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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 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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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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The World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur

The World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur

Text by Roberto Rocco 22.000 people took part in the World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur, + more or less 4.000 support staff. 48% of these people were women. I don’t know how many were from the Global South, but certainly more than 50%. The great topic of this WUF was implementation of the...
Prof. Dag Kittang - guest Professor at TU Delft from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Prof. Dag Kittang – guest Professor at TU Delft from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Dag Kittang is a professor in urban conservation and planning at the Faculty of Architecture and Design at. He has a master in architecture and defended his doctoral dissertation on “The wooden town of Trondheim  –  modernisation or conservation” in 2006. He is doing research on the topic architectural and urban conservation and together with The...
SPS Seminar by Hsinko Yu on participatory planning and urban vitality (8 February, 12:00-13:00)

SPS Seminar by Hsinko Yu on participatory planning and urban vitality (8 February, 12:00-13:00)

You are warmly invited, dear SPS blog guest, to the forthcoming Spatial Planning & Strategy Seminar on Thursday 8 February 2018 from 12:00 to 13:00. The speaker will be Cinco Hsinko Yu (TU Delft). He will present his on-going research on participatory planning and urban vitality in a context of urban regeneration in Taipei, Taiwan. The...
New guest researcher - Esther González-González, University of Cantabria

New guest researcher – Esther González-González, University of Cantabria

The Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy has a new guest – Esther González-González from the University of Cantabria. Esther came to TU Delft to work, among others, with Dominic Stead on automated vehicles and planning. She will present her research as part of the SPS Seminar Series on 6 March 2018, so stay tuned...
SPS in charge of Quarter 3 of the Urbanism Masters Track: Booklet published

SPS in charge of Quarter 3 of the Urbanism Masters Track: Booklet published

Verena Balz and Qu Lei are responsible for Quarter 3 in the Urbanism Masters track at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft. This quarter is about regional planning and design. This is the booklet that explains the methods and objectives of the quarter. Roberto Rocco and Marcin Dabrowski are...
The Poverty of Territorialism: Book Proposal Accepted

The Poverty of Territorialism: Book Proposal Accepted

I am delighted to be able to report that this book project, on which I have reported before has been accepted. All being well it will come out before the end of this year with Edgar Elgar, a publisher in the United Kingdom. The title refers to my concern about territorialism encapsulating all of us...
UN-Habitat Twitter Chat with Roberto Rocco about Education for the New Urban Agenda

UN-Habitat Twitter Chat with Roberto Rocco about Education for the New Urban Agenda

A Twitter chat series in the framework of #TheCityWeNeed action campaign   A World Urban Campaign (@urbancampaign) Twitter chat with gender expert Roberto Rocco (@RobertoRocco) from TU DELFT (@TUDELFT)   Tuesday, 30 January 2018 2-3pm (Nairobi time, GMT+3) Background A Twitter chat is a public discussion on Twitter around a specific hashtag (for example, #TheCityWeNeed)....
Sharing Cities - Shaping Cities

Sharing Cities – Shaping Cities

Lidewij Tummers will be presenting at the Sharing cities – Shaping cities 2018 conference, organised by the Politechnico di Milano on 5+6 March 2018. The proposal “Low-carbon local initiative meets regional climate change policies: How to create effective synergies between local and regional agents of change?” was retained at an acceptance rate of about 20%...
Books Translated

Books Translated

Gregory Bracken’s ‘Bangkok: A Walking Tour’ and ‘London: A Walking Tour’ have just been translated into Polish.
Complex cities graduation: Upcoming presentations

Complex cities graduation: Upcoming presentations

Between 11-1-2018 and 23-1-2018 Complex cities graduation students present their thesis plans and preliminary research during the second assessment of their graduation projects. For the program and brief descriptions of their graduation topics, please see announcements on our dedicated complex cities website. An overview is provided here. Presentations can be attended. We invite all who have an...
Kseniya Otmakhova receives Schwarzman Scholarship

Kseniya Otmakhova receives Schwarzman Scholarship

Complex cities graduation student Kseniya Otmakhova was granted the prestiguous Schwarzman Scholarship in December. With an advisory board consisting of people like former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former American Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell, this scholarship aims to educate future world leaders. For  her reflection on the award, please see here We...
Happy 2018!

