Urbanism

Urbanism (Stedebouwkunde) is the scientific and educational domain at Delft University of Technology concerned with the design, planning and construction of urban areas, including landscape aspects, on all levels of scales (from street level up to patterns of globalization). The approach to Urbanism is both visual and functional with a strong (future oriented) focus on sustainability and design. Spatial Planning and Strategy is the (sub)discipline in which knowledge is developed with respect to social developments and the preparation, implementation and evaluation of urban plans. Urbanism in the Netherlands is an engineering discipline and it has a unique position in the academic world which has to do with the history of the Dutch cities and landscapes. In our ’low countries by the sea’ the (wet)land area has been systematically developed since the Middle Ages. In this way the Netherlands has built up a unique tradition of urban development in which urban expansion has always involved the transformation of the underlying landscape, the design of the landscape in the city and the design of the surrounding or intervening landscape. Technology, nature and design have always been important ingredients in the ’Fine Dutch Tradition’ in the spatial design disciplines. This is why Urbanism in the Netherlands is indissolubly connected to Landscape Architecture. At the start of the 21st century, our Dutch densely populated delta is subject to processes of radical social change, while at the same time the physical conditions of the public territory have becoming more challenging. This calls for new, creative and ingenious solutions so that the territory of the Netherlands can be used appropriately, efficiently and sustainably and at all levels of scale.

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