Visions - take on the future

The New Planning Dialogue #03

‘Visions — ‘Take on the future’ is a two-day conference to be convened on the 10th and 11th of December, 2019, in Rotterdam and The Hague, the Netherlands. It is aimed at bringing together scholars and practitioners with an expertise in development policies, spatial planning and territorial governance from an array of European countries and within the Netherlands, to discuss innovative planning approaches for a more resilient future in the wake of the newly published Nationale Omgevingsvisie (NOVI).

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Critical challenges from climate change, global economic competition, and increasing social and economic disparities create urgent demands for new territorial development tools that will ensure a resilient society. Challenges increase uncertainty and competition in society. Conventional planning tools are no longer sufficient to cope with the interconnected and cascading effects of social and spatial change. Building resilience requires integrated and adaptive action across sectors, levels of government and the public-private divide.

To develop capacity for integrated and adaptive action is one of the key aims of the new Dutch national spatial vision (Nationale Omgevingsvisie, NOVI). The vision recognizes that challenges cannot be dealt with by government alone but need action by multiple actors who collectively can address diverse objectives, cultures and competences. The vision makes a need for innovative approaches that reach out to, and unify, diverse actors evident. It simultaneously raises questions about what these new takes on the future of the country imply and how they can indeed be implemented.


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Two-day conference

This conference seeks to critically evaluate the performance of spatial planning, territorial policies and infrastructure tools in the context of multiple urgent societal challenges. It seeks to discuss how the integration of planning approaches can contribute to the implementation of a vision as NOVI. Does NOVI combine regulatory, financial, and soft planning instruments in a way that improves the efficiency and effectiveness of planning? Does it appropriately acknowledge the spatial diversity of regions? Does NOVI provide sufficiently robust guidance, while involving societal actors? What outcomes – including undesirable side-effects – can be anticipated? How can these be fostered or mitigated?

The conference ‘Take on the Future’ will engage scholars and practitioners in the fields of development policies, spatial planning, territorial governance and regional design from several European countries. Drawing on their knowledge and practical experience these will engage in an active dialogue about planning for a resilient society and review of NOVI. Join us and be a part of the discussion.



Day 1 —10th December, 2019 at Rotterdam

15:00 — registration and coffee
15:30 — welcome, by Paul Gerretsen, Director, Association Delta Metropolis
16:00 — introduction to the conference and panel discussion
17:30 — dinner and drinks
19:00 — Introduction : the Dutch national vision (NOVI), by Emiel Reiding, Director, NOVI
19:30 — ‘The New Planning’ : an international perspective, by international keynote speaker
20:00 — ‘The New Planning’ : a Dutch perspective, by Dutch keynote speaker
20:00 — questions and book launch
20:10 — reflection

Day 2 —11th December, 2019 at Den Haag

09:30 — coffee and registration
10:00 — session 1 : Understanding rationals of NOVI
11:00 — session 2 : Challenges, transitions, and instruments
12:00 — lunch
13:00 — session 3: Regional design: Addressing spatial diversity
14:00 — session 4: Institutional integration and participation
15:00 — coffee
15:30 — international review NOVI and panel discussion
16:30 — conclusion : ‘Takes on the Future’
17:00 — drinks and snacks

The New Planning dialogue

This is the third event of The New Planning Dialogue, in the series of eight inspiring activities in the upcoming years. The workshop is being developed by Vereniging Deltametropool along with Delft University of Technology, European Policy Research Centre and University of Groningen.


Register here or by sending an email to before 29 November 2019.

The event will be in English. We would like to ensure the participation of all the involved organisations (The New Planning project) in this event. Kindly confirm your presence or any  representative from your organisation.

In case you want to invite any other person/ organisation, kindly request them to send an email to Ticket details will be shared soon on the website.

For any other information regarding this, contact Alankrita Sarkar

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