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ROCCO Summer school introduction Roberto Rocco is a full-time assistant professor working at the Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy within theDepartment of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology. He defended my PhD thesis in 2008, on the location trends of advanced producer services in relation to spatial advantages and centrality formation. His current research interests vary from regional planning theory and practice, locational trends and research methodology in areas of design practice.

This last area of research stems from his recent experience as visiting researcher at the University of Hertfordshire (UK), where he took part in the research group Research Into Practice, which investigates issues related to academic research in areas of design practice.





Professor Vincent Nadin joined the Department of Urbanism in January 2008 as full-time Professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy, coming from the Department of Planning and Architecture at the University of the West of England. He leads the spatial planning chair and the Randstad research programme which involves the Urban and Regional Development Group of the OTB Research Institute (led by Professor Wil Zonneveld). He is also the research director for the Department and member of the Faculty Research Council. In 2010 I was a visiting professor at the National Taipei University, and visiting academic at the National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. In 2007 he was visiting professor at the Institute of Environmental Planning, Leibniz University, Hannover and visiting research fellow at the OTB Research Centre. His career has been mostly in teaching and research but I started out in local government and have acted as consultant to many national and international clients. He spends much of my time working with PhD candidates, supporting research bids and helping with publications, though I am also involved in teaching, especially the graduation studios led by the Spatial Planning Chair on Complex Cities and Urban Regeneration and the European Masters in Urbanism.

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LECTURE LIANG XIONG: Planning with Water in China, Taiwan and the Netherlands

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XIONG LIANG Planning with water: China, Taiwan, the Netherlands

Liang Xiong is a PhD candidate at the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft. The theme of his dissertation is Delta-Urbanism in the Pearl River delta.

Urban Deltas are one of the most important coastal areas in the challenge of Climate Change because of their high vulnerability in both social-economic and nature process. With its earliest cities settled more than two thousand years ago, the Pearl River Delta is one of the oldest and richest deltas for dwelling. However, the economic boom and urban expansion are pushing the delta-cities relationship great step forwards since 1980’s. To keep the well performance as it did for the last 2000 years, which lane should the delta follow in the highway of transforming?

WORKSHOP MARCIN DAWBROSKI: Governance and Stakeholder Participation

Lecture Marcin Dabrowski on GOVERNANCE



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Marcin Dabrowski is a research fellow at the Department of Urbanism (Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy) at TU Delft. At present, his main field of inquiry is governance of urban regions and climate change policy. Moreover, he continues working on EU cohesion policy, multi-level governance, urban development and policy transfer in the field of regional policy.

LECTURE GERDA ROELEVELD (Deltares): Governance in Spatial Planning

GERDA ROELEVELD Governance in Spatial Planning

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Ir. Gerda Roeleveld is an expert in the field of spatial planning and research by design.

As a landscape architect, Gerda Roeleveld acquired ample experience in the field of spatial planning and policy making, whilst working for the former Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment in The Netherlands (VROM). She participated in strategic urban and rural development projects at regional, national and European level and was an invited expert for the European Commission and the OECD on assignments in Europe and Asia.

At Deltares she is currently working on concepts and methods to improve knowledge exchange and communication amongst scientists, designers, decision makers and other actors involved in participatory spatial development processes.

Lecture Taneha Bacchin: Sustainable Infrastructures

BACCHIN Sustainable Infrastructures

Taneha Bacchin's Sustainable Infrastructure Lecture: Click on the image to download the presentation.

Taneha Bacchin’s Sustainable Infrastructure Lecture: Click on the image to download the presentation.

Taneha K. Bacchin is an Architect and Urban Planner, Research Associate at the Chair of Environmental Technology & Design, Delft University of Technology, Researcher at the Flood Resilience Group, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. She holds a M.Sc. Degree in Architecture (summa cum laude) and M.Sc. Postgraduate Degree (with honour) in Spatial Planning and Technology from IUAV University of Venice, Italy. Previously, she had studied (BArch) at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, working as an Undergraduate Researcher in Urban Technology funded by the Brazilian National Council of Scientific and Technological Development. Her research interest in spatial planning and modelling has led her to the Venetian Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Planning in 2000, where she is a guest lecturer since 2007. After several years of work experience in architecture and urban planning practices, in 2009 she started her PhD research studies at the University College London (Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis), UK and Delft University of Technology / UNESCO-IHE, The Netherlands. Doctoral Fellow funded by CAPES, Brazilian Ministry of Education, she focused on modelling the retrofitting of urban nature in dense urbanized environments, increasing dynamic resilience to flood risk and liveability in cities across different spatial and temporal scales.

Using computers

People will be surprised to know that we have strongly discouraged the use of computers during the Summer School. Instead, we urged students to find other ways to communicate their ideas, mainly through hand drawing, but also through oral explanations. We find that students are incredibly resourceful when encouraged to use alternative ways of expression. Their hand drawing skills helped them communicate complex ideas visually and to spatialise relationships quickly, effectively and with great artistic expression, like some of the examples shown below . Computers were only used at the very end, to produce the final posters.



We also gave students a tour of Kinderdijk, a UNESCO heritage site. According to the site Kinderdijk.com : “A significant part of Holland is situated up to approximately 7 meters below sea level. The Dutch don’t notice any of this though, because an incredibly innovative and intricate system keeps the ever-rising seawater from flooding the land. Even during spring tide, the Dutch are safely guarded from being washed away… The most important aspect of UNESCO World Heritage Kinderdijk is undoubtedly the unique collection of 19 authentic windmills, which are considered a Dutch icon throughout the entire world. A wonderful and unforgettable day trip in the Netherlands for the entire family!”