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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 (...)

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Videos available from the “Shenzhen: From Factory of the World to World City” Conference
12 December 2014 | 9:30 – 17:30 | Schouwburg, Almere, The Netherlands
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Shenzhen 2014 (photo: Jiayao Liu)

Videos from the “Shenzhen: From Factory of the World to World City” conference held by INTI on December 12 in Almere are now available online through our website. For the first time, the results of INTI’s international research and exchange program in Shenzhen were presented in the Netherlands. Speakers and panelists from both China and the Netherlands discussed the major constraints in the current urban planning process in Shenzhen and presented new stakeholders, new social and economic values, alternative strategies for redevelopment, and future challenges for the “city of tomorrow” within the Pearl River Delta.




Yes, all lectures from the “Shenzhen: From Factory of the World to World City” conference held by INTI are now available online through (...)

In Havana, the old harbour will be redeveloped with a strong emphasis on heritage and prevention of gentrification. Simone Rots will (...)

New Short Read on INTI-website: In Shenzhen, there is a shortage of affordable housing for the young and creative class. The market (...)