in Doctoral Research: Marta Relats and Els Leclercq

Randstad Research Seminar Series #12: Advances in Doctoral Research: Marta Relats and Els Leclercq

Randstad Research Seminar Series #12: Advances in Doctoral Research: Marta Relats and Els Leclercq Date and time: Friday DEC 12 from 12h30 to 14h00 Location: Anneke van Cootenzaal (OTB, ground floor) Speakers: Marta Relats Torante and Els Leclercq   Els Leclercq and Marta Relats Torante are PhD candidates at the Design and Politics chair of the Urbanism...
Short article on planning policy transfer in Regions

Short article on planning policy transfer in Regions

A new article on planning policy transfer to and from the Netherlands, authored by SPS chair members Dorina Pojani and Dominic Stead was just published in a special issue of Regions, the magazine of the Regional Studies Association. This special issue discussed policy transfer activities and outcomes. It was edited by SPS chair member Marcin Dabrowski. Access the...
Seminar Mapping the City: Ciam 2014

Seminar Mapping the City: Ciam 2014

On initiative of the Van Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizen Foundation (EFL), the Archives of the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) at the ETH Zurich and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) a seminar on the mapping of cities was organized on 29 October 2014 in Amsterdam. The seminar was...
Book chapter in "Are we the world? Randstad vs Sao Paulo, Detroit and Istanbul", edited by W. Vanstiphout and M. Relats

Book chapter in “Are we the world? Randstad vs Sao Paulo, Detroit and Istanbul”, edited by W. Vanstiphout and M. Relats

The book “Are we the world? Randstad vs Sao Paulo, Detroit and Istanbul” is edited by Wouter Vanstiphout and Marta Relats.  Roberto Rocco has contributed a chapter in the book entitled “Sao Paulo: constructing the city, reinventing democracy”. The book review at the NAI site says “Are we the world? is part six of the Design and Politics series,...
For the sake of our cities, it's time to make town planning cool again

For the sake of our cities, it’s time to make town planning cool again

This an article published by The Guardian: Monday 10 November 2014 To read the original article, please click HERE.   For the sake of our cities, it’s time to make town planning cool again While the cult of the star architect has soared in recent decades, the figure of the town planner has arguably become comic...
Roberto Rocco teaches at the Media Technology MSC  Leiden University

Roberto Rocco teaches at the Media Technology MSC Leiden University

Maarten Lamers is a board member of the Media Technology MSc program at Leiden University. He coordinates an introductory-science course together with Bas Haring, in which the role of creativity in scientific research is central.
New article in Environment and Planning, A

New article in Environment and Planning, A

A new article on Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) by SPS chair members Dorina Pojani and Dominic Stead was just published online in Environment and Planning, A.  TITLE: “Ideas, Interests, and Institutions: Explaining Dutch Transit-Oriented Development Challenges.” Abstract: As a planning concept, transit-oriented development (TOD) has become popular in the Netherlands over the last few decades. However, the transition...
SPS Seminar: Hongyuan Yang - Major spatial planning concerns in China

SPS Seminar: Hongyuan Yang – Major spatial planning concerns 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:...
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...
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...