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2017
UN-Habitat Twitter Chat with Roberto Rocco about Education for the New Urban Agenda

UN-Habitat Twitter Chat with Roberto Rocco about Education for the New Urban Agenda

A Twitter chat series in the framework of #TheCityWeNeed action campaign   A World Urban Campaign (@urbancampaign) Twitter chat with gender expert Roberto Rocco (@RobertoRocco) from TU DELFT (@TUDELFT)   Tuesday, 30 January 2018 2-3pm (Nairobi time, GMT+3) Background A Twitter chat is a public discussion on Twitter around a specific hashtag (for example, #TheCityWeNeed)....
Sharing Cities - Shaping Cities

Sharing Cities – Shaping Cities

Lidewij Tummers will be presenting at the Sharing cities – Shaping cities 2018 conference, organised by the Politechnico di Milano on 5+6 March 2018. The proposal “Low-carbon local initiative meets regional climate change policies: How to create effective synergies between local and regional agents of change?” was retained at an acceptance rate of about 20%...
Kseniya Otmakhova receives Schwarzman Scholarship

Kseniya Otmakhova receives Schwarzman Scholarship

Complex cities graduation student Kseniya Otmakhova was granted the prestiguous Schwarzman Scholarship in December. With an advisory board consisting of people like former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former American Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell, this scholarship aims to educate future world leaders. For  her reflection on the award, please see here We...
Carola Hein's Handbook of Planning History published by Routledge

Carola Hein’s Handbook of Planning History published by Routledge

The Routledge Handbook of Planning History edited by the great Professor Carola Hein, Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning at TU Delft, is out, folks! @TUDelft @BKTUDelft @TUDelftGlobal You can see details of the book HERE “The Routledge Handbook of Planning History offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary overview of planning history since its emergence in...
Keynote Address

Keynote Address

Gregory Bracken gave the keynote address at ‘Urban Living and Multicultural Cities in Asia: From Colonial Past to Global Future’, a conference held at the Faculty of Psychology Unika Atma Jaya University, Jakarta on 8-9 November 2017. His paper was entitled ‘Asian Cities: Colonial to Global’, and made reference to the book he edited with...
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...
Vincent Nadin presented COMPASS project at ESPON seminar in Tallinn

Vincent Nadin presented COMPASS project at ESPON seminar in Tallinn

Vincent Nadin and Ana Maria Fernandez Maldonado attended an ESPON seminar in Tallinn on 5 -6 December 2017, which gathered more than 200 researcher, policy makers and government officials. The topic was ‘Transforming territorial thinking through digitalisation’, having Estonia as the example of the most advanced digital society in the world, according to Times magazine....
Academic output, Spatial Planning group

Academic output, Spatial Planning group

As the year nears its end, the Spatial Planning and Strategy team can be proud of a wide range of academic activities and outputs during 2017, including journal articles, books, book chapters and conference papers. Topics include climate change, complexity theory, space syntax, regional design, co-housing, public space, water management, adaptation, macro-regional strategies, spatial planning,...
Remon Rooij going to the Sunshine coast for CDIO conference

Remon Rooij going to the Sunshine coast for CDIO conference

In November, SPS staff member Remon Rooij was invited by the 4TU Delft Centre for Engineering Education to give a workshop at the University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia) on academic design education during the fall conference of the CDIO (Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate), the network that discusses the future of engineering education. Please follow and like us:...
SPS contributing to TU Delft education policies

SPS contributing to TU Delft education policies

In 2017, SPS staff member Remon Rooij contributed intensively to the development and change of TU Delft education policies. He was member of an evaluation commission, assessing the study success programme of all 17 TU Delft bachelor programmes, which resulted in the report (in Dutch) ‘ Onderwijssucces: van structuur naar cultuur’. He also contributed to...
SPS Seminar 'Obstacles to cross-border cooperation on spatial planning': Stefanie Dühr, 15 December 2017, 13:00

SPS Seminar ‘Obstacles to cross-border cooperation on spatial planning’: Stefanie Dühr, 15 December 2017, 13:00

Stefanie Dühr will give a seminar on “Obstacles to cross-border cooperation on spatial planning” as part of the SPS seminar series on Friday 15 December at 13;00 in room 01 West 060 (Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft). Stefanie is Professor of European Spatial Planning Systems at the Nijmegen School of Management of the Radboud University. She...
Province’s added value in territorial development, by Guus van Steenbergen

Province’s added value in territorial development, by Guus van Steenbergen

Province’s added value in territorial development Text by Guus van Steenbergen PhD Candidate Spatial Planning and Strategy, Urbanism, TU Delft A.A.C.vanSteenbergen@tudelft.nl My PhD project at TU Delft/Architecture and Built Environment is entering a next phase. A committee that evaluates quality and progress – and gives the GO / NO GO –  said that I can...
Akkelies van Nes keynote speaker at Akkelies van Nes is keynote speaker for the 3rd Chinese Space Syntax Symposium

Akkelies van Nes keynote speaker at Akkelies van Nes is keynote speaker for the 3rd Chinese Space Syntax Symposium

Akkelies van Nes is keynote speaker for the 3rd Chinese Space Syntax Symposium 25-26 November . Space Syntax is growing fast in China. Since 2015 they are arranging space syntax conferences on a yearly basis. Around 300 attended the conference, this year held in Shenzhen (arranged by prof Haofeng Wang at Shenzhen university). The other...
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...
Guangzhou International Design Forum 2017.

