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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 Michelle Provoost
Tema Manhean
In 1952, a year after Kwame Nkrumah became the first Prime Minister of what was then the British colony of the Gold Coast (now Ghana), the decision was made to build a brandnew harbour as part of the ambitious Volta River Project. For the relocation of Tema, a small fishing village that stood in the way of the new development, the English (...)


article by Rachel Keeton
When Smart Cities are Stupid
A few years ago, when ‘smart cities’ starting dominating the landscape of urban trends, it seemed like a pretty exciting model. Technology integrated into every aspect of daily life! A more convenient, comfortable urban experience for everyone! Right? Not really. As this article will argue, smart cities as we know them today are neither (...)


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 (...)

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Re-Imagining India

INTI and magazine My Liveable City (India) organize a knowledge tour to the Netherlands from April 11 to April 16, 2016. Currently, 31% of India’s population lives in cities and that number is supposed to rise to 50% by 2030. In order to steer the urbanization process, the national government unveiled a list in 2015 of 100 cities that are supposed to become smart and allocated money for an urban rejuvenation program for another 500 towns and cities in the next 5 years. Last but not least, many new towns are being planned and developed to shape new industrial corridors. The knowledge tour will therefore expose Indian participants to Dutch expertise and give a deeper insight into the physical planning structure of the Netherlands in areas like New Town development, Smart cities, Sustainability issues, Regeneration & Redevelopment and Social Housing.

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Newsletter February 2016

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Kilamba, Angola (photo: Rachel Keeton)
Urban Africa

With the announced plan to build a new capital city for 5-7 million inhabitants 45km east of Cairo, Egyptian New Towns have taken on renewed importance in the national discussion.
New Towns have been on the urban agenda of Egypt since 1976, when the first city, ‘Tenth of Ramadan’, was built under President Sadat. Since then, 22 New Towns have been constructed, and more appear on the drawing board every day. That makes Egypt’s New Towns program the most ambitious in the world, with the possible exception of China and India.

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