Urban Design for the Public Good: Dutch Urbanism

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Are you an urban planner, designer, policy maker or involved or interested in the creation of good living environments?

This course will broaden your scope and diversify your take on the field of urban planning and design. We will focus on a unique Dutch approach and analyze how it can help those involved with urban planning and design to improve the physical environment in relation to the public good it serves, including safety, wellbeing, sustainability and even beauty.

You will learn some of the basic traits of Dutch Urbanism, including its:

  • contextual approach;
  • balance between research and design;
  • simultaneous working on multiple scale levels.

You will practice with basic techniques in spatial analysis and design pertaining to these points. You will also carry out these activities in your own domestic environment.

This course is taught by the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU-Delft, ranked no. 4 in Architecture/Built Environment on the QS World University Rankings (2016).

All the material in this course is presented at entry level. But since the course has an integral perspective, combining planning and design aspects, it can still be relevant for trained professionals who feel they lack experience in either field.


Remon Rooij
Remon Rooij

Remon Rooij has a strong interdisciplinary background: a doctorate on The Mobile City (2005) within the interdisciplinaryTRAIL Research School for Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics and an MSc degree in urban design & planning and real estate & construction management. He has substantial experience in researching and teaching (strategic) spatial planning, with a specific focus on:

  • The urbanism of networks and the role of mobility and infrastructure in urban vitality: multimodal transport, planning & design of mobility environments, activity-travel behaviour of people, mobility of vulnerable user groups (elderly and children in particular);
  • The role of sports events and sports facilities in urban and regional development and transformation;
  • Socio-spatial strategies for urban regeneration and revitalization;
  • Methods of urban design and planning driven research.
Leo van den Burg
Leo van den Burg

Trained as an architect, Leo van den Burg was introduced to the Dutch tradition in urban planning through his work in practice. At Delft University of Technology, he coordinates the design track within the Bachelors education courses and is design teacher in a variety of others.
Leo has contributed to research programs on the development of the Dutch Randstad and Southwestern Delta. He has curated two large exhibitions on Dutch Urbanism and co-edited a number of books on various topics related to urbanism and urban analysis.

He is firmly rooted in the typical Delft approach to design: contextual and multi-scalar. In his teaching, Leo stimulates an open and experimental approach to design in which research and design activities constantly run parallel. This to-and-fro, he also tries to include in blended learning: short methodical exercises supporting intuitive design statements – and vice versa.
His personal interests include ancient cities and house typologies throughout history.

Research Interest

  • Urban design, analysis techniques (typo-morphology), the dividing line between urbanism and architecture.
  • The building in its urban context, history, the structure (and development) of the Dutch city, small villages in the west of the Netherlands.
Rients Dijkstra
Rients Dijkstra
Rients Dijkstra is professor of Urban Design at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and founder of Maxwan architects + urbanists in Rotterdam.
Marjolein van Esch
Marjolein van Esch
Marjolein van Esch finished her PhD on urban microclimates in 2015 and currently works for the chair of Environmental Technology and Design.
Abdoulaye Diakite
Abdoulaye Diakite
Abdoulaye Diakite is a postdoctoral member of the chair of 3D Geoinformation, focusing on the design and implementation of spatial data infrastructures for integrated environmental modelling in 3D.
Els Bet
Els Bet
Els Bet combines design teaching with work in her urban design office established in 1996.
Birgit Hausleitner
Birgit Hausleitner

Birgit Hausleitner is a Lecturer of Urban Design at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft. She has a background as an architect, being educated at TU Vienna, Austria and Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and an urbanist, trained at TU Delft, NL and IUAV Venice, Italy. After some years of gaining practical experience as an architect in Vienna, she has been conducting research and teaching in urban design at TU Delft since 2011. At TU Delft, Birgit coordinates urbanism theory and research and design studio courses as part of the MSc urbanism and advanced MSc of European Urbanism.

She is an expert in advanced spatial analysis and its application in urban design. Her research focuses on the development and use of configurational typologies as spatial models that allow a) a multi-scalar and multi-variable evaluation of a city’s potential for economic activity, mixed-use and diversity, and b) morphological cross-case comparisons in relation to urban economic activities. She led the TU Delft project team JPI Cities of Making, focusing on the spatial-morphological preconditions for manufacturing activities in European cities. Currently, she leads the project ‘Liveable manufacturing’, research on the spatial design requirements to include manufacturing in mixed-use areas in Amsterdam.