Understanding the Dutch market for industrial areas with System Dynamics modeling

E.G.J. Blokhuis, Q. Han, W.F. Schaefer

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Industrial areas have become a prime theme in the urban policy debates in the Netherlands. From an economic perspective, Dutch industrial areas are important and successful. However, from a spatial perspective, several problems arise. In recent years, a lot of new areas have been developed on the relative scarce Dutch territory, and a large share of the existing areas has a low and decreasing spatial quality. In the current policy debates, several solutions are proposed for the occurring problems. In this article, we discuss the proposed solutions and governing interventions, and we pose that most of these solutions will not have an optimal effect because the Dutch market for industrial areas functions as a complex system, in which governing interventions will only be successful when the underlying processes support them. In this article, the Dutch market for industrial areas is regarded and reproduced as a complex system, employing the principles of the System Dynamics theory. Using the developed System Dynamics model, the most important system’s leverage points are distinguished, and recommendations are presented for optimizing the Dutch industrial area market.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Real Estate Society Conference 2011
EditorsI.I. Janssen
Place of PublicationEindhoven
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event18th Annual European Real Estate Society Conference (ERES 2011) - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 15 Jun 201118 Jun 2011
Conference number: 18


Conference18th Annual European Real Estate Society Conference (ERES 2011)
Abbreviated titleERES 2011
OtherERES 2011 conference


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