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Women and urban mobilities

Women and urban mobilities

Inspired by the European mobility week, Bordeaux Metropole organizes a multi-disciplinary conference on September 22nd 2017 entitled “Femmes et mobilités urbaines” focusing on the mobility of women. Bordeaux university presents new empirical research on gendered use of transport modalities. SPS member of staff Lidewij Tummers presents a contribution on the urban planning perspective. She will...
The institutional context and the ability to adapt to the growing flood risk in cities

The institutional context and the ability to adapt to the growing flood risk in cities

How do the features of national or regional governance systems affect the ability of cities to prepare for flooding that climate change will bring? This is the issue addressed in a new paper by Marcin Dąbrowski, just published in Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space.  It focuses on the Rotterdam / The Hague region and...
SPS Seminar 14 September, 12:00: Flooding in Houston and the PRD: planning as a problem or solution?

SPS Seminar 14 September, 12:00: Flooding in Houston and the PRD: planning as a problem or solution?

Who: Nikki Brand, Marcin Dąbrowski, Meng Meng When: 14 September, 12:00 – 13:00 Where: BG West 270, BK, TU Delft With this seminar, we would like to take stock of the impacts of the recent extreme weather events in Houston, Texas, ravaged by hurricane Harvey, and in the Pearl River Delta cities in South China,...
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...
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...
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...
H2020 COHESIFY - Can you buy EU love with money? EU Cohesion policy spending in regions, regional characteristics and the perceptions of the European integration project

H2020 COHESIFY – Can you buy EU love with money? EU Cohesion policy spending in regions, regional characteristics and the perceptions of the European integration project

  The more EU money, the more people like Europe or can you buy EU love with money? EU Cohesion policy spending in regions and the perceptions of the European integration project   The EU spends roughly  100€ per citizen per year on regional funds, as part of EU Cohesion policy supporting territorial, economic and...
Special SPS Seminar 15 December - The Chinese Urban Transformation, with Yanliu Lin, Yawei Chen and Qu Lei

Special SPS Seminar 15 December – The Chinese Urban Transformation, with Yanliu Lin, Yawei Chen and Qu Lei

Special edition of SPS Seminar on the Chinese Urban Transformation was organised on Thursday 15 December. It included presentations from three speakers: Yanliu Lin (University of Utrecht); Yawei Chen (TUD, MBE, BK); Lei Qu (TUD, Urbanism, BK). While adopting different perspectives and focusing on different cities (Guangzhou,  Shanghai, Shenzhen), the three speakers shared a common focus on new...
SPS Seminar 1 November, 12:45: Li Dihua - 'Ecological infrastructure and sponge city construction in China'

SPS Seminar 1 November, 12:45: Li Dihua – ‘Ecological infrastructure and sponge city construction in China’

SPS Seminar: Li Dihua (Peking University) – ‘Ecological infrastructure and sponge city construction in China’ BG Oost 090, BK 1 November (Tuesday), 12:45-13:45 Li Dihua is an associate professor at Peking Univeristy, College of Architecture and Landscape, having a multiplied backgrounds of academy and landscape planning practice; devoting himself to the field of urban and...
Lecture by Prof. John Bachtler - The future of EU cohesion policy: what is at stake for European regions and cities? (11 Nov, 10:00)

Lecture by Prof. John Bachtler – The future of EU cohesion policy: what is at stake for European regions and cities? (11 Nov, 10:00)

Urbanism and OTB present: Lecture by Prof. John Bachtler, Director of the European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, UK “The future of EU cohesion policy: what is at stake for European regions and cities?” Friday 11 November 10:00-11:15 01.West.620, BK John Bachtler is Professor of European Policy Studies and a Director of the European...
RSA Workshop 'EU and the city'

RSA Workshop ‘EU and the city’

RSA Workshop ‘EU and the city’ 14 October 2016, Urbanism, BK, TU Delft This 9th workshop of the RSA Research Network on EU Cohesion Policy focused on the urban dimension of EU Cohesion Policy (CP) and other European policies. While the EU has no formal competence on urban policy, the cities are increasingly important and explicit...
ESPON COMPASS launched - new project investigating spatial planning systems in 39 countries

ESPON COMPASS launched – new project investigating spatial planning systems in 39 countries

  ESPON COMPASS project has been launched The European Territorial Observatory Network – ESPON – has commissioned the Department of Urbanism at TU Delft to lead a far-reaching comparative analysis of the state of spatial planning systems and territorial governance in Europe. It is the first comprehensive research on European spatial planning since 1997 when...
SPS Seminar 22 Sept: Gregory Bracken - The Shanghai Alleyway House

