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14 March 2019

Connecting history with computer sciences

Researchers from BK Bouwkunde and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science at TU Delft have formed a partnership to connect Humanities and Computer Sciences. They will combine their interdisciplinary skills to connect long-term historical knowledge with cutting edge computer vision, geospatial technology, and crowd sourcing technology.

08 March 2019

New design for making city districts free of natural gas also delivers considerable CO2 savings

17 January 2019

Handbook on informal urbanisation

The new handbook, edited by Roberto Rocco and Jan van Ballegooijen, explores 25 cases in 24 cities around the world. In each case, informal urbanisation has played a pivotal role in how people have struggled for their right to the city and for their ‘right to rights’ as citizens.

14 January 2019

Patterns and forms show fragmentation Chinese city



Spatial integration of new buildings in an existing environment is food for much discussion, while it in fact is not about words. Studies should focus on forms and patterns, if the goal is to achieve historical continuity in an urban design, concludes Jiaxiu Cai in her PhD research.

09 January 2019

How to integrate the river corridors of a grey and car-addicted city

Many cities form on the banks of rivers, but that does not mean that city and water are integrated by definition. PhD researcher Claudiu Forgaci investigated how better designed river corridors can contribute to a more resilient and more liveable city.



20 December 2018

Two research projects into Smart Urban Regions of the Future

The knowledge programme Smart Urban Regions of the Future deals with societal challenges. Two research projects from BK Bouwkunde have been funded in the latest round of the SURF knowledge programme: research into future spatial patterns of grocery shopping and research into sustainable urban riverfronts.

20 December 2018

Delta policies: assess spatial quality first, then find the best solution

Spatial quality is still too often neglected in interventions to keep the water out. That is unnecessary, concludes PhD candidate Anne Loes Nillesen. First list the technical possibilities, then develop an integrated solution in consultation with all relevant parties.

22 November 2018

Enabling web access to geodata calls for compromises

Geodata open up opportunities for countless new applications, but the true potential remains untapped. Open datasets from the geo-world are not sufficiently compatible with standard search engines or access to them is restricted. According to PhD candidate Linda van den Brink, there are both technological and social obstacles that need to be overcome.

25 October 2018

Democratic design wanted for post-colonial Malaysia

Malaysia has not been a colony since 1957, but this is not reflected in public space. Just like the British time, urban planning is all about controlling the masses, says PhD candidate Nurul Azlan. It’s time for urban designers to become independent, too.

18 October 2018

‘Black gold’ exhibition at Learning Centre Dunkirk

The exhibition ‘Or Noir: Marée, Ruée, Virage’ introduces visitors to the wide impact of oil on our life and our environment. Seven stations document past and present impact of oil and visualize future scenarios, inviting the public to engage.