Comparative Urbanism (SP3)

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode GESP3
Vaknaam Comparative Urbanism (SP3)
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Comparative Urbanism (SP3)
Leerdoelen After following the ID Course: Comparative Urbanism, you can:
1. Define the institutional aspects of a planning issue at various scales.
2. Use a comparative approach to filter out relevant institutional factors that impact upon various forms of spatial decision-making.
3. Recall and juxtapose some of the most influential theoretical writings in institutional design from different disciplines.
4. Understand the mechanisms underlying different institutional settings and planning frameworks.
5. Apply different perspectives on institutional design on a real-life case study or topic.
6. Explain the dialectic between institutional arrangements and planning practice.
7. Reflect on institutional arrangements at various locations, by taking into account different theoretical perspectives on institutional design and planning practice.
Omschrijving The room for maneuver that spatial planners have, has always been limited by institutional conditions. For example, spatial plans need to comply with several laws or policies, and need to take into account existing land uses or patterns of behavior. In recent years, the discipline of spatial planning itself has become interested in setting the right institutional conditions for sets of spatial behavior that are considered as beneficial (e.g. for the creation of a more sustainable, healthy, just or productive society). The increased focus on institutions is partly the result of two developments: first, decentralization of policy responsibilities to the local level, and the increased participation of private and civic actors in planning processes. This allows for the formation of new urban regimes, based on new and sometimes surprising coalitions.
The ID Course: Comparative Urbanism provides you with analytical tools to explain differences between cities and regions regarding their spatial planning practices. First, the course presents a rational choice, sociological and historical approach towards institutions. Furthermore, it shows why institutions matter for planners. More importantly, it presents several ways in which institutions can be conceptualized, disentangled and studied in an empirical fashion.
Several lectures of the ID Course: Comparative Urbanism overlap with the Global Course on Institutional Design and Spatial Planning. During these video lectures, experts from all over the world present their take on institutional design. They represent various theoretical stances in the debate and give an insight in institutional practices in their country. In sessions that are solely attended by students enrolled in the ID Course: Comparative Urbanism, the focus is shifted to local planning practices in the Netherlands. Which kinds of urban coalitions are emerging? And how does institutional design affect self-governance?
The most challenging and exciting part of the course is the group assignment, focused on a small-scale research on local institutional practices around a specific topic (e.g. co-housing, energy cooperatives, social entrepreneurship, etc.). Why do cities differ in terms of governance? What is the role of interests, values, traditions and the embeddedness in several markets?
Uren per week 6
Onderwijsvorm Guest lectures, Independent study, Lectures, Seminars
Toetsvorm Examination with open questions digital, Group assignments, Oral presentation
Vaksoort bachelor
Docent(en) dr. I. Boavida-Portugal ,dr. G. van der Vaart ,dr. B.J. Wind
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
To be announced on Nestor.
Opmerkingen Maximum number of students is 60.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Spatial Planning and Design  (Related elective year 2) 2 semester II b keuze