SPS Seminar 22 Sept: Gregory Bracken – The Shanghai Alleyway House

We invite everyone to the forthcoming SPS seminar on 22 of September. Gregory Bracken, who recently joined the Spatial Planning and Strategy section at the Department of Urbanism,will deliver a talk on the Shanghai alleyway house, an endangered generator of street life. Gregory Bracken (1968) is from Ireland and received his B.Sc. from the Dublin Institute...
SPS Seminar 20 June: Pieter van der Kooij - Green City Freiburg’s Challenge

SPS Seminar 20 June: Pieter van der Kooij – Green City Freiburg’s Challenge

Topic: Green City Freiburg’s Challenge? Increase the housing stock by 15% in 15 years, whilst minimalizing the city’s land-use Speaker: Pieter van der Kooij Venue: BG West 270, BK, TU Delft Date and Time: 20 June (Monday) 12:30 – 13:30 Freiburg (South-West Germany, 230.000 inhabitants) is renowned worldwide for its sustainability policies. For over a decade...
Devising solutions to climate change impacts in cities - Adaptation Futures 2016 science-to-practice session

Devising solutions to climate change impacts in cities – Adaptation Futures 2016 science-to-practice session

Marcin Dąbrowski and Dominic Stead, in collaboration with Peter van Veelen (acting as a chair/discussant), organised a science-to-practice session at the recent Adaptation Futures 2016 conference in Rotterdam (10-13 May 2016). The conference was huge, with about 1700 participants, and extremely rich in excellent presentations and discussions. The session we organised “Devising Solutions to Adaptation Challenges in Cities” was intended to...

Learning from implementation and evaluation of the EU Cohesion Policy – Lessons for a research-policy dialogue Monday 13 June 2016, Institut d’Etudes Européennes, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Avenue Roosevelt 39, Brussels (Spaak Room)   WORKSHOP FOCUS The Cohesion Policy has had a major influence on shaping regional policy of EU member states in terms of governance, practices...
SPS Seminar 7 June 2016: Regional design in planning theory and practice

SPS Seminar 7 June 2016: Regional design in planning theory and practice

SP&S Seminar (special edition) 7 June 2016, 15:00 – 16:30 BG West 270 Regional design in planning theory and practice Many recent planning reforms in European countries have enhanced development-led planning approaches, in which plans follow and facilitate occurring development proposals and market initiatives. The need to respond to future opportunities has inspired new planning...
SPS Seminar, THU 3 March, 12:30 - Nasibe Charbgoo: Urban Rhythms and Continuity of Place Meanings

SPS Seminar, THU 3 March, 12:30 – Nasibe Charbgoo: Urban Rhythms and Continuity of Place Meanings

Nasibe Charbgoo (Iran University of Science and Technology) Topic: Urban Rhythms and Continuity of Place Meanings Thursday 3 March, 12:30-13:30, Room BG West 270, BK, TU Delft   This work has been inspired by a major question links to the work of Kevin Lynch, who was concerned with the experience of time in cities: What about...
SPS Seminar, 18 February, 12:30 PM: Ilgi Toprak - Urban Heterotopias

SPS Seminar, 18 February, 12:30 PM: Ilgi Toprak – Urban Heterotopias

SPS Seminar Speaker: İlgi Toprak (Istanbul Technical University / Guest Researcher at TU Delft) Date and time: Thursday 18 February, 12:30 – 13:30 Venue: BG West 270 Topic: URBAN HETEROTOPIAS According to Michel Foucault’s “The Order of Things” and “Of Other Spaces”, heterotopias define different or other spaces. They are spatio-temporal structures, which result in...
New paper on climate change adaptation in delta cities out in Progress in Planning

New paper on climate change adaptation in delta cities out in Progress in Planning

A new collaborative paper, co-authored by three Urbanism colleagues Marcin Dąbrowski, Yuting Tai and Dominic Stead as well as Maria Francesch-Huidobro (Hong Kong City University) and Faith Chan (Nottingham Ningbo University) and entitled “Governance challenges of flood-prone delta cities: Integrating flood risk management and climate change in spatial planning” has been accepted for publication in Progress in Planning and is published online ahead of...
SPS Seminar 10 Dec 2015: Kasia Piskorek - Communication for Urban Transformations

SPS Seminar 10 Dec 2015: Kasia Piskorek – Communication for Urban Transformations

Title: Communication for Urban Transformations in Perspective of the Relation Between the Citizens and the Local Authorities. Case study of Wroclaw (PL)   Speaker: Katarzyna Piskorek (TU Wrocław, visiting scholar at Urbanism) Time: 12:30 – 13:30 Date: 10 December 2015 Place: 00 West 670, BK Abstract: If we look at the public involvement in general, and public...
SPS Seminar: Mohammad Ghanbari - Liveable Cities. Case Study: Masshad, Iran

