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Dutch New Towns

In the Netherlands, almost two million people live in New Towns built mostly in the 1970s. How can these planned cities adjust to present needs, strengthen their identities and become better places to live? More...





New Towns on the Cold War Frontier is a history of New Towns worldwide, built during the political turmoil of the Cold War period. More...


New Towns have always been places characterized by migration: by definition, they have no 'original' inhabitants - every resident is a migrant. As such, New Towns are the prototypical 'Arrival Cities'. More...

Taking Back Housing!
On the 16th of October, we co-hosted the international symposium Taking Back Housing! together with the Independent School for the City. During the online symposium, speakers from the Netherlands (...)
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Michelle Provoost wins Rotterdam Maaskant Award
The International New Town Institute is ecstatically happy but not at all surprised that our Director Michelle Provoost is this year’s laureate of the biannual Rotterdam Maaskant Award. Every (...)
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The Dalang School of Life
Dalang Fever 3 consisted of research, an exhibition at the 2019 Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture and a workshop. A multidisciplinary science and design team from both the Netherlands (...)
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To Build a City in Africa
A History and a Manual

Africa has become the world’s fastest urbanising continent. This urbanisation is a huge challenge in areas with fragile institutional frameworks and chronic poverty. Existing cities often become overcrowded and congested. In response to this, both state and private developers increasingly see a market for New Towns – comprehensively planned, mixed-use urban developments on greenfield sites. To illustrate the extent of this phenomenon, the authors calculate that if all the New Towns in Africa that were announced by 2018 meet their targets, 77 million people in Africa (or nearly 10 percent of the total urban population), will be living in New Towns by 2030.





article by Simone Rots
The Squatted New Town, Modern Movement meets Self-organisation in Venezuela
On the 6th of January 2021 Simone Rots defended her PhD research “The Squatted New Town, Modern Movement meets Self-organisation in Venezuela” at Delft, University of Technology. She has completed this research at the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture, with Han Meyer as promotor, Remon Rooij as (...)


article by Linda Vlassenrood
Dalang Fever 3.
Data to Control or to Empower?

Het Nieuwe Instituut and the International New Town Institute (INTI) joined forces for the participatory research project Dalang Fever 3. How Data Can Empower a Migrant Society. The project aims to understand the desires and needs of the migrant workers of Dalang, a rapidly transforming area on the outskirts of (...)


Article by Sascha Herfkens
Utopian Radicalism - Providing radical alternatives to the ‘top-down’ planning of New Towns of the past.
On October 3th a symposium was organised in the British New Town Milton Keynes titled Utopian Radicalism, curated by INTI. The symposium was part of A Festival of Creative Urban Living which took place from October 26 to November 13. Examples of inspiring and experimental projects organised or initiated by (...)





The New New Towns program is dedicated to improving the urban and social quality of a selection of exceptional New Towns and planned communities in transition. More...