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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.

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! 500+ people have done so!

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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RSA Workshop: Cross-national policy transfer in regional and urban policy - 19 January 2015

RSA Workshop: Cross-national policy transfer in regional and urban policy – 19 January 2015

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...
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...
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...