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Our publications in 2018.

Our publications in 2018.

When it comes to publishing, 2018 has been a very fruitful year for the Spatial Planning and Strategy section of the Urbanism department. We are very happy to present here a selection of our publications in journals and books from the past year. General audience publications: Bracken, G. & Bracken,...
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...
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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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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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SPS at AESOP 2019 Congress in Venice

SPS at AESOP 2019 Congress in Venice

SPS sent a large delegation to AESOP Congress in Venice, taking place from 9 to 13 July. We were delighted to take part in what was apparently the biggest planning conference in the world. Here is what we presented: THE POVERTY OF TERRITORIALISM. TOWARDS A NEO-MEDIEVAL PLANNING? (roundtable around A. Faludi’s new book) Faludi A., Cotella...
SPS section excursion to The Hague.

SPS section excursion to The Hague.

We did not go very far, but it was great. And we have a new SPS family photo.
Urban Living Labs Summit

Urban Living Labs Summit

On Friday 21 June, we took part in the Urban Living Labs Summit, organised by AMS Institute as part of the We Make the City Festival 2019, celebrating urban life, work and knowledge. The Urban Living Labs Summit hosted a range of leading scholars (e.g. Prof. Ellen van Bueren from TU Delft or Niko Alexander...
Invited lecture: Urban policy and neighbourhood transformation in the Netherlands

Invited lecture: Urban policy and neighbourhood transformation in the Netherlands

Ceren Sezer is invited by the Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts to give a lecture about urban policy and transformation of immigrant neighbourhoods in the Netherlands. This lecture will take place during the International Summer School on Interdisciplinary Urban and Community Planning on July 2 2019 . The summer school is organised by the Lucerne University...
BLOXHUB SUMMER SCHOOL ON URBAN RESILIENCE : 12-19 SEPT 2019 In COPENHAGEN.

BLOXHUB SUMMER SCHOOL ON URBAN RESILIENCE : 12-19 SEPT 2019 In COPENHAGEN.

BLOXHUB SUMMER SCHOOL ON URBAN RESILIENCE : 12-19 SEPT 2019 In COPENHAGEN. The summer school will bring together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers, during an intensive eight days course from 12-19 September 2019 in Copenhagen. The summer school aims at providing multi-disciplinary knowledge and perspectives on the different global and local challenges in cities of the...
Book review: Building Access, Universal Design and the Politics of Disability

Book review: Building Access, Universal Design and the Politics of Disability

Ceren Sezer reviewed Building Access, Universal Design and the Politics of Disability by Aimi Hamraie (2017, University of Minnesota press) for Built Environment. This book provides a critical analysis of the Universal Design from the historical, philosophical and the material perspectives in order to seek an answer to the question on how to make a more...
SPS Seminar 18 June: Pieter van der Kooij - It Takes At Least A Thousand To Tango: Urban Planning in Freiburg

SPS Seminar 18 June: Pieter van der Kooij – It Takes At Least A Thousand To Tango: Urban Planning in Freiburg

Speaker: Pieter van der Kooij (Municipality of Freiburg, Germany) 18 June 2019, 12:30-13:30 Room: BG West 290, Bouwkunde, TU Delft   It Takes At Least A Thousand To Tango: Urban Planning in Freiburg (Germany)   Freiburg is one of the fastest growing cities in Germany and ever rising prices characterise its housing market. With unemployment...
'The Poverty of Territorialism', a book by Andreas Faludi, in the News

‘The Poverty of Territorialism’, a book by Andreas Faludi, in the News

The first, long and thoughtful – and gratefully (very) positive – review has been published. See: Zaucha, J. (2018) Book Review: The Poverty of Territorialism. A Neo-Medieval View of Europe and European Planning. Europa XXI, vol. 35, 2018, pp. 127-131. Reading it, I was gasping. Jacek Zaucha succeeded in summing it all, including the dilemmas...
'Territorialism in the Balkans", by Andreas Faludi

‘Territorialism in the Balkans”, by Andreas Faludi

Territorialism in the Balkans Text by Andreas Faludi, Emeritus Professor, SPS In ‘The Poverty of Territorialism’ (Faludi 2018) I show the territorial nation-state to be a modernist construct imposed on a more fluid and complex reality. Although critical of it, one must give the nation-state its due, also in the Balkans. Thanks to the role...
Lunch talk in Cosmopolis / Brussels Center for Urban Studies

