dr. M. A. (Michel) Geertse

Michel GeertseDr. Michel Geertse studied law and architectural history at the VU University of Amsterdam, where he received his PhD in international urban networks. In July 2012 he defended his thesis titled: Defining the universal city. The International Federation for Housing and Town Planning and transnational planning 1913-1945. Before he completed his PhD Geertse worked as a project manager at Local Architecture.

PhD Research: Defining the universal city. The International Federation for Housing and Town Planning and transnational planning dialogue 1913-1945

Michel Geertse takes the International Federation for Housing and Town Planning (IFHTP) as an example to show the working of the Urban International, an international network of modern city planners. He argues that the international history of modern urbanism cannot be explained solely in terms of a comparative history of ideas. Urban International is not a neutral infrastructure for the exchange of planning concepts and experiences. Participants and the structure of this network community leave their mark on the international urban dialogue.

Supervisors: prof.dr. Koos Bosma and prof.dr. Karel Davids

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