Private sector-led urban development: Characteristics, typologies and practices – RCRED

The role of the private sector in shaping the built environment is historically evident and seemingly increasing in contemporary urban development practice. Traditionally real estate developers and investors play a crucial role in realising and financing urban development and real estate projects. In addition, other private sector actors like owners, entrepreneurs, local citizens and all…

Forms of privatization in Dutch urban development

An unsolicited private proposal, a flexible masterplan and land-use plan, a quality team that overtakes the role of the public aesthetics commission, and private quality safeguarding for plan judgement and construction supervision. These instruments and agreements are used by housing association De Alliantie, the Municipality of Amsterdam, and other parties in the urban development project…

Effectieve afsprakenkaders voor gebiedsontwikkeling: Lessen uit de Theo Koomenbuurt

Een ‘ongevraagd’ privaat voorstel, een flexibel stedenbouwkundig frame en bestemmingsplan, een kwaliteitsteam dat de rol van de welstandscommissie overneemt, en private kwaliteitsborging voor de plantoetsing en toezicht tijdens de bouw. Dat zijn de innovatieve afspraken gemaakt tussen woningcorporatie de Alliantie, de gemeente Amsterdam en andere partijen bij de gebiedsontwikkeling Theo Koomenbuurt op Zeeburgereiland. De Praktijkleerstoel…

Institutional conditions for sustainable private sector-led urban development

Across the globe sustainable private sector-led urban development projects (SPUDPs) in the built environment rarely commence as real estate developers face several institutional barriers which limit their capacity to develop economic-viable, social-responsible, environmental-friendly urban places.  However, it is largely unknown how SPUDPs can be effectuated as insight is lacking into institutional conditions that could incentivise…

Planners as market actors: The role of local planning authorities in the UK’s urban regeneration practice

At a time of public sector retrenchment in urban regeneration it has become increasingly important to understand how planners can help create better places. Recent studies suggest that planners must behave as market actors by strategically deploying planning tools to influence market behaviour. In this context, this paper examines how local planning authorities use a…

Corporation-led urban development

Since a couple of years a remarkable phenomenon is witnessed in the field of urban development which entails that large multinationals corporations, such as IKEA and Siemens, start to engage in urban development projects. As their motivation to do so is unclear, it is difficult to estimate whether this phenomenon offers opportunities or threats for urban development practice. This paper…