A typology of social entrepreneurs in bottom-up urban development

The emergence of organic planning practices in the Netherlands introduces new, non-conventional, local actors initiating bottom-up urban developments. Dissatisfied with conventional practices and using opportunities during the 2008 financial crisis, these actors aim to create social value, thus challenging prevailing institutions. Intrigued by such actors becoming more present and influential in urban planning and development…

De rol van private partijen in duurzame stedelijke ontwikkeling

Private partijen spelen een steeds belangrijkere rol in stedelijke ontwikkeling (Heurkens, 2012,  Andersson & Moroni, 2014). Niet alleen omdat overheden minder (actief) risicovol grondbeleid voeren en participeren in joint ventures, maar ook omdat de ontwikkeling van stedelijke gebieden en vastgoed stabiele investeringsmogelijkheden biedt voor allerlei soorten marktpartijen. Denk daarbij zowel aan projectontwikkelaars als ontwikkelende beleggers,…

Zo spelen private partijen een rol in duurzame stedelijke ontwikkeling

Marktpartijen kunnen zeker bijdragen aan duurzame gebiedsontwikkeling, maar daarbij zijn strenge duurzaamheidseisen en incentives van de overheid onmisbaar. Dat blijkt uit de analyse van TU Delft-onderzoeker Erwin Heurkens. Hij doet dit onder meer door te kijken naar praktijkvoorbeelden uit Groot-Britannië, de Verenigde Staten en Australië. Heurkens, E. (2020). Zo spelen private partijen een rol in…

Private-led urban development: Studying city building in NYC

Erwin Heurkens, 30 October 2019, Master City Developer, Module 6, Erasmus University Rotterdam For the Urban International Development module from the Master City Developer (MCD) course (as the module’s co-coordinator) I held a presentation on the US/NYC way of development and planning. For the course’s professional students, this presentation provides ground for conducting their New…

Reflectie op Gebiedsinvesteringszones

Erwin Heurkens, 16 October 2019, Ministery IenW, Utrecht CS Gebiedsinvesteringszones (GIZ) (Urban Investment Zones) are a rather new phenomenon for the co-investment in areas characterized by both urban redevelopment and real estate and space management. On behalf of the Praktijkleerstoel Gebiedsontwikkeling and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management I was invited to give my…

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,…