michiel dehaene


Michiel Dehaene (1971)  associate professor at the department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ghent University, where he teaches courses in urban analysis and design.

After his Architecture studies at KULeuven (1994), he obtained a Master degree in Urban Design from Harvard University (1997). He completed his doctoral studies at KULeuven (2002) with a dissertation on the British survey movement and its role in the formation of the town planning discipline in the first half of the twentieth century. He was assistant professor in urbanism at Eindhoven University of Technology (2004-2011) taught classes in Urban Design in the European Master Programme in Urban Design at KULeuven (2002-2011).

His work focuses on the epistemology of urbanism, dispersed urbanization and the interrelation between formal and informal modes of development. He edited with Lieven De Cauter the volume Heterotopia and the City (2008). Also with Lieven De Cauter co-curated the ‘Hidden Cities’ cluster of the Visionary Power exhibition at the Rotterdam Biennale 2008. He published in the Journal of Architecture, Journal of Planning Education Research, Town Planning Review, Journal of Architecture, De Architect, Archis, Oase.

He is member of the board of the ‘dottorato di ricerca in Urbanisitica’ at IUAV and is part of the organizing committee of the Ph D seminars in Urbanism and Urbanization (U&U).

selected publications

DEHAENE, Michiel, ‘Giving an Account of the City. Notes on essayism and the imagined community’, in: Rajesh Heynickx and Tom Avermaete (eds.) Making a New World. Designing and Reforming Modern Communities in Interwar Europe, Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2011 (forthcoming)

DEHAENE, Michiel, ‘Essaying the city: Elements of a Descriptive Urbanism’, in: Hilde Heynen, David Vanderbrugh, eds., Critical Tools, Brussel: La Lettre Volée, 2011 (forthcoming)

DEHAENE, Michiel, DOEVENDANS, Kees, DE ZWART, Bart, BEELEN, Karl, DE MEULDER, Bruno, ‘De kaart, het landschap en alle lagen ertussen’. In: Koos Bosma, Jan Kolen (eds.), Geschiedenis en Ontwerp: Handboek voor de omgang met cultureel erfgoed. Nijmegen: Vantilt, 2010 (in press)

DEHAENE, Michiel, ‘On the Difficulty to Make a Public Proposition, or the Chance Encounter of the Panopticon and the Boyle Air Pump on a Drawing Board’, Hunch, No. 14, 2010, pp. 28-37.

DEHAENE, Michiel,  DE CAUTER, Lieven (eds.), Heterotopia and the City: Public Space in a Postcivil Society, London: Routledge,2008, ISBN 978-0-415-42288-8, (345 pages).

DE CAUTER Lieven, DEHAENE Michiel, ‘Meditiations on Razor Wire. A Plea for Para-Architecture,’ in: Christine de Baan, Joachim Declerck, Veronique Patteeuw, (eds.), Visonary Power. Producing the Contemporary City, Rotterdam: NAI Publishers, 2007, pp. 233-247.

DE CAUTER Lieven, DEHAENE Michiel, ’L’ archipelle et le lieu du ban. Tableau de la ville désastre,’ in : Christine Macel, Daniel Birnbaum (eds.), Airs de Paris, Paris : Editions du centre Pompidou, 2007, pp. 144-147.

DEHAENE, Michiel, ‘Survey and Comprehensive Planning: the ‘coordination of knowledge’ in the Wartime Plans of Patrick Abercrombie and Max Lock,’ in: Iain Boyd White (ed.), The Man-Made Future: Planning, Education and Design in the Mid-20th Century, London: Routledge, 2007, pp. 38-58.

DEHAENE, Michiel, AMERASINGHE, Anojie, (eds.) Karachi: Site Town and the Orangi Nalla, Leuven KULeuven, 2007, ISBN 978-5682-831-8, (184 pages).

DEHAENE, Michiel, ‘A Conservative Framework for Regional Development: Patrick Abercrombie’s interwar experiments in regional planning’, Journal of Planning Education Research, Vol. 25, No. 2, Winter 2005, pp. 131-148.

DEHAENE, Michiel, ‘Urban Lessons for the Modern Planner: Patrick Abercrombie and the study of urban development,’ Town Planning Review, Vol. 75, No. 1, 2004, pp. 1-30.