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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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Join our Facebook group! 600+ people have done so!

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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ROUND TABLE 'The political meaning of informal urbanisation': AESOP Annual Congress, Prague July 13-16

ROUND TABLE ‘The political meaning of informal urbanisation': AESOP Annual Congress, Prague July 13-16

Association of the European School of Planning AESOP Annual Congress, Prague July 13 ROUND TABLE ‘The political meaning of informal urbanisation’ Democracy’s access depends not only on the ability of formal institutions to respond to the legitimate demands and rights of its citizens, but also on how these citizen are able to enter the political...
Randstad Seminar: The Spatial implications of Energy Transition: Tuesday 31 March 2015

Randstad Seminar: The Spatial implications of Energy Transition: Tuesday 31 March 2015

The next Randstad Seminar takes place on Tuesday 31 March 2015, around the central theme of The Spatial implications of Energy Transition. Bouwkunde, Julianalaan 134, 2628BL, Delft Tuesday March 31, 2015 15:00-18:00 hs. Room 00-WEST-670 Save the Date!   While energy issues correspond to an already well established research strand across several groups in Urbanism...
CALL FOR PAPERS: 3rd NUL: TALES AND IMAGES OF SPATIAL JUSTICE June 24-26 TU Delft

CALL FOR PAPERS: 3rd NUL: TALES AND IMAGES OF SPATIAL JUSTICE June 24-26 TU Delft

We are really pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Third International Conference New Urban Languages​​, to be held in Delft, June 24 to 26 2015 at the Delft University of Technology Full information at http://www.newurbanlanguages.eu This year’s topic is: TALES AND IMAGES OF SPATIAL JUSTICE Discussing New Urban Languages of Equality, Justice and Sustainable Development  The thematic session...
Agnes Förster's lecture on “Regional design as a communicative planning practice"

Agnes Förster’s lecture on “Regional design as a communicative planning practice”

  On 19 February, Agnes Förster from the Munich University of Technology (Technische Universität München) delivered a lecture on “Regional design as a communicative planning practice – Approaches to its performance” as part of the Spatial Planning Seminar Series.     Here you will find the slides and a video from the lecture. Abstract In numerous European regions planning...
Lecture at Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam on Marketplaces

Lecture at Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam on Marketplaces

Ceren Sezer (TU Delft) and Freek Janssens (UvA) gave a lecture on ‘Marketplaces as an urban development strategy’ at Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam as a part a temporary Master program called System D Academy. The Sandberg Institute is the postgraduate department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam. It offers Master’s programmes in Fine Arts (MFA), Interior Architecture (MIA), Applied...
Call for abstracts: The power of places & the places of power

Call for abstracts: The power of places & the places of power

       University of Glasgow is hosting AESOP Thematic Group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures Annual Meeting (4-6 June 2015, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom) ‘Becoming Local’ Series Annual Meeting : The power of places & the places of power Deadline for abstract submission: 1 April 2015 Keynote speakers: Matthew Carmona  (Bartlett School of Planning, UCL) and Panu Lehtovuori (Tampere...
AESOP Thematic Group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures is organising a special session in AESOP Prague Congress - July 2015

AESOP Thematic Group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures is organising a special session in AESOP Prague Congress – July 2015

LEARNING FROM the ‘BECOMING LOCAL’ MEETING SERIES: Overarching the divide between the current limits of planning and design research and the critical social practice AESOP Conference Prague, 13th to 16th July 2015 Special Session(s) for TRACK 06: Urban Design Quality and its Social Dimension – Organized by Burcu Yigit Turan (Ozyegin University, Istanbul), Sabine Knierbein...
SPS is one of the sponsors for the NALACS Thesis Award: Rialto (Amsterdam), 27 FEB, 16:00

SPS is one of the sponsors for the NALACS Thesis Award: Rialto (Amsterdam), 27 FEB, 16:00

The Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the TU Delft is co-sponsor for the Netherlands Association for Latin American and  Caribbean Studies Thesis Award. The NALACS Thesis Award is given to the best thesis written on a Latin American or Caribbean topic in a Dutch higher education institution. The program includes a short documentary, a lecture by...
Marcin Dąbrowski publishes an open access paper on financial instruments for urban development in RSRS

Marcin Dąbrowski publishes an open access paper on financial instruments for urban development in RSRS

Marcin Dąbrowski (post-doc at the Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy) just published a paper offering a critical assessment of financial engineering instruments for urban development used as part of EU cohesion policy. The paper was published in the Open Access format in Regional Studies, Regional Science (RSRS), a new online journal of the Regional Studies Association. The...
Stephen Read: Thinking Politics, Scale and Community in Shenzhen, THURSDAY 12 FEB, 2015, 12:30 1WEST290

Stephen Read: Thinking Politics, Scale and Community in Shenzhen, THURSDAY 12 FEB, 2015, 12:30 1WEST290

Stephen Read, Associate Professor at the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft, presented his work on Thursday 12 FEB. Power, politics and community in Shenzhen   Shenzhen is a city that comprises 80% migrants with very few rights. Talking of power in the case of the dispossessed seems like a contradiction in terms. Nevertheless, occupancy...
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 presented her work on gender and climate change. 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 has worked with academic and government institutions, as well as...
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...