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Roudtable: Redefining planning in Northern Europe

Roudtable: Redefining planning in Northern Europe

Dominic Stead contributed to the roundtable discussion on redefining planning in Northern Europe at this year’s Nordic Planning Research Symposium (Plannord) in Helsinki. Together with Daniel Galland (Norwegian University of Life Sciences), Lukas Smas (Nordregio), Raine Mäntysalo (Aalto University) and Frank Othengrafen (Leibniz Universität Hannover), he highlighted some of the ways in which contemporary planning...
The institutional context and the ability to adapt to the growing flood risk in cities

The institutional context and the ability to adapt to the growing flood risk in cities

How do the features of national or regional governance systems affect the ability of cities to prepare for flooding that climate change will bring? This is the issue addressed in a new paper by Marcin Dąbrowski, just published in Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space.  It focuses on the Rotterdam / The Hague region and...
Research has shown…

Research has shown…

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, no one has been killed in the United States in a terrorist attack by anyone who emigrated from or whose parents emigrated from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. For more information, see here. Please follow and like us:
H2020 COHESIFY - Can you buy EU love with money? EU Cohesion policy spending in regions, regional characteristics and the perceptions of the European integration project

H2020 COHESIFY – Can you buy EU love with money? EU Cohesion policy spending in regions, regional characteristics and the perceptions of the European integration project

  The more EU money, the more people like Europe or can you buy EU love with money? EU Cohesion policy spending in regions and the perceptions of the European integration project   The EU spends roughly  100€ per citizen per year on regional funds, as part of EU Cohesion policy supporting territorial, economic and...
TU Delft top of URAP urban planning rankings

TU Delft top of URAP urban planning rankings

TU Delft top of Urban Planning rankings The first international ranking in the topic of  ‘urban planning’ places TU Delft in first place. The University Ranking of Academic Performance prepared by METU is based on quality and quantity of scholarly publications and applies to the whole university. Therefore all publications in qualifying journals by TU Delft...
RSA Workshop 'EU and the city'

RSA Workshop ‘EU and the city’

RSA Workshop ‘EU and the city’ 14 October 2016, Urbanism, BK, TU Delft This 9th workshop of the RSA Research Network on EU Cohesion Policy focused on the urban dimension of EU Cohesion Policy (CP) and other European policies. While the EU has no formal competence on urban policy, the cities are increasingly important and explicit...
ESPON COMPASS launched - new project investigating spatial planning systems in 39 countries

ESPON COMPASS launched – new project investigating spatial planning systems in 39 countries

  ESPON COMPASS project has been launched The European Territorial Observatory Network – ESPON – has commissioned the Department of Urbanism at TU Delft to lead a far-reaching comparative analysis of the state of spatial planning systems and territorial governance in Europe. It is the first comprehensive research on European spatial planning since 1997 when...

Learning from implementation and evaluation of the EU Cohesion Policy – Lessons for a research-policy dialogue Monday 13 June 2016, Institut d’Etudes Européennes, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Avenue Roosevelt 39, Brussels (Spaak Room)   WORKSHOP FOCUS The Cohesion Policy has had a major influence on shaping regional policy of EU member states in terms of governance, practices...
New paper on climate change adaptation in delta cities out in Progress in Planning

New paper on climate change adaptation in delta cities out in Progress in Planning

A new collaborative paper, co-authored by three Urbanism colleagues Marcin Dąbrowski, Yuting Tai and Dominic Stead as well as Maria Francesch-Huidobro (Hong Kong City University) and Faith Chan (Nottingham Ningbo University) and entitled “Governance challenges of flood-prone delta cities: Integrating flood risk management and climate change in spatial planning” has been accepted for publication in Progress in Planning and is published online ahead of...
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...
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...
Tainan lectures

Tainan lectures

During a visit to the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Taiwan in December, Vincent Nadin gave lectures on ‘urban planning for the heritage in Europe’. The lectures were based on work for the current international project ‘SHUC: Sustainable Futures for the Historic Urban Core funded by the Joint Programming Initiative on Heritage, and being conducted...
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 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’....
Debating EU urban policy: RSA workshop on the new cycle of cohesion policy 2014-2020

Debating EU urban policy: RSA workshop on the new cycle of cohesion policy 2014-2020

On Monday 24 March 2014 the SPS Chair co-organised a workshop on the new cycle of EU cohesion policy. The event was set up by the Regional Studies Association’s Research Network on EU Cohesion Policy, in collaboration with a range of partner institutions from Belgium (IES and Cosmpolis), Scotland (EPRC),   and the Czech Republic (Prague...
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...
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),...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
‘Our infatuation with the object of planning: If only we could read off and follow the rules’

‘Our infatuation with the object of planning: If only we could read off and follow the rules’

We would like to make you attend to the recent issue of Planning Theory & Practice (Vol. 14, No. 2) as it touches our interests. We quote John Forester who has written the editorial note, just to make you curious: ‘Dialogue alone can give us just talk. Expertise alone can give us just advice. Negotiation...
What does Henri Lefebvre mean for us today?

What does Henri Lefebvre mean for us today?

Stephen Read along with old Complex Cities students Martine de Laat-Lukkassen and Tadas Jonauskis have just had their paper on adapting Henri Lefebvre to the 21st century published in Space and Culture. The paper is part of a special edition on Henri Lefebvre looking forward and continues the theme on space and technology. The paper tackles...

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