Happy 2018!

From the group of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the TU Delft, we wish you a very happy and prosperous new year!
Carola Hein's Handbook of Planning History published by Routledge

Carola Hein’s Handbook of Planning History published by Routledge

The Routledge Handbook of Planning History edited by the great Professor Carola Hein, Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning at TU Delft, is out, folks! @TUDelft @BKTUDelft @TUDelftGlobal You can see details of the book HERE “The Routledge Handbook of Planning History offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary overview of planning history since its emergence in...
Keynote Address

Keynote Address

Gregory Bracken gave the keynote address at ‘Urban Living and Multicultural Cities in Asia: From Colonial Past to Global Future’, a conference held at the Faculty of Psychology Unika Atma Jaya University, Jakarta on 8-9 November 2017. His paper was entitled ‘Asian Cities: Colonial to Global’, and made reference to the book he edited with...
IFoU 10 Hong Kong

IFoU 10 Hong Kong

The 10th IFoU conference ‘The Entrepreneurial City’ was held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on 14-16 December 2017, and was attended by TU Delft staff and alumni, turning it into a very pleasant reunion for those who had studied Urbanism.   Congratulations to Qu Lei whose paper on urban regeneration in China won...
Roberto Rocco in Doctoral Defence Committee at University of Sevilla

Roberto Rocco in Doctoral Defence Committee at University of Sevilla

Roberto Rocco was invited by the University of Sevilla to integrate the Doctoral Defence committee of Irene Luque Martin,  who defended a thesis titled  “Descodificando la Planificación Urbana Contemporánea: Hacia una alternativa metodológica para una planificación colaborativa” on the positive integration of GIS and other planning supporting systems to participatory planning. The thesis was defended...
Vincent Nadin presented COMPASS project at ESPON seminar in Tallinn

Vincent Nadin presented COMPASS project at ESPON seminar in Tallinn

Vincent Nadin and Ana Maria Fernandez Maldonado attended an ESPON seminar in Tallinn on 5 -6 December 2017, which gathered more than 200 researcher, policy makers and government officials. The topic was ‘Transforming territorial thinking through digitalisation’, having Estonia as the example of the most advanced digital society in the world, according to Times magazine....
Academic output, Spatial Planning group

Academic output, Spatial Planning group

As the year nears its end, the Spatial Planning and Strategy team can be proud of a wide range of academic activities and outputs during 2017, including journal articles, books, book chapters and conference papers. Topics include climate change, complexity theory, space syntax, regional design, co-housing, public space, water management, adaptation, macro-regional strategies, spatial planning,...
Remon Rooij going to the Sunshine coast for CDIO conference

Remon Rooij going to the Sunshine coast for CDIO conference

In November, SPS staff member Remon Rooij was invited by the 4TU Delft Centre for Engineering Education to give a workshop at the University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia) on academic design education during the fall conference of the CDIO (Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate), the network that discusses the future of engineering education.
SPS contributing to TU Delft education policies

SPS contributing to TU Delft education policies

In 2017, SPS staff member Remon Rooij contributed intensively to the development and change of TU Delft education policies. He was member of an evaluation commission, assessing the study success programme of all 17 TU Delft bachelor programmes, which resulted in the report (in Dutch) ‘ Onderwijssucces: van structuur naar cultuur’. He also contributed to...
Call for Papers: 2018 AESOP Conference Pre-Organized Session  Track 10 (Education)- Planning Education and Community-Based Research and Practice

Call for Papers: 2018 AESOP Conference Pre-Organized Session Track 10 (Education)- Planning Education and Community-Based Research and Practice

Call for Papers   2018 AESOP Conference Pre-Organized Session Track 10 (Education)- Planning Education and Community-Based Research and Practice   Description Communities play a critical role in the global-local nexus of planning practice and research and illuminate the complexity of operating the concept of sustainability at the micro scale. For both educators and students, communities...
SPS Seminar 'Obstacles to cross-border cooperation on spatial planning': Stefanie Dühr, 15 December 2017, 13:00

