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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.

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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
Special panel at AESOP 2014: Planning Latin America

Special panel at AESOP 2014: Planning Latin America

AESOP 2014 Conference in Utrecht, The Netherlands July 9-12, 2014 Call for papers for a special panel in: Track 11: International Comparative Planning http://aesop2014.eu   Panel 1: Critical characterization of spatial planning/territorial management in Latin America: How is spatial planning conceived and enacted in Latin America? Panel organizers: Dr. Ana Maria Fernandez Maldonado, Dr. Roberto...
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...
SPS participates in the iCities conference at the National Cheng-Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan

SPS participates in the iCities conference at the National Cheng-Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan

Pursuing our partnership with the National Cheng-Kung University of Tainan (Taiwan), Vincent Nadin and Roberto Rocco have made keynote speeches at the iCities conference in Taiwan in May 2013. iCities is the international Forum on Innovative Planning. The theme of this year’s conference was “Operating Sustainability: Teaching Sustainability on Planning Education”. CLICK HERE for the conference...
Housing in Ecuador: Meet the Developers on TUE May 7 at 10h30 in room 1WEST060

Housing in Ecuador: Meet the Developers on TUE May 7 at 10h30 in room 1WEST060

On Tuesday MAY 7 from 10:30 to 11:30 (room 1WEST 060), we will receive ECO&ARQUITECTOS. They are an Ecuadorian group of developers/architects working in Guayaquil, Ecuador. As commercial developers, they are in charge of developing a neighborhood with 12.600 low cost housing units for the Ministry of Housing of that country. We would like to invite...
Join our DEVELOPMENT STUDIES MAILING LIST

Join our DEVELOPMENT STUDIES MAILING LIST

At the chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Delft University of Technology, we promote activities concerning “development” and “development studies”. By “development studies”, we mean the study of issues concerning spatial development in the so-called developing countries or the Global South.  This includes (but is not limited to) urban development, housing, urbanisation processes, informal...

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