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Our publications in 2018.

Our publications in 2018.

When it comes to publishing, 2018 has been a very fruitful year for the Spatial Planning and Strategy section of the Urbanism department. We are very happy to present here a selection of our publications in journals and books from the past year. General audience publications: Bracken, G. & Bracken,...
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...
SPS is part of the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft

SPS is part of the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft

SPS is part of the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft. Click on the logo to go to the official website of the Department of Urbanism Urbanism The Department of Urbanism in the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology...
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Join our INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT MAILING LIST

  The chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy promotes activities concerning International Urban Development. This concerns mostly issues of urban development in the Global South. This includes (but is not limited to) urban management, housing, informal urbanisation, governance, resources management, territorial management, urban emergencies, among other topics concerning the built environment in the Global...
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2400+ people have joined our group on Facebook since its creation. That is the space we use to comment on current events, to discuss books and papers and to share the social life of the chair.Go to our Facebook group page by clicking HERE!  
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Welcome to the BLOG Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Delft University of Technology

Welcome to the BLOG Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Delft University of Technology

  Spatial planning and strategy is a chair in the Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology. We are concerned with knowledge about the formulation, implementation and evaluation of strategic and urban planning tools – visions, strategies, plans and programmes.   We are particularly interested in how intervention...
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Andreas Faludi's talk at Polis University and Co-Plan, celebrating Europe Day.

Andreas Faludi’s talk at Polis University and Co-Plan, celebrating Europe Day.

Polis University and Co-PLAN Institute are an international university annex consultancy at Tirana in Albania. Having heard me speak about ?The Poverty of Territorialism? in Vienna, Rudina Toto invited me to speak there on Europe Day (see the graphics). Yes: on 9 May we commemorate the Schuman Declaration of 1950 vintage leading to the European...
Ceren Sezer is invited as a speaker by Cardiff University

Ceren Sezer is invited as a speaker by Cardiff University

Workshop of Knowledge Exchange between Research and Practice on ‘Public Space Design with Social Cohesion and Intercultural Dialogue in mind’ Date: Wednesday, 15 May 2019   10:00 – 15:20 Location: Cardiff University, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU Organizers: Dr. Patricia Aelbrecht, Cardiff University  and Dr. Quentin Stevens, RMIT University, Australia Theme: Over the last two decades, societies...
SPS Seminar: Gregory Bracken & Deirdre Sneep - Citizenship in Asia and the West in a Comparative Perspective

SPS Seminar: Gregory Bracken & Deirdre Sneep – Citizenship in Asia and the West in a Comparative Perspective

At the upcoming SPS seminar Gregory Bracken and Deirdre Sneep will present their work on citizenship and on travel of urban design ideas between East and West. The presentations will be based on chapters from a recently published book edited by Gregory Bracken, entitled “Ancient and Modern Practices of Citizenship in Asia and the West....
Book Launch: Ancient and Modern Practices of Citizenship in Asia and the West, edited by Gregory Bracken

Book Launch: Ancient and Modern Practices of Citizenship in Asia and the West, edited by Gregory Bracken

Lecture by Gregory Bracken and Renske Maria van Dam (Chapter 11) 12.30-14.00, Thursday, 9 May IIAS, Rapenburg 59, Leiden Lunch provided by IIAS (registration required), contact: x.lin@iias.nl
Keynote speech by Andreas Faludi at the 10th anniversary of CESCI

Keynote speech by Andreas Faludi at the 10th anniversary of CESCI

A born Hungarian, I left the country shortly before my 7th birthday not long before the Iron Curtain came down. No longer a Hungarian-speaker, until recently, I have not had many contacts, professional or otherwise with Hungary. Only over the last years, I have been to events of the Central European Service for Cross-border Initiatives...
Alumna Putri Santoso tells about the joy of working on a project in Jakarta

Alumna Putri Santoso tells about the joy of working on a project in Jakarta

Putrikinasih Santoso, from Indonesia has worked on a project similar to the one she developed in her graduation project for TU Delft, guided by Roberto Rocco and Luiza Calabrese. Her graduation thesis is available for download HERE. MRT Jakarta: Reshaping Mobility Landscape for Better Livability  Text by: Putrikinasih R. Santoso (Senior Urban Designer in PDW,...
SPS Seminar on 18 April 2019: Carlos Mendez -  EU Cohesion Policy and the Public Sphere: Connecting Locally with Citizens?

SPS Seminar on 18 April 2019: Carlos Mendez – EU Cohesion Policy and the Public Sphere: Connecting Locally with Citizens?

