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Spatial Planning Section Group Photo: that's us!

Spatial Planning Section Group Photo: that’s us!

The Spatial Planning Section of the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft  is composed by more than 20 researchers, teachers, young researchers and support staff. We strive every day to do excellent research and education in issues of urban development, not only in Europe, but internationally.  On this photo, from...
Vincent Nadin new chairperson of Urbanism

Vincent Nadin new chairperson of Urbanism

As of March 1 2017, Prof. Vincent Nadin is the new chairman of the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. Vincent has the experience and the position to represent the interests of our department in the world. Staff and students say farewell to Machiel van...
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 INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT MAILING LIST

Join our INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT MAILING LIST

  The chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy promotes activities concerning International Urban Development. This concerns mostly issues of urban development in the Global South. This includes (but is not limited to) urban management, housing, informal urbanisation, governance, resources management, territorial management, urban emergencies, among other topics concerning the built environment in the Global...
Join our Facebook group! 2400+ people have done so!

Join our Facebook group! 2400+ people have done so!

2400+ 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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500+ people have joined our LinkeIN group so far. You can also join!

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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Turkey: freedom of expression in jeopardy

Turkey: freedom of expression in jeopardy

The latest report of the English PEN, the founding centre of the PEN International – an organisation promotes freedom of expression and literature across frontiers – , is about Turkey. The report is entitled Turkey: freedom of expression in jeopardy. Violations of the rights of authors, publishers and academics under the State of Emergency and written...
SPS Seminar: Victor Muñoz Sanz: Automated Landscapes, 24 April, 12:00-13:00

SPS Seminar: Victor Muñoz Sanz: Automated Landscapes, 24 April, 12:00-13:00

SPS Seminar 24 March 2018 12:00-13:00 BG West 290, Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft Speaker: Victor Muñoz Sanz (TU Delft) Automated Landscapes: Planning and Technology in the Port of Rotterdam   The increasing use of robotization and computer algorithms in industrial processes seem to indicate that we are heading to a future of workspaces without...
Join the PICH Planning and Heritage Final Conference

Join the PICH Planning and Heritage Final Conference

Future conservation of the historic environment in Europe will be shaped by neoliberal inspired reforms of urban planning systems, but in uncertain ways. Just how is the subjectd of the PICH Final Conference that will be held at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology on Thursday 12 April. The...
New paper on flood risk management in Hong Kong and Singapore in Journal of Cleaner Production

New paper on flood risk management in Hong Kong and Singapore in Journal of Cleaner Production

Marcin Dąbrowski’s new paper on flood risk management (FRM) in coastal Asian cities is about to be published in Journal of Cleaner Production. It was written is collaboration with colleagues from Nottingham Ningbo University and University of Leeds (F. Chan – lead author), National University of Singapore (C.C. Joon and A. Ziegler) and Aalto University (O. Varis). ...
SDGs and Neo-Liberalism

SDGs and Neo-Liberalism

  Text by Roberto Rocco: In March 2018, I set up an exhibition on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft. A few days later, SDG 8 “Decent Work and Economic Growth” was defaced. There is no way to know who did this,...
New Book

New Book

‘Cork Strolls’, written by brother-and-sister team Gregory and Audrey Bracken has just been published. A guide to Cork’s architecture, it is the follow-up to their bestselling ‘Dublin Strolls’ (The Collins Press, 2016).
New paper on EU-China, EU-Brazil regional policy transfer published in Regional Studies

New paper on EU-China, EU-Brazil regional policy transfer published in Regional Studies

New paper by Marcin Dąbrowski, Ida Musiałkowska (Poznań University of Economics) and Laura Polverari (EPRC, University of Strathclyde) on the transfer of regional policy from the EU to China and to Brazil has just been published online in Regional Studies. The paper investigates the European Union (EU)–Brazil and EU–China regional policy dialogues, viewed as vectors...
Report Education for the City We Need: How to integrate the New Urban Agenda in Higher Education Curriculums

Report Education for the City We Need: How to integrate the New Urban Agenda in Higher Education Curriculums

This is a report on the side event organised by TU Delft at the World Urban Forum in FEB 2018 in Kuala Lumpur. In this event, we presented the results of the Urban Thinkers Campus organised in 2017 at TU Delft on the topic of incorporating the New Urban Agenda in higher education curriculums. An...
PrepCon African Perspectives Executive Report Published

