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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...
Chapter on development of the Sponge City Programme in Guangzhou by Meng et al.

Chapter on development of the Sponge City Programme in Guangzhou by Meng et al.

Meng Meng, together with Marcin Dąbrowski, Faith Chan (Nottingham Ningbo University) and Dominic Stead published a chapter on the Sponge City programme in Guanghzou in a book edited by Adriana Galderisi and Andrea Colucci. The book is entitled “Smart, Resilience and Transition Cities. Emerging Approaches and Tools for a Climate-Sensitive Urban Development” and was published...
Special issue of Planning Perspectives on the history of European spatial planning

Special issue of Planning Perspectives on the history of European spatial planning

In a context where European integration is put into question, under the weight of external (migration, safety issues, economic) and centrifugal forces (Brexit, growing Euroscepticism), European spatial planning has been somewhat sidelined in the debates on the European Union’s goals, cohesion and future. Following a session organised at the IPHS conference in Delft in 2016,...
Regional Studies special issue on policy-transfer in regional development and planning, edited by M.Dąbrowski, I.Musiałkowska and L.Polverari

Regional Studies special issue on policy-transfer in regional development and planning, edited by M.Dąbrowski, I.Musiałkowska and L.Polverari

A special issue of Regional Studies on policy transfer is finally out both online and in print. It was edited by Marcin Dąbrowski, Ida Musiałkowska (Poznań University of Economics) and Laura Polverari (EPRC, University of Strathclyde). The initiative stemmed from a workshop organised at Urbanism, TU Delft, on policy transfer that was organised under the...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
co-housing publications

co-housing publications

Two new books on co-housing in Europe have been published in November, both with a contribution from SPS researcher Lidewij Tummers: “The re-emergence of co-housing in Europe” (Routledge 2015) contains a contribution about the planning perspective on co-housing:  (contributions can also be found separately at the Journal of Urban Reseach and Policy) and: “Europe, co-operative...
Publication: the power of places

Publication: the power of places

Georgiana Varna (University of Glasgow) and Ceren Sezer published an article entitled “the power of places” in a non-academic Scottish urbanism journal, Urban Realm. Thanks to the editor, John Glenday, for his invitation. For more information about Urban Realm: http://www.urbanrealm.com/features/512/The_Power_of_Place.html Please follow and like us:
Publication on co-housing

Publication on co-housing

In March 2015, a special issue on co-housing research was published by the Journal of Urban Research and practice: “Taking apart co-housing: Towards a long-term perspective of self-managed collaborative housing initiatives.” Guest editer is SPS colleague Lidewij Tummers and features 8 articles on research from different countries. Please find the contributions here: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rurp20/8/1   Please...
Marcin Dąbrowski publishes a commentary on EU financial instruments for urban development in CritCom

Marcin Dąbrowski publishes a commentary on EU financial instruments for urban development in CritCom

In the context of a severe economic crisis and austerity, new ideas were put forward to reform cohesion policy to enhance its often-contested effectiveness and returns on investment. One of them were financial engineering instruments, such as the Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas (JESSICA) introduced during the 2007–2013 period, expected to...
Book chapter in "Are we the world? Randstad vs Sao Paulo, Detroit and Istanbul", edited by W. Vanstiphout and M. Relats

Book chapter in “Are we the world? Randstad vs Sao Paulo, Detroit and Istanbul”, edited by W. Vanstiphout and M. Relats

The book “Are we the world? Randstad vs Sao Paulo, Detroit and Istanbul” is edited by Wouter Vanstiphout and Marta Relats.  Roberto Rocco has contributed a chapter in the book entitled “Sao Paulo: constructing the city, reinventing democracy”. The book review at the NAI site says “Are we the world? is part six of the Design and Politics series,...
New article in Geographical Analysis

New article in Geographical Analysis

A new article on “Analyzing the Configuration of Multimodal Urban Networks” has been published by Jorge Gil in Geographical Analysis. Abstract: This article proposes urban network models as instruments to measure urban form, structure, and function indicators for the assessment of the sustainable mobility of urban areas, thanks to their capacity to describe the detail of...
Article on the governance of EU financial engineering instruments for sustainable urban development in Regional Studies

