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2018
A new article on public life, immigrant amenities and socio-cultural inclusion in Amsterdam

A new article on public life, immigrant amenities and socio-cultural inclusion in Amsterdam

Ceren Sezer published a new article in Journal of Urban Design entitled Public life, immigrant amenities and socio-cultural inclusion: the presence and changes of Turkish amenities in Amsterdam. This article studies the presence of, and the changes in, immigrant amenities in the context of urban renewal processes as well as the implications of these changes in the...
Akkie van Nes and Luiz Carvalho: Urban form in discussion in Siberia

Akkie van Nes and Luiz Carvalho: Urban form in discussion in Siberia

Akkelies van Nes and Luiz Carvalho from the Spatial Planning section, together with Daniela Maiullari from Environmental Technology and Design presented their research at the 25th ISUF, that took place from 5 to 9 July in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The conference focused on urban form and social context, from traditions to newest demands. The presentations explored...
New paper on Dutch national spatial planning

New paper on Dutch national spatial planning

Verena Balz and Wil Zonneveld have published a paper titled ‘Transformations of Planning Rationales: Changing Spaces for Governance in Recent Dutch National Planning’ in Planning Theory & Practice. The paper assesses spatial concepts outlined in Dutch national plans between 1988 and 2012. By focusing on the dimensions of concepts, and the room for interpretation these create,...
Upcoming final presentations of Complex cities graduation students

Upcoming final presentations of Complex cities graduation students

Complex cities graduation students have worked over the past year on research and design projects at the common interest of and with SP&S researchers. They are now about to present their final outcomes. For a program of their presentations, please see here. Please note that a few upcoming P5 presentations are not listed yet, because...
Confronting Informality Symposium and Ideas Competition Report Online!

Confronting Informality Symposium and Ideas Competition Report Online!

Preserving Communities and Creating Public Goods in Informal Settlements. This version of the report contains all 20 finalists (including the 3 winners and 2 honourable mentions). Please follow and like us:
Sharon Wohl PhD success

Sharon Wohl PhD success

  Sharon Wohl has successfully defended her thesis: Complex Adaptive Systems and Urban Morphogenesis. The panel were impressed with the work based on journal publications, and the thoughtful and robust answers to challenging questions. We thank the panel for their contribution to the promotion: Dr. Stephen Marshall, U College London; Prof. dr. Francis P. Heylighen,...
SPS research strategy meeting held on 12 June 2018

SPS research strategy meeting held on 12 June 2018

Monday 10 June the SPS chair had the second meeting about strategy of the chair for the coming years. This time it was about research strategy. EPRC colleagues Laura Polverari and Fabian Gal were invited and contributed to the output of the meeting. Four emerging research themes and opportunities were identified for the near future:...
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...
Confronting Informality Symposium held on June 7th

Confronting Informality Symposium held on June 7th

The Department of Urbanism and the Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy sponsored the student-led Symposium Confronting Informality on June 7, 2018. The event was part of the research package sponsored by the City of the Hague on ‘Sustainable Development Goals for Responsible Innovation‘ and was also funded by Delft Global Initiative and Polis. This...
Jane Jacobs is still here, book of the conference celebrating Jacobs' centennial published online

Jane Jacobs is still here, book of the conference celebrating Jacobs’ centennial published online

Jane Jacobs is still here: Jane Jacobs 100 Her legacy and relevance in the 21st Century This book is downloadable from BK BOOKS.   Edited Roberto Rocco TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0331-7295 SYNOPSIS On the occasion of Jane Jacobs’ 100 anniversary, the chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Delft University...
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:...
Dominic Stead new chair of AESOP Committee

Dominic Stead new chair of AESOP Committee

On 19 April 2018, the AESOP Council of Representatives appointed Dominic Stead as the new Chair of the Best Published Paper Award Committee. Dominic takes over from the outgoing committee chair, Karina Pallagst from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Other members of AESOP’s Best Published Paper Award Committee currently include Umberto Janin Rivolin (Politecnico di Torino,...
'The Poverty of Territorialism: A Neo-medieval View of Europe and European Planning',  by Andreas Faludi 

‘The Poverty of Territorialism: A Neo-medieval View of Europe and European Planning’,  by Andreas Faludi 

‘The Poverty of Territorialism: A Neo-medieval View of Europe and European Planning‘, a book  by Andreas Faludi. This book will by published in summer by Edgar Elgar Publishing. This book identifies cases for and against territorialism giving states a monopoly on controlling their territories. The territoriality of EU members is also a barrier to European...
Symposium Education for Water Resilient Cities: May 14 from 10:00 to 17:3, ROOM C, Faculty of Architecture

Symposium Education for Water Resilient Cities: May 14 from 10:00 to 17:3, ROOM C, Faculty of Architecture

Dear friend of the TU Delft, Sign up for the symposium Education for Water Resilient Cities at the website: https://thecityweneed.education We have decided to concentrate the symposium on just one day, May 14th, from 10:00 to 17:30 in ROOM C (Faculty of Architecture, Julianalaan 134, Delft). The schedule for that day remains unchanged. See the...
Re-learning public space / An action research event in Amsterdam / 28th - 30th June 2018

Re-learning public space / An action research event in Amsterdam / 28th – 30th June 2018

JOIN US in AMSTERDAM! Re-learning public space: an action-research event to develop an alternative city guide of Amsterdam (June 28-30, 2018). Participation is free of charge and deadline for registration is approaching: May 18, 2018. Further details: https://theurbanpublic.com . This event is organised by the AESOP Thematic Group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures in collaboration with the...
Join the PICH Planning and Heritage Final Conference

