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MoRO 2019 award winners

The MoRO 2019 awards has been reached out on november 18th: The MoRO personality award goes to Louis Albrechts. The MoRO publication award goes to Matthias…
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Presentations and images of the MoRO seminar 2019

This are the presentations of the speakers at the MoRO seminar of november 18th: Frank van Thillo: Current situation of pay-as-you-drive in Flanders Arie…
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Vacancy: doctor assistant

The department is looking for a new colleague. More info on this link.
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The mobiscore put his finger on the problem

Ann Pisman said in Trends that there are a lot off misunderstanding about the spatial planning policy plan. It is more subtle (pdf). It is still possible…
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Your house stand in a region threatened by flooding?

An expert can visit your house for free. This expert will give you advice to protect your house (test-case Frames). The visit take one and a half hour.
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More bikers, less accidents

Two direction bike lanes are dangerous and the more bikers on the street how safer for the bikers. That are 2 conclusions of the  UGent research…
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Replace 17 UGent campuses by 3

Master students have checked the UGent buildings policy and wanna change that policy. They want to create 3 main campusses. Luuk Boelens said in the newspaper…
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Update the Notre-Dame

Karim van Knippenberg and Wim Bosschaart give their opinion about the rebuilding of the Notre-Dame. The rebuilding has to be seen with a broad view. You…
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The poverty in transport unrafeld

Rob van der Bijl explain on the platform for traffic experts "Verkeerskunde" the results of an exploring ethnographical research of poverty in transport.
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Call for Georges Allaert Awards

The foundation MoRo reach out the Georges Allaert awards.
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Information and alumni event Master program in Urbanism and Spatial Planning

Our yearly information and alumni event off the Master program in Urbanism and Spatial Planning will be hold on monday 13th of May in Labo S (Jozef Plateaustraat…
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AESOP Young Academics Conference 2019

From 02.04.2019 to 07.04.2019 Karim van Knippenberg participated at the AESOP Young Academics conference which was held this time in Darmstadt, Germany.
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Change the priority of public transport

Rob van der Bijl find that the priority of public transport has to change from big city connection to the neighborhood of cities. Accessibility is the key…
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Results of the Urban Sprawl project

Ann Pisman gives in this movie some explanation about the Urban Sprawl project. If we doesn't change the current shredding in the space for housing and…
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Streets of Ghent

Allard Kleinhuis and Rob van der Bijl did a research about the reorganization of streets in Gent by Favas.net. They give their opinion in the column "the…
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SCAPE networking & midterm event

Greet Deruyter and Hanne Glas contribute as GIS-experts on the European Interreg-project SCAPE. The goal of the project is the development of a full automatic…
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Lack on dash make houses expensive

More and more people live in Ghent and the suburbs but Luuk Boelens find that the Ghent city council doesn't use it's potentials. And that is why houses…
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Report of the consortium meeting OpenHeritage Barcelona

On 28-29 November 2018, OpenHeritage (H2020) consortium members met in Barcelona to the progress of the project. The OpenHeritage project started in June…
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Perception on heritage

Karim van Knippenberg find it a great that there are different perceptions on heritage and the ideology of inclusiveness. More info on this link (dutch).
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Seminar vervoerregio 12 november 2018

The MoRO 2018 award get reached out on:  Henk Meeldijk has won the personality award Peter Vervoort, Sara D’Haese en Nick Deham has won the…
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Brussels ESPON workshop report

You can find some pictures below of the Brussels ESPON workshop that found place in Brussels on October 24th and this is the link to the presentations and…
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Frames Days in Vejle

From 2 until 5 October the Frames Days were organised by the Danish partner, the Danish Coast Authority (Kystdirektoratet). Three days of inspiration, sharing…
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Planning the Port City

Karel Van den Berghe has defended succesfull his Phd on september 28th in the Aula with the title: "Planning the Port City: A Contribution to and Application…
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Podcast: urban traffic network

Rob van der Bijl said in the BNS podcast that the underlying urban traffic networks, such as in Den Bosch, Haarlem and Amsterdam, get stuck.
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Info-workshop Master program in Urbanism and Spatial Planning

This workshop on september 10th in Labo S want to show  the students how we work practial in the master. The topic of the workshop is: "city and University.
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Are we tricked?

