Urban Studies Blog Series

Every month one of our full professors, assistant professors, postdoctoral researchers, PhD-students, visiting professors or students enrolled in the research master’s programme write about their views on a variety of urban aspects. The contents of the blog-entries vary from striking and conspicuous urban encounters, to the latest developments and trends in urban studies research.

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  • Haus auf dem kopf

    The city that ‘we’ own - by Federico Savini

    Amsterdam inner city, 2015. Households buying a plot of land and building their own dwellings, with gardens and work space. A network of about 50 people gets together with an architect and design their own block, perhaps including a small theater ...

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  • Amsterdam Canal bikes

    Intergenerational support shaping residential trajectories: young people leaving home in a gentrifying city - By Cody Hochstenbach & Willem R. Boterman

    Across many different urban contexts, young people are currently faced with increasing constraints on the housing market. Inflating housing prices and stricter mortgage lending criteria render homeownership out of reach for more and more young ...

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  • The land of many palaces

    China's most famous ghost city - by Adam Smith

    Ordos is China's most famous ghost city. Redesignated as a prefecture-level city in 2001, by 2010 it was hitting media headlines all over the world for its emptiness: an emptiness that gave its few thousand residents access to all the wonderful ...

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  • Old couple

    Cities for the Aged? - By Joos Droogleever Fortuijn

    Some years ago my husband and I made a hiking tour along Glyndwr’s Way in the Cambrian mountains in Wales. In the Mid Wales Inn in Pant Y Dwr we met a couple of around 70 years old. The couple moved from Birmingham to this small village in a ...

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  • Port of Spain in city

    Mega Cities Projects: the Case of Port of Spain - By Hebe Verrest

    In the recent past many cities have embarked on mega-projects as part of their neoliberal development strategy. While many of the best known urban mega projects in the global south, e.g. those related to the Fifa World Championship in South ...

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  • flickr.com / creative commons/M. Jeremy Goldman

    Cities and the Superrich - By visiting Prof. Ray Forrest

    The superrich are probably more visible in Hong Kong than Amsterdam, and probably richer. Hong Kong does superrichness better than most cities. But there is a pervasive concern with the impact of expanding economic elites on urban life and urban ...

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  • Almere

    Suburbanite 2.0 - by Yannis Tzaninis

    Almere is becoming international more rapidly than Amsterdam. The past few years one out of four new inhabitants that moved to Almere came from abroad, departing from more than 100 countries. Currently almost 40% of its total population has some ...

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  • Globe

    Big data: correlation is no substitute for causality - By visiting Prof. Nick Bailey

    ‘Big data’ has become one of those buzzwords we can’t escape in the urban field these days. There is a whole new industry of big data analytics companies, selling their services to cities that want to be seen as ‘smart’, promising insights that ...

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  • Urban Food Market

    Perfectly Disorganised Markets - By Freek Janssens

    Urban markets are hot. From Seattle to Sydney and from Turin to Toronto, marketplaces are popping up in cities to meet the interests of city dwellers in sustainable and healthy food and lively places to meet one another. This development has not ...

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  • La Defense

    Sentimental Journey - By visiting Prof. Nick Phelps

    Twenty or so years ago I stood on a cold and windswept spot in Almere New Town being a young lecturer at Cardiff University assisting on our Diploma in Town Planning field trip to the Netherlands. What better way to escape the crowds of gawping, ...

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  • Blog Luca

    Some Reflections from Hong Kong #UmbrellaMovement - By Prof. Luca Bertolini

    I spent my sabbatical in Hong Kong. With both extreme human densities and breathtaking natural landscapes, Hong Kong is an overwhelming city. This much I knew, and this alone would have made the stay a unique experience. Nothing however, had ...

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  • Flickr.com – Creative Commons – Damien du Toit (Dias Tribute)

    Bringing Amsterdam and Cape Town together - by visiting Prof. Dianne Scott

    Inspired by Jenny Robinson’s invocation to look for ‘new ways of bringing cities together’ in urban studies, one is struck by a strong feeling of connectedness between the cities of Amsterdam and Cape Town. Since 1652 these cities have ‘inhabited ...

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  • Amsterdam Gilissen

    Phenomenal Urbanization Asks for Forward-Looking Visions and a Global Perspective - By visiting Prof. George Lin

    The city of Amsterdam has long occupied a strategic position in the history of global interdependent development. Visiting the city of Amsterdam for the first time I was deeply impressed. As an urban geographer, I was fascinated by the landscape ...

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  • City Heights

    'Best Practice' story telling on Smart Cities, and why we need better genres - By visiting lecturer Dr Dorien Zandbergen

    Recently, it has been argued that 'Smart Cities' are capable of addressing the urban challenges and problems of our time, orchestrating urban life in more efficient ways and making cities more engaging and livable. As an ideal of future urban ...

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  • Fietsers

    The Handicap of a Head Start - by Dr Marco te Brömmelstroet

    It is a hard job to stimulate the debate about cycling in the Netherlands. Literally everybody is a frequent user and most therefore also consider themselves to be an expert: 16 million professors on urban cycling. We could not be happier than ...

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  • Amsterdam 2

    Reflections on Amsterdam - by visiting Prof. Richard Walker

    In Amsterdam one is struck immediately by the weight of the past. But I found the common tropes available to be inadequate in framing the story of the city for the visitor. I visited both the City and the Canal Museums, which have elaborate, ...

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  • Red Light District 3

    Observations from behind an Amsterdam window - By Fenne Pinkster

    Recently, I spent the evening at a restaurant located in the middle of Amsterdam’s red light district, where we had window seats with a beautiful view of the Old Church lying on the opposite of the canal. Surrounded by coffeeshops and red lights ...

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  • Flat

    Bos en Lommer: Amsterdam’s gentrification frontier? - By Marco Bontje

    Until early 2008, my housing career probably could be seen as a hybrid product of ‘how Amsterdam social housing works’ and the usual ‘early gentrifier’ frame as we know it from urban geography and urban sociology research. Born and raised in ...

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  • Slangenhuis

    Languages and Languaging in Multilingual Amsterdam - By Virginie Mamadouh

    In Amsterdam we speak many languages, as in any city across the world. Somewhat specific however is the high prevalence of English, next to Dutch, the national language of the country, and the wide range of languages represented. Moreover, the ...

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  • Insurgent Consumerism - By Rivke Jaffe

    In a recent CUS blog, Erik Swyngedouw laments Amsterdam’s current lack of insurgent citizens. Unlike other cities “where the multitude takes to the streets and squares and stages performatively new egalitarian modes of being-in-common”, Amsterdam ...

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