Designing the Spontaneous City

Research on obstacles and opportunities for organic urban redevelopment


    Urhahn together with PBL (Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency) have taken the initiative to investigate the role of the government in facilitating organic urbanism. We consider this an important step in the further implementation of our philosophy of the spontaneous city, the philosophy that urban developments should be borne by local ingenuity, entrepreneurship and (small scale) initiative. The study focuses on the smallest scale, that of the initiator. From the concept of the aspirations of people we look at the specific constraints and conditions that they encountered in the process of realizing their initiative. This allows us to make general statements about the role of government.


    Designing the Spontaneous City (in Dutch) can be downloaded from the site of PBL.