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Spatial planning and strategy is a chair in the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology. We are concerned with knowledge about the formulation, implementation and evaluation of strategic and urban planning tools - visions, strategies, plans and programmes.

2013
The AESOP TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures Becoming Local Istanbul Meeting

The AESOP TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures Becoming Local Istanbul Meeting

The AESOP TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures (PSUC) and Ozyegin University held a very productive meeting in Istanbul (Nov 20-23, 2013) under the working theme, Becoming Local. PSUC Coordination team would like to thank to all of the local committee members, particularly to the Dean of Faculty of Architecture, Orhan Hacihasanoglu and hard-working coordinator...
Paper on informal urbanisation published in Third World Quarterly

Paper on informal urbanisation published in Third World Quarterly

A paper written by alumnus Jan Ballegoijen (presently at Crimson Rotterdam) and Roberto Rocco on issues of informal urbanisation has been published by Third World Quarterly. Abstract: This paper discusses how urban informality in the developing world has been understood in the West, and how it has been incorporated in the discourse of urban architects...
China-EU Forum on Urbanisation

China-EU Forum on Urbanisation

China needs ‘a new type of urbanisation’ and ‘deeper exchange with Europe on urban planning, urban design and sustainable transport’ said Premier Li Keqiang at the China-EU Forum on Urbanisation held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in November. Vincent Nadin, Lily Li and others attended the Forum on behalf of the...
Yu Ye gives a talk at the SPS Seminar Series

Yu Ye gives a talk at the SPS Seminar Series

Yu Ye, SPS alumnus and now PhD candidate at the University of Hong Kong, gives a talk at the SPS Seminar Series Yu Ye  talked about “Form syntax’ as an approach to understand urban form quantitatively and promote high degree of urbanity in urban design ”, on issues being studied in his doctoral  research. You will find...
Marcin Dąbrowski, post-doc at SPS, publishes two short articles

Marcin Dąbrowski, post-doc at SPS, publishes two short articles

Marcin Dąbrowski, who has just started his post-doctoral fellowship within the Spatial Planning and Strategy chair, publishes two short articles on EU cohesion policy. The first one will be out in the upcoming issue of the Regions magazine. In this article Marcin presents his recent research on the Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas (JESSICA),...
South China Normal University 80th Birthday Presentation

South China Normal University 80th Birthday Presentation

Vincent Nadin has made a keynote presentation to staff and students of South China Normal University, Guangzhou as part of its 80th birthday celebrations. I outlined how planning practices and policies in Europe have responded to changing demands over the last twenty years, at the invitation of Professor Wu Zhigang of the Center for Urban &...
Professor Maarten van Ham at the SPS Seminar Series

Professor Maarten van Ham at the SPS Seminar Series

Professor van Ham  talked about “New directions for residential mobility research: Linking lives through time and space”, a work he has developed in partnership with Rory Coulter and Allan Findlay. Van Ham argues that there is increasing attention to international migration, but less interest in short distance migration and immobility. According to van Ham, “Most...
COST-SMST grant for comparative study

COST-SMST grant for comparative study

Lidewij Tummers, tutor-researcher at Spatial Planning & Strategy, has obtained a COST Grant for a Short Stay Scientific Mission in the Gender Science and Technology program. With hospitality of  Leibniz University Hannover, she will perform a concise comparative study on gender approaches in Planning; highlighting the case of Germany. Germany is advanced in the development...
Annalisa Lodigiani presents at the SPS Seminar series

Annalisa Lodigiani presents at the SPS Seminar series

Annalisa Lodigiani is a planner and a PhD candidate from the Politecnico of Milan working at TU Delft as a guest for a few months. Her daily supervisor is Alex Wandl, currently at the Chair of Environmental Technology and Design (led by Professor Arjan van Timmeren). Annalisa presented a talk entitled:  Across boundaries: Visions and norms for the...
Dorina Pojani practices what she preaches: featured article on TU Delft Campus newspaper

Dorina Pojani practices what she preaches: featured article on TU Delft Campus newspaper

This month, Dorina Pojani, post-doc researcher of the Chair Spatial Planning and Strategy/OTB, was featured on the pages of the TU Delft on campus newspaper DELTA.  The newspaper publishes profiles of staff and students using well-humoured descriptions  their bikes as leverage. Dorina Pojani is a postdoctoral fellow in the Spatial Planning and Strategy group of...
Roberto Rocco completes fellowship at the University of Copenhagen

Roberto Rocco completes fellowship at the University of Copenhagen

Roberto Rocco, assistant professor at Spatial Planning and Strategy, has spent 3 weeks as fellow researcher at the Department of Resource Management, Landscape Architecture and Planning of the University of Copenhagen led by Professor Gertrud Jørgensen. The fellowship was made possible through an internal grant from the University of Copenhagen and aimed at improving links between...
Taiwan National Carrying Capacity Research

Taiwan National Carrying Capacity Research

Spatial Planning at TU Delft is involved in a Taiwan national research project on carrying capacity of the territory and population size. The project is examining possible optimum city size in relation to the carrying capacity of the built and natural environment and indicators that can be used to assess these relationships. At the project’s third...
Lidewij Tummers at seminar "Divercity, city of the future" organised by the city of Berlin

Lidewij Tummers at seminar “Divercity, city of the future” organised by the city of Berlin

On 24-25 October 2013 the Senat of Berlin called together experts on gender, urban renewal, housing, planning and transport for a seminar under the title “Divercity, city of the future”. In a varied and dense program, valuable input was generated about innovative solutions for Berlin housing policies and planning for 2030. SP&S member of staff Lidewij...
Taneha Bacchin presents at the SPS SEMINAR SERIES on NOV 14

