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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...
How to post in our BLOG

How to post in our BLOG

We have heard that we miss news on our blog because of difficulties in posting.  Please find here a small manual that will help you elaborate a short article and post it to our BLOG! Manual_for_posts Please follow and like us:
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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Territorial Governance

Territorial Governance

The 2nd meeting on OTB-Urbanism Joint Research Themes took place on November 21st at the Hugo Priemus zaal at the OTB. The aim of the meeting was to bring aspects of territorial governance that are addressed in ongoing research in both groups to the foreground. Roberto Rocco gave a general introduction on governance. In this...
ESPON North Sea STAR

ESPON North Sea STAR

The Department of Urbanism/OTB gained funding for an ESPON Targeted Analysis relating to sustainable energy in the North Sea Region. The research seeks to provide recommendations on accelerating the take-up of renewable energy technologies and supporting relevant green economic activities in this region by investigating future energy scenarios, evaluating the effectiveness of regional energy policies...
Regional Governance and Design

Regional Governance and Design

On the 21st of November, from 15.00 to 17.30, we will hold a second meeting on the OTB-Urbanism Joint Research Themes at the Hugo Priemus Room at OTB. In this meeting we will focus on the theme ‘Regional Governance and Design’. Research that relates to this theme concerns the policy, politics and administration of territory...
TOD strategies for Tirana, Albania. By Dorina Pojani.

TOD strategies for Tirana, Albania. By Dorina Pojani.

During the second SP&S seminar in this period, Dorina Pojani presented parts of her PhD research which she has carried out at the Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania, and the University of California, Los Angeles. In her research she examined potentialities for urban transport planning in the city of Tirana. She demonstrated that large parts...
New round of SP&S seminars

New round of SP&S seminars

The SP&S seminars start again on Thursday, the 6th of September. The formula remains. Researchers at and around our chair will present and discuss their work. We have planned seminars on Thursdays, once or twice a month. The location will always be BK, 01-west-290. Please see the attached file for the overall program. Please also...
Iranians can’t prolong staying permits.

Iranians can’t prolong staying permits.

The Dutch government has yesterday announced its interpretation of the EU regulations on the sanctions of Iran. Stating that these are still undefined, the parliament has decided to give and prolong, for the time being, no staying permits for work and research of any kind, carried out by Iranians in The Netherlands. We would like...
Aart de Koning wins KIVI-NIRIA Cuperusprijs

Aart de Koning wins KIVI-NIRIA Cuperusprijs

We are very proud to announce that a former student of SPS won this prestigious prize and we congratulate him! The prize is given every two years to the best master thesis in the field of transport planning in the Netherlands. Aart de Koning conducted research into a new public transport system for the harbour...
NWO Grant on the Implementation of TOD

NWO Grant on the Implementation of TOD

Supported by the Delft Infrastructures & Mobility Initiative (DIMI), the chair of Spatial Planning & Strategy conducted an inventory of Transport Oriented Development (TOD) strategies in the Netherlands, BESTNET. This research into current Dutch practices concluded that the TOD concept is embraced by policy makers in regions but that implementation is hampered by persistent governance,...

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