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Conference Measuring the Built Environment’s form and performance, University of Stavanger, Norway, September 2021

Conference Measuring the Built Environment’s form and performance, University of Stavanger, Norway, September 2021

The smart city research network of the University of Stavanger Norway is organising a scientific symposium, which will be held in Stavanger on September 22, 2021. Among the proposed panels, one focuses on Measuring the Built Environment’s form and performance. We think your research is relevant within this field, and we will be delighted of having you...
Europe Day Revisited, a text by Andreas Faludi

Europe Day Revisited, a text by Andreas Faludi

The announcement of Europe Day 2021 reminded me of my visit to Tirana. Polis University there wanted to celebrate the then French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Robert Schuman inviting Germany and also other countries to join what would become the European Coal and Steel Community. Presently, the day he announced this intention at a press...
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...
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 (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...
The EU a Tangle, a text by Andreas Faludi

The EU a Tangle, a text by Andreas Faludi

The Portuguese Presidency wants to kickstart the Conference on the Future of Europe promised after the tug-of-war between the European Parliament and the European Council over appointing the President of the European Commission. The underlying issue is whether the EU is an ‘intergovernmental’ or a ‘federal’ construct. Dutch philosopher of law Jaap Hoeksma (2020) looks...
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