keywords – spatial planning systems and cultures, territorial governance, regional design, democracy, Europe
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Esmee Stalenberg
Welcoming Amsterdam – To an inclusive tourism strategy for citizen and tourist
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Due to growing touristic movements worldwide, cities and landscapes experience negative socioeconomic impacts, resulting in decreased livability and overcrowding. This project aims at a framework to deal with these problems in the case of Amsterdam. It envisions an inclusive and resilient tourism strategy that considers both, the quality of life of citizens and the experience of the visitor.


Vera Nimax
A spatial approach towards energy efficiency: A regional strategy for Luxembourg
Luxembourg faces challenges due to high energy consumption related to automobile dependency. Spatial conditions caused by these trends are of high complexity and very difficult to deal with. This graduation thesis will map out a regional strategy that enhances energy efficiency and spatial justice in Luxembourg, integrating the concept of transit-oriented development as a tool.

IJsbrand Heeringa
Re-imagining the European periphery – Shrinking regions and opportunities for great European projects
This thesis aims to understand how regional spatial planning can be used to exploit the land-use opportunities stemming from shrinkage while at the same time enhancing spatial quality.


Maximilian Einert
Urban structures in a post-capitalistic economy
Leipzig, Germany
This research explores the structural composition of urban agglomerations in a post-capitalistic economic model, building upon the theoretical perspective that renders urban agglomeration as a consequence of economic evolution. A starting point is the assumption that capitalism in its contemporary neoliberal form is in decay and will inevitably end.


Jeanne Blok
ICT interconnected ‘irregular’ migrants on the move – A study investigating the spatial organization of ICT infrastructure to support ‘irregular’ migrants on their European journey
The emergence of affordable ICT changes the way ‘irregular’ migrants organize their journey toward more informative decision-making and self-organization. Often ‘irregular’ migrants experience long and fragmented journeys with high risks of human right violations. New communication technologies are a key aspect in migration, however, there is a lack of knowledge of the ways information telecommunication flows shape the movements of people around the world and what the spatial dimension is. The purpose of the project is to study what ICT infrastructure supports ‘irregular’ migrants on their journey and how to spatially organize a supporting telecom network in order to extend economic, social and information resources.


Angeliki Bazaiou
Towards urban energy transition; how energy-conscious and climate-responsive urban design can facilitate the transition
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
The challenge of the energy transition is a challenge of the urban environment: we need to design it in a way that positively responds to transition demands. This graduation investigates how we can bridge the gap between engineering and urban design and learn how to design our cities in an energy-conscious and climate-responsive way. Those two approaches are incorporated within the larger framework of sustainable urban design. Knowledge and experience from this field – as well as specific examples of sustainable development – create the framework that is applied in this thesis. The application – pilot project – will take place in a post-war neighbourhood in the Netherlands.


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