PrepCon African Perspectives Executive Report Published

The Department of Urbanism and the Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy took an active role the organisation of the Preparatory Conference African Perspectives on Urbanisation, which took place between 25 and 27 January 2018 in Addis Ababa. This conference was jointly organised by TU Delft and EiABC (the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction...
Roberto Rocco is made member of the editorial board of the two main research journals on spatial planning and city development in Brazil

Roberto Rocco is made member of the editorial board of the two main research journals on spatial planning and city development in Brazil

Roberto Rocco has been recently made member of the editorial board of two peer-reviewed journals of spatial planning in Brazil. The Revista Brasileira de Estudos Urbanos e Regionais (Brazilian Review of Urban and Regional Studies)  is connected to ANPUR, the National Association of Post Graduate Studies and Research on Urban and Regional Planning (long name!). ANPUR...
Faculty of Architecture raises awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals

Faculty of Architecture raises awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals: WHAT’S YOUR GOAL? The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by 193 United Nations members states in 2013 with the objective to guide sustainable development in the next 15 years. The SDGs cover a broad range of social and economic development issues and are part of the...
The Urbanisation of (In)justice - 16-18 May 2018 - The UN Buffer Zone in Nicosia

The Urbanisation of (In)justice – 16-18 May 2018 – The UN Buffer Zone in Nicosia

The University of Cyprus, Department of Architecture invites you to the annual meeting of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP)’s Thematic Group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures, which will take place in the United Nations Buffer Zone in Nicosia in the period between 16th and 18th May 2018. This meeting is organised in...
SPS Seminar: Prof. Dag Kitang -  Urban development and the conflict modernisation and renewal, 13 March, 12:30

SPS Seminar: Prof. Dag Kitang – Urban development and the conflict modernisation and renewal, 13 March, 12:30

SPS Seminar Speaker: Prof. Dag Kitang Topic: Urban development and the conflict modernisation and renewal Time and place: Tuesday 13 March 2018, 12:30-13:30, BG West 640, BK, TU Delft Dag Kittang is a professor in urban conservation and planning at the Faculty of Architecture and Design at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He...
SPS Seminar: Esther González-González - Autonomous vehicles & the city of tomorrow

SPS Seminar: Esther González-González – Autonomous vehicles & the city of tomorrow

Speaker: Esther González-González, University of Cantabria Topic: Autonomous vehicles & the city of tomorrow Room: OO West 64 Date: Tuesday 6 March, 12:30-13:30 Abstract: Automated Vehicles (AV) would undoubtedly have a great and significant impact on urban mobility, urbanisation patterns and the quality and use of urban space within the next 30-50 years. A key question...
The World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur

The World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur

Text by Roberto Rocco 22.000 people took part in the World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur, + more or less 4.000 support staff. 48% of these people were women. I don’t know how many were from the Global South, but certainly more than 50%. The great topic of this WUF was implementation of the...
Prof. Dag Kittang - guest Professor at TU Delft from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Prof. Dag Kittang – guest Professor at TU Delft from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Dag Kittang is a professor in urban conservation and planning at the Faculty of Architecture and Design at. He has a master in architecture and defended his doctoral dissertation on “The wooden town of Trondheim  –  modernisation or conservation” in 2006. He is doing research on the topic architectural and urban conservation and together with The...
SPS Seminar by Hsinko Yu on participatory planning and urban vitality (8 February, 12:00-13:00)

SPS Seminar by Hsinko Yu on participatory planning and urban vitality (8 February, 12:00-13:00)

You are warmly invited, dear SPS blog guest, to the forthcoming Spatial Planning & Strategy Seminar on Thursday 8 February 2018 from 12:00 to 13:00. The speaker will be Cinco Hsinko Yu (TU Delft). He will present his on-going research on participatory planning and urban vitality in a context of urban regeneration in Taipei, Taiwan. The...
New guest researcher - Esther González-González, University of Cantabria

New guest researcher – Esther González-González, University of Cantabria

The Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy has a new guest – Esther González-González from the University of Cantabria. Esther came to TU Delft to work, among others, with Dominic Stead on automated vehicles and planning. She will present her research as part of the SPS Seminar Series on 6 March 2018, so stay tuned...
SPS in charge of Quarter 3 of the Urbanism Masters Track: Booklet published

