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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 URBAN DEVELOPMENT MAILING LIST

Join our INTERNATIONAL URBAN 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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Urban Thinkers Campus TU Delft REPORT ONLINE!

Urban Thinkers Campus TU Delft REPORT ONLINE!

 The preliminary online report on the UTC (Urban Thinkers Campus) organised at Tu delft between 7 and 9  June is on-line, at the World Urban Campaign (UN –Habitat) website. There is also a more journalistic version available on the WUC platform newsletter ‘On the road’ CITISCOPE also published an interview with RobertoRocco on the UTC....
Rethinking Urban Global Justice: An international academic conference for critical urban studies

Rethinking Urban Global Justice: An international academic conference for critical urban studies

Rethinking Urban Global Justice: An international academic conference for critical urban studies RC21 Leeds : September 11-13, 2017 Roberto Rocco is convening a track in the next RC21 Conference in Leeds titled “The Political Meaning of Informal Urbanisation: Building democracy while building the city”, based on the work he has been developing with Jan van...
How do you teach the New Urban Agenda? text by Gregory Scruggs (Citiscope) about TU Delft UTC

How do you teach the New Urban Agenda? text by Gregory Scruggs (Citiscope) about TU Delft UTC

This text was originally published at CITISCOPE How do you teach the New Urban Agenda? Interview and text by GREGORY SCRUGGS August 2, 2017. Citiscope is a nonprofit news outlet that covers innovations in cities around the world. More at Citiscope. org As cities boom around the world, so will the number of people who study them....
We have a New Urban Agenda: What Now? text by Roberto Rocco for B-Nieuws about the Urban Thinkers Campus organised at TU Delft 7-9 JUNE 2017

We have a New Urban Agenda: What Now? text by Roberto Rocco for B-Nieuws about the Urban Thinkers Campus organised at TU Delft 7-9 JUNE 2017

B-Nieuws: Independent Periodical of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment TU Delft, Issue 9, 2017: Text: “We have a New Urban Agenda: What Now?”, by Roberto Rocco. You can also download the HERE. WE HAVE A NEW URBAN AGENDA: WHAT NOW? B NIEUWS Article Text prepared by Roberto Rocco, senior assistant professor of Spatial...
Now available online!

Now available online!

A serie of essays on Public Space and Urban Justice that Matej Niksic (Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia) and Ceren Sezer (TU Delft) organized and co-edited  for the Built Environment is now available online. Taken together, these essays provide a useful guideline for the ways to study public space to promote urban justice...
RETHINK THE CITY MOOC awarded AESOP Excellence in Teaching Award 2017

RETHINK THE CITY MOOC awarded AESOP Excellence in Teaching Award 2017

The RETHINK THE CITY MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) received the AESOP Excellence in Teaching Award 2017 at a ceremony during the annual AESOP congress,  at the Instituto Superior Tecnico of Lisbon. AESOP is the Association of European Schools of Planning. It gathers more than 150 schools from Europe and beyond. Every year, it gives a...
"Tales and Images of Spatial Justice" Conference Proceedings

“Tales and Images of Spatial Justice” Conference Proceedings

The proceedings of the New Urban Languages Conference (NUL) “Tales and Images of Spatial Justice” organised by Daniele Villa (Politecnico di Milano) and Roberto Rocco at Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft is OUT folks! https://t.co/x9HEzcJcZs Come read about Spatial Justice in the city! You...
Farewell to Xiaolan Lin

Farewell to Xiaolan Lin

Xiaolan Lin, who has been helping the SPS team with managing EU-funded projects, relations with partners in China and coordination of the work on several funding bids is sadly leaving our team. We are very thankful for her efforts, enthusiasm, and ability solve problems (with a cool head and a smile). We had a great time...
A new themed issue for the Built Environment: Public Space and Urban Justice

A new themed issue for the Built Environment: Public Space and Urban Justice

Matej Nikšič from the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia and Ceren Sezer prepared a new special issue for the journal of Built Environment themed “Public space and urban justice”. The issue brings together an international set of cases from Ankara, Amsterdam, Auckland, Beirut, Ljubljana and Medellin, which reflect on the question ”...
Session on regional design and governance re-scaling at the RSA annual conference

Session on regional design and governance re-scaling at the RSA annual conference

On 4-7 June 2017 the Regional Studies Association (RSA) 2017 Annual Conference has taken place in Dublin, Ireland, under the title ‘The Great Regional Awakening: New Directions’. A group of researchers from universities in several European countries (Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia) have been involved in the organization of a session on regional...
Urban Thinkers Campus Great line up of speaker, 7-9 JUNE @TUDelft

Urban Thinkers Campus Great line up of speaker, 7-9 JUNE @TUDelft

This June, the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft organises an Urban Thinkers Campus about Education and the New Urban Agenda. The UTC happens between 7 and 9 June. To get more information, please visit the website and register HERE. Speakers Speakers by order of appearance Wednesday 7 JUNE Jacobo Herdoiza (Ecuador) Jacobo Herdoíza,...
Complex cities graduation topics 2017/18 – now published on our dedicated graduation webpage.

