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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
Shenzhen is upgrading its industry. It results in empty factory buildings and in huge demographic changes within the migrant population. It implies a transition from a blue-collar to a white-collar society. The economic success of Shenzhen is based on cheap labor. Nonetheless, blue-collar migrants are considered to be both problematic and (...)

column by Rachel Keeton
I am Rosengård
New town narratives
In a series of six episodes, the International New Town Institute (INTI), based in Almere, the Netherlands, explores unusual aspects of rapidly developed settlements across Europe. Rachel Keeton reports on the Malmö neighbourhood of Rosengård, a multi-ethnic district and home base of international football star Zlatan Ibrahimović. Rosengård is a (...)

Article by Joris van Casteren
Toulouse-Le Mirail; De voorstad brandt
"In Toulouse werd aan de overkant van de rivier de modelstad Le Mirail gebouwd. Progressieven uit heel Frankrijk kwamen af op het ontwerp van architect Candilis. Tegenwoordig is Le Mirail een grimmige voorstad waar auto’s in brand worden gestoken. ‘De immigranten hebben nooit moeite gedaan om Candilis te begrijpen.’" Tweede deel van een serie (...)

Article by Michelle Provoost
In search of new values
While many new cities are being built worldwide the private sector is taking many of the traditional roles of the government in planning and governance. What does that mean for the quality of our future cities? And what role is there in this new constellation for city leaders? In Western Europe the idea of building a new city from scratch has (...)

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The Density Syndicate participants are selected!

Together with our local partner, the African Centre for Cities (ACC), the International New Town Institute (INTI) has initiated the Density Syndicate, to study the possibilities for increasing Cape Town’s urban density, by using the combined design intelligence of Dutch and South African architects and planners. The Density Syndicate will organize strategic partnerships between 5 Dutch and 5-10 South African architects (and urban planners) to connect these creative thinkers to Cape Town’s most urgent urban planning challenges. Density Syndicate is supported by the City of Cape Town, the Dutch Creative Industries Fund, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and the Netherlands Consulate General, Cape Town. It is also a programmatic component for Department of Design, an initiative of the Netherlands Consulate-General in Cape Town as part of the World Design Capital 2014 Cape Town.

Naomi Hoogervoorst has a written a great blog post about the placemaking tour through Nairobi that she organized for INTI a couple (...)

Today we received a high delegation of the new planned town of Rawabi in Palestine.

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