A theory must be general and valid for anybody. Yona Friedman
  • P27_the International Perspectives

    A programme, which focuses on what urban functions of activities and facilities are important for Randstad Holland and consequently contribute to its international image.

    The International Perspectives (tIP) consist of a series of seven public lectures with inspiring international speakers, and seven private expert meetings, which displays inspiring examples of urban functions in the metropoles of the world. The series will take place from September 2o11 to March 2o12 and are organised around 7 themes: cultural clusters, knowledge clusters, flagship developments, self-organising city, social network city, international organisations and attractive city.

    tIP is organised in cooperation with the various universities in Randstad Holland. The tIP results will be input for the final debate and a publication, both planned for spring 2o12

    Related project: P23_Defining the Metropolis

    2o11, Randstad Holland, The Netherlands

  • P23_Defining the Metropolis

    A design research that compares the development aspects in different metropolitan areas.

    What makes a big city a metropolis; its sublime location, its metro system, its inspiring history, its concentration of headquarters, its multicultural population or its exciting nightlife? Defining the Metropolis is a design research which investigates the development of the metropolis. By examining several aspects of metropolitan development - at an international, regional and local scale - Association Deltametropolis in collaboration with the universities situated in the Randstad Holland acquires more insight into the possible further development of the Randstad Holand.

    More thought given to the further development of the Randstad Holland - an urbanised area of 8 million inhabitants - from the angle of what appeals to people in a metropolis is needed. The population growth of the Randstad Holland is expected to occur by immigration and migration of youngsters out of the periphery into the cities. For these groups employment, education, acquaintances and kindred spirits are the main reasons for staying. If the Randstad Holland is to compete with other urban agglomerations employment, housing and facilities must be of top reputation.

    Related project: P27_the International Perspectives

    2o1o, Randstad Holland, The Netherlands

  • Metro in Progress_Roundtable Brussels

    Metro in Progress was an international roundtable event on metropolitan strategies, held in Brussels, November 2013. More than fourteen experts and administrators from eight metropolitan regions in the EU (Brussels, Stuttgart, Manchester, Paris, Bordeaux, Copenhagen-Malmo, Turin and Bucharest) share their insights, methods and experiences on the central theme: From Strategies to Implementation

    The live feed of the day and the reports on the different sessions can be found here.

    The roundtable event was a co-operation of Deltametropolis Association, INTA- AIVN and Vlaams Bouwmeester.


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  • Street Talks


    Ton Schaap, urban designer at the city of Amsterdam, gave the first lecture. In his lecture, he illustrated the design process for the Wibautstraat, Amsterdam and elaborated on several details and explained his design choices. A video of his lecture can be found here.

    As a co-reference to the lecture, David Dooghe, praised the conscientious of his design. The street must look, even on a typical Dutch rainy Winter day, still impressive. However, what happens in the street on a sunny Summer day? Does the design leave space for people claiming the street; for personal use by the inhabitants, for events, for protests? Of course streets add to the attractiveness of the city, so they need to be well designed. Streets, however, have also an important social, cultural and political function. Public life, in all its aspects, takes place on the street. Finding a balance between design and use is always the tricky task when developing the public space. A pity, Ton’s lecture ended at the point the street was redeveloped, as for many users at that point the story only starts. Do we, as designers, take enough time to also evaluate how people use what we design?

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  • Metro in Progress_Interviews

    The publication Metro in Progress offers the initial outcomes of the first series of interviews and meetings with a range of stakeholders, addressing metropolitan challenges and dilemmas. First it describes the conditions, which are necessary when implementing a metropolitan strategy, and the options, which are available to put this into practice. After, the interviews follow. They cover a broad range of issues: the scale of the metropolitan area, governance and municipal co-operation, new forms of urbanity, eco-systems, the innovative economy and sustainability. By addressing these issues, the debate on socio-economic development and the governance of larger territories is being moved forward.

    Metro in Progress is a co-operation of Deltametropolis Association and INTA- AIVN

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    overview participating metropolises

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  • Use versus Population


    “Today, city planners swear loyalty to Jane Jacob’s vision. Her goal of preserving the city’s physical fabric by maintaining the small scale and interactive social life of the streets has been translated into laws for preserving much of the built environment. But these laws go only part of the way towards creating the vibrant city Jacobs loved. They encourage mixed uses, but not a mixed population.”

    Zukin S., Naked City: the death and life of authentic urban places, New York, Oxford University Press, inc., 2010, p25

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  • Metropolis NL @ Plandag 2o13

    How metropolitan are the Netherlands and how can the different centres in the Dutch urban network increase their (metropolitan) attractiveness? For Plandag 2o13, Planning is not without value(s), David Dooghe wrote the paper ‘Association seeks Metropolis’, in which the first conclusions of the Project: The International Perspectives, were described.


    The urban network of Metropolis NL is slowly developing, due to the increasing mobility between the different Dutch centres. However, at the moment these centres are very similar; they all have a regional function. As a result, from an international perspective, these centres are not attractive to visit or invest. From a national perspective, if these centres increasingly function as similar regional centres, investing in mobility between these centres is in a way useless. In order to increase the return on investment in mobility, a centre needs to offer opportunities, different than the other centres, in order to be attractive to visit. Developing or attracting unique international players is a vital strategy to do so. In order to root these international players in the centre, they need to offer opportunities for the local inhabitants. As only by connecting global and local, true metropolitan centres, or cities of the world, can come to existence

    The focus on local organisations is furthermore important, this due to the decreasing involvement of the Dutch central government in the development of these centres. This decrease of involvement leaves a new playing field for private partners, NGO or inhabitants to get involved in the development of the centres, or as was concluded at the Metropool forum 2o12, organised by Deltametropolis: People create the metropolis, governance only follows.



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