Complex cities graduation topics 2017/18 – now published on our dedicated graduation webpage.

Complex cities graduations are TU Delft MSc Urbanism graduations that reflect upon research topics at the interest of the Randstad research group. We are running a webpage that is dedicated to these graduations. This webpage has now been updated to describe Complex cities graduation topics for 2017/18 MSc Urbanism graduations. New (or updated) topics concern ageing, migration, urban regeneration...
EDUCATION FOR THE CITY WE NEED: An Urban Thinkers Campus at TU Delft, 7-9 JUNE 2017

EDUCATION FOR THE CITY WE NEED: An Urban Thinkers Campus at TU Delft, 7-9 JUNE 2017

The New Urban Agenda is the outcome document agreed upon at the Habitat III cities conference in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016 and signed by all the UN member states. The NUA will guide the efforts of a wide range of actors around urbanisation — nation states, city and regional leaders, international development funders and...
SPS Seminar on Postcolonial cities in Asia - Gregory Bracken & Nurul Azlan (22 June, 12:30)

SPS Seminar on Postcolonial cities in Asia – Gregory Bracken & Nurul Azlan (22 June, 12:30)

12.30 pm, 22 June 2017, BG West 290, BK, TU Delft SPS Seminar, special edition on Asian Postcolonial Cities, with two speakers: Gregory Bracken Asian Cities: Colonial to Global G. Bracken’s presentation Why have certain cities in Asia taken such a lead in the twenty-first century? How have they been able to make the successful...
Conference SHAPING REGIONAL FUTURES: Designing and visioning in governance rescaling

Conference SHAPING REGIONAL FUTURES: Designing and visioning in governance rescaling

On 18th and 19th of May 2017 the conference SHAPING REGIONAL FUTURES: Designing and visioning in governance rescaling took place at the Medici Riccardi Palace in Florence. During the conference the roles of regional design and visioning in the formation of regional territorial governance were discussed. The conference aimed at an increased understanding of how...
Roberta Gratz and Susanne Komossa on Jane Jacobs, for the TU Delft Closing of JJ Centennial Year

Roberta Gratz and Susanne Komossa on Jane Jacobs, for the TU Delft Closing of JJ Centennial Year

On May 16, 2017, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft celebrated Jane Jacobs’ contribution to our understanding of contemporary cities once more. Roberta Brandes Gratz, the celebrated author of “We are Still Here, Ya Bastards” about citizens initiatives  in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in New Orlean, and Susanne Komossa,...
Complex Cities Graduation Studio at the Department of Urbanism

Complex Cities Graduation Studio at the Department of Urbanism

Our Complex Cities studio at MSc Urbanism of the  Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment TU Delft is quite old and experienced. It has been functioning at least from 2006 (some say 2000, because they connect it to the Globalisation Studio the managed by Dr. Marisa Carmona). The graduation studio is currently being managed by...
IIAS-TU Delft International  Conference: City and Society: The Care of the Self

IIAS-TU Delft International Conference: City and Society: The Care of the Self

9th Annual IIAS-TU Delft Conference. Gravensteen, Pieterskerkhof, Leiden, 10-11 May. Convenor: Gregory Bracken.
Remon Rooij  is guest editor of a special  issue on Educating Spatial Planners for the Age of Co-Creation

Remon Rooij is guest editor of a special issue on Educating Spatial Planners for the Age of Co-Creation

SP&S associate professor Remon Rooij, PhD MSc is guest editor of a special issue of the Planning, Practice & Research journal (2016, Volume 31, Issue 5) on spatial planning education: Educating Spatial Planners for the Age of Co-Creation. Remon and co-editor Andrea I. Frank PhD from Cardiff University introduce the journal by saying that planners...
The potential for flood resilience of different planning systems compared: JUNE 6 10:00-12:00 Berlagezaal 1, BK

The potential for flood resilience of different planning systems compared: JUNE 6 10:00-12:00 Berlagezaal 1, BK

Cross Cutting Seminar: The potential for flood resilience of different planning systems compared: JUNE 6 10:00-12:00 Berlagezaal 1, BK (Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Julianalaan 134, Delft) Rising damages from flood events have led to a global call to stimulate flood resilience through spatial planning strategies. In 2015, Berke and colleagues developed a method...
Record number of candidates for the Summer School Planning and Design with Water

Record number of candidates for the Summer School Planning and Design with Water

The applications for the TU Delft Summer School Planning and Design with Water are now closed. The School had a record number of 188 applications from 53 different countries. Many factors have contributed for these numbers, not least word of mouth and social media. Our Summer School is a high-level introduction to how we teach and learn Urbanism...
A WORKSHOP FOR 750 new Master students at the Faculty of Architecture: SEPT 5 2017

