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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...
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...
Two TU Delft students among finalists for NALACS Best Thesis Award

Two TU Delft students among finalists for NALACS Best Thesis Award

Two students from  Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment TU Delft are runners up for the NALACS Best Thesis Award. Linda de Geus and Laura García are among the finalists who wrote thesis on topics in Latin American and the Caribbean. The award ceremony is on March 31 at Rialto Cinema in Amsterdam! NALACS is the Netherlands Association of Latin...
SPS Seminar: Digital Community Planning: The Open Source Way to the Top of Arnstein’s Ladder

SPS Seminar: Digital Community Planning: The Open Source Way to the Top of Arnstein’s Ladder

We cordially invite all to attend the SPS Seminar Digital Community Planning: The Open Source Way to the Top of Arnstein’s Ladder by Enzo Falco 16 MARCH 12h30 , room BGWEST290 Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Julianalaan 134, 2628BL, Delft, The Netherlands.   Abstract: Citizen participation in planning is still in the hands...
CALL FOR IDEAS: TU Delft Urban Thinkers' Campus JUNE 2017

CALL FOR IDEAS: TU Delft Urban Thinkers’ Campus JUNE 2017

CALL FOR IDEAS: TUDelft UTC   On 7, 8 and 9 June 2017, the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft will organise an URBAN THINKERS CAMPUS. UTCs are sponsored by the World Urban Campaign and UN-HABITAT They are supposed to gather stakeholders in order to discuss specific urban development issues and agree on policy...
Seminar and Book Presentation: "Starchitecture: Scenes, Actors and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities" by Davide Ponzini

Seminar and Book Presentation: “Starchitecture: Scenes, Actors and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities” by Davide Ponzini

Dear colleagues You are kindly invited to attend a seminar and book presentation jointly organized by OTB and SPS. Title: Starchitecture: Scenes, Actors and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities When: Wednesday 22 March, 12.00-13.30 Where: BK, Room R, Julianalaan 134 Who: Davide Ponzini, Politecnico di Milano   Davide Ponzini is Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano. His new book...

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