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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.

2021
Spatial (In)Justice in the Post-COVID City: Call for Participants

Spatial (In)Justice in the Post-COVID City: Call for Participants

We’d like to invite you to contribute to this event in which we will discuss spatial (in) justice in light of COVID-19, with the help of Professor Susan Fainstein (GSD), on May 26 at 18:00. The idea is to have short statements from participants to be discussed during the session, highlighting lessons learned (and sadly...
Editorial to a Special Issue of Cities on Planning resilient cities and regions by Ana Maria Fernandez-Maldonado

Editorial to a Special Issue of Cities on Planning resilient cities and regions by Ana Maria Fernandez-Maldonado

The editorial has been co-authored with Malgorzata Hanzl. The purpose of this special issue is to present various strategies and practices that have been applied to achieve climate resilience in cities and regions worldwide. The collection of 14 articles offer innovative contributions to the field of urban resilience in urban areas, filling research gaps and...
Recently published book chapter about socio-spatial segregation in Lima by Ana Maria Fernandez Maldonado

Recently published book chapter about socio-spatial segregation in Lima by Ana Maria Fernandez Maldonado

The chapter is co-authored with Graciela Fernandez de Cordova and Paola Moschella. It has been published in a new book — Urban socio-economic segregation and income inequality, a global perspective — with the purpose to explain the relationship between increasing levels of inequality and segregation. The book offers a unique global overview of segregation trends...
BOOK A Manifesto for the Just City launched!

BOOK A Manifesto for the Just City launched!

On Monday 29 MARCH at 18:00 (CET/Amsterdam), TU Delft launched the Book “A Manifesto for the Just City”, with texts by a number of guests and 43 manifestos written by students from 25 universities from all over the world. A “Manifesto for the Just City” comes in the wake of the realisation that socio-spatial justice...
The Morning After, a text by Andreas Faludi

The Morning After, a text by Andreas Faludi

The Morning After In my last blog I refused to reply myself to the Gretchenfrage: Should I vote for Volt? The new kid on the block would have to gain at least one out of every 150 votes cast and, anyhow, should I change horses midway? And does Volt suit my preferences? Am I still...
An alternative path to European planning? A text by Andreas Faludi.

An alternative path to European planning? A text by Andreas Faludi.

At the International Planning History Conference at Delft, Wil Zonneveld and I heared Andrew Sorensen on historical institutionalise and published papers in his special issue of Planning Perspectives on the matter, the one by Zonneveld (2018) being on the Conference of Spatial Planning in North-Western Europe (CRONWE). It expanded on Dühr and Zonneveld (2012) writing on the imagery...
New article on policy tools for planners

New article on policy tools for planners

Many policy tools can be used to develop spatial plans and implement them. Surprisingly there have been few attempts to classify and illustrate the whole range of tools available. Partly based on ideas and examples developed during classes with several cohorts of students at TUDelft, this newly published article outlines the different policy tools that...
New article (Journal of Planning Literature): Soft Spaces as a Traveling Planning Idea: Uncovering the Origin and Development of an Academic Concept on the Rise

New article (Journal of Planning Literature): Soft Spaces as a Traveling Planning Idea: Uncovering the Origin and Development of an Academic Concept on the Rise

The concept of ‘soft spaces’ is increasingly used in academic debates to describe planning spaces and processes outside the statutory planning system. By being used in research that is based in different geographical contexts, addresses different spatial scales and deals with different thematic fields, the idea of ‘soft spaces’ has undergone a considerable conceptual evolution....
Special issue on ‘The legacy and future of the ESDP’ with two contributions from SPS researchers

Special issue on ‘The legacy and future of the ESDP’ with two contributions from SPS researchers

A recently published special issue in the journal Transactions of AESOP reflects on the European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP) – more than 20 years after its initial publication and shortly after the release of newest ‘European planning documents’ (EU Territorial Agenda 2030 & New Leipzig Charter) at the end of 2020. The special issue features...
Global Housing Design:  EdX Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Global Housing Design: EdX Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Learn about the key design strategies required to develop adequate housing and inclusive dwelling environments for sustainable urban development. Global Housing Design EdX Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Launch on Mar 03, 2021 at 10:00 UTC Length: 6 weeks Price: FREE https://www.edx.org/course/global-housing-design About this course Building adequate housing is a pressing issue worldwide. With close...
A Bullet Misses Its Target in Sarajevo…, a text by Andreas Faludi

A Bullet Misses Its Target in Sarajevo…, a text by Andreas Faludi

Thus opens the blurb of ‘Altered Pasts’. (Evans 2014) The same counterfactual – Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand surviving to succeed Franz Joseph to the Austrian-Hungarian throne is what ‘Der Komet’ (The Comet; Stein 2013) is about. Engaging in our friendly barter, Klaus Kunzmann has made me read this scenario of cultural and linguistic communities cohabiting...
Wie hältst du es mit der Europäischen Union?, a text by Andreas Faludi

Wie hältst du es mit der Europäischen Union?, a text by Andreas Faludi

German speakers will recognise the allusion to the Gretchenfrage: one of the characters in Johann Wolfgang Goethe‘s ‘Faust’, an innocent young woman seduced by the chief protagonist secretly in league with the devil asking: Wie hast du’s mit der Religion? – “how do you feel about religion?”. (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Gretchenfrage) When reading a campaign folder of one of the 31 parties...
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