A WORKSHOP FOR 750 new Master students at the Faculty of Architecture: SEPT 5 2017

On September 2017, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment TU Delft will be receiving 750 new Master students, both Dutch students who will continue their education here and internationals. They will be the new Architects, Urbanists, Building Technologists and Managers in the Built Environment. I AM LOOKING FOR 30 students who want to...
SPS Seminar: Secondary yet metropolitan?, with Rodrigo Cardoso (OTB), TUESDAY April 18, 12:30 room BGWEST290

SPS Seminar: Secondary yet metropolitan?, with Rodrigo Cardoso (OTB), TUESDAY April 18, 12:30 room BGWEST290

We cordially invite all to attend the next SPS SEMINAR: Secondary yet metropolitan? The advantages and challenges of metropolitan integration for second-tier cities with Rodrigo Cardoso (OTB), TUESDAY April 18, 12:30 room BGWEST290 Faculty of Architecture, Julianalaan 134   Why metropolitan integration is both more important and more difficult for second-tier cities Do European second-tier...
Jane Jacobs is still here! Closing of the JJ Centennial Year

Jane Jacobs is still here! Closing of the JJ Centennial Year

On May 16 2017, we will celebrate Jane Jacobs’ contribution to our understanding of modern cities once more. Roberta Brandes Gratz, the celebrated author of “We are Still Here, Ya Bastards” and Susanne Komossa, Professor at Faculty of Architecture and author of the book “The Dutch Urban Block and the Public Realm: Models, Rules, Ideals”...
International Students Workshop "World on the Move": 4-10 May TU Vienna

International Students Workshop “World on the Move”: 4-10 May TU Vienna

Our world is on the move We have to face an enormous urbanisation with already a majority of people living in dense urban settlements, and prognosis says that numbers may rise up to 70% of the world’s population living in urban areas by 2050. This growth is fuelled by diverse kinds of migration. The international student project –in...
SPS Seminar 6 April 2017 - Prof. Andreas Faludi: The Poverty of Territorialism: Neo-medieval Spatial Planning

SPS Seminar 6 April 2017 – Prof. Andreas Faludi: The Poverty of Territorialism: Neo-medieval Spatial Planning

We warmly invite everyone to the forthcoming SPS Seminar with Prof. Andreas Faludi, who will present his work in progress on a new book. Venue: Room R, BK, TU Delft Time: 12:15 – 13:45 Date: 6 April 2017   The Poverty of Territorialism: Neo-medieval Spatial Planning The seminar shares ideas about a book project criticising...
Lecture: Mapping as a research tool

Lecture: Mapping as a research tool

Ceren Sezer is invited to give a lecture in Leiden University about mapping as a research tool in 14th April 2017. This lecture will be a part of a series of expert lectures organised for the PhD candidates within the course ‘Mixed Methods in the Social Sciences and the Humanities’. The lecture presents mapping as a creative visual tool, which...
Seminar 'Participatory City Making: How to Innovate Urban Public Services' by Emma Puerari: 30 March 12h30

Seminar ‘Participatory City Making: How to Innovate Urban Public Services’ by Emma Puerari: 30 March 12h30

An SPS Seminar by Emma Puerari Thursday March 30, 12h30-13h30 THINK ROOM at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (BK), Julianalaan 134, Delft. Abstract The desire of urban community groups to take greater control and responsibility for their own lives and neighbourhoods is a long-term fundamental trend. Citizens are increasingly teaming up in...
SAVE THE DATE! TU Delft Urban Thinkers' Campus: 7-9 JUNE 2017

SAVE THE DATE! TU Delft Urban Thinkers’ Campus: 7-9 JUNE 2017

SAVE THE DATE: TU Delft Urban Thinkers’ Campus: 7-9 JUNE 2017 UNIVERSITIES FOR THE NEW URBAN AGENDA Teaching the New Urban Agenda: Universities Alliance for Sustainable and Fair Urban Development Between 7 and 9 June 2017, the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft will organise an Urban Thinkers’ Campus (UTC ) on Education for the New...
Post-Conflict Planning - Continue the discussion!: 27 March 12h30 Faculty of Architecture ROOM C

Post-Conflict Planning – Continue the discussion!: 27 March 12h30 Faculty of Architecture ROOM C

Post-Conflict Planning – Continue the discussion! Public Event · Hosted by Heshmat Najim and Ivan Thung 27 March at 12:30 Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment TU Delft Julianalaan 134, 2628 BL Delft ROOM C Agenda: 12:30 – 12:45 Presentation proceedings International Symposium Planning and Post-Conflict Cities 12:45 – 13:15 Heshmat Najim Strategies for planning...