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The digital version of this essay is available to the reader for free. Distribution however is only permitted by referring to the download-links on this website. Please note: this essay is only available in Dutch. 

Author: Peter Pelzer
Design: Meeusontwerpt
Series: Stadsessays

2021, trancityxvaliz | paperback | 77 pp. | 13,5 x 21 cm (w x h) | Dutch | ISBN 978-94-93246-07-2

Peter Pelzer is an Assistant Professor in Spatial Planning and Urban Futures at the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning and affiliated with the Urban Futures Studio, both at the Faculty of Geosciences.

(Only in Dutch) Click here to read the review by Platform 31 (November 2021)

The twenties of the 21st century confront the spatial design of our country with long-term crises: climate, biodiversity, housing and social inequality. Ironically enough, we react tot his with short-term answers. Despite this fact however, we need exactly the opposite: an urban planning fort he long term. This essay explores what such future-oriented spatial planning could look like. It is a voyage of discovery that leads us through the tribe of planners, words and figures which strengthen our short-term thinking and the mystery of the imagination. Attention is also given to the eternal management question – who is responsible for what? This essay is a necessary and recognizable reflection for students, civil servants, advisers, project developers and administrators.

Made possible in part by the EFL Foundation. In January 2022, Utrecht University and trancityxvaliz will organize a small conference 'in search of long-term planning'. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you will be informed about the date and program.