From Fast Forward to Past Forward; The importance of a heritage-based planning approach in tackling drought and water scarcity in the sandy areas of the Netherlands

This essay argues that pre-industrial land use and historical water structures, systems and practices can be helpful to tackle drought and water scarcity.

Essay series Transitions in Planning – challenges of the 21th century for Dutch spatial planning

The editors of InPlanning initiated the InPlanning Essay Series 'Transitions in Planning'. This series of essays deals with gradual and more radical changes in spatial planning ideas and practices in the Netherlands. A call for papers for a second round of essays for this year is out now!

The art of muddling through; spatial planning conditions for citizen energy communities

This essay focuses on the energy transition as a relevant issue for spatial planning as it has large spatial implications. Particularly against the background of climate change, there is an urgent call for a fundamental change of our energy system.

Involving Local Residents in Decision-Making Processes: Urban regeneration in multi- cultural neighbourhoods

This essay discusses local resident participation in the context of the redevelopment process of a multicultural urban neighbourhood, highlighting the relevance of intercultural literacy and community empowerment.

Without vision no transition: exploring the potential of planning design studios

This essay evaluates 25 years of planning studios at Utrecht University. It reviews the history and discusses adaptations in course design and -objectives, student involvement and -experience, and teachers' evaluations over the years.

A paradoxical transition of citizen participation in housing developments

The essay introduces a paradox of the transition in participation in housing development in the Netherlands as part of broader transformations in Dutch spatial planning and development.