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CALL FOR IDEAS: TU Delft Urban Thinkers' Campus JUNE 2017

CALL FOR IDEAS: TU Delft Urban Thinkers’ Campus JUNE 2017

CALL FOR IDEAS: TUDelft UTC   On 7, 8 and 9 June 2017, the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft will organise an URBAN THINKERS CAMPUS. UTCs are sponsored by the World Urban Campaign and UN-HABITAT They are supposed to gather stakeholders in order to discuss specific urban development issues and agree on policy...
SPS in Jane Jacobs Walk with IHS "Urban Strategies and Planning" course

SPS in Jane Jacobs Walk with IHS “Urban Strategies and Planning” course

On Monday 16, SPS took part in a Jane Jacobs Walk with students from the course Urban Strategies and Planning of the IHS Erasmus Rotterdam. This course is led by Alexander Jachnow and taught by Alexandra Tsatsou and Magdalena Derdzikowska, among others. There were around 25 students of many nationalities, but mainly from the Global South. Young people from...
IMPLEMENTING THE NEW URBAN planning AGENDA, GUEST-LECTURE/Workshop - Tuesday 17.01.2017, 12.30 – TU DELFT, NL

IMPLEMENTING THE NEW URBAN planning AGENDA, GUEST-LECTURE/Workshop – Tuesday 17.01.2017, 12.30 – TU DELFT, NL

The New Urban Agenda 2016-2036 was approved by the United Nations on 20 October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador, endorsed by 167 countries, including all EU countries. The ancient city of Quito ‘in the middle of the earth’, now the highest capital city in the world, is demonstrating the local leadership needed to make a more...
SCHOLARSHIP SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA for the Summer School 2016

SCHOLARSHIP SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA for the Summer School 2016

Starting from 2016, the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft provides one partial scholarship to students from Sub-Saharan Africa aged between 21 and 26 to participate in the Summer School. The scholarship consists of a stipendium that covers the travel costs and accommodation during the Summer School. We are looking for an exceptionally motivated individual with excellent...
Simone Rots: The Squatted New Town: Modernism meets informality. March 31, THU, 12h30-13h30 room 01WEST060

Simone Rots: The Squatted New Town: Modernism meets informality. March 31, THU, 12h30-13h30 room 01WEST060

You are cordially invited to attend the Spatial Planning Seminar The Squatted New Town: Modernism meets informality. Venezuelan cases March 31, THU, 12h30-13h30 room 01WEST060 @Bouwkunde, Julianalaan 134, Delft By Simone Rots PhD candidate at the Delft University of Technology, faculty of Urbanism Researcher at The International New Town Institute (INTI) Keywords: New Town, Modern Movement,...
“CONFRONTING INFORMALITY: Informal Urbanisation: Understanding and Mitigating a Global Phenomenon”  Thursday, March 17th, 2016, from 09:00 – 17:00 at TU Delft

“CONFRONTING INFORMALITY: Informal Urbanisation: Understanding and Mitigating a Global Phenomenon” Thursday, March 17th, 2016, from 09:00 – 17:00 at TU Delft

Dear TU Delft Spatial Planning and Strategy friend, You are cordially invited to attend the he 2016’s symposium “CONFRONTING INFORMALITY: Informal Urbanisation: Understanding and Mitigating a Global Phenomenon” Thursday, March 17th, 2016, from 09:00 – 17:00 at BOUWKUNDE (the Faculty of Architecture of the TU Delft, Julianalaan 134, Delft), at Berlagezaal The third edition of this symposium will...
Globalisation Studio final presentations

Globalisation Studio final presentations

Students on the 2015 Globalisation Free Choice Studio made their final presentations in June. The Studio was based on urban development and spatial planning in the context of flood risk management in Buenos Aires, Argentina. One team from Argentina joined the presentations in Delft together with Profession Flavio Janches of the University of Buenos Aires...
The Bartlett DPU Summer Lab series 2015

The Bartlett DPU Summer Lab series 2015

Dear friend and colleague We are delighted to finally announce the launch of the DPU summerLab 2015 series. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, the DPU summerLab – by now five years old – is a unique platform for one-week design workshops in urban contested spaces. Through the summerLab, we have been partnering...
New Website Complex Cities Research

New Website Complex Cities Research

The Complex Cities research group and graduation platform has a new website. please click HERE to visit. The website was designed by Verena Balz and Azadeh Mashayekhi. Complex Cities is an association of researchers to assist graduation at the Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Delft University of Technology. Researchers share...
Roberto Rocco gives an online lecture for Rutgers University

