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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....
We have a New Urban Agenda: What Now? text by Roberto Rocco for B-Nieuws about the Urban Thinkers Campus organised at TU Delft 7-9 JUNE 2017

We have a New Urban Agenda: What Now? text by Roberto Rocco for B-Nieuws about the Urban Thinkers Campus organised at TU Delft 7-9 JUNE 2017

B-Nieuws: Independent Periodical of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment TU Delft, Issue 9, 2017: Text: “We have a New Urban Agenda: What Now?”, by Roberto Rocco. You can also download the HERE. WE HAVE A NEW URBAN AGENDA: WHAT NOW? B NIEUWS Article Text prepared by Roberto Rocco, senior assistant professor of Spatial...
Now available online!

Now available online!

A serie of essays on Public Space and Urban Justice that Matej Niksic (Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia) and Ceren Sezer (TU Delft) organized and co-edited  for the Built Environment is now available online. Taken together, these essays provide a useful guideline for the ways to study public space to promote urban justice...
RETHINK THE CITY MOOC awarded AESOP Excellence in Teaching Award 2017

RETHINK THE CITY MOOC awarded AESOP Excellence in Teaching Award 2017

The RETHINK THE CITY MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) received the AESOP Excellence in Teaching Award 2017 at a ceremony during the annual AESOP congress,  at the Instituto Superior Tecnico of Lisbon. AESOP is the Association of European Schools of Planning. It gathers more than 150 schools from Europe and beyond. Every year, it gives a...
"Tales and Images of Spatial Justice" Conference Proceedings

“Tales and Images of Spatial Justice” Conference Proceedings

The proceedings of the New Urban Languages Conference (NUL) “Tales and Images of Spatial Justice” organised by Daniele Villa (Politecnico di Milano) and Roberto Rocco at Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft is OUT folks! https://t.co/x9HEzcJcZs Come read about Spatial Justice in the city! You...
A new themed issue for the Built Environment: Public Space and Urban Justice

A new themed issue for the Built Environment: Public Space and Urban Justice

Matej Nikšič from the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia and Ceren Sezer prepared a new special issue for the journal of Built Environment themed “Public space and urban justice”. The issue brings together an international set of cases from Ankara, Amsterdam, Auckland, Beirut, Ljubljana and Medellin, which reflect on the question ”...
Spatial Planning Section Group Photo: that's us!

Spatial Planning Section Group Photo: that’s us!

The Spatial Planning Section of the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft  is composed by more than 20 researchers, teachers, young researchers and support staff. We strive every day to do excellent research and education in issues of urban development, not only in Europe, but internationally.  On this photo, from left to right: Guus, Greg,...
Session on regional design and governance re-scaling at the RSA annual conference

Session on regional design and governance re-scaling at the RSA annual conference

On 4-7 June 2017 the Regional Studies Association (RSA) 2017 Annual Conference has taken place in Dublin, Ireland, under the title ‘The Great Regional Awakening: New Directions’. A group of researchers from universities in several European countries (Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia) have been involved in the organization of a session on regional...
Urban Thinkers Campus Great line up of speaker, 7-9 JUNE @TUDelft

Urban Thinkers Campus Great line up of speaker, 7-9 JUNE @TUDelft

This June, the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft organises an Urban Thinkers Campus about Education and the New Urban Agenda. The UTC happens between 7 and 9 June. To get more information, please visit the website and register HERE. Speakers Speakers by order of appearance Wednesday 7 JUNE Jacobo Herdoiza (Ecuador) Jacobo Herdoíza,...
Complex cities graduation topics 2017/18 – now published on our dedicated graduation webpage.

Complex cities graduation topics 2017/18 – now published on our dedicated graduation webpage.

Complex cities graduations are TU Delft MSc Urbanism graduations that reflect upon research topics at the interest of the Randstad research group. We are running a webpage that is dedicated to these graduations. This webpage has now been updated to describe Complex cities graduation topics for 2017/18 MSc Urbanism graduations. New (or updated) topics concern ageing, migration, urban regeneration...
EDUCATION FOR THE CITY WE NEED: An Urban Thinkers Campus at TU Delft, 7-9 JUNE 2017

EDUCATION FOR THE CITY WE NEED: An Urban Thinkers Campus at TU Delft, 7-9 JUNE 2017

The New Urban Agenda is the outcome document agreed upon at the Habitat III cities conference in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016 and signed by all the UN member states. The NUA will guide the efforts of a wide range of actors around urbanisation — nation states, city and regional leaders, international development funders and...
Conference SHAPING REGIONAL FUTURES: Designing and visioning in governance rescaling

Conference SHAPING REGIONAL FUTURES: Designing and visioning in governance rescaling

On 18th and 19th of May 2017 the conference SHAPING REGIONAL FUTURES: Designing and visioning in governance rescaling took place at the Medici Riccardi Palace in Florence. During the conference the roles of regional design and visioning in the formation of regional territorial governance were discussed. The conference aimed at an increased understanding of how...
Roberta Gratz and Susanne Komossa on Jane Jacobs, for the TU Delft Closing of JJ Centennial Year

Roberta Gratz and Susanne Komossa on Jane Jacobs, for the TU Delft Closing of JJ Centennial Year

On May 16, 2017, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft celebrated Jane Jacobs’ contribution to our understanding of contemporary cities once more. Roberta Brandes Gratz, the celebrated author of “We are Still Here, Ya Bastards” about citizens initiatives  in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in New Orlean, and Susanne Komossa,...
IIAS-TU Delft International  Conference: City and Society: The Care of the Self

IIAS-TU Delft International Conference: City and Society: The Care of the Self

9th Annual IIAS-TU Delft Conference. Gravensteen, Pieterskerkhof, Leiden, 10-11 May. Convenor: Gregory Bracken. Please follow and like us:
Remon Rooij  is guest editor of a special  issue on Educating Spatial Planners for the Age of Co-Creation

Remon Rooij is guest editor of a special issue on Educating Spatial Planners for the Age of Co-Creation

SP&S associate professor Remon Rooij, PhD MSc is guest editor of a special issue of the Planning, Practice & Research journal (2016, Volume 31, Issue 5) on spatial planning education: Educating Spatial Planners for the Age of Co-Creation. Remon and co-editor Andrea I. Frank PhD from Cardiff University introduce the journal by saying that planners...
The potential for flood resilience of different planning systems compared: JUNE 6 10:00-12:00 Berlagezaal 1, BK

The potential for flood resilience of different planning systems compared: JUNE 6 10:00-12:00 Berlagezaal 1, BK

Cross Cutting Seminar: The potential for flood resilience of different planning systems compared: JUNE 6 10:00-12:00 Berlagezaal 1, BK (Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Julianalaan 134, Delft) Rising damages from flood events have led to a global call to stimulate flood resilience through spatial planning strategies. In 2015, Berke and colleagues developed a method...

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