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Humpty Dumpty Dilemma Challenge(the(future

Or ‘Why we need to integrate knowledge across different communities of practice’

Prepared by Roberto Rocco Chair Spatial Planning and Strategy, TU Delft

For the course Ar2U090

‘Methodology for Urbanism’ Master 2 in Urbanism, TU Delft by Roberto Rocco and Egbert Stolk within the Grassroots Project of TU Delft

But what is ‘Urbanism’?

URBANISM Challenge(the(future

...Analysis, critical

understanding, planning and design of human life over a territory




metropolitan area

region But what is ‘Urbanism’?


Urbanism? AR2U090 Methodology for Urbanism *Logics of Enquiry

In this exercise, you will need to ‘locate’ yourself inthe hypothetical triangle that composes URBANISM at TU Delft. According to your previous education and aspirations for the future, where would you be? Mark a cross inside the triangle and write your name and country of origin near that cross. Would you add another element to this geometrical form? Is it a polygon? A square? What other categories would you add, if any?


U Human Sciences

Physical Sciences

logics of enquiry



Logics of enquiry

View of the Dutch landscape near Rotterdam

Photo by Roberto Rocco

Urbanisation with water in the Netherlands (Delft)

Photo by Roberto Rocco



Dynamic nature of urban studies

Snow Cover and Sea Surface Temperatures With an albedo of up to 80 percent or more, snow-covered terrain reflects most of the earth’s incoming solar radiation back into space, cooling the lower atmosphere. When snow cover melts, the albedo drops suddenly to less than about 30 percent, allowing the ground to absorb more solar radiation, heating the earth's surface and lower atmosphere.

Climate change

Credit: NASA

Mapping coupled to GIS and rendering

Source: ESRI:

Participatory planning and design the RedeCataSampa Ecosystem: groups working on their stakeholders maps. Photo by Patricia Molina Costa

Mindmap produced by TU Delft Urbanism students: Di Fang, Lynn van Calmhout & Wen Wen Sun

Evolving paradigms

We are

real TU Delft

Urbanism students from all over the world!

Evolving paradigms Internationalisation

Idiosyncrasy Scope

Dynamic nature of urban studies Internationalization

Questions Answers Methods Discourse

OTB Chair: Urban an Regional Development

Sect ion :S Prof. Wil Zonneveld pa tia l

OTB Chair: Neighbourhood Change and Housing

Chair: Cultural History & Design

Prof. Maarten van Ham


Prof. Eric Luiten

Prof. Vincent Nadin

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Chair: Design & Politics

Chair: Landscape Architecture

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Prof. Dirk Sijmons

Prof. Wouter Vanstiphout

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Section: Urban

Chair: Urban Design

Prof. Han Meyer

Prof. Henco Bekkering

Chair: The Why Factory

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Chair: Environmental Technology Prof. Arjan van Timmeren


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Prof. Winy Maas

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Chair: Theory & Methods


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Methods Research Questions


governance of the city region?

how do we use the

how to develop the

city region?

city region?




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These are real TU Delft Urbanism teachers and researchers

what is the


Communities Methods

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall All the king’s horses

And all the king’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again

I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory’

Of course you

don't! _till I tell you. I meant 'there's a nice

knock-down argument for you!

But 'glory' doesn't mean 'a nice knock-down argument'!

When I use a word, it

means just what I choose it to mean窶馬either more nor less.

The question is

whether you can make words mean so many different things.

The question is, which is to be master— that's all!

When I use a word,

it means just what I

choose it to mean—neither more nor less.


If I validate my own meanings, if I decide that my words mean what I want them to mean, regardless of

what other people think, then I am always right!

But 'glory' doesn't mean 'a nice knock-down argument'!

If I have seen further, it is

because I was standing on the shoulders of giants (Sir Isaac Newton)

Knowledge must

be articulated and

communicated across

communities of practice to be

validated, used and integrated by new knowledge.

Thanks for listening and watching! Should you have any doubts, please contact Roberto Rocco at


This presentation has been realized with funds from the Grassroots project of the TU Delft with the help of Erna Kotkamp and Ruud van Zijl


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Humpty dumpty dilemma 2013  
Humpty dumpty dilemma 2013  

This is a presentation prepared for the Methodology Course of the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft. The idea is to explain why knowled...