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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 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 (...)


Article by Marco Bontje
Living in Shenzhen: attractive for creatives?
Like many cities across the globe, Shenzhen is attempting to redevelop itself as a ‘creative city’. This policy concept can mean different things to different people. Strategies aiming at becoming a ‘creative city’ refer to attracting and developing cultural and creative industries like architecture, design, media, games, advertising, and of (...)

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Conference Invitation

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Nairobi, Kenya (photo: Simone Rots)
Conference Invitation:
“Urban Africa.
New strategies for the world’s fastest urbanizing continent”

April 7, 2015 | 9:30 – 17:00
Auditorium, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The International New Town Institute (INTI) has the pleasure of inviting you to the conference “Urban Africa: New strategies for the world’s fastest urbanizing continent”. This international conference will explore 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. Africa’s population and economic growth make it the world’s fastest urbanizing continent. While some might still associate Africa with rural development, the future of Africa is, in fact, very urban.
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De Vinexmensen - Nieuwsbrief 2


Aftrap onderzoek
Op 5 februari kwamen bachelor- en masterstudenten van de Universiteit Utrecht en de Universiteit van Amsterdam en afgestudeerde onderzoekers, samen voor een aftrapbijeenkomst in Amsterdam. De 8 wijken zijn over de 17 onderzoekers verdeeld. Zij werken nu aan hun onderzoeksvoorstellen en hebben de eerste verkennende stappen in hun Vinexwijken gezet.
De (student-)onderzoekers laten zich inspireren door stadssocioloog Herbert Gans, die bekendheid verwierf met zijn boek ‘The Levittowners’ (1967). Hij verbleef bijna twee jaar in een nieuwe buitenwijk van New Jersey om deze van binnenuit te leren kennen. Onze onderzoekers moeten met iets minder tijd genoegen nemen. Zij trekken de komende maanden de wijken in en stellen de volgende vragen: Hoe staat de Vinexwijk ervoor? Wie wonen en werken er? Welke mate van stedelijkheid kenmerkt de Vinexwijk? En wat zijn de opgaven voor de toekomst?

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As third speaker for the conference 'Urban Africa: New strategies for the world's fastest urbanizing continent', we are (...)

Linda Vlassenrood is traveling to Shenzhen to host the seminar “How to Feed the City of Shenzhen” on urban agriculture together with (...)

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