SPS Seminar ‘Obstacles to cross-border cooperation on spatial planning’: Stefanie Dühr, 15 December 2017, 13:00

Stefanie Dühr will give a seminar on “Obstacles to cross-border cooperation on spatial planning” as part of the SPS seminar series on Friday 15 December at 13;00 in room 01 West 060 (Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft). Stefanie is Professor of European Spatial Planning Systems at the Nijmegen School of Management of the Radboud University. She...
The Faculty presented at COHESIFY meeting in Brussels

The Faculty presented at COHESIFY meeting in Brussels

Thursday 30 November Ana Maria Fernandez-Maldonado and Marjolein Spaans (OTB department) presented two Dutch case studies — Flevoland and Limburg — in a meeting of the COHESIFY project in front of DG Regio and Committe of the Regions officials. COHESIFY is a Horizon 2020 project led by the University of Strathclyde, in which the TUDelft...
Province’s added value in territorial development, by Guus van Steenbergen

Province’s added value in territorial development, by Guus van Steenbergen

Province’s added value in territorial development Text by Guus van Steenbergen PhD Candidate Spatial Planning and Strategy, Urbanism, TU Delft A.A.C.vanSteenbergen@tudelft.nl My PhD project at TU Delft/Architecture and Built Environment is entering a next phase. A committee that evaluates quality and progress – and gives the GO / NO GO –  said that I can...
Akkelies van Nes keynote speaker at Akkelies van Nes is keynote speaker for the 3rd Chinese Space Syntax Symposium

Akkelies van Nes keynote speaker at Akkelies van Nes is keynote speaker for the 3rd Chinese Space Syntax Symposium

Akkelies van Nes is keynote speaker for the 3rd Chinese Space Syntax Symposium 25-26 November . Space Syntax is growing fast in China. Since 2015 they are arranging space syntax conferences on a yearly basis. Around 300 attended the conference, this year held in Shenzhen (arranged by prof Haofeng Wang at Shenzhen university). The other...
MOT celebrates its twentieth birthday

MOT celebrates its twentieth birthday

    MOT is the acronym for Mission Opértionelle Transfrontalière, or Transfrontier Operational Mission association set up by the French government in 1997, reason why it is celebrating its twentieth birthday at the end of November of 2017. (See picture) .The venue is the Brussels premises of the Committee of the Regions. I am infatuated...
Two journal papers in Built Environment

Two journal papers in Built Environment

A special issue of Built Environment (Vol. 43, No. 2) published in July 2017, edited by Ceren Sezer and Matej Nikšič, was dedicated to Public Space and Urban Justice. The special issue responds to the increased interest in public space as a facilitator of urban justice. It presents contributions which explore the practical implications of...
Guangzhou International Design Forum 2017.

Guangzhou International Design Forum 2017.

The 2017 Guangzhou International Design Forum took the ‘design-driven city’ as its theme with the aim to create a platform for conversation between government, society, and experts in China and abroad. It is intended to help Guangzhou explore the direction for the next round of urban development. Vincent Nadin represented TU Delft with presentations to...
RETHINK THE CITY MOOC PRIZE: Two full scholarships to attend the Summer School 2018

RETHINK THE CITY MOOC PRIZE: Two full scholarships to attend the Summer School 2018

RETHINK THE CITY MOOC PRIZE ‘Rethink the City’ MOOC Prize TWO leading participants of the online course RETHINK THE CITY: New approaches to Global and Local Urban Challenges will be selected to come to Delft to participate in the 2018 Summer School “Planning  and Design with Water”. One scholarship will be granted to a candidate from SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, and...
Cross-border planning in the Danube Region, by Andreas Faludi

Cross-border planning in the Danube Region, by Andreas Faludi

End of November 2017, Andreas Faludi is chairing this panel at the Conference on Macro-regional policy challenges and best practice solutions for cross-border planning, governance and interoperability. Faludi writes: My statement to participants states the obvious: Crossing borders can be hard business. I could have given the example of my mother crossing the Hungarian-Austrian border...