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Research in Urbanism Series

Editor-in-Chief: Frank v. der Hoeven (F.D.vanderHoeven@remove-this.tudelft.nl)

Planning Practice & Research

Editor-in-Chief: Vincent Nadin (V.Nadin@remove-this.tudelft.nl)

Journal of Design Research

Editor-in-chief: Ina Klaasen (I.T.Klaasen@remove-this.tudelft.nl)


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Het stedenbouwonderzoek is ondergebracht in de onderzoeksgroep Urbanism.
In deze onderzoeksgroep zijn de volgende programma's ondergebracht:


The central domain of the ULAB program is the design and analysis of urban patterns. Changing conditions result into increasing complexity of the character, development and use of urban patterns.

The aim of the ULAB research-program is to strengthen urban design as a technicalscientific discipline by the development of methods, tools and instruments to develop innovative concepts and approaches for urban analysis and urban design. The complexity theories of cities are … pm.The group is concerned with changing territorial conditions such as peak oil, climate change and demographic trends and their consequences for delta regions. The group addresses both the core principles of the discipline and practical support tools for urban design practice.

ULAB leads on two research themes:

• Delta urbanism, redefining urbanism in relation to the environment

• Design of the Urban Fabric, the core principles of urban design in urbanism

Randstad group: strategic spatial planning and design

The Randstad Group spatial development and planning of complex urban regions like the Randstad Holland. We investigate the performance of spatial structure and planning in local cases such as the metropolitan regions of Amsterdam and Rotterdam-The Hague, and the increasing significance of the regional scale, globalisation, internationalisation and changing relations between the state, market and civil society call for evaluation of the performance of regional spatial structures and the governance arrangements through regional planning and design. The group investigates its home region, the Randstad, and to use this knowledge in mutual learning through international case studies and cross-national comparison.

We work with the Urban and Regional Development Group of the OTB Research Institute for the Built Environment. We also aim to involve all relevant researchers on spatial planning in TU Delft.

The Randstad programme leads on three themes:

• metropolitan spatial structure

• regional planning and design

• international planning and developing regions

Urban landscape architecture and environmental design

The urban landscape group develops historical, theoretical, methodological and technical knowledge on the urban realm from the perspective of landscape and landscape architecture. It is concerned with spatial knowledge and the problématique in fields such as urban public spaces and urban interiors, the landscape structure of cities and the urbanisation of the (constructed) landscape, in particular, the Dutch lowland landscape and its broader conceptual framework, the Fine Dutch Tradition. In addition the research programme develops landscape architectural knowledge and applications for contemporary societal agendas such as cultural history and environmental sustainability. An established, and widely recognized, foundation of the programme has been the elaboration of landscape architecture as an independent domain of enquiry. The Urban Landscape Group continues to develop this foundation in order to activate and renew actual landscape architecture as an open and inventive design discipline and to deal with contemporary societal problems within the built environment.. An emerging area of enquiry for this knowledge base is the study of landscape processes and systems as a ‘way of knowing’, and its application to urban problems. 

The Urban Landscape group leads on the theme:

• Urban Metabolism

The why factory

MVRDV together with the Faculty of Architecture has established a new research group: The Why Factory (T?F). The Why Factory intends to bring argumentation to the world of architecture and urbanism. The Why Factory critically addresses the role of the architect in our society. It encourages closer collaboration with all parties involved in  he making of the city. T?F thus raises issues and questions which concern a variety of disciplines: from philosophy and sociology towards urban planning, architecture and product  design. It wants to enlarge the argumentative power of the architectural and urbanism profession through activation and direct involvement of these disciplines in the processing  and production of our cities. The Why Factory operates from the purity and beauty of science and fiction. It studies the future cityscapes through a direct activation and  envisioning of urban and architectural interventions. It makes use of trend research, fore- and back-casting methodologies, scenario making, modeling, simulating, gaming and  visioning processes. It wants to advocate the necessity to research, theorize and politicize the urban future as the actual territory of architecture. 

The Why Factory leads on the theme:

• Future City   

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