Taneha Bacchin presents at the SPS SEMINAR SERIES on NOV 14

We cordially invite you to the next seminar of our SPS seminar series 2013-2014. Our colleague Taneha Bacchin from the chair of Environmental Technology & Design (led by Professor Arjan van Timmeren) will talk about “A multi-scale approach in the planning and design of green-blue cities”. Taneha is a PhD candidate at TU Delft and...
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...
TU Delft at the PLEEC Project Meeting in Copenhagen (OCT 2013)

TU Delft at the PLEEC Project Meeting in Copenhagen (OCT 2013)

The Spatial Planning Section of the TU Delft (Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy and OTB) is a major partner in the FP-7 Planning for Energy Efficiency Cities  Research Project with several partners from all over Europe. Partners are universities and research institutes, municipalities and private companies, all working together towards understanding policies, behaviours and...
Speed dating your design

Speed dating your design

Speed dating your design, a set on Flickr. This is an exercise we conduct with MSc1 students at the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft. The idea is to make them aware of the necessity to structure the narratives that accompany their research and design projects. In pairs, students need to tell one another...
New publication: A themed issue ' Marketplaces as an Urban Development Strategy' in Built Environment (October 2013)

New publication: A themed issue ‘ Marketplaces as an Urban Development Strategy’ in Built Environment (October 2013)

A new themed issue on ‘ Marketplaces as an Urban Development Strategy’ will be available soon in Built Environment in October 2013. (http://www.alexandrinepress.co.uk/default.php) The editors of Built Environment are Sir Peter Hall, Professor David Banister and Dr Stephen Marshall The guest editors of the themed issue are Freek Janssens from the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research,...
Melbourne Peri-urban conference

Melbourne Peri-urban conference

        Spatial planning at TU Delft made a major contribution to Beyond the Edge: the first Australian peri-urban conference in Melbourne, organised jointly by La Trobe University and RMIT. Alex Wandl gave a paper based on his PhD project on ‘territories-in-between’ and Vincent Nadin gave the first keynote presentation on Peri-urbanism in Europe (co-authored...
MindMaps Urbanism 2013

MindMaps Urbanism 2013

MindMaps Urbanism 2013, a set on Flickr. These are MindMaps produced by students of the Master in Urbanism of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). Mind maps are visual tools for brainstorming and unfolding of concepts. The idea is that visualisation of how concepts unfold can help us understand these concepts better. Students were...
SCUPAD preparatory meeting takes place at BK

SCUPAD preparatory meeting takes place at BK

The preparatory meeting of the Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning and Development (SCUPAD) took place in Delft between 26 and 28 of September 2013. SCUPAD is an independent, non-profit, international network organization of planners and development specialists, which was founded by the fellows of the Salzburg Global Seminar’s Planning session in 1965. As an alumni organization of...
Subscribe to our BLOG Methodology for Urbanism

Subscribe to our BLOG Methodology for Urbanism

We are publishing a new BLOG with teaching materials from the course Methodology for Urbanism (MSc2). The idea is to share our teaching philosophy and teaching materials for anyone to use. Students will also be invited to publish and interact with published materials.  Please, click on the picture or HERE to visit the BLOG. Please...
Akkelies van Nes keynote speaker at the first Geodesign Summit

Akkelies van Nes keynote speaker at the first Geodesign Summit

 Akkelies van Nes was keynote speaker at the first Geodesign Summit Europe conference, held at the unique GeoFort on 19-20 September 2013. For a complete overview of speakers at this conference, please click HERE. Akkelies  gave a short introduction on Space Syntax that is useful for all willing to understand the principles of this innovative tool...
The Great Planning Game at the Bachelor Course of TU Delft

The Great Planning Game at the Bachelor Course of TU Delft

Remon Rooij and Roberto Rocco have introduced the “Great Planning Game” in the Planning Component of the Bachelor of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft. The Great Planning Game is a role playing exercise where students get acquainted with different possible roles of spatial planners in today’s society and...
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...
Urbanism Week 2013! 8 till 11 October

Urbanism Week 2013! 8 till 11 October

  Urbanism Week 2013 Symposium, Workshops, Lunch lectures Location: University of Technology Delft, the Netherlands, Faculty of Architecture Date: 7 – 11 October 2013 In October POLIS, the student association of the University of Technology in Delft, is organizing the third edition of the Urbanism Week. This yearly event is an attempt to strengthen 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...
Contribute to the BLOG 'Planning Latin America'

Contribute to the BLOG ‘Planning Latin America’

The Development Studies Group of the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (TU Delft), together with colleagues from the Universities of Toronto and Aalborg,  has launched a new BLOG to circulate information and promote debate on themes related to spatial planning in Latin America. With the aim of expanding...
Record TU Delft participation at AESOP Dublin 2013

Record TU Delft participation at AESOP Dublin 2013

Several TU Delft researchers took part in the joint AESOP/ACSP Conference (the Association of European Schools of Planning and The American Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning) that took place in Dublin between July 15 and 19. The conference was hosted by University College Dublin (UCD). The theme of the conference was Planning for Resilient Cities and...
New Urban Languages: Re-Imaging the City after the knowledge-based turn

New Urban Languages: Re-Imaging the City after the knowledge-based turn

Roberto Rocco has presented a keynote speech at the International Conference “New Urban languages: Re-Imaging the City after the Knowledge-Based Turn” at the Politecnico di Milano. Rossella Salerno and Daniele Villa of the School of Architecture and Society of the Politecnico have organized a 3-day conference to discuss issues related to knowledge and communication and...

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