SPS Seminar: Mohammad Ghanbari – Liveable Cities. Case Study: Masshad, Iran

Thursday November 5, 12:30-13:30 Speaker: Mohammad Ghanbari (Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, visiting scholar at the Department of Urbanism) Topic: Liveable Cities. Case Study: Masshad, Iran. Room: BG west 270 Abstract: By 2050 70% of the global population will reside within cities. We all have different reasons to live in a city. Some cities appear comfortable to live in. Some are...
Marcin Dąbrowski's lecture on adaptive cities at Urban Studies Foundation symposium

Marcin Dąbrowski’s lecture on adaptive cities at Urban Studies Foundation symposium

Marcin Dąbrowski presented his research on governance challenges in climate change adaptation in the Dutch and Chinese delta cities as a lecture at a symposium organised by the Urban Studies Foundation (USF) at the University of Glasgow. Marcin’s research is conducted as part of a USF postdoctoral research fellowship. You can see the video here:...
SPS Seminar: Prof. Ashwani Kumar (CEPT University, India) - Blue blood of cities? Water and urbanism in India - 2 July 2015

SPS Seminar: Prof. Ashwani Kumar (CEPT University, India) – Blue blood of cities? Water and urbanism in India – 2 July 2015

On Thursday 2 July, Ashwani Kumar (CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India), a visiting UKNA fellow at TU Delft, presented his reflections on water and urbanism in India and discussed the potential for transfer of practices and ideas from the Netherlands into the cities in the Ganges river basin. Presentation slides – click here. Blue blood of cities?...
SPS Seminar: Libera Amenta - REVERSE LAND: Wasted Landscapes as a resource to re-cycle contemporary cities

SPS Seminar: Libera Amenta – REVERSE LAND: Wasted Landscapes as a resource to re-cycle contemporary cities

Libera Amenta (University of Naples Federico II) REVERSE LAND: Wasted Landscapes as a resource to re-cycle contemporary cities Thursday, June 18 Abstract: Land as resource is becoming increasingly scarce.  Nowadays, both the rapid growth of contemporary cities and their shrinkage resulting from of economic crisis, de-industrialisation, and political change, are shaping the landscape in a...
SPS Seminar 12 May - Victor Sanz: Planning a global network of industrial communities: The architecture and urbanism of the Bata Shoe Company industrial satellite cities

SPS Seminar 12 May – Victor Sanz: Planning a global network of industrial communities: The architecture and urbanism of the Bata Shoe Company industrial satellite cities

Victor Sanz (Polytechnic University of Madrid / TU Delft) presented his research as part of the SPS Seminar Series on 12 May 2015. The topic of the talk was the following: “Planning a global network of industrial communities: The architecture and urbanism of the Bata Shoe Company industrial satellite cities.” You can see a video...
SPS Seminar 23 April by Paul Benneworth (University of Twente): ‘Global science scapes: how  global science and political flows are shaping 21st century science landscapes

SPS Seminar 23 April by Paul Benneworth (University of Twente): ‘Global science scapes: how global science and political flows are shaping 21st century science landscapes

On Thursday 23 April 2015 Dr. Paul Benneworth (University of Twente) offered a talk as part of SPS Seminar Series on ‘Global science scapes: how  global science and political flows are shaping 21st century science landscapes.’ Please see the abstract, slides and the video from the event below. Abstract: Major science and technology spaces are central to...
Agnes Förster's lecture on “Regional design as a communicative planning practice"

Agnes Förster’s lecture on “Regional design as a communicative planning practice”

  On 19 February, Agnes Förster from the Munich University of Technology (Technische Universität München) delivered a lecture on “Regional design as a communicative planning practice – Approaches to its performance” as part of the Spatial Planning Seminar Series.     Here you will find the slides and a video from the lecture. Abstract In numerous European regions planning...
Marcin Dąbrowski publishes an open access paper on financial instruments for urban development in RSRS

Marcin Dąbrowski publishes an open access paper on financial instruments for urban development in RSRS

Marcin Dąbrowski (post-doc at the Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy) just published a paper offering a critical assessment of financial engineering instruments for urban development used as part of EU cohesion policy. The paper was published in the Open Access format in Regional Studies, Regional Science (RSRS), a new online journal of the Regional Studies Association. The...
RSA Workshop on Cross-national policy transfer in regional and urban policy

RSA Workshop on Cross-national policy transfer in regional and urban policy

In a globalising world, many countries, regions and cities face similar challenges. As a result, governments and policy-makers increasingly look for policy solutions, ideas and ‘good practice’ examples from other countries, seeking to adapt them to their domestic contexts. At the same time, certain states or supranational and international organisations are keen to export their...

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