SPS in charge of Quarter 3 of the Urbanism Masters Track: Booklet published

Verena Balz and Qu Lei are responsible for Quarter 3 in the Urbanism Masters track at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft. This quarter is about regional planning and design. This is the booklet that explains the methods and objectives of the quarter. Roberto Rocco and Marcin Dabrowski are...
The Poverty of Territorialism: Book Proposal Accepted

The Poverty of Territorialism: Book Proposal Accepted

I am delighted to be able to report that this book project, on which I have reported before has been accepted. All being well it will come out before the end of this year with Edgar Elgar, a publisher in the United Kingdom. The title refers to my concern about territorialism encapsulating all of us...
UN-Habitat Twitter Chat with Roberto Rocco about Education for the New Urban Agenda

UN-Habitat Twitter Chat with Roberto Rocco about Education for the New Urban Agenda

A Twitter chat series in the framework of #TheCityWeNeed action campaign   A World Urban Campaign (@urbancampaign) Twitter chat with gender expert Roberto Rocco (@RobertoRocco) from TU DELFT (@TUDELFT)   Tuesday, 30 January 2018 2-3pm (Nairobi time, GMT+3) Background A Twitter chat is a public discussion on Twitter around a specific hashtag (for example, #TheCityWeNeed)....
Sharing Cities - Shaping Cities

Sharing Cities – Shaping Cities

Lidewij Tummers will be presenting at the Sharing cities – Shaping cities 2018 conference, organised by the Politechnico di Milano on 5+6 March 2018. The proposal “Low-carbon local initiative meets regional climate change policies: How to create effective synergies between local and regional agents of change?” was retained at an acceptance rate of about 20%...
Books Translated

Books Translated

Gregory Bracken’s ‘Bangkok: A Walking Tour’ and ‘London: A Walking Tour’ have just been translated into Polish.
Complex cities graduation: Upcoming presentations

Complex cities graduation: Upcoming presentations

Between 11-1-2018 and 23-1-2018 Complex cities graduation students present their thesis plans and preliminary research during the second assessment of their graduation projects. For the program and brief descriptions of their graduation topics, please see announcements on our dedicated complex cities website. An overview is provided here. Presentations can be attended. We invite all who have an...
Kseniya Otmakhova receives Schwarzman Scholarship

Kseniya Otmakhova receives Schwarzman Scholarship

Complex cities graduation student Kseniya Otmakhova was granted the prestiguous Schwarzman Scholarship in December. With an advisory board consisting of people like former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former American Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell, this scholarship aims to educate future world leaders. For  her reflection on the award, please see here We...
Happy 2018!

Happy 2018!

From the group of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the TU Delft, we wish you a very happy and prosperous new year!
Carola Hein's Handbook of Planning History published by Routledge

Carola Hein’s Handbook of Planning History published by Routledge

The Routledge Handbook of Planning History edited by the great Professor Carola Hein, Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning at TU Delft, is out, folks! @TUDelft @BKTUDelft @TUDelftGlobal You can see details of the book HERE “The Routledge Handbook of Planning History offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary overview of planning history since its emergence in...
Keynote Address

Keynote Address

Gregory Bracken gave the keynote address at ‘Urban Living and Multicultural Cities in Asia: From Colonial Past to Global Future’, a conference held at the Faculty of Psychology Unika Atma Jaya University, Jakarta on 8-9 November 2017. His paper was entitled ‘Asian Cities: Colonial to Global’, and made reference to the book he edited with...
IFoU 10 Hong Kong

IFoU 10 Hong Kong

The 10th IFoU conference ‘The Entrepreneurial City’ was held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on 14-16 December 2017, and was attended by TU Delft staff and alumni, turning it into a very pleasant reunion for those who had studied Urbanism.   Congratulations to Qu Lei whose paper on urban regeneration in China won...
Roberto Rocco in Doctoral Defence Committee at University of Sevilla

Roberto Rocco in Doctoral Defence Committee at University of Sevilla

Roberto Rocco was invited by the University of Sevilla to integrate the Doctoral Defence committee of Irene Luque Martin,  who defended a thesis titled  “Descodificando la Planificación Urbana Contemporánea: Hacia una alternativa metodológica para una planificación colaborativa” on the positive integration of GIS and other planning supporting systems to participatory planning. The thesis was defended...