Carlos Mendez is a Senior Research Fellow at the EPRC, University of Strathclyde, which also has a base at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of TU Delft (EPRC Delft). He has degrees from the University College London (BA), London School of Economics (MSc) and Strathclyde (PhD). As a specialist on the European...
New paper by Meng et al.: Collaborative spatial planning in the face of flood risk in delta cities

New paper by Meng et al.: Collaborative spatial planning in the face of flood risk in delta cities

Collaborative spatial planning in the face of flood risk in delta cities: A policy framing perspective by Meng Meng, Marcin Dąbrowski, Yuting Tai, Dominic Stead and Faith Chan Available in OPEN ACCESS at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2019.03.006 New paper, building on Meng Meng’s PhD research and with contributions from Marcin Dąbrowski, Yuting Tai, Dominic Stead and Faith Chan...
ECTP Biennial, Plymouth, UK, 11-13 SEPT

ECTP Biennial, Plymouth, UK, 11-13 SEPT

Call for the ECTP’s biennial, Plymouth, England, 11 – 13th September 2019. https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/european-council-of-town-planners-biennial-conference-2019 The breadth of the contributions might cover planning for coastal cities, marine spatial planning, climate change, urban regeneration, peripheral regions, border areas. In addition, the edge might refer to social and economic issues, including housing and poverty. I suggest that Brexit will...
Review of 'The Poverty of Territorialism'

Review of ‘The Poverty of Territorialism’

Readers of this blog know about my book published in late-2018. I am looking forward eagerly for reviews but, knowing that they take time, I have braced myself for a long hawl, but was pleasantly surprised when the came out earlier than I could have expected. Some readers are in for a disappointment, though: It...
SPS Seminar 28 March: Andrea Pliego - Amphibian Housing for a Resilient City

SPS Seminar 28 March: Andrea Pliego – Amphibian Housing for a Resilient City

SPS Seminar with Andrea Pliego (UNAM, Mexico City) Thursday 28 March, 12:30-13:30, 01 West 270 Amphibian Housing for a Resilient City Towards an integral approach on adaptable housing systems in the water basin of México City The interaction between the biophysical systems and the urban area in the Metropolitan Area of the Valley of México...

Bracken Article in Atlantis #29.2

My article called ‘Kowloon Walled City: Hong Kong’s Heteropian Territory’ has just been published in issue #29.2 of Atlantis, which deals with contested domains.
Education for Water Resilient Cities Report

Education for Water Resilient Cities Report

We are proud to share the results of the event EDUCATION FOR WATER RESILIENT CITIES that took place at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment TU Delft in which we discussed how to plan and design with water in light of the #UNHabitat New Urban Agenda #NUA. Great contributions from Betty Chang (NCKU Taiwan), Stephen Goldsmith (University of Utah, US), Taneha...
Gregory Bracken's New Book on Practices of Citizenship

Gregory Bracken’s New Book on Practices of Citizenship

Gregory Bracken’s new book has just been published. It’s an edited volume of essays exploring practices of citizenship, ancient and modern, in both Asia and the West.
Call for proposals. Book "How do you employ an insurgent planner"?

Call for proposals. Book “How do you employ an insurgent planner”?

Edited by:Roberto Rocco & Peter Abraham Fukuda Loewi This project investigates the ‘communicative turn’ in planning practice, and its potential for insurgent forms of civic engagement and democracy-building.  It searches for planners ‘pushing the envelope’ and challenging technocratic spatial planning, incorporating notions of participation, spatial justice and the right to the city into their daily practices. It...
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS & PARTICIPATION : Round Table "The Political Meaning of Informal Urbanization" AESOP 2019

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS & PARTICIPATION : Round Table “The Political Meaning of Informal Urbanization” AESOP 2019

ROUND TABLE AESOP 2019, 9-13 JULY VENICE https://www.aesop2019.eu THE POLITICAL MEANING OF INFORMAL URBANISATION: LAUNCHING OF THE HANDBOOK AND DISCUSSION Organized by Roberto Rocco and Jan van Ballegooijen (TU Delft) This round table will be held during the Annual Congress of the Association of European Schools of Planning that will take place in Venice from 9...
Andreas Faludi's article on the 2018 Yearbook of CESCI

Andreas Faludi’s article on the 2018 Yearbook of CESCI

The 2018 Yearbook of CESCI (for Central European Service for Cross-border Initiatives in Budapest; edited by James W. Scott, ISSN 2064-6704) opens with an article of mine based on a paper given at a conference of the International Association of Borderlands held at the Central European University of Soros fame in July last. The article...
Gregory Bracken's new article on Chinese Ports published.

Gregory Bracken’s new article on Chinese Ports published.

