X-Large seminar Mapping Wuhan – July 12th 2016

The Department of Urbanism at TU Delft will host a delegation from Wuhan Land Resources and Planning Bureau including the Party Secretary of the municipal Planning Bureau and our client for the research pilot project Mapping Wuhan, Director CHEN Wei of WLSP on July 12th.
We are proud to announce the seminar we organise as part of a series of events. Please have a close look at the poster below. We cordially invite you to participate.
Next to listening to the lectures given by Professor Will Zonneveld and influential practitioner Hiroki Matsuura, we think this is a unique chance to hear about and discuss a Master Plan for a major Chinese city with the directly involved planners as well.


Workshop ‘The real story behind the Schilderswijk’

Students Eva van Rijen and Freke Aalpoel, affiliated for their graduation with the Urban Fabrics research group, organise the workshop ‘The real story behind the Schilderswijk. The Schilderswijk from an environmental psychological perspective.’ on Friday November 13th in Den Haag. Interested to join? find more information here:


Poster Workshop

World Habitat Day 5 October 2015: Public Spaces for All

Happy World Habitat Day!

The purpose of World Habitat Day, October 5th 2015, is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns. This year the United Nations chose the theme ‘Public Spaces for All’ as very relevant for the Habitat Agenda.

Urban October 2015

Objectives of World Habitat Day 2015

  1. Raise awareness about the need for well designed and managed public spaces and streets.

Great to see that one of the key themes of our research group takes centre stage also for UN Habitat.

Find more information here: http://www.urbanoctober.org/  or download: the UrbanOctoberBackgroundPaper


‘Urban Complexity’ by Peter Sloot – 15 January 16:00-18:00

On January 15 16:00-18:00, Peter Sloot* will give a lecture on ‘Urban Complexity’ – by summarising and explaining the studies of West and Bettencourt (link). The Amsterdam institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) will host this event.

See the website of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) for more information and registration.

* Peter Sloot’s research on Dark Criminal Networks was part of the Dutch television program ‘Labyrinth’ (youtube, in Dutch).

Seminar Urban-Knowledge platform – 1 October 14:00-18:00

On 1 October, the end results of the “SpininhetWeb” project, led by our former colleague Peter de Bois, will be presented in Amsterdam. One of the results is a website, an open knowledge platform dedicated to compile an innovative and effective system of methods and techniques for urban expertise. Although the urban-knowledge website is bilingual (Dutch/English), the seminar will be in Dutch. If you want to join, please have a look at the seminar website.

www.urban-knowledge.nl gives a (continuously expanding) overview of methods and techniques relevant for designing urban fabrics!

Information workshop Patterns 22 September

Update 8 October 2014: more information on Patterns can be found here.

Examples of the use of patterns as a result of group work in Urbanism education:

  • Dorst, Machiel van, et al (2013) The Pattern Book: European Masters in Urbanism TUDelft 2013. Repository.
  • Mentink, Bas; Henriquez, Laurence; Van Niekerk, Lisette; Verheul, Rhea (2013) The IPG BAR project. Repository. Supervisors: Arjan van Timmeren, Egbert Stolk, René Kleijn.

Examples of the use of patterns in graduation projects:

  • Bruin, Anne Veerle (2010) Future proofing late post-war neighbourhoods – urban patterns for a socially sustainable Zevenkamp. Repository. Main mentor: Machiel van Dorst; second mentor: John Westrik; third mentor: Maurice Harteveld.
  • Feltins, Aleksandrs (2013) Research on How to diversify microrayon. A pattern language for user control facilitating urban design in large postwar estates. The case of Plavnieki, Rīga. Repository. Main mentor: Egbert Stolk; second mentor: Paul Stouten.
  • Lugten, Martijn (2014) Re Sil(i)ence. Design patterns for an aircraft noise abating spatial environment. Repository. Main mentor: Egbert Stolk; second mentor: Frank van der Hoeven.

Relevant links:

Maurice Harteveld versus Tom Avermaete – 18 September 8:45-10:30

Maurice Harteveld: ‘Design and People, Designers as People’
Tom Avermaete: ‘Public Spaces, Then and Now’

Tom Avermaete and Maurice Harteveld both encourage the architect to take on a social relevant and cultural related position as safe guarders of the public domain. But what exactly can be the role of the architect in today’s society? Is there an alternative to the modernist position of relative autonomy? Both researchers will give their advice to the architectural profession.

Moderator: Hans Teerds
This confrontation lecture will take place in Room A from 8:45-10:30

Workshop Regeneration Mathenesserweg – 12 September 9:00-17:00

Due to closing of small businesses, more and more vacant store fronts appear in the Mathenessweg in Rotterdam. Besides deterioration of the business climate, this also negatively effects the perception of safety and liveability in the area. To tackle these problems residence set up neighbourhood enterprise. With support of the housing association Havensteder they commissioned Veldacademie to investigate possibilities to reduce vacancy and improve the liveability of the area.

Within this context Veldacademie organizes a special workshop in collaboration with the Urban Fabric studio as part of your curriculum. The workshop offers you the opportunity to work together with architects on a real case and learn new methods to deal with the urban issues at hand in Rotterdam deprived neighbourhoods. We happily invite you to join and read more on our website.



Play the City Talk Show – 12 september 19:30-22:00

On 12 September Ekim Tan will defend her thesis “Negotation and Design for the Self-Organizing City: A Game-Based Approach to City Making” (download here). This official ceremony will take place in the Aula and will start at 12:00.

From the summary (pp14-15): “This thesis proposes Generative City Gaming as an innovative urban planning and design method built on the tradition of serious gaming. Going beyond the educational scope of other serious games, the ultimate aim of city gaming is to become operational in urban processes – a goal in the process of making a reality since 2008, when Generative City Gaming was first applied to a real urban questions in the Netherlands, later expanding to Istanbul, Tirana, Brussels, and Cape Town. Negotiation and Design for the Self-Organizing City” reports on six of the twelve city games played to date which were instrumental in the evolution of the method.”

The Play the City Talk Show will start at 19:30 in Amsterdam. The talkshow has a great line-up of professionals who gather to discuss the relevancy of City Games to Collaborative City Making. Don’t miss it!