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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...
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...
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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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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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New chapter: Immigrants' Integration and Social Cohesion in Amsterdam

New chapter: Immigrants’ Integration and Social Cohesion in Amsterdam

Ceren Sezer contributed to a book entitled  ‘Public Space Design and Social Cohesion: An International Comparison’ (Routledge) with a chapter on ‘Visibility of Turkish Amenities: Immigrants’ Integration and Social Cohesion in Amsterdam’. This book is edited by Patricia Aelbrecht (Cardiff University) and Quentin Stevens (RMIT) and it is available at this link. Abstract This chapter examines...
Chapter on development of the Sponge City Programme in Guangzhou by Meng et al.

Chapter on development of the Sponge City Programme in Guangzhou by Meng et al.

Meng Meng, together with Marcin Dąbrowski, Faith Chan (Nottingham Ningbo University) and Dominic Stead published a chapter on the Sponge City programme in Guanghzou in a book edited by Adriana Galderisi and Andrea Colucci. The book is entitled “Smart, Resilience and Transition Cities. Emerging Approaches and Tools for a Climate-Sensitive Urban Development” and was published...
20 Nov - SPS Seminar, 12:30, ROOM F: Prof. Claydon - Citizen Engagement in Planning Major Infrastructure Projects

20 Nov – SPS Seminar, 12:30, ROOM F: Prof. Claydon – Citizen Engagement in Planning Major Infrastructure Projects

SPS Seminar Citizen engagement in planning major infrastructure projects in England Professor Jim Claydon 20 November 2018 Room F (please note room change), 12:30-14:00 Large scale infrastructure projects are a universal feature of urban development. They help to meet basic needs for energy, water, accessibility, and other services, and may steer development along more sustainable...
Congratulations to Dr Nurul Azlan

Congratulations to Dr Nurul Azlan

Nurul Azlan successfully defended her PhD thesis on 30 October. ‘Sedition Spaces’ examines protest in postcolonial Kuala Lumpur. Professors Wouter Vanstiphout and Wil Zonneveld were her promoters, while Dr Gregory Bracken was co-promotor and daily supervisor. We all wish Nurul the very best of luck with her future research work.
Join upcoming P1 presentations of Planning Complex Cities graduation students!

Join upcoming P1 presentations of Planning Complex Cities graduation students!

On Wednesday 7 November 2018, 8.45 – 16.45, Room R and Room E*, current Planning Complex Cities graduation students will present their work for a first assessment of their MSc Urbanism graduation progress. They will show their thesis plans which set out the problem fields, research aims and questions as well as initial theoretical and...
' The Demise of a Just City? ' Lunch talk at ETH Zurich Future Cities Laboratory

‘ The Demise of a Just City? ‘ Lunch talk at ETH Zurich Future Cities Laboratory

Ceren Sezer gave a lunch talk at ETH Zurich – Future Cities Laboratory about the impacts of urban transformation processes on cultural landscapes of immigrant neighbourhoods in the context of Amsterdam on Friday, 25th of October 2018. The Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) was established by ETH-Zurich and Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) in 2010, and operates...
Presentation on Regional Design @ RSA-Russia Conference 2018

Presentation on Regional Design @ RSA-Russia Conference 2018

Verena Balz has given a presentation on regional design during the 2018 Regional Studies Association (RSA) Russian conference. The conference was held 22-23 October and took place within the Russian All Russia Strategic Forum in St Petersburg. The Forum is held annually since 2002 and has already firmly and justifiably gained the right to be regarded...
Invited talk at National University of Singapore

Invited talk at National University of Singapore

Ceren Sezer is invited by National University of Singapore (NUS) to give a talk about the recent urban transformation processes in Amsterdam and their impacts on immigrant neighbourhoods. This lecture will be on Thursday, October 25 at 6p.m in Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment (Lecture room: LR423).
Andrea Faludi's new book, 'The Poverty of Territorialism: A Neo-Medieval View of Europe and European Planning".

Andrea Faludi’s new book, ‘The Poverty of Territorialism: A Neo-Medieval View of Europe and European Planning”.

You may think that writing is what it’s all about. But it takes a while before a manuscript becomes a book. There is an amazing amount of work to be done and details to attend, including proofreading, checking the index, deciding on whom to approach for reviewing it, whom to give complementary copies, and so...
SPS Seminar: Paolo de Martino - Spatial and institutional path dependencies in Naples port-city region (2 Oct, 12:30)

SPS Seminar: Paolo de Martino – Spatial and institutional path dependencies in Naples port-city region (2 Oct, 12:30)

Speaker: Paolo de Martino (Delft University of Technology/University of Naples Federico II) Time and place: 02 October, 12:30, 01.West.270, BK, TU Delft Topic: Defending the past by challenging the future. Analysis of spatial and institutional path dependencies in Naples port-city region Today the port of Naples is experiencing a problem of relations with the city and the...
Special issue of Planning Perspectives on the history of European spatial planning

Special issue of Planning Perspectives on the history of European spatial planning

In a context where European integration is put into question, under the weight of external (migration, safety issues, economic) and centrifugal forces (Brexit, growing Euroscepticism), European spatial planning has been somewhat sidelined in the debates on the European Union’s goals, cohesion and future. Following a session organised at the IPHS conference in Delft in 2016,...
SPS Seminar: Patrizia Sulis - Urban Dynamics and Spatial Behaviour in London (20 Sept, 13:30)

SPS Seminar: Patrizia Sulis – Urban Dynamics and Spatial Behaviour in London (20 Sept, 13:30)

Speaker: Patrizia Sulis (The Bartlett, UCL) Time and place: 20 September, 13:30, 01.West.060, BK, TU Delft Topic: Applying a computational method to explore the diversity of urban dynamics and spatial behaviour in London Abstract: The availability of large amounts of new data containing human mobility information at a higher spatiotemporal resolution represents an unprecedented opportunity...
New book chapters on planning policy transfer

New book chapters on planning policy transfer

A new book entitled “Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions From Research to Practice” has been published by Edward Elgar. The book, edited by Nicola Francesco Dotti, provides theories, experiences, reflections and future directions for social scientists engaged with policy-oriented research in cities and regions.  Dominic Stead has co-authored two of the book’s chapters: Chapter 4:...
Regional Studies special issue on policy-transfer in regional development and planning, edited by M.Dąbrowski, I.Musiałkowska and L.Polverari

Regional Studies special issue on policy-transfer in regional development and planning, edited by M.Dąbrowski, I.Musiałkowska and L.Polverari

A special issue of Regional Studies on policy transfer is finally out both online and in print. It was edited by Marcin Dąbrowski, Ida Musiałkowska (Poznań University of Economics) and Laura Polverari (EPRC, University of Strathclyde). The initiative stemmed from a workshop organised at Urbanism, TU Delft, on policy transfer that was organised under the...
SPS Seminar: Birgit Hausleitner - The Spatial Form of Economic Activity (6 September at 12:45)

SPS Seminar: Birgit Hausleitner – The Spatial Form of Economic Activity (6 September at 12:45)

As part of the first SPS Seminar of this semester, our colleague Birgit Hausleitner (Urbanism, BK, TU Delft) will present the results of her research on the spatial form of economic activities as part of an SPS Seminar on 6 September at 12:45 in the Think Room (Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU...
Summer School Planning and Design with Water and Delft Global welcome young African teacher

Summer School Planning and Design with Water and Delft Global welcome young African teacher

Njabulo Ngcobo, School of Built Environment of the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa My general impression of the 2018 TU Delft summer school on “Planning and Design with Water for Sustainability” is that it was a well-organized and it was a successful project.  The summer school in TU Delft offered a conducive environment for the...
The department of Urbanism of the TU Delft has three vacancies for professor online!

The department of Urbanism of the TU Delft has three vacancies for professor online!

Professor of Delta UrbanismProfessor of Regional Design and PlanningProfessor / Associate Professor Urban Design: Theory and Methods Please follow this link to learn more about the vacancies. And feel free to spread these vacancies in your network!  https://www.tudelft.nl/over-tu-delft/werken-bij-tu-delft/vacatures/
Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Spatial Planning & Strategy (Tenure-Track)

Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Spatial Planning & Strategy (Tenure-Track)

To apply, please visit: https://www.academictransfer.com/nl/49233/assistant-professor-of-spatial-planning-strategy-tenure-track/     JOB DESCRIPTION We are recruiting an Assistant Professor to strengthen and extend our research and education activities in the field of spatial planning & strategy. The successful candidate will join a department with a high global reputation and work in a team of highly committed and successful academics in...
Look up recent Complex cities graduates!

Look up recent Complex cities graduates!

