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Researcher

Maarten Van Acker

  • Research interest:Maarten Van Acker is an expert in infrastructure and urban design. He is professor of urbanism at the Faculty of Design Sciences at the University of Antwerp. Maarten is spokesman of the new Research Group for Urban Development and member of the Urban Studies Institute. He coaches several city planning departments and architecture offices with the realisation of urban development projects, the integration of infrastructure projects and the coordination of design competitions. He serves as a consultant to the board of the City on the Move Institute (Paris), the Urban Planning committee of the City of Antwerp, UNESCO committee of the City of Bruges, the Spilliaert committee and StadsAtelier of the City of Ostend, the Quality Committee the Quays of the City of Aalst, and the editorial boards of RUIMTE and ONTO. He holds a PhD for his research on the impact of infrastructure design on the urbanization of Belgium since the 19th century. He is the author of several publications such as From Flux to Frame, Highway x City, In Via Veritas, KempenAtlas, Spoorboek, Groene Singel, Zaaien op Beton, Turnhout 2012,...In New York, Maarten continued at The New School for Design his post-doctoral research on urban (infra)structures. He is currently working on a publication that compares urban design in New York with spatial policy in Belgium.
  • Keywords:URBAN PLANNING, URBAN DEVELOPMENT, URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND SPATIAL STRUCTURE, URBAN RENEWAL, URBAN DESIGN, URBAN POLLUTION, URBAN ENVIRONMENT, URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE, URBAN METABOLIMS, Architecture, town and country planning
  • Disciplines:Urban and regional design, development and planning
  • Research techniques:Research by Design, Case study, Qualitative analysis, Systemic analysis (Metabolism) , International best-practice benchmarking
  • Users of research expertise:Policy makers, governmental administrations, engineering companies, architecture and design offices, real estate developers,...