Lunch talk in Cosmopolis / Brussels Center for Urban Studies

Ceren Sezer is invited to give a lunch talk in Vrije Universiteit Brussel – the Brussels Center for Urban Studies about her research on the recent urban transformation processes in Amsterdam. Date: June 6, 2019. Location: Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Geography Dept. – Room F 4.66 – Pleinlaan 2, BE1050 Brussels More information: http://www.cosmopolis.be/news-event/cosmopolis-lunch-seminar-ceren-sezer-tu-delft-visibility-public-space-and-socially      ...
Professor James Holston (UC Berkeley):  Democratic innovation  using new digital platform  technologies

Professor James Holston (UC Berkeley): Democratic innovation using new digital platform technologies

Professor James Holston from UC Berkeley will speak about digital democracy and show examples of innovative digital participatory tools. JAMES HOLSTON is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also founding director of the Social Apps Lab at CITRIS and former co-director of Global Metropolitan Studies. He is a political...
2017 TU Delft UTC Urban Thinkers Campus discussed at UN-Habitat General Assembly in Nairobi.

2017 TU Delft UTC Urban Thinkers Campus discussed at UN-Habitat General Assembly in Nairobi.

Between 7 and 9 June 2017, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft organised an UN-Habitat sponsored Urban Thinkers’ Campus (UTC ) on Higher Education for the New Urban Agenda. The title of our UTC was “EDUCATION FOR THE CITY WE NEED: HOW DO WE TEACH THE NEW URBAN AGENDA?”. The main...
Ceren Sezer is co-chair of AESOP 2019 Congress - Track15: Tourism, public space and urban culture

Ceren Sezer is co-chair of AESOP 2019 Congress – Track15: Tourism, public space and urban culture

AESOP 2019 Congress – Planning for Transition (9-11 July) Venice Track 15_Tourism, Public Spaces and Urban Cultures Co-chairs Ceren Sezer (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands) Gabriella Esposito De Vita (National Research Council and University Federico II, Italy) Stefania Ragozino (National Research Council, Italy) Over the last decade, public spaces have received an attention more than...
Encyclopedia Article

Encyclopedia Article

Gregory Bracken has written an entry on ‘The Forbidden City’ in the new Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies; their homepage is: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781118568446
Europe Day in Tirana, Albania: Postscript by Andreas Faludi

Europe Day in Tirana, Albania: Postscript by Andreas Faludi

Europe Day in Tirana, Albania: Postscript   There is Western Balkans accession wariness with close to a quarter of the population no longer believing to see it happen (Timsit 2019). They might just as well welcome yet more Chinese, Russian, Turkish and Saudi investment, even with strings attached. Outside international hotels, it seems you can...
It Could happen TU 2: James Holston on Insurgent Citizenship, Democracy and the City, 13 JUNE 2019, BK

It Could happen TU 2: James Holston on Insurgent Citizenship, Democracy and the City, 13 JUNE 2019, BK

With Professor James Holston, University of California Berkeley, JUNE 13, 2019, 12:30-13:45 Berlagezaal 1, BK Organization: Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy& DDfV Delft Design for Values http://designforvalues.tudelft.nl Abstract: In the first event promoted by SPS and DDfV (Delft Design for Values), we discussed the rise of far-right politics, Patricia Schor from Amsterdam University College talked about...
Andreas Faludi's talk at Polis University and Co-Plan, celebrating Europe Day.

Andreas Faludi’s talk at Polis University and Co-Plan, celebrating Europe Day.

Polis University and Co-PLAN Institute are an international university annex consultancy at Tirana in Albania. Having heard me speak about ?The Poverty of Territorialism? in Vienna, Rudina Toto invited me to speak there on Europe Day (see the graphics). Yes: on 9 May we commemorate the Schuman Declaration of 1950 vintage leading to the European...
Ceren Sezer is invited as a speaker by Cardiff University

Ceren Sezer is invited as a speaker by Cardiff University

Workshop of Knowledge Exchange between Research and Practice on ‘Public Space Design with Social Cohesion and Intercultural Dialogue in mind’ Date: Wednesday, 15 May 2019   10:00 – 15:20 Location: Cardiff University, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU Organizers: Dr. Patricia Aelbrecht, Cardiff University  and Dr. Quentin Stevens, RMIT University, Australia Theme: Over the last two decades, societies...
SPS Seminar: Gregory Bracken & Deirdre Sneep - Citizenship in Asia and the West in a Comparative Perspective

SPS Seminar: Gregory Bracken & Deirdre Sneep – Citizenship in Asia and the West in a Comparative Perspective

At the upcoming SPS seminar Gregory Bracken and Deirdre Sneep will present their work on citizenship and on travel of urban design ideas between East and West. The presentations will be based on chapters from a recently published book edited by Gregory Bracken, entitled “Ancient and Modern Practices of Citizenship in Asia and the West....
Book Launch: Ancient and Modern Practices of Citizenship in Asia and the West, edited by Gregory Bracken

