Debate: Tools and instruments for the new urban project and the role of digitalization

05 October 2021 16:00 till 17:30 - Location: ONLINE - By: Communication BK | Add to my calendar

On Tuesday October 5th, the Urban Design section hosts the second edition of the Metropolitan Club debate on “Tools and instruments for the new urban project and the role of digitalization”. We hope you will join us again in this round table discussion hosted by Paul Gerretsen of the Vereniging Deltametropool featuring four speakers.

The four speakers are:

  • Albena Yaneva, Professor of Architectural theory at the University of Manchester
  • Sarah Williams, associate professor of technology and urban planning at MIT (to be confirmed)
  • Anne Loes Nillesen, founding director of Defacto Urbanism, Rotterdam
  • Arnout Sabbe and Rusnė Šilerytė, co-founders of geoFluxus

Following the line or argument set out in the first Metropolitan Club debate and drawing on the work of the section, we have asked our speakers to reflect on the following three questions

  • Why does our society require more intense and better informed design decisions?
  • Which are the tools and instruments urban designers need to master in order to deliver this? 
  • How can academia and practice help each other and what are the implications for education?

The Metropolitan Club is an event series hosted by the Section of Urban Design at TU Delft, in which students, professionals, experts, and educators come together to re-examine some of the fundamentals of our profession and engage with Dutch practice. This year we dedicate a series of three events to debate on upcoming urban challenges and the role of design within them. The first Metropolitan Club debate in June focused on “Challenges that define the new urban project,” (speakers Daan Zandbelt, Kate Unsworth, Henk Ovink, Like Bijlsma, moderation by Paul Gerretsen: In December, we plan to organise a third edition on the changing role of the urban designer in practice and society.

The session can be followed on Zoom using the following link: