Spatial governance

The United Nations and the World Health Organization recently stressed the importance of governments of all kinds to develop effective and equitable multisectoral policies and plans that support broader efforts to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Urban development offers significant opportunities for improving our living conditions but, where it is inadequately managed, poor governance can also pose conflicts, inequality, health risks, inefficient city management,... However, efficient governance and management realizes multiple synergies across urban planning, housing, infrastructure, mobility,... Good governance is one of the keys to realize these synergies. 

Our research group examines the operation of such efficient planning systems and policy processes of urban development, together with their spatial and social impact. Planning instruments and policies, (mega)project management, conflict management, assessment of international and local planning systems, public private partnerships, political impact on land use, collective space use, spatial investment strategies and feasibility, participation and coproduction constitute the key research issues of this research track. 

Green-blue grids in Flanders

Green-blue grids in Flanders

The aim of this research is firstly to define the concept of green-blue grids and the objectives that this grid must meet. Based on this definition, the existing green-blue grid and the potential for expansion and reinforcement will be mapped out. 

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Urban Underground Spaces

Urban Underground Spaces

This project aims to develop an innovative framework for integrating UUS in urban redevelopment projects from an urban planning and design point of view.

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integrated approach for supra-local spatial program

Operationalization and application of an integrated approach for supra-local spatial program assignments

This approach is based on extensive international comparisons with regional formation and practical tests (Boelens 2009) and is a way in which regionalization can be achieved with due regard for the dynamics, contextual and situational conditions and the broad perspective in which, in addition to governments, the business community and citizens / civil movements are involved.

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Crisis and urban development

Crisis and urban development

This PhD starting hypothesis is that since the 2008 financial and economic crises, alternative ways of urban development took place, which resulted in several shifts (new actors, instruments, themes or programs) in the development of strategic projects.

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Healthy corridors as drivers of social housing neighbourhoods for the co-creation of social, environmental and marketable NBS

Healthy corridors as drivers of social housing neighbourhoods for the co-creation of social, environmental and marketable NBS

URBiNAT focuses on the regeneration and integration of deprived social housing urban developments through an innovative and inclusive catalogue of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS), ensuring sustainability and mobilising driving forces for social cohesion. 

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Anatomy of Collective Living Space: towards more robust collective housing models

Anatomy of Collective Living Space: towards more robust collective housing models

Within this research project, the thesis is put forward that the architectural model has (more than other parameters) a major impact on guaranteeing common use of space as a long-term socio-ecological gain.

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Citylab CAR

CITYLAB - Engaging students in sustainable Caribbean Cities

The project aims to stimulate innovation in teaching in higher education through problem-based learning in the Caribbean, to make higher education institutes and students better prepared to deal with contemporary urban problems and challenges.

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Passages

Passages, transitional spaces for the 21st century city

How can small infrastructural interventions have a significant impact and provide solutions to urgent problems such as mobility, security, accessibility and efficiency, that cannot be dealt with by long planning processes and large-scale operations? This research question represents the main focus of the research program, called Passages.

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The Antwerp ring road

The Antwerp ring road

The expansion and covering of the R1 Antwerp ring road is Flanders largest infrastructure project of next decade. Prof. Maarten Van Acker is part of the task force (Intendantenteam Overkapping), dedicated to organize the planning and elaboration of the environmental and spatial integration of this project. 

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Analysis of Building Permits in the region of Flanders (Belgium)

Analysis of Building Permits in the region of Flanders (Belgium)

This research encompasses a quantitative analysis of the Flemish building permits database.

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BWMSTRscan

BWMSTRscan

The ‘Bouwmeester Scan’is a new instrument in development, created for local governments for the purpose of an adequat planning policy. 

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Citylab LA

CITYLAB LA - Engaging students with sustainable cities in Latin-America

The project aims to stimulate innovation in teaching in higher education through problem-based learning in Latin-America, to make higher education institutes and students better prepared to deal with contemporary urban problems and challenges.

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Real Option Theory

Real Option Theory

‘Real Option Theory’ (ROT) offers an alternative approach to cope with risks and uncertainties. Originated in the world of finance during the early 90s, the theory spread out quick to other fields of research. 

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Resilience of rural communities

Resilience of rural communities

The resilience of rural communities is challenged by several changes such as ageing populations, climate change, poverty, the energy transition, the reduced basic service provision, … This study investigates how the province of Antwerp can support municipalities in making their rural communities more resilient.

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Spatial impact of the sharing economy

Spatial impact of the sharing economy

The sharing economy and product-as-a-service are growing. What will be their spatial and environmental effects in Flanders? 

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Kempenatlas

The KEMPENATLAS

The KEMPENATLAS maps the Antwerp Campine region for the first time, both as a book and as exhibition. Twelve thematic maps and essays grant insight into the spatial development and future possibilities of the region. 

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Vacancy in Flanders

Vacancy in Flanders

The policy on vacancy in Flanders was investigated by order of the Interlocal Association Knowledge Center Flemish Cities.

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