Book Launch: Ancient and Modern Practices of Citizenship in Asia and the West, edited by Gregory Bracken

Lecture by Gregory Bracken and Renske Maria van Dam (Chapter 11) 12.30-14.00, Thursday, 9 May IIAS, Rapenburg 59, Leiden Lunch provided by IIAS (registration required), contact: x.lin@iias.nl
Keynote speech by Andreas Faludi at the 10th anniversary of CESCI

Keynote speech by Andreas Faludi at the 10th anniversary of CESCI

A born Hungarian, I left the country shortly before my 7th birthday not long before the Iron Curtain came down. No longer a Hungarian-speaker, until recently, I have not had many contacts, professional or otherwise with Hungary. Only over the last years, I have been to events of the Central European Service for Cross-border Initiatives...
Alumna Putri Santoso tells about the joy of working on a project in Jakarta

Alumna Putri Santoso tells about the joy of working on a project in Jakarta

Putrikinasih Santoso, from Indonesia has worked on a project similar to the one she developed in her graduation project for TU Delft, guided by Roberto Rocco and Luiza Calabrese. Her graduation thesis is available for download HERE. MRT Jakarta: Reshaping Mobility Landscape for Better Livability  Text by: Putrikinasih R. Santoso (Senior Urban Designer in PDW,...
SPS Seminar on 18 April 2019: Carlos Mendez -  EU Cohesion Policy and the Public Sphere: Connecting Locally with Citizens?

SPS Seminar on 18 April 2019: Carlos Mendez – EU Cohesion Policy and the Public Sphere: Connecting Locally with Citizens?

Carlos Mendez is a Senior Research Fellow at the EPRC, University of Strathclyde, which also has a base at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of TU Delft (EPRC Delft). He has degrees from the University College London (BA), London School of Economics (MSc) and Strathclyde (PhD). As a specialist on the European...
New paper by Meng et al.: Collaborative spatial planning in the face of flood risk in delta cities

New paper by Meng et al.: Collaborative spatial planning in the face of flood risk in delta cities

Collaborative spatial planning in the face of flood risk in delta cities: A policy framing perspective by Meng Meng, Marcin Dąbrowski, Yuting Tai, Dominic Stead and Faith Chan Available in OPEN ACCESS at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2019.03.006 New paper, building on Meng Meng’s PhD research and with contributions from Marcin Dąbrowski, Yuting Tai, Dominic Stead and Faith Chan...
ECTP Biennial, Plymouth, UK, 11-13 SEPT

ECTP Biennial, Plymouth, UK, 11-13 SEPT

Call for the ECTP’s biennial, Plymouth, England, 11 – 13th September 2019. https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/european-council-of-town-planners-biennial-conference-2019 The breadth of the contributions might cover planning for coastal cities, marine spatial planning, climate change, urban regeneration, peripheral regions, border areas. In addition, the edge might refer to social and economic issues, including housing and poverty. I suggest that Brexit will...
Review of 'The Poverty of Territorialism'

Review of ‘The Poverty of Territorialism’

Readers of this blog know about my book published in late-2018. I am looking forward eagerly for reviews but, knowing that they take time, I have braced myself for a long hawl, but was pleasantly surprised when the came out earlier than I could have expected. Some readers are in for a disappointment, though: It...
SPS Seminar 28 March: Andrea Pliego - Amphibian Housing for a Resilient City

SPS Seminar 28 March: Andrea Pliego – Amphibian Housing for a Resilient City

SPS Seminar with Andrea Pliego (UNAM, Mexico City) Thursday 28 March, 12:30-13:30, 01 West 270 Amphibian Housing for a Resilient City Towards an integral approach on adaptable housing systems in the water basin of México City The interaction between the biophysical systems and the urban area in the Metropolitan Area of the Valley of México...

Bracken Article in Atlantis #29.2

My article called ‘Kowloon Walled City: Hong Kong’s Heteropian Territory’ has just been published in issue #29.2 of Atlantis, which deals with contested domains.
Education for Water Resilient Cities Report

Education for Water Resilient Cities Report

We are proud to share the results of the event EDUCATION FOR WATER RESILIENT CITIES that took place at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment TU Delft in which we discussed how to plan and design with water in light of the #UNHabitat New Urban Agenda #NUA. Great contributions from Betty Chang (NCKU Taiwan), Stephen Goldsmith (University of Utah, US), Taneha...
Gregory Bracken's New Book on Practices of Citizenship

Gregory Bracken’s New Book on Practices of Citizenship

Gregory Bracken’s new book has just been published. It’s an edited volume of essays exploring practices of citizenship, ancient and modern, in both Asia and the West.