Roberto Rocco gives an online lecture for Rutgers University

Roberto Rocco presented a lecture for the course INTERNATIONAL URBANISATION AND HOUSING ISSUES at Rutgers University, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, March 30, 2015. This course is coordinated by Professor Mi Shih. You can see the lecture here.     The political meaning of informal urbanisation: exploring meaning of positive and negative rights...
Register for the 50th anniversary of SCUPAD: The Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning and Development

Register for the 50th anniversary of SCUPAD: The Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning and Development

The Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft is a strong supporter of SCUPAD, The Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning and Development. This year, SCUPAD celebrates its 50th anniversary at its annual congress in Salzburg from 14 to 17 May at the Schloss Leopoldskron. SCUPAD is one...
Monica Haddad: Associate Professor of Community and Regional Planning, Iowa State University at BK 26 March 12h30

Monica Haddad: Associate Professor of Community and Regional Planning, Iowa State University at BK 26 March 12h30

Monica Haddad will present the lecture “Spatial Tools for Analyzing Urban Structures” at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft on March 26 from 12h30 to 13h30, BK, room 1WEST290 Monica is Associate Professor at the department of Community and Regional Planning, College of Design, Iowa State University.  Her field...
NALACS Thesis Award held in Amsterdam 27 FEB 2015

NALACS Thesis Award held in Amsterdam 27 FEB 2015

The winner of the NALACS Thesis Award 2013-2014 is Gijs Steinmann, with his thesis on ‘Reconciling Legal Pluralism with Equal Citizenship: Colombian Multiculturalism and the Recognition of Wayú Customary Law’ (UU). The NALACS Thesis Award is promoted by NALACS, the Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and took place last FEB 27 at...
CALL FOR PAPERS: 3rd NUL: TALES AND IMAGES OF SPATIAL JUSTICE June 24-26 TU Delft

CALL FOR PAPERS: 3rd NUL: TALES AND IMAGES OF SPATIAL JUSTICE June 24-26 TU Delft

We are really pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Third International Conference New Urban Languages​​, to be held in Delft, June 24 to 26 2015 at the Delft University of Technology Full information at http://www.newurbanlanguages.eu This year’s topic is: TALES AND IMAGES OF SPATIAL JUSTICE Discussing New Urban Languages of Equality, Justice and Sustainable Development  The thematic session...
SPS is one of the sponsors for the NALACS Thesis Award: Rialto (Amsterdam), 27 FEB, 16:00

SPS is one of the sponsors for the NALACS Thesis Award: Rialto (Amsterdam), 27 FEB, 16:00

The Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the TU Delft is co-sponsor for the Netherlands Association for Latin American and  Caribbean Studies Thesis Award. The NALACS Thesis Award is given to the best thesis written on a Latin American or Caribbean topic in a Dutch higher education institution. The program includes a short documentary, a lecture by...
Stephen Read: Thinking Politics, Scale and Community in Shenzhen, THURSDAY 12 FEB, 2015, 12:30 1WEST290

Stephen Read: Thinking Politics, Scale and Community in Shenzhen, THURSDAY 12 FEB, 2015, 12:30 1WEST290

Stephen Read, Associate Professor at the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft, presented his work on Thursday 12 FEB. Power, politics and community in Shenzhen   Shenzhen is a city that comprises 80% migrants with very few rights. Talking of power in the case of the dispossessed seems like a contradiction in terms. Nevertheless, occupancy...
Azadeh Mashayekhi and Nurul Azlan , at the SPS Seminar series on Tuesday 27 JANUARY

Azadeh Mashayekhi and Nurul Azlan , at the SPS Seminar series on Tuesday 27 JANUARY

 Azadeh Mashayekhi and Nurul Azlan presented their PhD reserach on Tuesday 27 JANUARY at a SPS Seminar. Below, the abstracts of the presentations: Azadeh Mashayekhi Dreaming of American City:  Iranian consumer project of modernity Abstract:  All through twentieth century Iranian cities have undergone processes of modernization in successive political regimes that have left their traces in the physical...
AESOP Prague 2015: TRACK 19: SMART APPROACHES TO RESPONSIBLE-MINDED PLANNING PRACTICE

AESOP Prague 2015: TRACK 19: SMART APPROACHES TO RESPONSIBLE-MINDED PLANNING PRACTICE

TRACK 19: SMART APPROACHES TO RESPONSIBLE-MINDED PLANNING PRACTICE This chair is chaired by Petra Hirschler (TU Vienna) and Roberto Rocco (TU Delft). There is no single “best practice” for how to do successful spatial planning. The timing and process will differ depending on location, society, economy, market pressures, and the size and the particular planning culture....
Roberto Rocco speaks at Urban Books: Are We The World? - The Export of Dutch Planning

Roberto Rocco speaks at Urban Books: Are We The World? – The Export of Dutch Planning