Article on the governance of EU financial engineering instruments for sustainable urban development in Regional Studies

New paper by Marcin Dąbrowski looking into the impacts of EU financial engineering instruments for sustainable urban development projects (JESSICA) is to be published in Regional Studies. JESSICA, one of the financial engineering instruments (FEI) within European Union cohesion policy framework in the 2007–13 period, created scope for developing cooperation between sub-national authorities and financial institutions...
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’....
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),...
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,...
Article published in Urban Design and Planning by Jorge Gil

Article published in Urban Design and Planning by Jorge Gil

An article by PhD student Jorge Gil reviewing existing tools for evaluating the sustainability of urban design has been published in the Proceedings of the ICE – Urban Design and Planning. From the abstract: “[…] This article identifies and reviews a selection of sustainable urban development evaluation tools that are applicable to the early stages of urban...
Edwin Hans' graduation project is selected for publication in Blauwe Kamer

Edwin Hans’ graduation project is selected for publication in Blauwe Kamer

The graduation project of Edwin Hans (Complex Cities 2012) has been selected for publication in the prestigious magazine Blauwe Kamer. Edwin was supervised by Francisco Colombo, senior planner and designer at the Province of South Holland and teacher at the Complex Cities studio. His second mentor was Luisa Calabrese, urban designer and associate professor at TU...
List of Geography, Spatial Planning and Environmental Science Journals

List of Geography, Spatial Planning and Environmental Science Journals

  Australian Planner Built Environment Children, Youth and Environments Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action City and Community Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance Community Development Disasters DISP Environment and Planning Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design Environment and Planning D: Society and...
New book on creative knowledge cities  with contributions by Ana Maria Fernandez-Maldonado and Roberto Rocco

New book on creative knowledge cities with contributions by Ana Maria Fernandez-Maldonado and Roberto Rocco

Creative Knowledge Cities: Myths, Visions and Realities, edited by  Marina van Geenhuizen and Peter Nijkamp     A new book on aspects of the creative city with contributions by Ana Maria Fernandez-Maldonado and Roberto Rocco has been launched. “This book adopts a holistic, integrated and pragmatic approach to exploring the myths, concepts, policies, key conditions and tools...
Article in the latest issue of 'Urban Morphology'

Article in the latest issue of ‘Urban Morphology’

‘On the discovery of urban typologies: data mining the many dimensions of urban form’ by J. Gil, J. N. Beirão, N. Montenegro and J. P. Duarte 2012, Urban Morphology 16(1) This article presents a data mining method for the development of typologies suited to the understanding of emerging urban areas that do not fall into...
New publication on knowledge-based development

New publication on knowledge-based development

Edward Elgar has a recently published a book edited by Tan Yigitcanlar, Kostas Metaxiotis, Francisco Carrillo entitled Building Prosperous Knowledge Cities. Policies, Plans and Metrics.  The book provides a thorough understanding of the transformations and the key issues in building prosperous knowledge cities by focusing particularly on the policy making, planning process and performance assessment aspects. The contributors...
Making Room for People: Choice, Voice and Liveability in Residential Places, a new book

Making Room for People: Choice, Voice and Liveability in Residential Places, a new book

Making Room for People Choice, Voice and Liveability in Residential Places   Edited by Lei Qu and Evert Hasselaar Published by: Techne Press Authors: Gabriela Rendón, Edward Hulsbergen, Paul Stouten, Evert Hasselaar, Luuk Boelens, Anne-Jo Visser, Hein de Haan, Lidewij Tummers, Lei Qu   Making Room for People elaborates on preferences in housing. It explores...
Special issue about market places in Betonart, Turkish architectural magazine

Special issue about market places in Betonart, Turkish architectural magazine

Ceren Sezer and Camila Pinzon Cortés prepared a special issue for a popular Turkish architectural magazine Betonart on market places. This special issue gathers international examples of market places to present how a market place can support spatial, social and economic development of an urban area, thus be useful strategy for urban development. In her article,...

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