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New New Towns is an international, multi-disciplinary research program organized by the International New Town Institute (INTI). The New New Towns program is dedicated to improve the urban and social quality of six exceptional New Towns in transition. These cities are experiencing fast urbanization and they face major urban planning issues.


Article by Linda Vlassenrood
Chinese urbanization through the lens of Da Lang
Shenzhen is a city that has been raising eyebrows for years, because of its fast development and exceptional position. However, the everyday reality in Shenzhen can be unruly. As a city, Shenzhen mainly thinks in top-down strategies and simply adds new hardware – the sum of infrastructure, buildings and industries – in order to encourage urban (...)


article by Haotian Lin
Making Housing Affordable in Fast-Growing Chinese Cities: A Shenzhen Perspective
Like many other Chinese cities, Shenzhen is experiencing intense spatial transformation. Downgraded neighborhoods are replaced with luxury housing, shopping malls and offices. Such development might improve the competitiveness of the city, but ignores the affordability of the city for lower-income groups. The reliance on the market parties to (...)


article by Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, Georgeen Theodore [INTERBORO]
The Dream of a Lifestyle: Master-Planned Communities and the New Tools of Exclusion
’New Towns & Politics’
In the Bill Clinton-endorsed book The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart, Bill Bishop warns that while America is diverse, “the places where we live are becoming increasingly crowded with people who live, think, and vote as we do,” and that “our country has become so polarized, so ideologically inbred, that (...)


article by Christian Salewski
The Politics of Planning: From Social Engineering to the Engineering of Consent Scenarios for Almere, Markerwaard, and New Netherlands 2050 (1965-1985)
’New Towns & Politics’
The crisis of ‘make-ability’ and the image of the future in physical planning and design Planning and designing inherently means to anticipate the future in a most comprehensive way; that is, to have an image of the future that includes both proposed, projected interventions and expected circumstances for those interventions. Planners, designers (...)


article by Sophie van Ginneken
The burden of being planned. How African cities can learn from experiments of the past: New Town Dodoma, Tanzania
’New Towns on the Cold War Frontier’
Throughout history, the transformation of African cities has always attracted large master plans. Sometimes they are unsustainable. The capital of Tanzania, Dodoma, is an obvious example. Conceptualized as an African city, inspired by Maoist ideals, designed by Canadians and Americans, built by Europeans and Asians, paid for by many, and soon (...)


Article by Michelle Provoost
Exporting New Towns. The Welfare City in Africa
Looking at the cities that were built from scratch during the fifties and sixties all over the world, it is astonishing to see how uniform the world population growth was spatially accommodated in places extremely remote and different in culture and political background. The roots of this phenomenon can easily be traced back to the New Towns (...)


article by Merve Bedir
Transformation of Cape Town’s Informal Settlements: “The Pressure Cooker on the Boil”
The apartheid regime in South Africa maintained its rule through the ‘organization of urban space into racially segregated living areas’. Since the regime’s fall [1990], the easing of migration rules to cities have lead to the rapid growth of informal settlements in South Africa’s major cities: In 2010, the total population of informal settlements (...)


article by Jiayao Liu
Farming Chinese New Towns. Rethinking the roles of the agricultural landscape in new town development in China
This short read provides a brief review of my graduation thesis: Farming Guangming: Articulating agricultural landscape and new town development for the “Green City” Guangming in Shenzhen. My thesis questions the current urban development and planning practices when dealing with agriculture in metropolitan areas, and argues that being an (...)

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Five minute impression of the "Urban Africa” conference


This international conference explored the current trajectory of African urbanization with insights from some of the most exciting voices in the field and serve as a platform to begin an open debate. Organized by the International New Town Institute (INTI), April 7, 2015 in Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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A film by Marit Geluk

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De Vinexmensen - Nieuwsbrief 3

E-book ‘Groeten uit Vinexland’
‘Ik zou er nog niet dood gevonden willen worden.’ Dat was bijna steevast de reactie die journalist Tijs van den Boomen kreeg als hij vertelde dat hij een zeventiendaagse rondreis door Vinexland ging maken. ‘Ik wilde weten hoe het er was, 25 jaar nadat de Vinex was bedacht, en hoe de mensen er leefden.’

Tijs trok begin januari op verzoek van De Vinexmensen langs acht Vinexwijken. Hij verbleef tussen ‘de Vinexmensen’, bezocht een scoutingclub en een hondenuitlaatservice, ging naar de kapper, at bij de Chinees en de snackbar, en sliep bij mensen thuis. Over zijn ervaringen publiceerde hij eerder in NRC Handelsblad. Nu is zijn complete verhaal te lezen als longread. Download het e-boek via uitgeverij Fosfor of bij Apple

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Tomorrow: 25 May
Tomorrow: Tijdlijnfoto's Tomorrow, TU Delft, 13.45

This is a really amazing opportunity offered by the International New Town Institute and the Faculty of Architecture in Delft: a (...)

On The Mastermind of Milton Keynes...