SKG’s mission translates into five interrelated core objectives that guide all activities of the Area Development chair:
The Area Development research program focuses on four key aspects of urban area development projects: value, process, collaboration, and design. Key research questions focus on these aspects, particularly how to understand them in the context of public-private-civic governance around spatial projects in the built environment. Examples are: what is the impact of professional design studies on specific area development strategies? And: what are the institutional barriers/enablers in the private financing of public infrastructure in area development projects?
At TU Delft, the Area Development chair is part of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. Its network stretches across all schools relevant to the area development domain—particularly Civil Engineering, Public Management, and Industrial Design. Outside of TU Delft, the Area Development chair warmly collaborates with several research institutes and university departments with similar or complimentary domains, e.g. spatial planning, urban economics, real estate, and infrastructure. It also partners with private research and consultancy firms on specialised themes and projects.