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Join upcoming P1 presentations of Planning Complex Cities graduation students!

Join upcoming P1 presentations of Planning Complex Cities graduation students!

On Wednesday 7 November 2018, 8.45 – 16.45, Room R and Room E*, current Planning Complex Cities graduation students will present their work for a first assessment of their MSc Urbanism graduation progress. They will show their thesis plans which set out the problem fields, research aims and questions as well as initial theoretical and...
Look up recent Complex cities graduates!

Look up recent Complex cities graduates!

Planning Complex Cities graduations consider spatial planning and territorial governance schemes in regions, and investigate how these can be improved to achieve more sustainable spatial outcomes. Basic starting points in graduations are observations of disparities in the distribution of spatial resources across territories, in China, Europe or the Global South. Conclusions  recommend institutional change and demonstrate, by means...
H2020 COHESIFY project final conference

H2020 COHESIFY project final conference

The COHESIFY project (COHESIFY – Understanding the Impact of EU Cohesion Policy on European Identification), supported as part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, is coming to an end. The project kept busy a good part of our section (Marcin Dąbrowski, Ana Maria Fernandez Maldonado, Roberto Rocco, Dominic Stead, Wil Zonneveld and Vincent Nadin) and...
Complex cities graduation: Upcoming presentations

Complex cities graduation: Upcoming presentations

Between 11-1-2018 and 23-1-2018 Complex cities graduation students present their thesis plans and preliminary research during the second assessment of their graduation projects. For the program and brief descriptions of their graduation topics, please see announcements on our dedicated complex cities website. An overview is provided here. Presentations can be attended. We invite all who have an...
MOT celebrates its twentieth birthday

MOT celebrates its twentieth birthday

    MOT is the acronym for Mission Opértionelle Transfrontalière, or Transfrontier Operational Mission association set up by the French government in 1997, reason why it is celebrating its twentieth birthday at the end of November of 2017. (See picture) .The venue is the Brussels premises of the Committee of the Regions. I am infatuated...
Cross-border planning in the Danube Region, by Andreas Faludi

Cross-border planning in the Danube Region, by Andreas Faludi

End of November 2017, Andreas Faludi is chairing this panel at the Conference on Macro-regional policy challenges and best practice solutions for cross-border planning, governance and interoperability. Faludi writes: My statement to participants states the obvious: Crossing borders can be hard business. I could have given the example of my mother crossing the Hungarian-Austrian border...
Conference SHAPING REGIONAL FUTURES: Designing and visioning in governance rescaling

Conference SHAPING REGIONAL FUTURES: Designing and visioning in governance rescaling

On 18th and 19th of May 2017 the conference SHAPING REGIONAL FUTURES: Designing and visioning in governance rescaling took place at the Medici Riccardi Palace in Florence. During the conference the roles of regional design and visioning in the formation of regional territorial governance were discussed. The conference aimed at an increased understanding of how...
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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...
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...
Planning the historic urban core

Planning the historic urban core

Spatial Planning at TU Delft has published the final summary report of a pilot project on urban planning for historic urban cores funded by the EU Joint Programming Initiative: Cultural Heritage. The report explains the impact of the urban planing reforms on the management of historic urban cores in three countries in north-west Europe. Planning...
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...
co-housing publications

co-housing publications

Two new books on co-housing in Europe have been published in November, both with a contribution from SPS researcher Lidewij Tummers: “The re-emergence of co-housing in Europe” (Routledge 2015) contains a contribution about the planning perspective on co-housing:  (contributions can also be found separately at the Journal of Urban Reseach and Policy) and: “Europe, co-operative...
Jan Vogelij: The European Union and Spatial Planning  01 OCT 12h30 room BGWEST270

Jan Vogelij: The European Union and Spatial Planning 01 OCT 12h30 room BGWEST270

Jan Vogelij discusses:The European Union and Spatial Planning THURSDAY 01 OCT 12h30 room BGWEST270 Abstract: There are many misunderstandings about the European Union and its relation to the field of spatial planning. Therefore it would be good to consider what really is happening in the Union with regard to our profession. Why should we consider...
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...
Comparing Apples and Oranges: international comparative planning

