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20 June 2019

Country estates landscapes still a prominent feature in Dutch green structure

The leading role played by the wealthy citizens of the Dutch Republic is still visible to this day in the form of a green belt of country estates. They were developed alongside canals, strategic highways and trading routes by patrician families, PhD researcher Gerdy Verschuure-Stuip discovered. This is the origin of the country estates landscapes that still exist in and around Dutch cities.

06 June 2019

The impact of regional design on spatial planning

What influence does spatial design have on spatial planning at a regional scale level and on decision-making at all scale levels? Based on practical case studies from the Netherlands, PhD researcher Verena Balz explored the two-way traffic between regional design and the development of spatial policy.

22 May 2019

Water sensitive design for Indian cities

The project Water4Change focusses on fit-for-purpose water sensitive design for fast growing liveable cities in India, combining know-how from Dutch and Indian experts.

21 May 2019

Sustainable and resilient coastal cities

Nature-based solutions can be highly beneficial to coastal management and policy making, but is still underused due to a clear knowledge gap. The Sustainable and Resilient Coastal Cities (SARCC) project aims to bridge this gap. Researchers from BK Bouwkunde and the faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences received a € 480.000,- Interreg grant to create interdisciplinary innovations and implement the findings in seven case study locations.

25 April 2019

Bridge design is more than a procurement process

Good bridge design requires perfect interaction between all parties, but that is precisely where things often go wrong in modern practice, concludes PhD researcher Joris Smits. He argues for a role as ‘design integrator’ for the architect, to combat fragmentation of the design process.

11 April 2019

Integrating online education with on-campus classrooms

A broad international debate is paramount for urban planning education. To this end, the Bridge DOCS research project aims to connect students from online courses with students in on-campus classrooms. Igor Tempels Moreno Pessoa and Roberto Rocco received a Comenius Teaching Fellowship grant of € 50.000,- to develop the necessary platform. They will start with connecting first year Urbanism students with students from the MOOC ‘Rethink the city’.

11 April 2019

Robocar and Urban Space Evolution

Automated mobility is likely to happen and will significantly change cities. The symposium ‘Robocar and Urban Space Evolution’ looked at automated mobility in the context of sustainability, and the future of urban planning and design. A summary of the symposium and further reflections on the theme are now available through the open access publication of the same name on the BK Books platform.

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.