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2018
New chapter: Immigrants' Integration and Social Cohesion in Amsterdam

New chapter: Immigrants’ Integration and Social Cohesion in Amsterdam

Ceren Sezer contributed to a book entitled  ‘Public Space Design and Social Cohesion: An International Comparison’ (Routledge) with a chapter on ‘Visibility of Turkish Amenities: Immigrants’ Integration and Social Cohesion in Amsterdam’. This book is edited by Patricia Aelbrecht (Cardiff University) and Quentin Stevens (RMIT) and it is available at this link. Abstract This chapter examines...
Join upcoming P1 presentations of Planning Complex Cities graduation students!

Join upcoming P1 presentations of Planning Complex Cities graduation students!

On Wednesday 7 November 2018, 8.45 – 16.45, Room R and Room E*, current Planning Complex Cities graduation students will present their work for a first assessment of their MSc Urbanism graduation progress. They will show their thesis plans which set out the problem fields, research aims and questions as well as initial theoretical and...
' The Demise of a Just City? ' Lunch talk at ETH Zurich Future Cities Laboratory

‘ The Demise of a Just City? ‘ Lunch talk at ETH Zurich Future Cities Laboratory

Ceren Sezer gave a lunch talk at ETH Zurich – Future Cities Laboratory about the impacts of urban transformation processes on cultural landscapes of immigrant neighbourhoods in the context of Amsterdam on Friday, 25th of October 2018. The Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) was established by ETH-Zurich and Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) in 2010, and operates...
Presentation on Regional Design @ RSA-Russia Conference 2018

Presentation on Regional Design @ RSA-Russia Conference 2018

Verena Balz has given a presentation on regional design during the 2018 Regional Studies Association (RSA) Russian conference. The conference was held 22-23 October and took place within the Russian All Russia Strategic Forum in St Petersburg. The Forum is held annually since 2002 and has already firmly and justifiably gained the right to be regarded...
Invited talk at National University of Singapore

Invited talk at National University of Singapore

Ceren Sezer is invited by National University of Singapore (NUS) to give a talk about the recent urban transformation processes in Amsterdam and their impacts on immigrant neighbourhoods. This lecture will be on Thursday, October 25 at 6p.m in Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment (Lecture room: LR423). Please follow and like us:
New book chapters on planning policy transfer

New book chapters on planning policy transfer

A new book entitled “Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions From Research to Practice” has been published by Edward Elgar. The book, edited by Nicola Francesco Dotti, provides theories, experiences, reflections and future directions for social scientists engaged with policy-oriented research in cities and regions.  Dominic Stead has co-authored two of the book’s chapters: Chapter 4:...
The department of Urbanism of the TU Delft has three vacancies for professor online!

The department of Urbanism of the TU Delft has three vacancies for professor online!

Professor of Delta UrbanismProfessor of Regional Design and PlanningProfessor / Associate Professor Urban Design: Theory and Methods Please follow this link to learn more about the vacancies. And feel free to spread these vacancies in your network!  https://www.tudelft.nl/over-tu-delft/werken-bij-tu-delft/vacatures/ Please follow and like us:
Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Spatial Planning & Strategy (Tenure-Track)

Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Spatial Planning & Strategy (Tenure-Track)

To apply, please visit: https://www.academictransfer.com/nl/49233/assistant-professor-of-spatial-planning-strategy-tenure-track/     JOB DESCRIPTION We are recruiting an Assistant Professor to strengthen and extend our research and education activities in the field of spatial planning & strategy. The successful candidate will join a department with a high global reputation and work in a team of highly committed and successful academics in...
Look up recent Complex cities graduates!

Look up recent Complex cities graduates!

Planning Complex Cities graduations consider spatial planning and territorial governance schemes in regions, and investigate how these can be improved to achieve more sustainable spatial outcomes. Basic starting points in graduations are observations of disparities in the distribution of spatial resources across territories, in China, Europe or the Global South. Conclusions  recommend institutional change and demonstrate, by means...
Winning entry to the competition 'Water as Leverage'

Winning entry to the competition ‘Water as Leverage’

The Dutch Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) are taking on the challenge of addressing water crises in urban areas. The programme Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities Asia is collaborating with the cities of Chennai (India), Khulna (Bangladesh) and Semarang...
Newspaper articles about book 'Cork Strolls'

Newspaper articles about book ‘Cork Strolls’

Lovely newspaper articles about my sister Audrey’s and my latest book ‘Cork Strolls’. Go and read them! You can find them on: here at the Irish Examiner, or here at the Southern Star.   Please follow and like us:
Call for papers / Special issue 'The Politics of Visibility in Public Space' / Space and Culture / Sage Publications Inc. 

Call for papers / Special issue ‘The Politics of Visibility in Public Space’ / Space and Culture / Sage Publications Inc. 

CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline September 16, 2018  ‘THE POLITICS OF VISIBILITY IN PUBLIC SPACE’  Special issue in Space and Culture (Sage Publications Inc.)  https://www.spaceandculture.com/2018/07/ Guest editors:  Ceren Sezer / Delft University of Technology, Urbanism, the Netherlands. Freek Janssens / University of Leeds, School of Geography, United Kingdom. Theme: The visibility of individuals or groups in...
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,...

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