Established in 1917, the institute mobilises individuals and organisations to raise the quality of spatial plans, urban design and development projects.
NIROV works to maintain and improve standards in planning policy and practice in the Netherlands and is increasingly active within international networks. NIROV's aims are:
- to unite the members of its network in order to organise several activities in the field of planning and housing
- to mobilise its members to make a contribution to the improvement of the field of study
- to accommodate organisations that contribute to the same aims as NIROV
- to publish periodicals on the subjects of planning and housing
- to communicate to and from its members
One particular aim is to foster innovation and the exchange of ideas.
NIROV is a society with approximately 4000 members who pay a membership fee. It has several study groups that examine different spatial- and housing-related subjects. One of these study groups is concerned with Mobility and the contribution of mobility and infrastructure to the spatial debate.
NIROV is a non-profit organisation. Its activities are largely funded on a project basis by private organisations, government agencies and NGOs. Membership fees, subscriptions, grants and government subsidies make up the remaining sources of income.