City Tour Delft: The making of a knowledge city

Delft is a medium-sized city in the western part of the Netherlands with approximately 100,000 inhabitants. The city combines its historic features with a variety of distinctive technological industries, such as the Delft University of Technology, life sciences and material conglomerate DSM, and the well‐known Dutch scientific research institute TNO. This situation has led the Municipality of Delft to rebrand their city around four core values: history, innovation, creativity and technology. However, it is the two important strategic urban development projects – Delft Spoorzone and TU Delft Campus – that are exemplary and conditional for the “knowledge city” Delft wants to become. Both urban projects are potentially complemental in strengthening Delft’s knowledge base. Therefore, this paper describes the main strategies and development plans of both projects, and critically evaluates the potential of both projects for the city future.

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