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Andreas Faludi
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...
A review of "Poverty of Territorialism" in German

A review of “Poverty of Territorialism” in German

The ’meta-review’ of ‘The Poverty of Territorialism’ by Alois Humer (2020) in Raumforschung und Raumordnung deserves a meta-answer, starting with observing the coincidence of its being reviewed in a journal once implicated in the Third Reich (Kübler 2007; Mädling, Strubelt eds. 2009) with my father its victim. Concerning the review itself, its recounting that my...
Theorising Borders and Identity, a text by Andreas Faludi

Theorising Borders and Identity, a text by Andreas Faludi

At Radboud University Nijmegen I met Peter Weichhart who gave a paper. The published version refers to my joint paper with Earnest Alexander on planning doctrine. (Alexander, Faludi 1996) In Faludi (2018, 49) I distance myself somewhat from planning doctrine. Its strength was in explaining the onetime success of Dutch national planning, prefaced as it...
A European Republic? Text by Andreas Faludi

A European Republic? Text by Andreas Faludi

Austrian radio is my antidote to BBC World and the Dutch Evening News. On 27 May the latter featured Ulrike Guérot whose campaign for a European republic (Guérot 2019) I was familiar with, so I listened. With German and French academic qualifications, she divorced her French husband – hence the name – has grown-up children...
Mt French Connection, a text by Andreas Faludi

Mt French Connection, a text by Andreas Faludi

‘The French Connection I & II’ featured one Gene Hackman chasing drugs traffickers. A former US Marine, he narrated another film about the training of his corps. (I have a, perhaps morbid interest in the the military craft!) So he seemed to know how to take out their boss when a moving target on a...
"Balkan Ghosts", a text by Andreas Faludi

“Balkan Ghosts”, a text by Andreas Faludi

Balkan Ghosts At loggerheads over their claims to Gotse Delchev (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotse_Delchev) will Bulgaria derail the start of negotiations over EU accession of Northern Macedonia? ( https://www.euractiv.com/section/all/short_news/bulgaria-could-block-north-macedonias-eu-path-over-common-history-interpretation/) But who is Delchev? A Bulgarian national, he had been campaigning for Macedonian independence when it was still under the Ottomans for which he was killed in 1903. The...
Review Forum in 'Regional Studies' on 'The Poverty of Territorialism' by Andreas Faludi

Review Forum in ‘Regional Studies’ on ‘The Poverty of Territorialism’ by Andreas Faludi

Text by Andreas Faludi. Readers of this blog may remember my ‘The Poverty of Territorialism’ having been the object of a forum discussion at the 2019 AESOP conference. (see: http://www.spatialplanningtudelft.org/category/european-spatial-planning/) Meanwhile, one of the speakers, Jonathan Metzger has done a review of his own. (http://www.spatialplanningtudelft.org/andreas-faludi/review-poverty/).  Recently, Regional Studies has also published a Review Forum with the convenor...
The Mother of all Euregios Under Pressure

The Mother of all Euregios Under Pressure

There are Euregios and there is EUREGIO. Consisting of 129 municipalities, homes to 3.4 million inhabitants, two thirds of whom in the Federal Republic and one third in The Netherlands, EUREGIO has been the first of its kind. European Territorial Cooperation, better known as INTERREG is a success. Testimony to its value, German fire engines...
Triumphant Territorialism?

Triumphant Territorialism?

Should there not be an exclamation mark instead? Is the air not filled with complaints about state governments not doing enough for their territories and citizens? But my argument is not against fiscal stimuli nor state investments and border controls. Rather, in ’Considering Border Issues’ on this website I compared them to flood gates to...
Territorialism Type II? by Andreas Faludi

Territorialism Type II? by Andreas Faludi

‘Under confinement we rediscover the strength of “proximate” solidarity in the family and amongst friend; we also rediscover the power of forms of national solidarity. The states, even those at the heart of the Schengen Area brutally close their borders in often precipitate and disorderly manner. We must not see this solely as nationalism of...
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