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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...
SUMMER SCHOOL PUERTO RICO SCHOLARSHIP AND SPECIAL FEES

SUMMER SCHOOL PUERTO RICO SCHOLARSHIP AND SPECIAL FEES

This announcement concerns the Summer School Planning and Design with Water, organised at the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Bouwkunde, TU Delft Puerto Rico has recently experienced an extreme climate event in the form of Hurricane Maria. Extreme climate events are bound to become more frequent with climate...
What organisations can help TU Delft fund more students from the Global South to come to our Summer School Planning and Design with Water?

What organisations can help TU Delft fund more students from the Global South to come to our Summer School Planning and Design with Water?

A question to all planners and designers, policy makers and NGO people out there. What organisations could help us (TU Delft) fund students from the Global South who wish to come to our Summer School Planning and Design with Water? Would you please give us suggestions below? This is the letter we have prepared: Dear...
Dominic Stead co-chairs next AESOP track Gothenburg 2018

Dominic Stead co-chairs next AESOP track Gothenburg 2018

Dominic Stead, together with Lukas Smas from Stockholm University and Anais De Keijser from the Technical University of Darmstadt, will be a track co-chair at next year’s annual congress of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). There will be sixteen tracks at next year’s AESOP congress and Dominic will be responsible for the...
An alternative list of the 100 Most Influential Urbanists

An alternative list of the 100 Most Influential Urbanists

Planetizen has recently published a list of “100 most influential Urbanists”. However, we found the list a bit messy and Anglo-Saxon centred. It does have some important highlights (Jane Jacob is number one, and it also mentions Naomi Klein and Rosa Parks as urbanists, which we think is an interesting take on what it means to...
NALACS THESIS AWARD 2016-2017

NALACS THESIS AWARD 2016-2017

NALACS, the Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, promotes events and networking opportunities for students, researchers and professionals interested in Latin American and Caribbean studies working in the Netherlands. NALACS promotes events and networking opportunities for students, researchers and professionals interested in Latin American and Caribbean studies working in the Netherlands. Every year,...
Roudtable: Redefining planning in Northern Europe

Roudtable: Redefining planning in Northern Europe

Dominic Stead contributed to the roundtable discussion on redefining planning in Northern Europe at this year’s Nordic Planning Research Symposium (Plannord) in Helsinki. Together with Daniel Galland (Norwegian University of Life Sciences), Lukas Smas (Nordregio), Raine Mäntysalo (Aalto University) and Frank Othengrafen (Leibniz Universität Hannover), he highlighted some of the ways in which contemporary planning...
Remon Rooij publishes chapter on public space at Routledge

Remon Rooij publishes chapter on public space at Routledge

Together with former Delft master Urbanism student dr Anastasia Moiseeva and prof. Harry Timmermans, both from Eindhoven University, SPS staff member Remon Rooij co-authored a chapter called The Restructuring of Urban Public Space in the ‘Baltic Pearl’ in the Routledge book on Public Space – Between Reimagination and Occupation (Hristova & Czepczynski (eds)). This book...
A is for Africa: Call for Contributions: African Perspectives Preparatory Conference

A is for Africa: Call for Contributions: African Perspectives Preparatory Conference

A is for Africa African Perspectives Preparatory Conference 9-11 November 2017, EiABC, Addis Ababa. Joint event organised by the Delft University of Technology and the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development   We are now collecting proposals for the African Perspectives Preparatory Conference organised by the Delft University of Technology in partnership...
Successful Kick-off new academic year for SPS

Successful Kick-off new academic year for SPS

The section of Spatial Planning & Strategy had a very fruitful and visible kick-off of the new 2017-2018 academic year. More than 1,400 students saw one or more of our SPS staff members during the first week of the academic year. SPS staff member Roberto Rocco welcomed more than 600 master students via lectures and...
Houston's Floods and Urban and Regional Planning

Houston’s Floods and Urban and Regional Planning

  Houston is currently on the news. Contrary to what many people think, Houston does have planning, although it does not have conventional zoning as all other big cities in the United States. According to an article in UrbanLand.com: “Other legal and governance mechanisms have evolved, including deed restrictions and historic designations that allow homeowners...
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...
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...
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 left to right: Guus, Greg,...
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,...
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...
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...
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...

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