Book presentation by Design As Politics Are We The World’ is a thought provoking polemic about the values of Dutch planning. All over the world designers and planners from the Netherlands are being invited to solve complex questions with their ‘Dutch approach’ of integral planning, wherein technical skills, planning and process management are combined. Simultaneously the...
Qu Lei  discusses Chinese Urban Villages at the SPS Seminar Series

Qu Lei discusses Chinese Urban Villages at the SPS Seminar Series

 Qu Lei presented her work on urban villages in Shenzhen at a SPS Seminar on 15 January 2015. ‘Urban villages and affordable housing within the transitional period of Chinese cities: the case study of Shenzhen’ Abstract: Urban village is a very special type of neighbourhood, created in the fast urbanisation process in Chinese cities like Shenzhen in...
SPS Seminar: Hongyuan Yang - Major spatial planning concerns in China

SPS Seminar: Hongyuan Yang – Major spatial planning concerns in China

  Speaker:Dr. Hongyuan Wang, China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (our guest researcher – Urban Knowledge Network Asia fellow)  Title: Major concerns and instruments of spatial planning practices in China Abstract: China is a fast developing country facing many challenges. Spatial planning plays a major role in solving these problems in China. This presentation focuses on the following questions:...
Call for Contributions: Book "The Political Meaning of Informal Urbanisation"

Call for Contributions: Book “The Political Meaning of Informal Urbanisation”

  WE ARE NOW COLLECTING EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO A PEER-REVIEWED BOOK ON THE POLITICAL MEANING OF INFORMAL URBANISATION THE POLITICAL MEANING OF INFORMAL URBANISATION IS A PEER-REVIEWED BOOK BEING EDITED BY ROBERTO ROCCO (TUDelft) AND JAN VAN BALLEGOOIJEN. IT EXPLORES THE INTERSECTIONS BETWEEN INFORMAL URBANISATION PROCESSES AND POLITICS, PARTICULARLY THE POLITICAL STRUGGLES...
Course Smart Infrastructures and Mobility takes 18 students to Sao Paulo

Course Smart Infrastructures and Mobility takes 18 students to Sao Paulo

The course SIM (Smart Infrastructure and Mobility) took 18 TU Delft students  for a week of activities in Sao Paulo the biggest city of Brasil. The objective was to link with research being done at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Sao Paulo (FAUU-USP), led by Professor Alexandre Delijaicov of the...
SPS at LASA (Latin American Studies Association) in Chicago 2014

SPS at LASA (Latin American Studies Association) in Chicago 2014

With over 7,000 members, forty-five percent of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one Association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA’s mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the...
IHS Erasmus University and SPS in joint networking activity

IHS Erasmus University and SPS in joint networking activity

On April 24, the IHS and the Group of SPS promoted a joint networking activity. Roberto Rocco was invited to present to students of the Research Workshop ‘SOC’ (Self Organised Cities) at the IHS, which was followed by a discussion between students of IHS and TU Delft on possible collaborations and research agendas for the future....
Gathering of Latin American Researchers of Bouwkunde and OTB

Gathering of Latin American Researchers of Bouwkunde and OTB

Latin American researchers of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment gathered for an informal meeting in April to get to know each other and discuss further collaboration. The gathering is part of the effort of the Chair Spatial Planning and Strategy to foster initiatives in international development partnerships. Meeting at the restaurant Rossio...
Roberto Rocco discussant at CEDLA Ester Limonad's lecture

Roberto Rocco discussant at CEDLA Ester Limonad’s lecture

Roberto Rocco was discussant for Ester Limonad’s lecture at CEDLA (Center for Latin American Research and Documentation) of the University of Amsterdam. Limonad is professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and is spending a period as guest scholar at the University of Leiden. Limonad talked about past and recent trends in Brazilian...
BRAZILIAN  WEEK at LEIDEN UNIVERSITY 2014 31 MARCH-3 APRIL

BRAZILIAN WEEK at LEIDEN UNIVERSITY 2014 31 MARCH-3 APRIL

BRAZILIAN  WEEK at LEIDEN UNIVERSITY 2014 31 MARCH-3 APRIL A wide range of activities are planned focusing on Brazil and its culture in national, Latin American and global contexts. Alongside academic events, there is a have-a-go workshop on Brazilian music and song (no prior knowledge of Portuguese required!), film screenings and more. Come and join...
SAVE THE DATE FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES! 19th of March 2014 AFTERNOON

SAVE THE DATE FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES! 19th of March 2014 AFTERNOON

SAVE THE DATE FOR DEVELOPMENT! 19th of March 2014 AFTERNOON Students of the EXPLORE LAB GRAD STUDIO of TU Delft with the support of the CHAIR SPATIAL PLANNING AND STRATEGY will promote an event about the tools of knowledge and methodologies that can be applied in the built environment where informal processes are closely interrelated...
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...

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