Teaching

This blog is all about my teaching work at the University of Amsterdam. It features work from students, links to research, and background information on the lectures I give as part of research in the field of Urban Planning and Governance.

Watch a selection of online keynote addresses, interviews and lectures

Why is planning important in The Netherlands?

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...

Why are 20th century utopias important for planning?

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...

Encounter with a young planning practitioner…

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...

Why is theory important for planning?

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...

Modernist planning: What  went wrong?

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...

UA-106195493-1