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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...
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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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.
Call for proposals. Book "How do you employ an insurgent planner"?

Call for proposals. Book “How do you employ an insurgent planner”?

Edited by:Roberto Rocco & Peter Abraham Fukuda Loewi This project investigates the ‘communicative turn’ in planning practice, and its potential for insurgent forms of civic engagement and democracy-building.  It searches for planners ‘pushing the envelope’ and challenging technocratic spatial planning, incorporating notions of participation, spatial justice and the right to the city into their daily practices. It...
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS & PARTICIPATION : Round Table "The Political Meaning of Informal Urbanization" AESOP 2019

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS & PARTICIPATION : Round Table “The Political Meaning of Informal Urbanization” AESOP 2019

ROUND TABLE AESOP 2019, 9-13 JULY VENICE https://www.aesop2019.eu THE POLITICAL MEANING OF INFORMAL URBANISATION: LAUNCHING OF THE HANDBOOK AND DISCUSSION Organized by Roberto Rocco and Jan van Ballegooijen (TU Delft) This round table will be held during the Annual Congress of the Association of European Schools of Planning that will take place in Venice from 9...
Andreas Faludi's article on the 2018 Yearbook of CESCI

Andreas Faludi’s article on the 2018 Yearbook of CESCI

The 2018 Yearbook of CESCI (for Central European Service for Cross-border Initiatives in Budapest; edited by James W. Scott, ISSN 2064-6704) opens with an article of mine based on a paper given at a conference of the International Association of Borderlands held at the Central European University of Soros fame in July last. The article...
Gregory Bracken's new article on Chinese Ports published.

Gregory Bracken’s new article on Chinese Ports published.

Greg Bracken’s article ‘Treaty Ports in China: Their Genesis, Development, and Influence’, a discussion of three recent publications on the topic has just been published in the Journal of Urban History and is available HERE .
SPS Seminar: Azadeh Arjomand Kermani - Planning reform, heritage management and sense of place, 7 February

SPS Seminar: Azadeh Arjomand Kermani – Planning reform, heritage management and sense of place, 7 February

SPS seminar, 7 February 2019 12:30 – 13:30 01 West 290 Azadeh Arjomand Kermani (TU Delft) Planning reform, heritage management and sense of placeFindings from PICH project In most countries the historic built environment is conserved and managed to a greater or lesser degree by governance regimes. The form and quality of governance has a...
SPS Seminar: Faith Chan - Discovering flood risk management strategies in Chinese coastal cities, 24 January

SPS Seminar: Faith Chan – Discovering flood risk management strategies in Chinese coastal cities, 24 January

Speaker: Faith Chan (University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China)Date: 24 Jan 2019 Time: 1230-1330 Room: 01 West 060 Title: Discovering flood risk management strategies in Chinese coastal cities – the cases of Ningbo, Hong Kong and other cities Coastal cities in East Asia have emerged rapidly over recent decades, transformed from a primarily agricultural to a...
SPS Seminar with Nico Larco: Sustainable Urban Design Framework, Tuesday 8 January, 12:30

SPS Seminar with Nico Larco: Sustainable Urban Design Framework, Tuesday 8 January, 12:30

Venue: 01.West.290 Time: 12:30 – 13:30 Topic: Sustainable Urban Design Framework. Speaker: Nico Larco (University of Oregon) Nico Larco is an expert in sustainable urban design and suburban development, with a focus on how city design affects transportation choices. His works includes looking at how to create well-connected and vibrant multifamily housing complexes and strip...
The Routledge Handbook on Informal Urbanization

The Routledge Handbook on Informal Urbanization

PUBLISHED!  The Routledge Handbook on Informal Urbanisation edited by Roberto Rocco and Jan van Ballegooijen is out.  This handbook explores 25 cases in 24 cities around the world where informal urbanisation has played a pivotal role in how people have struggled for their right to the city and for their ‘right to rights’ as citizens. It...
Fifth edition of Gregory Bracken's architectural guide 'Singapore: A Walking Tour' reprinted.

Fifth edition of Gregory Bracken’s architectural guide ‘Singapore: A Walking Tour’ reprinted.

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. In case you don’t know what to read on the long winter nights of the upcoming holiday, we are very happy to present here a selection of our publications in journals and...
Andrea Faludi's "The Poverty of Territorialism" is out!

Andrea Faludi’s “The Poverty of Territorialism” is out!

Readers of this blog may remember my reports of progress throughout the year in writing ‘The Poverty of Territorialism’. I am glad to be able to say, whilst in Vienna lecturing, I received my one and so far only copy of the book so far. The picture shows me holding it in my hands in...
SPS seminar with Keisuke Sugano: Discovering the authenticity of historical city through a collaborative design project

SPS seminar with Keisuke Sugano: Discovering the authenticity of historical city through a collaborative design project

SPS seminar with Keisuke Sugano (Waseda University / TU Delft) 18 December 2018 Think Room Discovering the authenticity of historical city through a collaborative design project The city center of Tsuruoka-city in Yamagata-Prefecture, located in the Tohoku region of Japan, is an urban area built on the foundation of pre-modern castle town. Since the late...
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, UK) and Quentin Stevens (RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia) and available at this link. Abstract This...
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...