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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Kwetsbare middenklasse?
Stefan Metaal en Arnold Reijndorp
Sociale positie, strategieën van rondkomen en vooruitkomen en betrokkenheid van de lagere middenklasse in Almere.
Treden er in de sociaaleconomische positie en financiële draagkracht van huishoudens behorende tot de lagere middenklasse veranderingen op die wijzen op toenemende kwetsbaarheid? Op welke wijze en in welke mate voelen zij zich betrokken bij hun directe woonomgeving en de stad als geheel?

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Volume Magazine #34
City in a Box
Launch of Volume: City in a Box Volume and INTI invite you to come and have a drink with us at the launch of the new issue, online documentation by tegenlicht.vpro.nl and a toast to the New Year! Come join us at Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum, Spui, Amsterdam on Friday, January 11, 2013 from 5pm until 7pm. See facebook for more information about the launch.

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Work in progress 2011-2013
A little more than three years ago, in the beginning of 2009, the International New Town Institute (INTI) officially opened its doors. Since then, INTI is steadily developing its mission statement: to study the past, present and future of planned communities in an urbanizing world, and to use this knowledge to improve the quality of New Towns worldwide. INTI is becoming an international platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience on New Towns. The Institute serves a unique role in bringing together cross-disciplinary expertise in collaboration with public, private and academic (...)

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Atlas Nieuwe Steden
De verstedelijking van de groeikernen
Ontspannen wonen in het groen, dichtbij voorzieningen. Dat waren de uitgangspunten voor de nieuwe steden die vanaf 1970 werden gebouwd, rond oude dorpskernen of vanuit het niets. De meest kenmerkende nieuwe steden zijn Almere, Capelle aan den IJssel, Haarlemmermeer, Houten, Lelystad, Nieuwegein, Purmerend, Spijkenisse en Zoetermeer. De geschiedenis, de huidige situatie en de toekomst van deze planmatig gevormde steden zijn in dit boek samengebracht.

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Nowa Huta
the New Town travel guides
Largely unknown as a tourist destination, Nowa Huta, Poland is filled with exciting discoveries just waiting to be made. For the intrepid traveler, this Communist New Town is both a blast from the past, and a bustling urban district. Take a driving lesson in a restored Trabant, wander into a Milk Bar straight out of 1950, or hit the dance floor in a new discotheque. Wherever you end up, you’ll find a city teeming with stories from the (anti-)Communist period as well as contemporary culture. For the architecture enthusiast, Nowa Huta is also one of the best examples of preserved Soviet (...)

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Excavating the Past
New Towns in the B.C. Era
Planned cities are organisms that reflect social phenomena as well as political and religious systems. They are vessels of life that manage to capture the Zeitgeist of each time and engrave it on the built environ- ment. In recent years, a lot of light has been shed on contemporary cities. Ancient cities, however, remain largely shrouded in mystery. The richness of cultures and civilizations bequeathed to us in a built environment are hidden in ruins that must be decoded in order to understand the history of the transformation of these cities. The cities from Before the Common Era (BCE), (...)

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