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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.

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Course Spatial Circularity Strategies for Sustainable Regional Development

Course Spatial Circularity Strategies for Sustainable Regional Development

Future circular regions will look very different from our contemporary linear built environments. On October 6th, the first edition of the hands-on online course for professionals: Spatial Circularity Strategies for Sustainable Regional Development will start. It will focus on how to include the spatial dimension in the operationalization of circularity. On behalf of TU Delft’s...
'The Turkish Wall', a text by Andreas Faludi

‘The Turkish Wall’, a text by Andreas Faludi

I remember the Berlin Wall from German radio – west and east – reporting its being built to keep citizens of the German Democratic Republic away from West German fleshpots. Like with the ‘Turkish Wall’ (Sayarer 2021) and like edifices around Ceuta and Melilla, Spanish enclaves on the Moroccan coast, the point of building walls...
A 'Prison of Nations'?, a text by Andreas Faludi

A ‘Prison of Nations’?, a text by Andreas Faludi

The Rule of Law Report (European Commission 2021) challenging her country has not amused Hungarian Minister of Justice Judit Varga (2021). She defended her country’s unwillingness ‘…to allow the LGBT+ lobby into our schools and kindergartens….’ With the European Parliament having won its battle for a bigger voice at the Conference on the Future of...
The Future is for the Brave, a text by Andreas Faludi

The Future is for the Brave, a text by Andreas Faludi

I cannot complain about ‘The Poverty of Territorialism’ (Faludi 2018) not receiving enough attention. More than two years after its publication, there is another review in the French Journal Annales de Géographie. (https://www.cairn.info/load_pdf.php?ID_ARTICLE=AG_739_0178&download=1) It is by Yann Richard who has been instrumental also in getting an extended version of my paper given at Rennes in 2018...
Opposition to 'Contemporary Universalism', a text by Andreas Faludi

Opposition to ‘Contemporary Universalism’, a text by Andreas Faludi

My encounter with Frank Furedi (2018) came rather late in writing ‘The Poverty of Territorialism’ (Faludi 2018) when I noticed his defence of the position of what have once been ‘new member states’ and now a thorn in the flesh of such enthusiasts of European integration as still exist. New members have no wish to...
The EU is not eternal, a text by Andreas Faludi

The EU is not eternal, a text by Andreas Faludi

See here an astute comment from Slovenia at the occasion of the announcement of a ‘mini-Schengen’ for EU-hopeful Serbia and Albania (not Kosovo!) and North Macedonia still not admitted even to the waiting room of candidate status. Commentators from Bulgaria and Italy also agree: a ‘Balkan alliance’ outside the EU is in the making. Blame...
Online SPS Seminar with Mark Pendras and Charles Williams, University of Washington - Navigating Pandemic Urbanism: Regional Gentrification in Secondary Cities

Online SPS Seminar with Mark Pendras and Charles Williams, University of Washington – Navigating Pandemic Urbanism: Regional Gentrification in Secondary Cities

When: Wednesday 8 September 2021, 17.00-18.00 Where: Online, via Zoom. Prior registration needed here. Please join us for the next SPS Seminar on Wednesday 8 September 17.00-18.00 CET (Online). This time we welcome Dr Mark Pendras and Dr Charles Williams, from the University of Washington Tacoma, and editors of the recent book Secondary Cities: Exploring...
My imperial roots, a text by Andreas Faludi

My imperial roots, a text by Andreas Faludi

With my father born in Hungary and my mother in Austria, both before 1918, I am second-generation Austro-Hungarian. Born in Budàpest, I spoke German and Hungarian but have unlearned successively my German and eventually my Hungarian. That was after my mother, by then widowed, had taken me to Austria in 1946. Tainted by the seven...
The tangle we got ourselves into, a text by Andreas Faludi

The tangle we got ourselves into, a text by Andreas Faludi

At the 2018 conferences of CIST (Collège international des sciences territoriale) mine was one of only two in English.  (Faludi 2018) Not to worry: I met exciting people and my extended paper (in French: Faludi 2019) went into the Dossier des Annales de Droit.  Like me, Kahn and Richard (2020) underscore the EU‘s being – my term –...
Grist to my Mill, a text by Andreas Faludi

Grist to my Mill, a text by Andreas Faludi

The occasion being the on-going ‘Conference on the Future of Europe’ (https://futureu.europa.eu/) the chief editor of EU Observer Koert Debeuf proposes recreating the European Community as an add-on to the EU as is. Quite the opposite of a doomsday scenario, Debeuf (https://euobserver.com/opinion/152309utm_source=euobs&utm_medium=email) presents this as a realistic alternative to the ever larger, ever closer and...
What we talk about when we talk (again) about Secondary Cities

What we talk about when we talk (again) about Secondary Cities

A new book is out with contributions from Rodrigo Cardoso (SPS, Urbanism) and Evert Meijers (Utrecht University, formerly TU Delft Urbanism) and it opens up wholly new ways of thinking about the secondary city experience in the Global North. Secondary cities “are intuitively obvious but empirically slippery”, claim the editors. They are the smaller cities...
The Western Balkans in the News, a text by Andreas Faludi

The Western Balkans in the News, a text by Andreas Faludi

Thirty years ago Slovenia split from Yugoslavia, large parts of which are still a gaping hole in the EU. Central European members are keen on closing it, were it not for Bulgaria first wanting to settle accounts with North Macedonia. (See also my blog ‘Balkan Ghosts’.) She insists on this wannabe candidate acknowledging that its...
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