Comparing Apples and Oranges: international comparative planning

    Interest in international comparisons of the performance and planning of cities and regions has never been higher, though much international comparison raises as many questions as it answers. Are we comparing apples and oranges? Stuttgart and Dortmund Universities organised a colloquium under this banner, asking how we do we manage the great challenges...
Marcin Dąbrowski publishes a commentary on EU financial instruments for urban development in CritCom

Marcin Dąbrowski publishes a commentary on EU financial instruments for urban development in CritCom

In the context of a severe economic crisis and austerity, new ideas were put forward to reform cohesion policy to enhance its often-contested effectiveness and returns on investment. One of them were financial engineering instruments, such as the Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas (JESSICA) introduced during the 2007–2013 period, expected to...
Book chapter in "Are we the world? Randstad vs Sao Paulo, Detroit and Istanbul", edited by W. Vanstiphout and M. Relats

Book chapter in “Are we the world? Randstad vs Sao Paulo, Detroit and Istanbul”, edited by W. Vanstiphout and M. Relats

The book “Are we the world? Randstad vs Sao Paulo, Detroit and Istanbul” is edited by Wouter Vanstiphout and Marta Relats.  Roberto Rocco has contributed a chapter in the book entitled “Sao Paulo: constructing the city, reinventing democracy”. The book review at the NAI site says “Are we the world? is part six of the Design and Politics series,...
New Urban Languages Conference 2nd edition with TU Delft participation

New Urban Languages Conference 2nd edition with TU Delft participation

The  New Urban Languages Conference is organised by the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies DAStU of the Politecnico di Milano, the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura ETSA of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and now also by the Group of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Delft University of Technology.  The theme of the second edition of the conference was  Re-thinking...
Article on the governance of EU financial engineering instruments for sustainable urban development in Regional Studies

Article on the governance of EU financial engineering instruments for sustainable urban development in Regional Studies

New paper by Marcin Dąbrowski looking into the impacts of EU financial engineering instruments for sustainable urban development projects (JESSICA) is to be published in Regional Studies. JESSICA, one of the financial engineering instruments (FEI) within European Union cohesion policy framework in the 2007–13 period, created scope for developing cooperation between sub-national authorities and financial institutions...
Spatial Planning Systems and Practices in Europe

Spatial Planning Systems and Practices in Europe

  SPS members have contributed two chapters to the book Spatial Planning Systems and Practices in Europe, published in April 2014. Vincent Nadin and Dominic Stead wrote the chapter ‘Spatial Planning in the United Kingdom 1990-2013’, and Wil Zonneveld and David Evers wrote the chapter ‘Dutch National Spatial Planning at the End of an Era’....
RSA workshop on the new cycle of the Cohesion Policy in 2014-2020  MONDAY 24 MARCH 2014

RSA workshop on the new cycle of the Cohesion Policy in 2014-2020 MONDAY 24 MARCH 2014

RSA workshop on the new cycle of the Cohesion Policy in 2014-2020 The Group Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft  co-organises this workshop in collaboration with partners at Cosmopolis and the Institute for European Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), the European Policies Research Centre (University of Strathclyde) and Prague University...
UN Habitat HUB on Gender

UN Habitat HUB on Gender

On behalf of SP&S, Lidewij Tummers participated in the joint event to launch the UNI-Habitat Gender HUB in Madrid 20-21 January 2014. The event was co-funded by UN-Habitat, through the Capacity Unit and by COST, the Program for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, The objective of the event was threefold: 1) Launch the new...
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...
CALL FOR PAPERS: SCUPAD 2014: Salzburg 16-18 May 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: SCUPAD 2014: Salzburg 16-18 May 2014

The following call for papers could be of interest to you. Please forward the message further within your networks. With best regards on behalf of the SCUPAD organizing committee,       – CALL FOR PAPERS – 46th Annual SCUPAD Congress May 16th -18th, 2014 in Salzburg, Austria No Time to Waste: Planning to Reduce,...
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),...
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...

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