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Research has shown…

Research has shown…

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Engage and act- a symposium on citizen involvement

Engage and act- a symposium on citizen involvement

On the 18th of November a symposium on citizen involvement took place at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. During the event the role of citizen engagement in planning decision making was investigated, in the context of different countries and on different levels of scale. The aim of the symposium was to identify key factors that...
Upcoming event: Globalisation and local identity

Upcoming event: Globalisation and local identity

On the 28th of October, 14.00-16.00, room C at the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, there will be a debate about globalisation and its impact on the local identity of cities. Illustrated by three cases over the world, different prepositions concerning the impact of globalisation on the local identities of cities will be discussed. Experts will...
Brexit

Brexit

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Recommendations of Workshop “Fresh Eyes on the Refugee Crisis” launched.

Recommendations of Workshop “Fresh Eyes on the Refugee Crisis” launched.

With immigration high on the agenda across Europe and elsewhere, and the number of refugees and asylum seekers on the rise, the Global Young Academy (GYA) identified integration as a priority for urgent attention. In partnership with the Dutch Young Academy and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the GYA convened a two-day...
The End of the Line.

The End of the Line.

In December 2015 the Dutch Young Academy, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Global Young Academy hosted a two-day workshop of 20 academic experts and practitioners drawn from different disciplines and from over 10 countries across three continents. The participants endeavoured to provide a fresh and innovative perspective on the refugee crisis, focusing...
Understanding and Tackling the Migration Challenge: The Role of Research.

Understanding and Tackling the Migration Challenge: The Role of Research.

The Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission organised a two-day conference to explore and demonstrate how European research can support policy makers in designing effective and sustainable migration policies. To this end, past and current research on migration were presented and debated from a policy perspective. During the conference the evidence...
Fresh Eyes on the Refugee Crisis: an Interdisciplinary Approach.

Fresh Eyes on the Refugee Crisis: an Interdisciplinary Approach.

The Dutch Young Academy, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Global Young Academy hosted a two-day workshop of 20 academic experts and practitioners drawn from different disciplines and from over 10 countries across three continents. The participants endeavoured to provide a fresh and innovative perspective on the refugee crisis, focusing in particular on societal...
Shaping regional futures – Mapping, designing, transforming!

Shaping regional futures – Mapping, designing, transforming!

The Chair of Urban Development at the Munich University of Technology and the Chair of Spatial Planning & Strategy at the Delft University of Technology convened a conference on regional design on the 14th and 15th of October, 2015 in Munich. The conference ‘Shaping regional futures – Mapping, designing, transforming!’ invited scholars and practitioners with...
Regular update on Complex cities graduations (on happy cities right now!).

Regular update on Complex cities graduations (on happy cities right now!).

The Complex cities website is a site that researchers of the Randstad Research group set up to assist Master of Urbanism graduation students. It announces events, makes presentations available, reflects on events and traces emerging interests of graduation students. Please take account of our regular updates  and also comment! What’s new? The description of ‘happy...
Urbanism graduation orientation – events!

Urbanism graduation orientation – events!

To enhance MSc Urbanism graduations the Complex cities research group organizes a series of lectures, discussions and workshops. The series forms part of a broader program for graduation orientation. The program is meant to facilitate exchange among research and education, to enhance in-depth research and design. The Complex cities series discusses urgent topics that require...
Complex Cities graduations – detailed descriptions available.

Complex Cities graduations – detailed descriptions available.

  The Complex Cities research group* has formulated a set of research and design projects for Master of Science Urbanism graduations, starting in the fall semester 2015. Please find an updated and detailed description of these via this site: https://complexcitiesstudio.wordpress.com/ . Projects are defined to enhance the relation among research and education. They are meant to inspire...
Habermas comments.

Habermas comments.

Since Jürgen Habermas is an often quoted author in planning literature (argumentative, collaborative, communicative planning) and since many readers of this blog share an interest in European integration: take note of his recent remarks on negotiations with Greece, published in the Süddeutsche Zeitung on 22 June,  at this link.  The article is in German but has...
Invitation: Shaping regional futures - A conference on the performance of regional design.

Invitation: Shaping regional futures – A conference on the performance of regional design.

On the 14th-15th of October 2015 the Chair of Urban Development at the Technical University Munich and the Chair of Spatial Planning & Strategy at the Delft University of Technology are organizing a conference on regional design. During the conference the performance of regional design will be discussed:  the way how the imagination and envisioning of...
Seminar Mapping the City: Ciam 2014

Seminar Mapping the City: Ciam 2014

On initiative of the Van Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizen Foundation (EFL), the Archives of the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) at the ETH Zurich and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) a seminar on the mapping of cities was organized on 29 October 2014 in Amsterdam. The seminar was...
Invitation Round Table AESOP Conference 2014: Emerging regional design in an era of co-governance and co-evolution.