Greg Bracken’s article ‘Treaty Ports in China: Their Genesis, Development, and Influence’, a discussion of three recent publications on the topic has just been published in the Journal of Urban History and is available HERE .
SPS Seminar: Azadeh Arjomand Kermani - Planning reform, heritage management and sense of place, 7 February

SPS Seminar: Azadeh Arjomand Kermani – Planning reform, heritage management and sense of place, 7 February

SPS seminar, 7 February 2019 12:30 – 13:30 01 West 290 Azadeh Arjomand Kermani (TU Delft) Planning reform, heritage management and sense of placeFindings from PICH project In most countries the historic built environment is conserved and managed to a greater or lesser degree by governance regimes. The form and quality of governance has a...
SPS Seminar: Faith Chan - Discovering flood risk management strategies in Chinese coastal cities, 24 January

SPS Seminar: Faith Chan – Discovering flood risk management strategies in Chinese coastal cities, 24 January

Speaker: Faith Chan (University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China)Date: 24 Jan 2019 Time: 1230-1330 Room: 01 West 060 Title: Discovering flood risk management strategies in Chinese coastal cities – the cases of Ningbo, Hong Kong and other cities Coastal cities in East Asia have emerged rapidly over recent decades, transformed from a primarily agricultural to a...
SPS Seminar with Nico Larco: Sustainable Urban Design Framework, Tuesday 8 January, 12:30

SPS Seminar with Nico Larco: Sustainable Urban Design Framework, Tuesday 8 January, 12:30

Venue: 01.West.290 Time: 12:30 – 13:30 Topic: Sustainable Urban Design Framework. Speaker: Nico Larco (University of Oregon) Nico Larco is an expert in sustainable urban design and suburban development, with a focus on how city design affects transportation choices. His works includes looking at how to create well-connected and vibrant multifamily housing complexes and strip...
The Routledge Handbook on Informal Urbanization

The Routledge Handbook on Informal Urbanization

PUBLISHED!  The Routledge Handbook on Informal Urbanisation edited by Roberto Rocco and Jan van Ballegooijen is out.  This handbook explores 25 cases in 24 cities around the world where informal urbanisation has played a pivotal role in how people have struggled for their right to the city and for their ‘right to rights’ as citizens. It...
Fifth edition of Gregory Bracken's architectural guide 'Singapore: A Walking Tour' reprinted.

Fifth edition of Gregory Bracken’s architectural guide ‘Singapore: A Walking Tour’ reprinted.

Our publications in 2018.

Our publications in 2018.

When it comes to publishing, 2018 has been a very fruitful year for the Spatial Planning and Strategy section of the Urbanism department. In case you don’t know what to read on the long winter nights of the upcoming holiday, we are very happy to present here a selection of our publications in journals and...
Andrea Faludi's "The Poverty of Territorialism" is out!

Andrea Faludi’s “The Poverty of Territorialism” is out!

Readers of this blog may remember my reports of progress throughout the year in writing ‘The Poverty of Territorialism’. I am glad to be able to say, whilst in Vienna lecturing, I received my one and so far only copy of the book so far. The picture shows me holding it in my hands in...
SPS seminar with Keisuke Sugano: Discovering the authenticity of historical city through a collaborative design project

SPS seminar with Keisuke Sugano: Discovering the authenticity of historical city through a collaborative design project

SPS seminar with Keisuke Sugano (Waseda University / TU Delft) 18 December 2018 Think Room Discovering the authenticity of historical city through a collaborative design project The city center of Tsuruoka-city in Yamagata-Prefecture, located in the Tohoku region of Japan, is an urban area built on the foundation of pre-modern castle town. Since the late...
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, UK) and Quentin Stevens (RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia) and available at this link. Abstract This...
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...
20 Nov - SPS Seminar, 12:30, ROOM F: Prof. Claydon - Citizen Engagement in Planning Major Infrastructure Projects

20 Nov – SPS Seminar, 12:30, ROOM F: Prof. Claydon – Citizen Engagement in Planning Major Infrastructure Projects

SPS Seminar Citizen engagement in planning major infrastructure projects in England Professor Jim Claydon 20 November 2018 Room F (please note room change), 12:30-14:00 Large scale infrastructure projects are a universal feature of urban development. They help to meet basic needs for energy, water, accessibility, and other services, and may steer development along more sustainable...
Congratulations to Dr Nurul Azlan

Congratulations to Dr Nurul Azlan

Nurul Azlan successfully defended her PhD thesis on 30 October. ‘Sedition Spaces’ examines protest in postcolonial Kuala Lumpur. Professors Wouter Vanstiphout and Wil Zonneveld were her promoters, while Dr Gregory Bracken was co-promotor and daily supervisor. We all wish Nurul the very best of luck with her future research work.