Planning Complex Cities graduations consider spatial planning and territorial governance schemes in regions, and investigate how these can be improved to achieve more sustainable spatial outcomes. Basic starting points in graduations are observations of disparities in the distribution of spatial resources across territories, in China, Europe or the Global South. Conclusions  recommend institutional change and demonstrate, by means...
Winning entry to the competition 'Water as Leverage'

Winning entry to the competition ‘Water as Leverage’

The Dutch Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) are taking on the challenge of addressing water crises in urban areas. The programme Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities Asia is collaborating with the cities of Chennai (India), Khulna (Bangladesh) and Semarang...
Newspaper articles about book 'Cork Strolls'

Newspaper articles about book ‘Cork Strolls’

Lovely newspaper articles about my sister Audrey’s and my latest book ‘Cork Strolls’. Go and read them! You can find them on: here at the Irish Examiner, or here at the Southern Star.  
IPHS2018 Conference in Yokohama

IPHS2018 Conference in Yokohama

    SPS chair and the Urbanism Department were very well represented at the International Planning History Society 2018 Conference in the port city of Yokohama. Cinco Yu presented his PhD research on participation in urban regeneration in Taipei and Luiz Carvahlo Filho his work on planning codes and urban form. Moreover, Yu-Tzu Lin (Keats),...
Call for papers / Special issue 'The Politics of Visibility in Public Space' / Space and Culture / Sage Publications Inc. 

Call for papers / Special issue ‘The Politics of Visibility in Public Space’ / Space and Culture / Sage Publications Inc. 

CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline September 16, 2018  ‘THE POLITICS OF VISIBILITY IN PUBLIC SPACE’  Special issue in Space and Culture (Sage Publications Inc.)  https://www.spaceandculture.com/2018/07/ Guest editors:  Ceren Sezer / Delft University of Technology, Urbanism, the Netherlands. Freek Janssens / University of Leeds, School of Geography, United Kingdom. Theme: The visibility of individuals or groups in...
A new article on public life, immigrant amenities and socio-cultural inclusion in Amsterdam

A new article on public life, immigrant amenities and socio-cultural inclusion in Amsterdam

Ceren Sezer published a new article in Journal of Urban Design entitled Public life, immigrant amenities and socio-cultural inclusion: the presence and changes of Turkish amenities in Amsterdam. This article studies the presence of, and the changes in, immigrant amenities in the context of urban renewal processes as well as the implications of these changes in the...
Akkie van Nes and Luiz Carvalho: Urban form in discussion in Siberia

Akkie van Nes and Luiz Carvalho: Urban form in discussion in Siberia

Akkelies van Nes and Luiz Carvalho from the Spatial Planning section, together with Daniela Maiullari from Environmental Technology and Design presented their research at the 25th ISUF, that took place from 5 to 9 July in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The conference focused on urban form and social context, from traditions to newest demands. The presentations explored...
New paper on Dutch national spatial planning

New paper on Dutch national spatial planning

Verena Balz and Wil Zonneveld have published a paper titled ‘Transformations of Planning Rationales: Changing Spaces for Governance in Recent Dutch National Planning’ in Planning Theory & Practice. The paper assesses spatial concepts outlined in Dutch national plans between 1988 and 2012. By focusing on the dimensions of concepts, and the room for interpretation these create,...
Upcoming final presentations of Complex cities graduation students

Upcoming final presentations of Complex cities graduation students

Complex cities graduation students have worked over the past year on research and design projects at the common interest of and with SP&S researchers. They are now about to present their final outcomes. For a program of their presentations, please see here. Please note that a few upcoming P5 presentations are not listed yet, because...
Confronting Informality Symposium and Ideas Competition Report Online!

Confronting Informality Symposium and Ideas Competition Report Online!

Preserving Communities and Creating Public Goods in Informal Settlements. This version of the report contains all 20 finalists (including the 3 winners and 2 honourable mentions).
Sharon Wohl PhD success

Sharon Wohl PhD success

  Sharon Wohl has successfully defended her thesis: Complex Adaptive Systems and Urban Morphogenesis. The panel were impressed with the work based on journal publications, and the thoughtful and robust answers to challenging questions. We thank the panel for their contribution to the promotion: Dr. Stephen Marshall, U College London; Prof. dr. Francis P. Heylighen,...
SPS research strategy meeting held on 12 June 2018

SPS research strategy meeting held on 12 June 2018

Monday 10 June the SPS chair had the second meeting about strategy of the chair for the coming years. This time it was about research strategy. EPRC colleagues Laura Polverari and Fabian Gal were invited and contributed to the output of the meeting. Four emerging research themes and opportunities were identified for the near future:...