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New Towns on the Cold War Frontier
It is a BOOK IN PROGRESS, initiated by Crimson Historians and Urbanists in cooperation with INTI. At this moment, some chapters are already available, each in itself the size of a book and independently readable. In due time there will be more chapters, added one by one. Eventually, the book will be printed in one volume of about 1800 pages. But this will take a while and the authors and hopefully also the audience simply can’t wait that long. These are essays that are meant partake in the many discussions on urban planning especially in the developing world. Before taking the definitive (...)




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 (...)

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Vinexmensen
Vinexwijken vandaag en verder
Vinexmensen wonen in Vinexwijken – woonwijken die in de jaren negentig ontstonden als het resultaat van een geoliede planningsmachine en een onwrikbaar geloof in ruimtelijke ordening. Het zijn stadsuitbreidingen waar doorgaans met veel tevredenheid wordt gewoond. Maar hoe duurzaam is die tevredenheid? Vinexwijken zijn immers geen statisch gegeven. Als onderdeel van stedelijke netwerken worden ze beïnvloed door nieuwe ontwikkelingen en zienswijzen, veranderende bewonersprofielen en ideeën over (...)

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Alamar
the New Town travel guides
Alamar is one of those New Towns which look remarkably familiar at first glance. An abundance of standardized walk-up flats, modernist social housing off 5-6 storeys of a similar kind that Western European New Towns excelled in during the 50s and 60s. Organized in neighborhood units, each with their set of shops, schools and services. A lot of open, green spaces in between and ample provision for cars and traffic.

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Milton Keynes
the New Town travel guides
Milton Keynes was planned on the basis of four midsize and 13 smaller settlements, amongst which are Blechley, Stony Stanford, Wolverton and New Bradwell. They are situated along the main roads and railways which run through the area. Smaller settlements follow the rural roads and rivers in between.

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Cergy-Pontoise
the New Town travel guides
The New Town Cergy-Pontoise was one of the five New Towns of Paris that were built from the 1960s onwards and it is assumed to be the most successful one. About 30 km northwest of Paris, this urban agglomeration was built ‘on top of’ 15 ancient villages in the loop of the river Oise, to be named after only two of them eventually - Cergy and Pontoise. This publication is part of a series of Alternative Travel Guides initiated by the International New Town Institute. We’ve done the research so you can enjoy these undiscovered and unloved New Towns—before the rest of the world finds (...)

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Shenzhen
From Factory of the World to World City
The spectacular story of Shenzhen is well known: a collection of rural villages became a new town in 1979 when the central Chinese government gave it the status of Special Economic Zone. Shenzhen turned into a metropolis and became a prototype for both economic and urban reform within China.

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Cape Town
Densification as a Cure for a Segregated City
Twenty years after democracy, Cape Town suffers from extensive urban sprawl, due to the legacy of the Apartheid spatial policy and the middle class ideal of single-family homes on individual plots of land. Sprawl is causing huge economical, environmental and social problems. Can we envisage a more compact and dense Cape Town, curing the many engrained patterns of unequal and unjust spatial divisions?

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