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December and November are notorious for their workload and deadlines. However, much fun was to be experienced. Here are some pictures instead of words.

A different context for academic work: lectures in the old Lantaren-Venster cinema give an entirely different atmosphere and improved interaction between audience and speaker. We will return here! Picture by Fred Ernst

Urban planner and author of the great book 'Cities, Design and Evolution' gave a great lecture about conurbations and urban planning as an evolutionary process. A great evening and a fully packed house, i.e. a definitive success. Picture by Fred Ernst

Meanwhile, storms and full moon tested Rotterdam's defense mechanisms against high water levels. Things got a bit wet but not to the extent that the Nieuwe Maas had to be closed off. The problem with good water management is that you rarely get the chance to test how good it is. This was one opportunity. Picture by Andres Dijkshoorn

BJ Nilsen was our guest last Thursday and he performed an extended version of 'The Invisible City'. It was a truly inspiring performance. For those who wonder what Mr. Nilsen does during a performance: here is a view from his office space, as seen during the sound checks. Picture by me.

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What a great but busy week it was at our department! First we prepared a lecture on the work of Niklas Luhmann about social systems for our master students. They coped surprisingly well, given that this is a topic many scientists don’t even dare to touch. Then David Byrne (Durham University) came over to talk about this book ‘Applying Social Science’ and about complexity in general. I think that David is one of those rare people who write books that are really ahead of their times. Another great thinker was our guest on Thursday and Friday. Stephen Marshall gave a great lecture to a fully packed house (hmm, make that overly fully packed…) on Thursday and gave very useful input to our workshop on Friday. It was a week of intellectual challenge, glad to be doing this work.

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I’m proud to announce that we’ve teamed up with Deltametropolis to host one of the gatherings in their lecture series ‘The International Perspective’. We have invited Stephen Marshall of the Bartlett School of Planning to talk about his ideas about the city as an evolving, self-organizing system. I´m a big fan of his work ever since I read ´Cities, Design and Evolution´ ) review of which is due to appear in Planning Theory & Practice, this fall). His concepualization of evolving systems has great implications for the way the city should be planned – and this is exactly what the lecture and discussion will be about.

We are still busy finishing all the details – watch this weblog for more information or head over to the program website at the Vereniging Deltametropool.

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