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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 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 (...)

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

The International New Town Institute (INTI) has the pleasure of inviting you to the conference “Shenzhen: From Factory of the World to World City”. For the first time, the results of INTI’s international research program will be presented to a Dutch professional audience. The event will be a crash course for anyone working or interested in Shenzhen and other Chinese cities. 




Everyone is welcome to join us in brainstorming about Nairobi's urban public space. Join in the discussion this (...)

The African Centre for Cities has made a very nice trailer of the exhibition 'City Desired' in which the New Town Institute (...)

November 28: conference by Architectuur Lokaal, a.o. on the future of the Vinex and the community @Vinexmensen, organized by INTI. (...)