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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.

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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...
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  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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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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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.)  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 public...
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:...
Spatial Planning colleagues presented at the RSA Annual Conference in Lugano, 3-6 June 2018

Spatial Planning colleagues presented at the RSA Annual Conference in Lugano, 3-6 June 2018

Ana María Fernández-Maldonado, Marcin Dąbrowski and Roberto Rocco, together with Marjolein Spaans from OTB, presented the results of the COHESIFY project (www.cohesify.eu/) entitled ‘Linking Cohesion Policy and Citizens’ Identification with the EU in Regions: Between Opportunism and Euroscepticism in the Netherlands’. Beyond reporting COHESIFY results, Marcin Dąbrowski also presented his on-going work on the regional...
Confronting Informality Symposium held on June 7th

Confronting Informality Symposium held on June 7th

The Department of Urbanism and the Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy sponsored the student-led Symposium Confronting Informality on June 7, 2018. The event was part of the research package sponsored by the City of the Hague on ‘Sustainable Development Goals for Responsible Innovation‘ and was also funded by Delft Global Initiative and Polis. This...
Jane Jacobs is still here, book of the conference celebrating Jacobs' centennial published online

Jane Jacobs is still here, book of the conference celebrating Jacobs’ centennial published online

Jane Jacobs is still here: Jane Jacobs 100 Her legacy and relevance in the 21st Century This book is downloadable from BK BOOKS.   Edited Roberto Rocco TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0331-7295 SYNOPSIS On the occasion of Jane Jacobs’ 100 anniversary, the chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Delft University...
Rethink the City MOOC receives honourable mention

Rethink the City MOOC receives honourable mention

A TUDelft MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has received an honourable mention in the 2018 Open Education Awards.  The Open Education Awards are awarded annually by the Open Education Consortium, dedicated to improving educational access and effectiveness worldwide. All nominations are judged in different categories by an international committee. The MOOC, entitled ‘Rethink the City:...
SPS Seminar 28 June - Prof. Martin de Jong: City branding in the face of ecological modernization

SPS Seminar 28 June – Prof. Martin de Jong: City branding in the face of ecological modernization

SPS Seminar 28 June 2018, 12:30-13:30 Venue: Think Room, Bouwkunde, TU Delft Speaker: Prof. Martin de Jong Topic: City branding in the face of ecological modernization: Evidence from polycentric regions in China, North-Western Europe and the Gulf States Prof. Martin de Jong – City branding in the face of ecological modernization  Abstract: It has become common...
SPS Seminar 21 June - Milos Mladenovic: How should we drive emerging mobility technologies?

SPS Seminar 21 June – Milos Mladenovic: How should we drive emerging mobility technologies?

SPS Seminar  Speaker: Milos Mladenovic Topic: How should we drive emerging mobility technologies? – Anticipation and collective imagination in governing of mobility futures Milos Mladenovic, (Ph.D., civil engineering) is an assistant professor of transport systems planning at Aalto University, Department of Built Environment, Finland. He has received his Ph.D. from the Department of Civil and Environmental...
Dominic Stead new chair of AESOP Committee

Dominic Stead new chair of AESOP Committee

On 19 April 2018, the AESOP Council of Representatives appointed Dominic Stead as the new Chair of the Best Published Paper Award Committee. Dominic takes over from the outgoing committee chair, Karina Pallagst from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Other members of AESOP’s Best Published Paper Award Committee currently include Umberto Janin Rivolin (Politecnico di Torino,...
H2020 COHESIFY project final conference

H2020 COHESIFY project final conference

The COHESIFY project (COHESIFY – Understanding the Impact of EU Cohesion Policy on European Identification), supported as part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, is coming to an end. The project kept busy a good part of our section (Marcin Dąbrowski, Ana Maria Fernandez Maldonado, Roberto Rocco, Dominic Stead, Wil Zonneveld and Vincent Nadin) and...
SPS Seminar 31 May 2018: Akkelies van Nes - Political ideologies and settlement patterns in the Arctic

SPS Seminar 31 May 2018: Akkelies van Nes – Political ideologies and settlement patterns in the Arctic

SPS Seminar – 31 May 2018 12:30-13:30 00 West 290, Bouwkunde, TU Delft Akkelies van Nes (TU Delft and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences) will present her research on “Political ideologies and settlement patterns in the Arctic”.