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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.

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...
Contribute to the BLOG 'Planning Latin America'

Contribute to the BLOG ‘Planning Latin America’

The Development Studies Group of the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (TU Delft), together with colleagues from the Universities of Toronto and Aalborg,  has launched a new BLOG to circulate information and promote debate on themes related to spatial planning in Latin America....
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,...
Join our Facebook group! Almost 500 people have done so!

Join our Facebook group! Almost 500 people have done so!

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

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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Gathering of Latin American Researchers of Bouwkunde and OTB

Gathering of Latin American Researchers of Bouwkunde and OTB

Latin American researchers of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment gathered for an informal meeting in April to get to know each other and discuss further collaboration. The gathering is part of the effort of the Chair Spatial Planning and Strategy to foster initiatives in international development partnerships. Meeting at the restaurant Rossio...
Article on urban design ideology published in Planning Perspectives

Article on urban design ideology published in Planning Perspectives

A new article by Dorina Pojani, postdoc in the SPS chair, was published in Planning Perspectives. This article recounts the history of urban design in the centre of Tirana, the capital of Albania, during five political periods (Ottoman Empire, Italian domination, communist regime, post-communist anarchy, and Western-style planning). Starting in the 1910s, successive governments have...
Workshop of Urban System and Environment (USE) Joint Research Centre between SCUT and TU Delft

Workshop of Urban System and Environment (USE) Joint Research Centre between SCUT and TU Delft

Urban planning and urban environment are one of the key areas for cooperation between China and the Netherlands and the European Union more broadly. A workshop providing an opportunity to discuss and learn more about those issues will be held at  TU Delft on 9th and 10th  April in Delft under the auspices of the Urban Systems and Environment...
100 students from the University of the West of England visit TUDelft

100 students from the University of the West of England visit TUDelft

On April 2, 105 students and a  number of teachers from the University of the West of England (UWE) have visited the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft. The students were accompanied by Janet Askew, Marcus Grant, Adam Sheppard, Nicholas Smith and Nick Croft. They were received by Professor Vincent Nadin, who spoke about comparative...
Spatial analysis in prehistoric and historic built environments

Spatial analysis in prehistoric and historic built environments

  Spatial analysis and social spaces Interdisciplinary approaches to the interpretation of prehistoric and historic built environments Ed. by Paliou, Eleftheria / Lieberwirth, Undine / Polla, Silvia Series:Topoi – Berlin Studies of the Ancient World/Topoi – Berliner Studien der Alten Welt 18 We would like to announce the publication of a new open access volume on...
Debating EU urban policy: RSA workshop on the new cycle of cohesion policy 2014-2020

Debating EU urban policy: RSA workshop on the new cycle of cohesion policy 2014-2020

On Monday 24 March 2014 the SPS Chair co-organised a workshop on the new cycle of EU cohesion policy. The event was set up by the Regional Studies Association’s Research Network on EU Cohesion Policy, in collaboration with a range of partner institutions from Belgium (IES and Cosmpolis), Scotland (EPRC),   and the Czech Republic (Prague...
Jorge Gil at the SPS Seminar Series

Jorge Gil at the SPS Seminar Series

Jorge Gil presented his research on The sustainable mobility potential of TOD neighbourhoods in the city-region at the SPS Seminar Series Abstract: Departing from the concept of ‘multi-modal urban regional development’ in Bertolini and le Clercq (2003), the urban environment is described using a framework where the urban activity space is organised by modes of movement (non-motorised,...
Roberto Rocco discussant at CEDLA Ester Limonad's lecture

Roberto Rocco discussant at CEDLA Ester Limonad’s lecture

Roberto Rocco was discussant for Ester Limonad’s lecture at CEDLA (Center for Latin American Research and Documentation) of the University of Amsterdam. Limonad is professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and is spending a period as guest scholar at the University of Leiden. Limonad talked about past and recent trends in Brazilian...
BRAZILIAN  WEEK at LEIDEN UNIVERSITY 2014 31 MARCH-3 APRIL

BRAZILIAN WEEK at LEIDEN UNIVERSITY 2014 31 MARCH-3 APRIL

BRAZILIAN  WEEK at LEIDEN UNIVERSITY 2014 31 MARCH-3 APRIL A wide range of activities are planned focusing on Brazil and its culture in national, Latin American and global contexts. Alongside academic events, there is a have-a-go workshop on Brazilian music and song (no prior knowledge of Portuguese required!), film screenings and more. Come and join...
The Aesop TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures participates in International Summer School 2014 organised by Vienna University of Technology

The Aesop TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures participates in International Summer School 2014 organised by Vienna University of Technology

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (SKuOR) in cooperation with the Centre of Local Planning (IFOER) at the Department of Spatial Planning, Faculty of Architecture and Planning of Vienna University of Technology, hosts a 7-days summer school (30 August – 5 September 2014) directed at international Master’s and PhD students, as well as...
Brenda Hunt, Area manager of the Eastern Docklands of Amsterdam, at the SPS Seminar Series

Brenda Hunt, Area manager of the Eastern Docklands of Amsterdam, at the SPS Seminar Series

Brenda Hunt is Area manager (Gebiedsmanager) for the Oostelijk Havengebied and the Science Park of Amsterdam (District  Oost). Brenda, together with colleague Peter Groenendaal, joined the SPS Seminar on February 20 2014 to talk about the activity of area manager, as conceived by the municipality of Amsterdam. As area manager, Brenda is  responsible for the areas...
Brighton University students & staff visit the SPS group at TU Delft

Brighton University students & staff visit the SPS group at TU Delft

A group of planning students and staff members from Brighton University in the UK visited the SPS group at TU Delft on Monday, March 17. The following program took place to welcome the visitors: 10:00 Andreas Faludi (Department of Urbanism) presentation on Spatial Planning in Europe 10:45 Verena Balz (Department of Urbanism) presentation on Station Developments /...
1000 abstracts for the Spatial Planning Congress

1000 abstracts for the Spatial Planning Congress

Organisers and track chairs for the joint TU Delft-Utrecht University Congress for the Association of European Schools of Planning have sifted through 1000 abstracts from academics around the world hopeful of securing a place in the programme for 9-12 July 2014. The congress attracted 896 abstracts for papers and 18 for roundtable sessions, whilst the...
Randstad Seminar: Urban farming in city regions: a relevant topic for spatial planning and design?

Randstad Seminar: Urban farming in city regions: a relevant topic for spatial planning and design?

Urbanism Randstad Research Programme Regional Governance, Planning and Design Research Cluster Research Seminar: March 20th, from 15:00-17:00 at OTB, TU Delft, Hugo Priemus Zaal TOPIC: Urban farming in city regions: a relevant topic for spatial planning and design? Urban farming has received a lot of attention in the last few years. For many, food production...
Call for Papers: The AESOP TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures,  Becoming Local Bucharest Meeting (Deadline for Abstracts: 14 April 2014)

Call for Papers: The AESOP TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures, Becoming Local Bucharest Meeting (Deadline for Abstracts: 14 April 2014)

BECOMING LOCAL BUCHAREST MEETING  (June 11-14, 2014) Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism will host a four-day annual meeting of the AESOP thematic group of Public Spaces and Urban Cultures in Bucharest, Romania. The meeting is a second one under ‘Becoming Local’ theme, following an inspiring first meeting in Istanbul in November 2013 ( http://www.becominglocalistanbul.org...
Dorina Pojani, postdoc at SPS, wins EFL grant to study "informal" architecture in the Balkans

Dorina Pojani, postdoc at SPS, wins EFL grant to study “informal” architecture in the Balkans

Dorina Pojani, postdoc at SPS, won a grant from the EFL Stichting grant (€10,000) to study “informal” architecture in four countries in the Balkan region: Albania, Bosnia, Kovoso, and Serbia. Squatter (or informal) settlements are widespread here, sheltering thousands of people. While many Southern European squatter settlements house poor and marginalized populations, many others do not...
Workshop on Transit Oriented Development design for urban planners and designers in the Netherlands

Workshop on Transit Oriented Development design for urban planners and designers in the Netherlands

A unique workshop on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) design took place on Feb. 19 and 21. The workshop was organized by SPS chair members Dorina Pojani and Dominic Stead in the framework of project iTOD: Implementing Transit Oriented Development. The goal of the workshop was to learn which design principles can lead to successful TOD...
RSA workshop on the new cycle of the Cohesion Policy in 2014-2020  MONDAY 24 MARCH 2014

RSA workshop on the new cycle of the Cohesion Policy in 2014-2020 MONDAY 24 MARCH 2014

RSA workshop on the new cycle of the Cohesion Policy in 2014-2020 The Group Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft  co-organises this workshop in collaboration with partners at Cosmopolis and the Institute for European Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), the European Policies Research Centre (University of Strathclyde) and Prague University...
UN Habitat HUB on Gender

UN Habitat HUB on Gender

On behalf of SP&S, Lidewij Tummers participated in the joint event to launch the UNI-Habitat Gender HUB in Madrid 20-21 January 2014. The event was co-funded by UN-Habitat, through the Capacity Unit and by COST, the Program for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, The objective of the event was threefold: 1) Launch the new...
Roundtable session at AESOP 2014: Marketplaces as an Urban Development Strategy