Luuk Boelens wrote an opion in ArchiNed about the traffic congestion in Antwerp this Summer. U can read it on this link (in dutch).
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SGEM presentation award 2018

Hanne Glas has won the best presentation award at the 18th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2018 in Albena, Bulgaria. She presented…
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Is there no space for extra rails in Netherland?

NS and Prorail said that the limit of the railway capacity is almost achieved in The Netherlands. At the same time the number of users and trains increase.
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Transit car parks in Brussels

Dirk Lauwers gives his opinion on the VRT-News about the failure of the free transit car park in Brussels. The city adept their policy to avoid cars into…
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The morality of mobility

The relationship between mobility and urban development remains a marriage of convenience. Rob van der Bijl gives his opinion about the future of the…
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bikers loose their priority

Dirk Lauwers said on ATV-news that the new rules are a mess because pedestrians have still priority and bikers not. This is not logical (article in De…
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Book: Light Rail Transit Systems

Light Rail Transit Systems: 61 Lessons in Sustainable Urban Development shows how to design and operate light rail to maximize its social benefits. Readers…
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The Art of Governing in the Complex Mobility Transition

Congratulation to Suzanne Van Brussel for her successful public phd defence in the Aula on june 27th. She is now Doctor in Urbanism and Spatial Planning…
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No priority for pedestrians and cyclist

Minister Ben Weyyts does't want that pedestrians and cyclist have priority in the new mobility policy. It depend of the local situation.  CD&V and…
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There is no space for car and bike in the city

More bikers and pedestrians died last year in Antwerp. Dirk Lauwers find that to many bikers and cars use the same narrow space in Antwerp (De Standaard).
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Next stop: hydrogen

Is it possible that hydrogen trains will drive in the port of Ghent? Open Vld want that because their is a huge need for sustainable public transport. Georges…
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GeoSpatial Award 2018 for dr. Koos Fransen

Dr. Koos Fransen has been awarded for the research he conducted as part of his PhD. He got the GeoSpatial Award 2018 in the category “Best Dissertation”.
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Call "MoRO-awards 2018"

The MORO foundation reach out for the 5th time the MoRO-awards. More info in this pdf (dutch).
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Info- en alumnimoment van het Masterprogramma in de Stedenbouw en Ruimtelijke Planning

Dit gaat door op donderdag 17 mei, vanaf 17u, in Labo S (Jozef Plateaustraat 22, Gent) voor alle geïnteresseerde studenten en afgestudeerden met reflecties…
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Public letter to minister Weyts

6 Flemisch academic researchers ask on minister Weyts to quit the running procedure about the extension of the Port of Antwerp.  Public letter De…
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Alumni contact details

Dear alumni of the master program in Urbanism and Spatial Planning, We want to update your contact details because we want to inform you about our vacancies,…
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Vacancy scientific researcher ESPON-URBACT

Are you our new colleague? We search for a new scientific researcher for the ESPON-URBACT projects: https://www.ugent.be/en/work/vacancies/scientific/reseracher-belgian-contact-point-espon-40-45-and-2ji50…
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Bayern on the river

Dirk Lauwers gives his opinion in Knack about the mobility policy of Antwerp. That is not so terrible but the car is still the king.
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Poppy is a toy, not a sustainable tool

Car's that you open with your phone, pay per minute and park where you want, aren't the big mobility solution said Dirk Lauwers in "De Standaard" as response…
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Public transport is the drawback of mobility

There is a lot of traffic congestion during the Easter holiday and that is weird. Dirk Lauwers explains why on ATV-television.
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New information brochure Master program in Urbanism and Spatial Planning

This is our new information brochure about our Master program in Urbanism and Spatial Planning.
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Lobbying won't help for plan adaptations

Luuk Boelen told in "De Standaard" that countries like Japan, United States, Netherland and Germany already have a plan added value tax to avoid back room…
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Low emission zones have no effect

City counsil tell us that the result of Low emission zones are excellent but in reality it has no effect because the European standards about NOx are not…
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Villages: from houses to flats

Everyone can see that villages change. The houses disappear and are replaced by flats. Do we like that evolution? Georges Allaert gives his opinion in "De…
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to afraid to bike

People are happy to live in their home town but not of the bike lanes. Only 50% find it save to bike in his neighborhood. And only 30% find it safe for…
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Cableway above Gent

The Alderman Christophe Peeters wants a cableway above Ghent. Is it a good idea? Dirk Lauwers gives his opinion: De Morgen: Cableway above Gent. Smart…
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Vacature academic researcher Open heritage

Are you our new colleague? We search for a new PhD researcher "Open heritage".  https://www.ugent.be/en/work/vacancies/scientific/phd-open-heritage-k5wrg…
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Black spots safer

The minister promise againt that they take care to make the black spots safer. But he promised that already. Nothing happes because there are a lot of…
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Unsafe crossroads

Dirk Lauwers pleid for conflict free crossroads after the most recent dead corner accident in Gent with a biker. Antwerp test this kind of crossroads since…
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Belgian coast is awful

Is it true what dutch people tell about the belgian coast (that it is ugly)? It is partly true but it is the same in some dutch cities. This is the reaction…
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Mobility pact for Antwerp

Reduce traffic jam with 10% yearly, a circulation plan for every district, reducing air polution. This are some of the requirements that stands in the…
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Resistance against zone 30 is growing

60% of the Belgians are against the speedlimit of 30 km/hour. That's a quadruplication from 2016. Dirk Lauwers tries to find an answer in "De Standaard".
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No drivers license, less job opportunities

If you have no drivers license, you have less change to find a job in Flanders (-72%). This is one of the conclusions of the phd of Koos Fransen (De Standaard). …
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Mobility personality 2017

Dirk Lauwers is nominated for the "Mobiliteitspersoonlijkheid 2017". You can vote on: https://www.duurzame-mobiliteit.be/artikel/mobiliteitspersoonlijkheid-2017…
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Make Antwerp safer for bikers and pedestrians

Antwerp will test "green squares". This mean that their is green light for every pedestrian and biker in every direction while all cars have to wait.
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Disruptive mobilities

We celebrated the retirement of professor Dirk Lauwers on November 14th. you can see some pictures below.
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Georges Allaert awards 2017

The Georges Allaert Personality Award 2017 has been won by Manu Claeys (stRaten-generaal) and Cathy Macharis. These prices were granted by the chairman…
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in a changing world we all stand still

Luuk Boelens was an expert in the expert panel of Humo about the mobility problems. There were 9 questions.
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Brussel plan a low emission zone

The effect of a low emission zone is lower than expect said Luuk Boelens in "De Morgen" (pdf).
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Master program in Urbanism and Spatial Planning

On this link you can find info about our Master program in Urbanism and Spatial Planning.
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Update site Master Stedenbouw en Ruimtelijke Planning

The web page of the "Master Stedenbouw en Ruimtelijke Planning" has been updated: http://www.architectuur.ugent.be/onderwijs/master-in-de-stedenbouw-en-de-ruimtelijke-planning/…
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Plandag award for Beitske Boonstra

Beitske Boonstra has won the Plandag award 2017 with the paper: “De Improviserende Planner – Inspiratie voor nieuwe competenties binnen gedeelde stadsontwikkeling”…
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Search for a new assistant at the centre for mobility and spatial planning

Are you the new assistant for the Centre for mobility and spatial planning? more info at this link!
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Call "Georges Allaert awards 2017"

The MORO foundation reach out for the 4th time the Georges Allaert awards.  Georges Allaert Publication award 2017 Georges Allaert personality…
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Dazzling bill boards will be forbidden

This boards are very dangerous because the focus of the drivers is on those boards and not on the roads. So it is nice that they will be forbidden said…
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Avoid the daily traffic jam, maybe that your boss can help

The city of Antwerp want to cooperate with the companies against traffic jam. 19 big companies contribute in the project "slim naar Antwerpen". Dirk Lauwers…
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Mobilityplan divides the Ghent shopkeepers

Experts ask for patience and a positive tone off the shopkeepers because there is always a risk for image damage on long term. There are enough examples…

Will Ringland close the circle?

Dirk Lauwers has given a presentation at the info-evening of Ringland about the Oosterweelverbinding in the Roma. Main topics were: will there be a…
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Review on the AESOP Planning & Complexity conference

You can find some atmosfere images of our successful AESOP Planning & Complexity conference (12-14 april) below. 
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30000 cars less on the ring happens already in the past

The city of Antwerp want 20.000 cars less on the ringway and that's a lot. Dirk Lauwers give his opinion on "ATV-news" that it already happens in the past…
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Remove lanes and make it more expensive to park

Gent has introduced a new mobility plan to avoid cars in the inner city. Antwerp doesn't follow. Is the situation in Antwerp better/worser? Dirk Lauwers…
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Renewing floodgates in Dender basin is not enough against floods

The risk for flooding in the Dender basin increases because  the Walloon region renewed their floodgates and Flanders not. Barbara Tempels said on…
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Review on International Seminar on Global Metropolitan Delta’s

We wanna give you a view on our 2nd successful seminar on Global Metropolitan Delta’s. This was the program and the contributers. …
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New uppercut for Uplace

It's not possible to start building the shopping centre Uplace because the Raad van State has suspend the environmental permit. Dirk Lauwers gives his opinion…
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Final program for Planning & Complexity Meeting in Ghent

We are happy to inform you about the final program of the upcoming AESOP Planning & Complexity conference in Ghent (12-14th of April) on the…
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Keynote lecture of prof.(em.) dr.ir. Han Meyer on Urbanizing Deltas: the role of design

The Centre of Mobility and Spatial Planning of the Department of Civil Engineering Ghent University is proud to announce a public keynote lecture of prof.(em.)…
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Why Oosterweel is built on quicksand

Everyone is happy with the compromize about Oosterweel! But how realistic is it that they think that only 50% of transportation will happen by car? Dirk…
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Agreement between Flemish government and the action teams about Oosterweelverbinding

What is Dirk Lauwers opinion about the agreement between the Flemish government and the 3 public action teams on Radio 1 (Nieuwe feiten)? Is this a final…
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Is it smart to permit Uber in Flanders?

Dirk Lauwers gives his opinion in "Hautekiet on Radio 1" about the plan of Flemish minister of mobility Ben Weyts who works on a new law for taxi services.
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Miserable public transport in Flanders

Dirk Lauwers said that the public transport in Flanders miserable is. In the evening it is impossible to get back from Brussels in 30% of the communities.
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Living Cities

Thomas Verbeek got his succusfull public phd defence in the room "Rector Vermeylen" (Het Pand) with the title: "Living Cities: Reconnecting; Environmental…
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Will Raversijde get a tram connection with the airport?

The city wants a connection with the airport to reanimate Raversijde and that's very important said Georges Allaert in: Het Laatste Nieuws: Slaapwijk…
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Never so many traffic jams

Knack did research after the reason for so many traffic jams and they contacted Dirk Lauwers (pdf). There are never so many traffic jams as last year. …
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The Commissioner of Audit of the Council of State give negative advice about Oosterweel

Dirk Lauwers participated in the debate on Radio 2 (Hautekiet) about Oosterweel (listen to the debate).  There is a big chance that Oosterweel gets…
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The road network of Antwerp has to be lighten before they start to work on the "Oosterweelverbinding"

Dirk Lauwers said during "Het Journaal" on the tv-channel "one" that Flanders and Antwerp choose to much for cars as transportation in place of public…
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Newsletter thinktank climate adaptation Flanders

There is a new newsletter of the Think tank climate-adaptation Flanders (site DKA). 
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Live in the city will be prohibitive

Georges Allaert think that an exodus to the city won't be the solution for the Flemish housing problems. Live closer near eachother will be the solution…
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Bigger port = more traffic

Dirk Lauwers was one of the panel members on ATV television in "Wakker op Zondag". This debate goes about the future of the port of Antwerp.  The possible…
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Election of the mobility personality 2016

The network for sustainable mobility search a new mobility personality. Kobe Boussauw was it in 2015. Dirk Lauwers is nominated. You can vote on: http://www.duurzame-mobiliteit.be/artikel/verkiezing-mobiliteitspersoonlijkheid-2016…
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Flood Resilience: a Co-Evolutionary Approach

