01 December 2022
Taking weighty decisions for a safe and liveable country
Subsidence, salinisation, climate change, population growth, social dichotomies and dwindling resources. Nature systems and societies in urban deltas around the world are struggling. The Netherlands is no exception and, for this reason, professor of Delta Urbanism Chris Zevenbergen is making the case for greater imagination in science and public administration. “We need to be able to believe in the future.” On 2 December 2022, he will be giving his inaugural address.
23 November 2022
EdX course Global Housing Design finalist for the edX Prize
EdX course Global Housing Design has been selected as one of the finalist for the edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning. The 10 finalists represent best-in-class online learning experiences that deliver learner-centric, impactful outcomes on the edX platform.
22 November 2022
60 years INDESEM in open book publication
The International Design Seminar (INDESEM) has a long and fascinating history. Since the first edition in 1964, each INDESEM has brought students and professionals from all over the world together to explore one relevant architectural issue of their time.
22 November 2022
Funding to help achieve breakthrough in circular and emission-free building
The construction sector faces major challenges. By 2050, the built environment should not only be emission-free, but also circular. Within the NWA programme 'Transition to a circular and emission-free building industry’, the application of the multidisciplinary consortium CirCol has been granted.
16 November 2022
Students present ideas for Delft Draait Door
Over the past few weeks, Building Technology students were at work in Delft's Buitenhof district. Their assignment was to talk to local experts within the neighbourhood and then come up with an innovative project that would also serve a social function.
14 November 2022
Christien Janssen TU Delft Lecturer of the Year 2022
During the Education Day on 10 November, Christien Janssen, lecturer Building Physics (AE&T) at the faculty Architecture and the Built Environment, was awarded as Best Lecturer of TU Delft 2022. Christien was chosen from eight Faculty Lecturers of the Year 2022 educators, who were elected by students for their educational endeavours.
09 November 2022
‘Energy renovations? The relevant legislation could be a bit more binding’
Energy uncertainty has increased the interest in energy renovations, notes Professor Henk Visscher. Now we need large-scale implementation. But how is that to be accomplished?
07 November 2022
Rising mortgage rates put heavy pressure on house prices
As a result of skyrocketing inflation, the European Central Bank (ECB) has raised refinancing rates several times, which has also caused mortgage rates in the Netherlands to triple in the past three quarters. These sharply rising mortgage rates directly affect households' borrowing capacity. In addition, it puts indirectly pressure on consumer confidence in the general economy and in the owner-occupied housing market. A drop in the purchase price like in the third quarter of 2022 is logical in such a situation, even if the number of homes sold still remains fairly constant.
25 October 2022
What will indoor climate systems of the future look like?
The corona pandemic, summer heat, high gas prices... the indoor climate has been getting a lot of attention in recent years. Atze Boerstra, Professor of Building Services Innovation at TU Delft, specialises in technologies that control the indoor climate. On 11 November, he will deliver his inaugural speech on the topic: Indoor Climate Systems Design in Times of Uncertainty.
20 October 2022
Stimulating biodiversity in 3D printed bio-cyber physical 'planetoids'
Tool robots have a short but rich history in architecture, including materials research and new construction techniques. Researchers Henriette Bier and Pierre Oskam, with a team of landscape architects, architects, and roboticists, are creating bio-cyber-physical capsules called 'planetoids' in the Robotic Building lab.
19 October 2022
One portal for digital building permits. How?
The handling of building permits is often slow and opaque. A European project led by TU Delft geo-informatics should improve the process. 3D-Professor Jantien Stoter explains.
11 October 2022
What is design in the age of data?
How can architects and urban designers embrace and embed in practice challenges and opportunities posed by an increasingly data-driven society? As Theory of Architecture and Digital Culture professor at TU Delft, Georg Vrachliotis intends to increase data literacy among students and professionals. “We’re just entering a new phase in a continuing process.” On 28 October he will give his inaugural speech.
11 October 2022
Call open for Entrepreneurship Awards 2022
Are you an entrepreneur in the built environment? This is your chance to win up to 30.000 euros to boost your business!
11 October 2022
Open book: Teaching, learning & researching spatial planning
The complexity and interconnectedness of today's urban challenges demand integrated and innovative approaches to the planning and design of sustainable, fair, and inclusive cities and regions. This, in turn, requires us to challenge and rethink current planning practice and education.
05 October 2022
Patent for invisible fully reversible fool-proof connection system
How to develop a new connection system for vertical components that allows for an easy assembly and disassembly while being visually unnoticeable? Such a demountable mechanical connection system is important in order to increase the reuse and recycling of building materials and components in construction.
30 September 2022
Five future strategies for the Dutch delta in 2120
Er is een ontwerpende aanpak nodig om de Nederlandse delta in de toekomst veilig en leefbaar te houden. Onderzoekers, stedenbouwkundigen, landschapsarchitecten en ingenieurs maakten in het kader van de Redesigning Deltas beweging vernieuwende ontwerpen voor 5 regio’s in Nederland.
28 September 2022
BK-Archiprix selection 2023 announced
At the closing ceremony of BK-Archiprix, the participants for the National Archiprix were announced. The jury selected the nine best projects to compete in the Archiprix, the leading annual competition for upcoming design talent.
28 September 2022
Educational resources for circularity
Two new educational resources have been made available that can support educators in teaching for and about circularity in their course(s) and help them provide their students with relevant learning materials. Both learning environments are completely open and accessible to all educators worldwide but also to anyone interested in circularity.
27 September 2022
BlendEd learning platform now online
BlendEd is a platform for new interdisciplinary classes, modules and courses on urban topics from both a social science and design and planning perspective. It displays 26 educational videos, covering the topics of Sustainable Housing, Strategic Urban Planning and Heritage Values.
26 September 2022
The step between technology and change
Bringing about change in construction is difficult. In circular construction projects, for instance, ambitions are often not achieved because cooperation has to take place differently than what we are used to. Although circular techniques are often available, their deployment for transition to a circular construction economy does not happen automatically. Professor of Construction Cultures Alfons van Marrewijk makes the necessary connection between engineering and social sciences so that change does take place.
21 September 2022
Marlon Boeve to start as Professor of Environmental and Planning Law in Area Development
The Netherlands is struggling with major issues in the areas of mobility, housing construction, sustainability and climate. These great challenges result in multiple interests coming together in area development. Environmental and planning law are therefore in the spotlight.
14 September 2022
Successful Kick off BK Public Programs with Herman Hertzberger
The staircase in the Oostserre filled with students and staff. A panel with interesting names and a very special guest: Herman Hertzberger. In honour of his 90th birthday, there was a BK Talks 'Lessons' and is the exhibition 'The Hertzberger House Photographed by Johannes Schwartz for Het Nieuwe Instituut Collection' on show. A successful start to the BK Public Programs.
07 September 2022
Honorary Doctorate for professor Klaske Havik
This Summer, Klaske Havik was awarded a Honorary Doctorate from Tampere University, Finland, "in recognition of the study of architectural writing and of texts on architecture and urban planning”.
07 September 2022
Students make artwork from bricks
Four students of the BK master and bachelor and two teachers have designed an artwork with dry stackable bricks for the exhibition BAKSTEEN | BRICK in the KAdE art gallery in Amersfoort. The title of the work is 'What do you want, brick?' Does a brick want to be a wall?
31 August 2022
Professor Adriaan Geuze is winner of worldwide award in landscape architecture
The International Federation of Landscape Architecture has announced Adriaan Geuze as the winner of the premier worldwide Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award in landscape architecture. Adriaan Geuze’s outstanding contributions to the promotion of the profession in conceptual and practical respects represent the best values of the IFLA world community.
30 August 2022
Digitalisation in a galaxy of construction law
“Construction law can be seen as part of a galaxy: different parties, legal frameworks and interests all influence each other,” describes professor Evelien Bruggeman. “Balancing those forcefields is paramount to give technological developments a place in society.” On 16 September, the professor of Building Law at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment will give her inaugural speech, showing how digitisation in the built environment can find a place in the galaxy of construction law and the force field of technological and societal innovation.
05 August 2022
‘Perfect storm’ seriously threatens the housing market
The number of offered and sold new-build homes in the first quarter of 2022 appears to have fallen back to the level as it was shortly after the credit crisis (2008-2013). In addition, the number of new build homes for which a building permit was granted in the first five months of 2022 was about 15% lower than in the previous year. In the owner-occupied sector, this is even more than 20%.
29 July 2022
Nationwide 3D Dataset for noise simulations available
For the calculation of noise levels produced by road and rail traffic and industry, a noise expert uses a 3D model of the environment. This 3D model contains information about the height of the terrain, buildings and sound-reflection/absorption properties of the soil. It can be a cumbersome process to create this 3D model. