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Urban social geography and urban planning blog with news, reviews & my view

Why is planning important in The Netherlands?

During my last class I received written questions from my students as I wanted to know whether there are certain things that they did not grasp or they were simply curious about. I answered some of these questions on the spot and some I took home with me to provide...

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Why are 20th century utopias important for planning?

One of the first ‘fun’ books I’ve read during my BA education was a book published in 1516, Thomas More’s ‘Utopia’, which was suggested by my urban economics professor as an extra reading to understand the idea of property rights and principles of ideal social order...

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Encounter with a young planning practitioner…

I invited planning practitioner Jimme Zoete to my class of yesterday within the framework of a course that I coordinate (Introduction to Urban Planning) to talk simply about what he does as an urban planner who works in the private sector. Jimme works for a...

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Why is theory important for planning?

In today's class I explained my first year BA students what theory is, what the place of planning discipline is within social theory, and why theory is important for planning practitioners. Tough job to simplify all these in 90 minutes, considering most of the...

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Modernist planning: What went wrong?

“What went wrong with Bijlmer?” A student asked from the back of the class during the lecture on planning history in the Introduction to Urban Planning course that I’m coordinating at our Bachelor programme in UvA. We were discussing "city scientific", a period of...

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From Student to Urban Planner

Mark Oranje and I have been working on this book, From Student to Urban Planner, for the last few years. We have worked with young planning practitioners from all around the world, whose experiences were shared by planning scholars from all around the world. Download...

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Cityscope essay on our DIVERCITIES Handbook

Cityscope correspondent David Hatch has written about the DIVERCITIES handbook on Cityscope's website. It's a great piece taking into account the substantial research we undertook in 14 cities. You can read the full text below. Image: Participants take part in this...

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Divercities Handbook

A Handbook for Governing Urban Diversity, the DIVERCITIES handbook and final deliverable for the EU FP7 funded DIVERCITIES project, is out now. It features detailed information gleaned from DIVERCITIES research in 14 countries by a team of 60+ international...

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Toronto City Book

The Toronto City Book brings together four years of in-depth research undertaken in the Jane and Finch district in the northwest of Toronto as part of the EU funded DIVERCITIES project. As the Team Leader for the book my role was to oversee the research and content....

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Meaningful Encounters

Meaningful Encounters is an exploratory research project attempting to understand the relationship between meaningful encounters in public spaces and place making activities in the city. Together with Sara Ozogul, I organised an event at Pakhuis de Zwijger in...

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