Publications & Presentations

Illustrated booklet on Knowledge Hotspots

Together with RDH Architects, UrbanIQ produced a nicely illustrated booklet on Urban Knowledge Hotspots and how to develop them. It contains a 'checklist', and case studies on Eindhoven, Helsinki, Dublin, and Magdeburg.

A smarter future for Piraeus, Greece

This paper contains an analysis of the economy of Piraeus, the main port city of Greece, and develops a proposition to achieve a knowledge based urban economy. It was the result of an 'implementation lab' held in Piraeus, where local people and a number external experts -members of the REDIS network- participated. The mayor received the recommendations with great approval.

An analysis of the knowledge economy of Manresa and its Parc Central project

The city of Manresa (73,000 inhabitants) is located in central Catalonia, Spain, at some 70Km from Barcelona. One of the cities' key ambitions is to strengthen knowledge-based economic activity in the city, in order to modernise its industrial base and create future prosperity. Manresa is in the process of developing its ‘Parc Central’, a technology park that is to become a major focal point of the local knowledge economy. This report analysis the local situation and develops recommendations.

Knowledge and the European city

Willem van Winden published a new paper in an international journal. It discusses and illustrates the ‘knowledge turn’ in urban policy across Europe. We identify four manifestations of it: 1) widespread efforts to lure knowledge workers; 2) a growing involvement of knowledge institutes in urban development and planning processes, 3) an explicit ‘knowledge based’ approach to planning and the design of public space, and 4) efforts to underline a ‘knowledge city’ identity using all kinds of marketing and branding techniques.Read more…

Creating environments for working in the knowledge economy: experiences from the Netherlands

In this paper we explore the development of territorial concepts aimed at knowledge diffusion, focusing on the question when and how ‘knowledge parks’ can be effectively organised.