Guangzhou International Design Forum 2017.

The 2017 Guangzhou International Design Forum took the ‘design-driven city’ as its theme with the aim to create a platform for conversation between government, society, and experts in China and abroad. It is intended to help Guangzhou explore the direction for the next round of urban development. Vincent Nadin represented TU Delft with presentations to...
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...
SUMMER SCHOOL PUERTO RICO SCHOLARSHIP AND SPECIAL FEES

SUMMER SCHOOL PUERTO RICO SCHOLARSHIP AND SPECIAL FEES

This announcement concerns the Summer School Planning and Design with Water, organised at the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Bouwkunde, TU Delft Puerto Rico has recently experienced an extreme climate event in the form of Hurricane Maria. Extreme climate events are bound to become more frequent with climate...
An alternative list of the 100 Most Influential Urbanists

An alternative list of the 100 Most Influential Urbanists

Planetizen has recently published a list of “100 most influential Urbanists”. However, we found the list a bit messy and Anglo-Saxon centred. It does have some important highlights (Jane Jacob is number one, and it also mentions Naomi Klein and Rosa Parks as urbanists, which we think is an interesting take on what it means to...
LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 Latin America

LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 Latin America

Ooze architects was awarded the Bronze prize at the recent LafargeHolcim 2017 Awards, the world’s most significant competition in sustainable construction. From over 750 entries across Latin America (and over 5,000 worldwide), their project Água Carioca was selected as a leading example of innovative design. The jury highlighted the ‘intelligence and playfulness’ with which Ooze took on the pressing challenge...
NALACS THESIS AWARD 2016-2017

NALACS THESIS AWARD 2016-2017

NALACS, the Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, promotes events and networking opportunities for students, researchers and professionals interested in Latin American and Caribbean studies working in the Netherlands. NALACS promotes events and networking opportunities for students, researchers and professionals interested in Latin American and Caribbean studies working in the Netherlands. Every year,...
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...
Remon Rooij publishes chapter on public space at Routledge

Remon Rooij publishes chapter on public space at Routledge

Together with former Delft master Urbanism student dr Anastasia Moiseeva and prof. Harry Timmermans, both from Eindhoven University, SPS staff member Remon Rooij co-authored a chapter called The Restructuring of Urban Public Space in the ‘Baltic Pearl’ in the Routledge book on Public Space – Between Reimagination and Occupation (Hristova & Czepczynski (eds)). This book...
A is for Africa: Call for Contributions: African Perspectives Preparatory Conference

A is for Africa: Call for Contributions: African Perspectives Preparatory Conference

A is for Africa African Perspectives Preparatory Conference 9-11 November 2017, EiABC, Addis Ababa. Joint event organised by the Delft University of Technology and the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development   We are now collecting proposals for the African Perspectives Preparatory Conference organised by the Delft University of Technology in partnership...
Meet our recent Complex Cities graduates

Meet our recent Complex Cities graduates

In July 2017 many students have concluded their TU Delft MSc Urbanism curriculum. Among them are students that were part of the Complex cities graduation studio, led by researchers at Spatial Planning & Strategy. Students’ work exemplifies and contributes to research at this chair. It is worthwhile to consider projects, presented here. Please also take...
Publication on Regional Design in Planning Theory

Publication on Regional Design in Planning Theory

Verena Balz, PhD researcher at the chair of Spatial Planning & Strategy, has published an article on regional design in the journal Planning Theory. The article Regional design: discretionary approaches to regional planning in The Netherlands explores interrelations between planning and design, from a theoretical perspective and by means of an analysis of regional design initiatives...
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...
Houston's Floods and Urban and Regional Planning

Houston’s Floods and Urban and Regional Planning

  Houston is currently on the news. Contrary to what many people think, Houston does have planning, although it does not have conventional zoning as all other big cities in the United States. According to an article in UrbanLand.com: “Other legal and governance mechanisms have evolved, including deed restrictions and historic designations that allow homeowners...
Urban Thinkers Campus TU Delft REPORT ONLINE!

Urban Thinkers Campus TU Delft REPORT ONLINE!

 The preliminary online report on the UTC (Urban Thinkers Campus) organised at Tu delft between 7 and 9  June is on-line, at the World Urban Campaign (UN –Habitat) website. There is also a more journalistic version available on the WUC platform newsletter ‘On the road’ CITISCOPE also published an interview with RobertoRocco on the UTC....
Rethinking Urban Global Justice: An international academic conference for critical urban studies

Rethinking Urban Global Justice: An international academic conference for critical urban studies

Rethinking Urban Global Justice: An international academic conference for critical urban studies RC21 Leeds : September 11-13, 2017 Roberto Rocco is convening a track in the next RC21 Conference in Leeds titled “The Political Meaning of Informal Urbanisation: Building democracy while building the city”, based on the work he has been developing with Jan van...
How do you teach the New Urban Agenda? text by Gregory Scruggs (Citiscope) about TU Delft UTC

How do you teach the New Urban Agenda? text by Gregory Scruggs (Citiscope) about TU Delft UTC

This text was originally published at CITISCOPE How do you teach the New Urban Agenda? Interview and text by GREGORY SCRUGGS August 2, 2017. Citiscope is a nonprofit news outlet that covers innovations in cities around the world. More at Citiscope. org As cities boom around the world, so will the number of people who study them....

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