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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 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 (...)


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 (...)

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De toekomst van Vinexwijken
Donderdag 3 September, 19.30 Grote Zaal Pakhuis De Zwijger, Amsterdam
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photo: Tijs van den Boomen

Wat moet er in de Actieagenda voor Vinexwijken staan? Deze vraag staat centraal op donderdag 3 september. Samen met Pakhuis De Zwijger organiseren De Vinexmensen een avond die geheel in het teken staat van de toekomst van Vinexwijken. We willen samen met Vinexbewoners en betrokkenen urgente toekomstopgaven voor de Vinexwijken vaststellen. Deze punten zullen we meenemen in de Vinexmensen Actieagenda die we aan het einde van dit Jaar van de Ruimte zullen presenteren. U bent van harte uitgenodigd om mee te komen discussiëren over de toekomst van de Vinex.

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De Vinexmensen - Nieuwsbrief 6

De Vinexmensen 3 september in Pakhuis De Zwijger. Meld je nu aan!
Wat moet er in de Actieagenda voor Vinexwijken staan?
Deze vraag staat centraal op donderdag 3 september. Samen met Pakhuis De Zwijger organiseren De Vinexmensen een avond die geheel in het teken staat van de toekomst van Vinexwijken.
We willen samen met Vinexbewoners en betrokkenen urgente toekomstopgaven voor de Vinexwijken vaststellen. Deze punten zullen we meenemen in de Vinexmensen Actieagenda die we aan het einde van dit Jaar van de Ruimte zullen presenteren.

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