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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.

Roberto Rocco
Talking about Urban Resilience: What changes for cities? A call for reframing resilience in planning

Talking about Urban Resilience: What changes for cities? A call for reframing resilience in planning

This WEBINAR organised by Politecnico di Torino discussed the concept of resilience in relation to planning and to the system shocks of the COVID-19 pandemics, climate change and more.  Roberto Rocco gave a lecture about the connections between urban resilience, social sustainability and justice. You can see Roberto’s presentation HERE 17:00 Introduction by Ombretta Caldarice...
Roberto Rocco speaks at the Universities Round Table at the World Urban Forum

Roberto Rocco speaks at the Universities Round Table at the World Urban Forum

Roberto Rocco was a keynote speaker at the Universities Round Table organised by the UN-Habitat UNI initiative. Background The World Urban Forum (WUF) offers an opportunity for institutions of higher learning to showcase examples of transformative educational and capacity building initiatives and technical assistance programmes implemented in partnership with city governments, NGOs and the private...
Training Event at the World Urban Forum, Abu Dhabi, TUE 11 FEB

Training Event at the World Urban Forum, Abu Dhabi, TUE 11 FEB

Spatial Planning & Strategy, together with members of Urban Design, Urban Studies and Management in the Built Environment, is offering a training session at the upcoming World Urban Forum, in Abu Dhabi. The governance of slum upgrading strategies must incorporate socio-spatial justice to succeed. Justice is for the acceptability and sustainability of policy, what truth...
Handbook on Informal Urbanisation featured by Politecnico di Milano

Handbook on Informal Urbanisation featured by Politecnico di Milano

Roberto Rocco’s and Jan van Ballegooijen’s book “The Routledge Book on Informal Urbanisation” is featured as “book of the month” at Politecnico di Milano’s library. 2020 will see the publication of the paperback version. For more information about the book, please visit ROUTLEDGE Books. Please follow and like us:
SPS participation at the World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi

SPS participation at the World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi

SPS, represented by Roberto Rocco, will take part in several activities at the WUF: (i) Training event given in partnership with UN-Habitat Capacity Building Unit, in a team with Igor Pessoa, Rachel Keeton and Luz Maria Vergara: https://www.unhadb.org/2019_wuf10/user/trainDetails , (ii) Participation at the Universities Round Table, when Roberto Rocco will speak about the importance to...
Spatial Planning colleagues presented at the RSA Annual Conference in Lugano, 3-6 June 2018

Spatial Planning colleagues presented at the RSA Annual Conference in Lugano, 3-6 June 2018

Ana María Fernández-Maldonado, Marcin Dąbrowski and Roberto Rocco, together with Marjolein Spaans from OTB, presented the results of the COHESIFY project (www.cohesify.eu/) entitled ‘Linking Cohesion Policy and Citizens’ Identification with the EU in Regions: Between Opportunism and Euroscepticism in the Netherlands’. Beyond reporting COHESIFY results, Marcin Dąbrowski also presented his on-going work on the regional...
Rethink the City MOOC receives honourable mention

Rethink the City MOOC receives honourable mention

A TUDelft MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has received an honourable mention in the 2018 Open Education Awards.  The Open Education Awards are awarded annually by the Open Education Consortium, dedicated to improving educational access and effectiveness worldwide. All nominations are judged in different categories by an international committee. The MOOC, entitled ‘Rethink the City:...
Roberto Rocco is made member of the editorial board of the two main research journals on spatial planning and city development in Brazil

Roberto Rocco is made member of the editorial board of the two main research journals on spatial planning and city development in Brazil

Roberto Rocco has been recently made member of the editorial board of two peer-reviewed journals of spatial planning in Brazil. The Revista Brasileira de Estudos Urbanos e Regionais (Brazilian Review of Urban and Regional Studies)  is connected to ANPUR, the National Association of Post Graduate Studies and Research on Urban and Regional Planning (long name!). ANPUR...
Roberto Rocco in Doctoral Defence Committee at University of Sevilla

Roberto Rocco in Doctoral Defence Committee at University of Sevilla

Roberto Rocco was invited by the University of Sevilla to integrate the Doctoral Defence committee of Irene Luque Martin,  who defended a thesis titled  “Descodificando la Planificación Urbana Contemporánea: Hacia una alternativa metodológica para una planificación colaborativa” on the positive integration of GIS and other planning supporting systems to participatory planning. The thesis was defended...
Change and Exchange of Planning Ideas in Latin America, panel at the 17th IPHS Conference

Change and Exchange of Planning Ideas in Latin America, panel at the 17th IPHS Conference

Ana Maria Fernandez-Maldonado  and Roberto Rocco led two sessions on “Change and Exchange of Planning Ideas in Latin America” at the International Planning History Society Conference, held at TU Delft from July 17 to 21, 2016. The 17th IPHS Conference is one of the largest academic events in the Planning Community. This edition included around 500...
Rio’s Olympic Legacy: Missed opportunities Dr Roberto Rocco (TU Delft) Monday 2 May, 18.30 – 20.00 at the Erasmus University College

Rio’s Olympic Legacy: Missed opportunities Dr Roberto Rocco (TU Delft) Monday 2 May, 18.30 – 20.00 at the Erasmus University College

Rio’s Olympic Legacy: Missed opportunities Dr Roberto Rocco, TU Delft Monday 2 May, 18.30 – 20.00 Erasmus University College, Nieuwemarkt, 1A,  Rotterdam (next to Rotterdam Blaak Station) This lecture introduces the socio-political context in which the Rio 2016 Olympics will take place and addresses the limitations of the Olympic legacy for the city of Rio...
Roberto Rocco gives an online lecture for Rutgers University

Roberto Rocco gives an online lecture for Rutgers University

Roberto Rocco presented a lecture for the course INTERNATIONAL URBANISATION AND HOUSING ISSUES at Rutgers University, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, March 30, 2015. This course is coordinated by Professor Mi Shih. You can see the lecture here.     The political meaning of informal urbanisation: exploring meaning of positive and negative rights...
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