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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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Spatial Planning colleagues presented at the RSA Annual Conference in Lugano, 3-6 June 2018

Spatial Planning colleagues presented at the RSA Annual Conference in Lugano, 3-6 June 2018

Ana María Fernández-Maldonado, Marcin Dąbrowski and Roberto Rocco, together with Marjolein Spaans from OTB, presented the results of the COHESIFY project (www.cohesify.eu/) entitled ‘Linking Cohesion Policy and Citizens’ Identification with the EU in Regions: Between Opportunism and Euroscepticism in the Netherlands’. Beyond reporting COHESIFY results, Marcin Dąbrowski also presented his on-going work on the regional...
Rethink the City MOOC receives honourable mention

Rethink the City MOOC receives honourable mention

A TUDelft MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has received an honourable mention in the 2018 Open Education Awards.  The Open Education Awards are awarded annually by the Open Education Consortium, dedicated to improving educational access and effectiveness worldwide. All nominations are judged in different categories by an international committee. The MOOC, entitled ‘Rethink the City:...
Roberto Rocco is made member of the editorial board of the two main research journals on spatial planning and city development in Brazil

Roberto Rocco is made member of the editorial board of the two main research journals on spatial planning and city development in Brazil

Roberto Rocco has been recently made member of the editorial board of two peer-reviewed journals of spatial planning in Brazil. The Revista Brasileira de Estudos Urbanos e Regionais (Brazilian Review of Urban and Regional Studies)  is connected to ANPUR, the National Association of Post Graduate Studies and Research on Urban and Regional Planning (long name!). ANPUR...
Roberto Rocco in Doctoral Defence Committee at University of Sevilla

Roberto Rocco in Doctoral Defence Committee at University of Sevilla

Roberto Rocco was invited by the University of Sevilla to integrate the Doctoral Defence committee of Irene Luque Martin,  who defended a thesis titled  “Descodificando la Planificación Urbana Contemporánea: Hacia una alternativa metodológica para una planificación colaborativa” on the positive integration of GIS and other planning supporting systems to participatory planning. The thesis was defended...
Change and Exchange of Planning Ideas in Latin America, panel at the 17th IPHS Conference

Change and Exchange of Planning Ideas in Latin America, panel at the 17th IPHS Conference

Ana Maria Fernandez-Maldonado  and Roberto Rocco led two sessions on “Change and Exchange of Planning Ideas in Latin America” at the International Planning History Society Conference, held at TU Delft from July 17 to 21, 2016. The 17th IPHS Conference is one of the largest academic events in the Planning Community. This edition included around 500...
Rio’s Olympic Legacy: Missed opportunities Dr Roberto Rocco (TU Delft) Monday 2 May, 18.30 – 20.00 at the Erasmus University College

Rio’s Olympic Legacy: Missed opportunities Dr Roberto Rocco (TU Delft) Monday 2 May, 18.30 – 20.00 at the Erasmus University College

Rio’s Olympic Legacy: Missed opportunities Dr Roberto Rocco, TU Delft Monday 2 May, 18.30 – 20.00 Erasmus University College, Nieuwemarkt, 1A,  Rotterdam (next to Rotterdam Blaak Station) This lecture introduces the socio-political context in which the Rio 2016 Olympics will take place and addresses the limitations of the Olympic legacy for the city of Rio...
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...
ROUND TABLE 'The political meaning of informal urbanisation': AESOP Annual Congress, Prague July 13-16

ROUND TABLE ‘The political meaning of informal urbanisation’: AESOP Annual Congress, Prague July 13-16

Association of the European School of Planning AESOP Annual Congress, Prague July 13 ROUND TABLE ‘The political meaning of informal urbanisation’ Democracy’s access depends not only on the ability of formal institutions to respond to the legitimate demands and rights of its citizens, but also on how these citizen are able to enter the political...
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...
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,...
Roberto Rocco teaches at the Media Technology MSC  Leiden University

Roberto Rocco teaches at the Media Technology MSC Leiden University

Maarten Lamers is a board member of the Media Technology MSc program at Leiden University. He coordinates an introductory-science course together with Bas Haring, in which the role of creativity in scientific research is central. Please follow and like us:
Spatial Planning at iCities 2014 Conference at NCKU, Taiwan

Spatial Planning at iCities 2014 Conference at NCKU, Taiwan

In October 2014, NCKU hold the iCities  “Workshop on Workshop” – a special event devoted to the discussions of “workshops” “Workshop as we know is an educational activity with emerging significance in planning and design education. In the dictionary, workshop is defined as “a meeting at which a group of people engaging in intensive discussion...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
PLEEC project meeting takes place in Stoke-on-Trent, UK

PLEEC project meeting takes place in Stoke-on-Trent, UK

A general meeting for the Planning for Energy Efficient Cities (PLEEC) took place in November at the British city of Stoke-on-Trent. The section of Spatial Planning and Strategy is involved in several Work Packages in the PLEEC project. The meeting was attended by Evert Meijers (OTB) and Roberto Rocco (SPS), representing TU Delft. PLEEC is funded...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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