The Development of North Brabant’s Spatial Logic

By Sukanya Krishnamurthy and Pieter van Wesemael.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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In this article, we investigate the co-evolutionary logics of organizational (environment, landscapes, architecture), institutional (governance and policy), and territorial (religion, activities, society) paradigms that have shaped the North Brabant province of the Netherlands. The authors postulate that the layering of socio-economic and spatial paradigms based on an interwoven ecology and interdependence of soil types, economic activities, infrastructures, and religion lead to a unique developmental logic within the region. This article expands on the historical layering of landscapes (urban, peri-urban, and rural) and transitions, attested by the region’s agricultural legacy (small scale farms, estates, and various soil types), merged with the legacy of industrial and post-industrial era transformations (industrial complexes, religious institutions). The article argues that the strength of the region lies in its mosaic of urbanity, farmland, and spread of spatial and economic activities, determining its current post-industrial landscape.

Keywords: Urban Transformation, Urban Development, Geography, South Netherlands

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp.77-86. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.406MB).

Dr. Sukanya Krishnamurthy

Assistant Professor, Chair, Urbanism and Urban Architecture, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Educated as an architect and urbanist in India and Germany, Sukanya Krishnamurthy received her Ph.D. from Bauhaus University (Germany) in 2012. Prior to joining the Chair of Urbanism and Urban Architecture at the Department of the Built Environment within the Technical University of Eindhoven in 2014, she spent two years working for the Neptis Foundation, a nonpartisan, urban research foundation and was a sessional lecturer at School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University in Toronto (Canada).