Join the PICH Planning and Heritage Final Conference

Future conservation of the historic environment in Europe will be shaped by neoliberal inspired reforms of urban planning systems, but in uncertain ways. Just how is the subjectd of the PICH Final Conference that will be held at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology on Thursday 12 April. The...
New paper on flood risk management in Hong Kong and Singapore in Journal of Cleaner Production

New paper on flood risk management in Hong Kong and Singapore in Journal of Cleaner Production

Marcin Dąbrowski’s new paper on flood risk management (FRM) in coastal Asian cities is about to be published in Journal of Cleaner Production. It was written is collaboration with colleagues from Nottingham Ningbo University and University of Leeds (F. Chan – lead author), National University of Singapore (C.C. Joon and A. Ziegler) and Aalto University (O. Varis). ...
SDGs and Neo-Liberalism

SDGs and Neo-Liberalism

  Text by Roberto Rocco: In March 2018, I set up an exhibition on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft. A few days later, SDG 8 “Decent Work and Economic Growth” was defaced. There is no way to know who did this,...
New Book

New Book

‘Cork Strolls’, written by brother-and-sister team Gregory and Audrey Bracken has just been published. A guide to Cork’s architecture, it is the follow-up to their bestselling ‘Dublin Strolls’ (The Collins Press, 2016). Please follow and like us:
Report Education for the City We Need: How to integrate the New Urban Agenda in Higher Education Curriculums

Report Education for the City We Need: How to integrate the New Urban Agenda in Higher Education Curriculums

This is a report on the side event organised by TU Delft at the World Urban Forum in FEB 2018 in Kuala Lumpur. In this event, we presented the results of the Urban Thinkers Campus organised in 2017 at TU Delft on the topic of incorporating the New Urban Agenda in higher education curriculums. An...
PrepCon African Perspectives Executive Report Published

PrepCon African Perspectives Executive Report Published

The Department of Urbanism and the Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy took an active role the organisation of the Preparatory Conference African Perspectives on Urbanisation, which took place between 25 and 27 January 2018 in Addis Ababa. This conference was jointly organised by TU Delft and EiABC (the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction...
The Urbanisation of (In)justice - 16-18 May 2018 - The UN Buffer Zone in Nicosia

The Urbanisation of (In)justice – 16-18 May 2018 – The UN Buffer Zone in Nicosia

The University of Cyprus, Department of Architecture invites you to the annual meeting of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP)’s Thematic Group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures, which will take place in the United Nations Buffer Zone in Nicosia in the period between 16th and 18th May 2018. This meeting is organised in...
The World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur

The World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur

Text by Roberto Rocco 22.000 people took part in the World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur, + more or less 4.000 support staff. 48% of these people were women. I don’t know how many were from the Global South, but certainly more than 50%. The great topic of this WUF was implementation of the...
SPS in charge of Quarter 3 of the Urbanism Masters Track: Booklet published

SPS in charge of Quarter 3 of the Urbanism Masters Track: Booklet published

Verena Balz and Qu Lei are responsible for Quarter 3 in the Urbanism Masters track at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft. This quarter is about regional planning and design. This is the booklet that explains the methods and objectives of the quarter. Roberto Rocco and Marcin Dabrowski are...
The Poverty of Territorialism: Book Proposal Accepted

The Poverty of Territorialism: Book Proposal Accepted

I am delighted to be able to report that this book project, on which I have reported before has been accepted. All being well it will come out before the end of this year with Edgar Elgar, a publisher in the United Kingdom. The title refers to my concern about territorialism encapsulating all of us...
Books Translated

Books Translated

Gregory Bracken’s ‘Bangkok: A Walking Tour’ and ‘London: A Walking Tour’ have just been translated into Polish. Please follow and like us:
Complex cities graduation: Upcoming presentations

Complex cities graduation: Upcoming presentations

Between 11-1-2018 and 23-1-2018 Complex cities graduation students present their thesis plans and preliminary research during the second assessment of their graduation projects. For the program and brief descriptions of their graduation topics, please see announcements on our dedicated complex cities website. An overview is provided here. Presentations can be attended. We invite all who have an...
Happy 2018!

Happy 2018!

From the group of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the TU Delft, we wish you a very happy and prosperous new year! Please follow and like us:
Call for Papers: 2018 AESOP Conference Pre-Organized Session  Track 10 (Education)- Planning Education and Community-Based Research and Practice

Call for Papers: 2018 AESOP Conference Pre-Organized Session Track 10 (Education)- Planning Education and Community-Based Research and Practice

Call for Papers   2018 AESOP Conference Pre-Organized Session Track 10 (Education)- Planning Education and Community-Based Research and Practice   Description Communities play a critical role in the global-local nexus of planning practice and research and illuminate the complexity of operating the concept of sustainability at the micro scale. For both educators and students, communities...
RETHINK THE CITY MOOC PRIZE: Two full scholarships to attend the Summer School 2018

RETHINK THE CITY MOOC PRIZE: Two full scholarships to attend the Summer School 2018

RETHINK THE CITY MOOC PRIZE ‘Rethink the City’ MOOC Prize TWO leading participants of the online course RETHINK THE CITY: New approaches to Global and Local Urban Challenges will be selected to come to Delft to participate in the 2018 Summer School “Planning  and Design with Water”. One scholarship will be granted to a candidate from SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, and...

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