Barbara Tempels achieved her PhD with the title: "Flood Resilience: a Co-Evolutionary Approach. Residents, Spatial Developments and Flood Risk Management…
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City against countryside

Is it smart to put the city against the countryside in the spatial planning? George Allaert gives his opinion:  De Standaard: Waarom we onze groene…
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Stopping to concrete Flanders is no changing point in the Flemish spatial planning

The Flemish government has finished the draft of her policy plan "Ruimte Vlaanderen" after more than 5 years. This is not as spectacular as proposed said…
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I drive with my trolley full with goods till my kitchen

Ann Pisman and Isabelle Loris predict that we need 684 hectares for the increasing population (165.000 families extra for the next 10 years, predicted by…
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Flanders organises Brussels inaccessibleness

Dirk Lauwers and Kobe Boussauw  give their opinion in "De standaard" about the mud-slinging on the Brussels intention to reduce the number of lanes…
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Georges Allaert awards 2016

Mobility expert Kris Peeters received the Georges Allaert personality award 2016 witch was granted by minister Ben Weyts. Here you can find his speech…
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Park your car gets more and more expensive

Together with Antwerp is Gent the most expensive city to park your car in Flanders. These are hidden taxes but it won't change anymore. Park your car will…
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Possible amalgamation between ports of Ghent and Zeeland

Is it possible that there will be an amalgamation between the ports of Ghent and Zeeland? If this happens the new port will one of the biggest ones in Europe. …
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you won't be reelected for a good spatial policy

Flanders doesn't wanna stop the building drive, write Tom Coppens and Guy Vloebergh in "De Standaard". This opinion has been signed through Dirk Lauwers,…
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Mobility inquiry with regard to Limburg

Het Belang van Limburg organised a mobility inquiry. Dirk Lauwers and Kobe Boussauw gave their opinion about the results. 3 oktober: Limburgers zijn…
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It doesn't matter who, but the casino has to be build

Georges Allaert says that it is imperative to build the new casino  in Middelkerke. The added value can rise from 7 to 21 million Euro/year. the number…

Flood barrier has no sense in Port of Nieuwpoort

The preparation for the flood barrier in the port of Nieuwpoort will start soon but different researches gives contradicting results. Georges Allaert…
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Safe to school? Still a lot of obstacles

Their is still a lot of work to reduce the number of accidents on their way to/from school. But What? Dirk Lauwers and Johan De Mol give their opinion in…
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Infomoment Master Stedenbouw en Ruimtelijke Planning

Op donderdag 8 september gaat ons jaarlijkse infomoment door over de Master Stedenbouw en Ruimtelijke Planning in het Plateaugebouw. Meer informatie in…
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Park the car is big business

The 13 biggest cities earned last year 85 million euro on car parks. And this will increase in the future.  Dirk Lauwers and…

Till 10 km the bike is faster than other transportation vehicles

Is the bike really faster than other transportation vehicles? Dirk Lauwers says that it the depend of the environment (Knack)!
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No regular parking place? Park in a drive!

Park 70% cheaper in the drives of hotels through the app of the Online parking company Mobypark! Dirk Lauwers think that this is the future (Het Laatste…
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The end for the Flemish dream: House, garden

The Flemish minister for spatial planning Joke Schauvliege  want that we live smaller and  nearer to eachother. Will she get her way? Luuk Boelens…
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Minister Schauvliege take it easy for spatial planning

What are the real intentions of Minister Schauvliege? The assembled Flemish academic researchers give their opinion in "De Tijd" (Luuk Boelens (UGent),…
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2050 is to late to stop with allotments

Can we save the open space? Minister Schauvliege want to stop to concrete Flanders in 2050. But that's to late for Georges Allaert (De Standaard). .
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Plandagprijs 2016 for Isabelle Loris

Isabelle Loris and Ann Pisman have won the plandagprijs 2016 with their paper "super(woon)markten" on the plandag 2016. The goals of this day was "liberalize".
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Traffic experts shoot Uplace down

Traffic congestion will increase with economic damage as result for the whole district. Dirk Lauwers, Kobe Boussauw and Ward Ronse explain their mobility…
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