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Spatial planning and strategy is a chair in the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment 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.

2020
The Construction of Poland, a text by Andreas Faludi

The Construction of Poland, a text by Andreas Faludi

No, this is not against Poland. Norman Davies (2004) has shown me its heroism. But Margaret MacMillan (2001) writing on the 1919 Paris Peace Conference ending the Great War vouches to Poland having been the product of nationalism-cum-territorialism. US President Woodrow Wilson’s ‘Fourteen Points’ were meant to guide the proceedings. Point 13 promised a Poland...
Territorialism in the Cross Hairs, a text by Andreas Faludi

Territorialism in the Cross Hairs, a text by Andreas Faludi

Contending with state borders and their divisive effects, those in cross-border cooperation are with me in having territorialism in the cross hairs. They after all have first hand experience of the divisive effects of borders and the advantages of working with their neighbours in overcoming them. The EU helps, not only financially but also with...
'The Shanghai Lilong: Approaches to Rehabilitation and Reuse' by Gregory Bracken

‘The Shanghai Lilong: Approaches to Rehabilitation and Reuse’ by Gregory Bracken

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The Routledge Handbook on Informal Urbanization, edited by Roberto Rocco and Jan van Ballegooijen has been finally published in paperback. This book was originally published in 2018 in hardcover but is now also available in paperback and digital form, making it accessible to a much wider audience. This book investigates the mutual relationship between the struggle...
Environmental Migration, new article by Sharma, Bracken and Balz.

Environmental Migration, new article by Sharma, Bracken and Balz.

Environmental Migration and Regional Livelihood Planning: A Livelihood Planning Approach to Circular Migration Asmeeta Das Sharma, Gregory Bracken, Verena Balz Environmental Justice, Vol. 13, No. 5 https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/env.2020.0010 Please follow and like us:
Territorialism, Populism and the Third Reich, a text by Andreas Faludi

Territorialism, Populism and the Third Reich, a text by Andreas Faludi

Planning in the Third Reich would have been my preferred PhD topic. Presently, Germans, including the ‘Academy for Territorial Development’, deal with their history (1), but then it was too early. Here I discuss international literature on the ‘infamous crown jurist’ (Smeltzer, 2018, 591) of the Third Reich, Carl Schmitt, an apostle also of territorialism...
No European War of Secession, a text by Andreas Faludi

No European War of Secession, a text by Andreas Faludi

Like Michael Crichton in ‘State of Fear’ (Avon Books, 2004), I declare this to be a work of fiction. Footnotes are real. After deliberating about the Future of Europe (1) a new Community dealing with the Single Market remained open to all European states. Many a former member remained. Members of the one-time European Free Trade...
I could have done better, a text by Andreas Faludi

I could have done better, a text by Andreas Faludi

In ‘Stockholm Calling’ I admitted to my incomplete understand of Pierre Rosanvallon. Discusse there, Sherif Zakhour (2020) helped me in identifying his concern, like that of his teacher’s Claude Lefort to be the void left by the French king ending under the guillotine. Reading Rosanvallon mostly in French, I overlook this but have discovered now...
Stockholm Calling, a text by Andreas Faludi

Stockholm Calling, a text by Andreas Faludi

14 September 2020 saw Sherif Zakhour successfully defending his PhD (Zakhour 2020a) at the Royal Institute of Technology. Comparing planning theorists as to where they stand on democracy, Sherif’s comments on my ‘A Decision Centred View of Environmental Planning’ (Faludi 1987) are meticulously fair. He also intimates that there have been, sometimes ill-conceived comments on...
Nationalism Studies Rebooted, a text by Andreas Faludi

Nationalism Studies Rebooted, a text by Andreas Faludi

Printing made it possible for people who have never met to develop bonds, says Benedict Anderson (1983). For this to become possible, vernaculars needed to be clustered into standardised languages. Identities to be constructed in this way supports my claim of the nation-state being a modernist construct. (Faludi 2020 [2018]) In an idle moment, I...
The Civilisational State, a new text by Andreas Faludi

The Civilisational State, a new text by Andreas Faludi

The Civilisational State A text by Andreas Faludi   Raya pointed me to a Dutch article about the civilisational state, with China the paradigmatic example.  I am not really knowledgeable about China, but once there were plans for a session on what was then called OBOR: One Belt One Road. I was convinced that the...
Urban Geography master students reflect on Covid-19 and its impact on our cities

Urban Geography master students reflect on Covid-19 and its impact on our cities

In recent months, no other topic has framed our attention, constrained our activity and defined our lifestyle as much as the Covid-19 global pandemic. As thousands of papers, news articles and opinion pieces written about it attest, there is hardly any area of society that the pandemic does not touch upon. And there is hardly...
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