Invitation Round Table AESOP Conference 2014: Emerging regional design in an era of co-governance and co-evolution.

Thursday 10th July, 15.30-17.00, chaired by Wil Zonneveld (Delft University of Technology), Michael Neuman (University of New South Wales) & Verena Balz (Delft University of Technology).   Many recent planning reforms across the world have led to shifts in planning regimes, often seeking to balance statutory plan-led with development-led approaches. The wish to simultaneously create...
Dorina Pojani: Explaining Dutch TOD Challenges.

Dorina Pojani: Explaining Dutch TOD Challenges.

On Oct. 10, Dorina Pojani from the SPS chair presented her work on planning challenges related to Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in the Netherlands. As a planning concept, TOD has become popular here over the last few decades. However, the transition from planning concept to development practice has been fraught with difficulties. Where TOD projects have...
Upcoming lecture by Michael Neuman: The plan matters.

Upcoming lecture by Michael Neuman: The plan matters.

On Monday, the 23rd of September at 12.30, Michael Neuman will give a lecture with the title ‘Images of place in urban and regional planning’ at the Hugo Priemuszaal, OTB. His position is that the plan matters because the images of place that are contained in plans not only guide the planning process and the...
ESPON North Sea STAR Workshop: Energy and the North Sea Region.

ESPON North Sea STAR Workshop: Energy and the North Sea Region.

The ESPON North Sea STAR project is working with the Interreg IVb North Sea Region Secretariat to evaluate energy themed projects within the 2007-2013 programme and provide recommendations as to how energy issues might be addressed in the forthcoming Interreg Vb programme. As part of our activities we are inviting stakeholders from the North Sea...
‘Our infatuation with the object of planning: If only we could read off and follow the rules’

‘Our infatuation with the object of planning: If only we could read off and follow the rules’

We would like to make you attend to the recent issue of Planning Theory & Practice (Vol. 14, No. 2) as it touches our interests. We quote John Forester who has written the editorial note, just to make you curious: ‘Dialogue alone can give us just talk. Expertise alone can give us just advice. Negotiation...
Lecture: Contribution to the series ‘Public Transport as Urban Generator’

Lecture: Contribution to the series ‘Public Transport as Urban Generator’

On occasion of the University Colloquium ‘Public Transport as Urban Generator’ and on invitation of the Technical University of Munich and the Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft (MVG, Munich Transport Corporation), Verena Balz gave a lecture entiteled ‘From Concepts to Projects: Stedenbaan, The Netherlands’ in Munich. In her lecture she reflected on a design approach to the integration...
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Andreas Faludi: European Spatial Planning à la carte?

Andreas Faludi: European Spatial Planning à la carte?

What if the containers that we came to see as the dominant planning spaces in Europe, the national territories and the many other administrative ones below, would follow a pathway of decay? Against the background of his science of European spatial planning and a brief review of recent debates on the role of the EU,...
Urbanisation, infrastructure development and public transport use: Dena Kasraian on long term interaction.

Urbanisation, infrastructure development and public transport use: Dena Kasraian on long term interaction.

During the 10th SP&S seminar Dena Kasraian presented the state of the art of her ongoing PhD research: a long-term analysis of interaction between urbanisation, infrastructure development and public transport use in the Randstad. Her research is structured in a range of time slots (the longest reaches over the past 150 years) within which she...
Andreas Faludi on Territory and Territoriality.

Andreas Faludi on Territory and Territoriality.

During the fourth meeting on OTB/Urbanism joint research themes, held on the 10th of April, 15.00-17.00 at the Hugo Priemus Zaal, OTB, Andeas Faludi will discuss his recent work on territorial cohesion, territorialism and territoriality.  He will review these concepts central to European spatial planning as well as related forms of planning to argue ‘…that...
Polycentric Metropolitan Areas in the Process of Metropolisation. By Evert Meijers.

Polycentric Metropolitan Areas in the Process of Metropolisation. By Evert Meijers.

During the 8th SP&S seminar Evert Meijers presented his recent research on polycentric metropolitan areas. He described ‘metropolisation’ as an upward development spiral to more welfare, more sustainability and, inevitably, more happiness. The beckoning perspective of metropolisation did not come as a surprise to the audience. The vocabulary he used to describe a pathway was...
Critical Regionalism/Anti-Regionalism

Critical Regionalism/Anti-Regionalism

During the 7th SP&S seminar Liane Lefaivre presented some of the history of the polemics surrounding the issue ‘regionalism’ in the Post World War II world.  By reviewing the discourse on regionalism which took place in the US between the 1930s and 60s she demonstrated how planning and design styles rapidly changed under the influence...
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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