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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
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...
Uneasy Bedfellows?  A text by Andreas Faludi

Uneasy Bedfellows? A text by Andreas Faludi

What does Viktor Orbán have in common with the German Constitutional Court? They both defend a ‘Westphalian’ system under which sovereign states are seen as masters in their own house. Accordingly, the EU is no more than the sum of its parts. Attacking the European Parliament ever so critical of him, Orbán for instance wants...
Softening up the Nation-state? a text by Andreas Faludi

Softening up the Nation-state? a text by Andreas Faludi

Reading Estelle Evrard (2021) about legal geography and spatial justice in borderlands evoked memories of Edward Soja speaking about the relation of society and space – also described as spatiality, or the relationship between people and things, including other people – at Radbout University Nijmegen maybe twenty years ago. Evrard is from the University of...
Nordregion a model? a text by Andreas Faludi

Nordregion a model? a text by Andreas Faludi

In a film about neutral Sweden during World War II, the protagonist, a young women hiking in the woods near her home sees an escapee from Norway fall dead into the brook marking the common border. The German officer of the occupying force calmly puts away his gun, saluting the Swedish border guard having rushed...
SPS has a new publications platform with several publications by us!

SPS has a new publications platform with several publications by us!

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Visit the online exhibition 'Circular Southern Holland'!

Visit the online exhibition ‘Circular Southern Holland’!

We proudly present results of the Research & Design studio Spatial Strategies for the Global Metropolis, part of the MSc Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences/Track Urbanism programme at Delft University of Technology in an online exhibition. The thematic focus of the 2020-2021 round of the studio was informed by an ambitious policy agenda that the...
New book on Regional Design edited by Neuman and Zonneveld

New book on Regional Design edited by Neuman and Zonneveld

Michael Neuman and Wil Zonneveld (eds) (2021) The Routledge Handbook of Regional Design, New York/Abingdon: Routledge, ISBN 9780367258665, 464 pages. Routledge recently published a new volume in its ongoing Handbook series: The Routledge Handbook of Regional Design. The book is edited by Michael Neuman (University of Westminster) and Wil Zonneveld. Next to a section on...
Regional planning cultures: New open access article in Planning Theory & Practice, by Eva Purkarthofer

Regional planning cultures: New open access article in Planning Theory & Practice, by Eva Purkarthofer

The concept of planning culture acknowledges the significance of choices, leeway and attitudes of actors in the planning process as well as the structuring force of established practices at organisational and societal levels. Planning culture can thus be a useful concept to link system-centred and practice-oriented research perspectives. However, planning cultures are still often understood...
A Non-Paper, a text by Andreas Faludi

A Non-Paper, a text by Andreas Faludi

Many youthful German speakers have been reading Karl May. His first six of many dozens of volumes recount the adventures of one Kara ben Nemsi and his indefatigable servant-companion Hadschi Halef Omar Ben Hadschi Abul Abbas Ibn Hadschi Dawud al Gossarah. (My stepfather could still recite the full name decades after he had read the books.)...
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