Sy Adler

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Master of Urban Studies (M.U.S.) in Urban Studies


Urban Studies and Planning

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1 online resource (iv, 112 p.) : ill., maps (some col.)


City planning -- Netherlands, Housing -- Netherlands -- Costs, Cities and towns -- Netherlands -- Growth




This case study combines elements of exploration and description to examine the interaction of growth management and housing affordability within the Dutch system of spatial planning. In Section I, I introduce the research framework and pose the central research question: How do planners and policymakers in the Netherlands conceptualize and manage the relationship between land and housing markets, and the effects of that relationship on housing affordability? In Section II, I provide an overview of Dutch spatial planning, focusing on planning and policymaking at the national and municipal levels, and summarizing the postwar-era "bundled deconcentration" approach to growth management. Section III covers the economic and political shifts of the 1980s and early 1990s, a period that marked the end of "bundled deconcentration" and ushered in the "compact city" approach to spatial planning. In Section IV, I introduce contemporary issues of land scarcity and housing supply stagnation and summarize my primary interview findings. In Section V, I elaborate on my interview findings and discuss the broader perspectives offered by Dutch planners and economists. Finally, in Section VI, I conclude the case study with a review of findings, final reflections, and suggestions for future research.


Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning

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