OTB - Research for the built environment
OTB seeks to make a visible contribution to society by addressing societal challenges in the field of the built environment. We do this by means of our specialist scientific research and education in this area as part of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. The emphasis lies on scientific impact and societal relevance. We aim to increase the significance of scientific research, while continuing to focus on the vital exchange between problem-oriented and practically applicable research.
Impact of road and rail on urbanisation declines
There was a time when new railway lines and motorways determined where urbanisation took place. Although that influence still exists, it is much less significant than it was. The fact that transport policy in recent decades has been backed up by strong spatial policy therefore makes perfect sense. Thanks to this, urban development has ensured support for public transport and bicycles and prevented greater dependence on cars. This is the case made by the research conducted by doctoral candidate Dena Kasraian.
‘Rethink the City’ record-breaking MOOC at Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
The Massive Open Online Course ‘Rethink the City: New approaches to Global and Local Urban Challenges’, starting on March 28, is by now the biggest course (in terms of participants) created so far by the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. Over 9.000 participants from 159 different countries enrolled so far. New participants can still enroll until the April 24.
‘Power to Change’ grant
In collaboration with international colleagues, Reinout Kleinhans was awarded a commission by Power to Change for a comparative study of the role, funding and impact of community-based social enterprises.