TU Delft Stories
Reading time: 4 min
Evacuating virtual buildingsVirtual Reality (VR) is not just about gaming or flight simulators. At TU Delft, PhD Yan Feng is investigating how it may help explain the behaviour of pedestrians. It took her just five months to teach herself how to create a complex virtual building. By then she had built an exact replica of her faculty building and invited real people to explore and evacuate it. So how did they find their way around?
reading time: 3 min
Student volunteers offer help in times of coronaWhen Thijs de Jongh saw an app asking for volunteers to support vulnerable groups halfway through March, he jumped at the opportunity. But instead of filling out the form De Jongh and his fellow students decided to get cracking with the organisation of gewoonmensen.nl, a website for people who need help, during and after corona.
Urbanisation & Mobility
Can walking and cycling make us healthy and happy?Do walking and cycling make people healthier, or are healthier people more inclined to travel actively? And how does the coronavirus affect our travel behaviour? These are the kinds of questions that scientist Maarten Kroesen is investigating. In his view, situations are often not as simple as they might seem at first glance. He is nevertheless convinced of one thing: we should be walking and cycling more.
reading time: 2, 5 min
Acoustic control of your environmentImagine this: you can control the acoustics of your environment, no matter the size and shape of the space around you, your access to electricity, and the type of sound you’d like to control. That is what the ADAM project prototype offers. With the use of mathematical models and 3D printing, amongst others, ADAM allows the creation of tailor made sound absorbers.
Reading time: 4 min
Involving the public in policy quandariesThe Dutch lockdown is provisionally set to last until 20 May. So how will life continue after that date? Niek Mouter is researching the public’s preferences with regard to various exit scenarios. It’s a subject that has sparked a lot of interest, with as many as 18,000 people taking part in this Participatory Value Evaluation in the first two days alone.
Watching time: 7 min
The voice of SolotvynoFormer salt empire Solotvyno is located in western Ukraine. Today, the area suffers from the effects of salt extraction: an unstable subsurface resulting in massive sinkholes that threaten the life of the community. Two researchers from Delft University of Technology participated in a consortium to develop a disaster risk reduction plan together with the community. With the aim of giving the population a voice and building on a safer future. This short documentary provides insight into the process.
reading time: 9 min