Roundtable session at AESOP 2014: Marketplaces as an Urban Development Strategy

  Marketplaces are often romanticised as traditional spaces of ‘pure’ encounters between producers and consumers in an increasingly privatised world. Farmer’s Markets are well-known example of this and several city governments seem to have embraced the urban marketplace as a tool for ‘placemaking.’ Yet this enthusiasm needs to be supported by a critical analysis of...
The UN HABITAT invites the AESOP Thematic Group Public Spaces & Urban Cultures to WUF7, Medellin Colombia

The UN HABITAT invites the AESOP Thematic Group Public Spaces & Urban Cultures to WUF7, Medellin Colombia

The UN HABITAT invited the AESOP thematic group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures to organize a networking event at The World Urban Forum 7 (WUF7) in April 5-11 2014, Medellin, Colombia. To foster dialogue between global tendencies and local needs, this networking session will be organized as open as possible to the local public, inviting...
The AESOP TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures Becoming Local Istanbul Meeting

The AESOP TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures Becoming Local Istanbul Meeting

The AESOP TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures (PSUC) and Ozyegin University held a very productive meeting in Istanbul (Nov 20-23, 2013) under the working theme, Becoming Local. PSUC Coordination team would like to thank to all of the local committee members, particularly to the Dean of Faculty of Architecture, Orhan Hacihasanoglu and hard-working coordinator...
500 members at SPS LindekIN Group!

500 members at SPS LindekIN Group!

Carolina Lima, a PhD Candidate from the Bauhaus University at Weimar (Germany) was the 500th person to join the LinkedIN group of Spatial Planning and Strategy. This is a great reason for celebration. As a THANK YOU present, we will send Carolina the book THE DUTCH METROPOLIS by professor Maurits de Hoog, a beautiful book...
SAVE THE DATE FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES! 19th of March 2014 AFTERNOON

SAVE THE DATE FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES! 19th of March 2014 AFTERNOON

SAVE THE DATE FOR DEVELOPMENT! 19th of March 2014 AFTERNOON Students of the EXPLORE LAB GRAD STUDIO of TU Delft with the support of the CHAIR SPATIAL PLANNING AND STRATEGY will promote an event about the tools of knowledge and methodologies that can be applied in the built environment where informal processes are closely interrelated...
Paper on informal urbanisation published in Third World Quarterly

Paper on informal urbanisation published in Third World Quarterly

A paper written by alumnus Jan Ballegoijen (presently at Crimson Rotterdam) and Roberto Rocco on issues of informal urbanisation has been published by Third World Quarterly. Abstract: This paper discusses how urban informality in the developing world has been understood in the West, and how it has been incorporated in the discourse of urban architects...
China-EU Forum on Urbanisation

China-EU Forum on Urbanisation

China needs ‘a new type of urbanisation’ and ‘deeper exchange with Europe on urban planning, urban design and sustainable transport’ said Premier Li Keqiang at the China-EU Forum on Urbanisation held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in November. Vincent Nadin, Lily Li and others attended the Forum on behalf of the...
CALL FOR PAPERS: SCUPAD 2014: Salzburg 16-18 May 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: SCUPAD 2014: Salzburg 16-18 May 2014

The following call for papers could be of interest to you. Please forward the message further within your networks. With best regards on behalf of the SCUPAD organizing committee,       - CALL FOR PAPERS – 46th Annual SCUPAD Congress May 16th -18th, 2014 in Salzburg, Austria No Time to Waste: Planning to Reduce,...
Yu Ye gives a talk at the SPS Seminar Series

Yu Ye gives a talk at the SPS Seminar Series

Yu Ye, SPS alumnus and now PhD candidate at the University of Hong Kong, gives a talk at the SPS Seminar Series Yu Ye  talked about “Form syntax’ as an approach to understand urban form quantitatively and promote high degree of urbanity in urban design ”, on issues being studied in his doctoral  research. You will find...
Marcin Dąbrowski, post-doc at SPS, publishes two short articles

Marcin Dąbrowski, post-doc at SPS, publishes two short articles

Marcin Dąbrowski, who has just started his post-doctoral fellowship within the Spatial Planning and Strategy chair, publishes two short articles on EU cohesion policy. The first one will be out in the upcoming issue of the Regions magazine. In this article Marcin presents his recent research on the Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas (JESSICA),...
South China Normal University 80th Birthday Presentation

South China Normal University 80th Birthday Presentation

Vincent Nadin has made a keynote presentation to staff and students of South China Normal University, Guangzhou as part of its 80th birthday celebrations. I outlined how planning practices and policies in Europe have responded to changing demands over the last twenty years, at the invitation of Professor Wu Zhigang of the Center for Urban &...