Urban regions shifting to circular economy: Understanding challenges for new ways of governance

Urban areas account for around 50% of global solid waste generation. In the last decade, the European Union has supported numerous initiatives aiming at reducing waste generation by promoting shifts towards Circular Economy (CE) approaches. Governing this process has become imperative. This article focuses on the results of a governance analysis of six urban regions…

Changing Planning and Development Institutions in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is faced with the challenge to accommodate the on-going process of urbanization, global investment flows, and increasing environmental concerns on its scarce developable land putting the city’s sustainable growth and livability at risk. This brings forward the need to effectively govern and manage sustainable urban development, which requires the alignment of planning and…

Interdisciplinary and experiential learning in urban development management education

To understand and deal with real urban development problems, urban planners, designers, and managers need to combine and synthesize a variety of academic and professional knowledge. As our urban challenges grow more complex, learning how to do this effectively becomes ever more important. For educators, this means teaching students how to work in interdisciplinary settings,…

Reflectie op Spelregelkaarten

Erwin Heurkens, Wouter Jan Verheul, Fred Hobma, 11 July 2019, Themasessie Stedelijke Transformatie, Villa Jongerius, Utrecht Spelregelkaarten (“Game rule carts”) are a new phenomenon in Dutch land use planning. Municipalities in general set the most important land use and spatial rules for development initiatives and plans of market actors. This approach allows for more flexibility…

Masterclass Ruimte voor Bedrijven

Erwin Heurkens, Tom Daamen, Fred Hobma, Erik Louw, 8 July 2019, Stadsontwikkeling Rotterdam, Marconitoren Rotterdam For the Municipality of Rotterdam – and City Development (SO Rotterdam) in particular- – we conducted a “Spaced for Companies” research about how to manage the integration of work and living functions within the existing city. Through co-organising several interactive…

Real estate investors’ maturity in using corporate social responsibility to develop sustainable properties

Rowie Huijbregts, Erwin Heurkens, Fred Hobma, 5 July 2019, European Real Estate Society (ERES) Conference, Cercy-Pontoise, Paris, France Pressing societal and environmental challenges influence real estate investment and development. Due to urbanization, gentrification, climate change and resource scarcity, the global call for more responsible and sustainable market behaviour has grown. As such, the notion of…

Versnipperd grondeigendom: Hoe ga je om met verschillende grondeigenaren bij binnenstedelijke transformatie?

Hoe kunnen initiatiefnemers van stedelijke transformatie omgaan met versnipperd eigendom? Welke strategieën kunnen initiatiefnemer(s) hanteren bij versnipperd eigendom? Wat betekenen de strategieën voor grondtransacties, samenwerking, tempo en onderlinge afhankelijkheid van kavels? Hobma, F. Heurkens, E., & Van der Wal, H. (2019). Versnipperd Grondeigendom: Hoe ga je om met verschillende grondeigenaren bij binnenstedelijke transformatie. Stedelijke Transformatie…

Overcoming governance challenges to enact transitions for a circular economy in Amsterdam and Naples urban regions

Regional Studies Association (RSA) Conference 2019, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 5 June 2019 Circular economy, that is a system in which resources circulate in ‘closed loops’ and waste generation is minimised, emerged as new sustainability paradigm, challenging the existing economic models and sustainable development practices. Transition towards circular economy was placed high on the agenda…

Alternatieve bekostiging infrastructuur: Lessen privaat-gestuurde gebiedsontwikkeling UK

Erwin Heurkens, 20 May 2019, Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat, Den Haag A Working Group on Alternative Financing of Infrastructure from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (IenW) asked me to provide a lecture about UK planning tools that enable public infrastructure to be partially financed by private urban property development. Three planning/development…

Area development

Erwin Heurkens, 9 May 2019, TU/e Eindhoven This presentation held at the TU/e for the Urban Case Studies course identifies and discusses the main characteristics of urban area development. It portrays area development as an interdisciplinary and applied scientific and empirical domain.