Introduction

Once an emblem of spatial planning and urban control our man made country is in confusion. How much influence do urbanists actually have on the way our ‘world’ works and looks like? Challenged by mighty powers as climate change and globalization, increasing complexity and spatial fragmentation the task is to reinvent urbanism. By finding new ways to steer spatial development in the right direction, sketching new yet open futures and thinking on their strategic implementation.
Staff and students work on these urban challenges and try to innovate by design driven research. That makes these uncertain times especially interesting. In Delft the world can learn from the Dutch and the Dutch from the rest of the world.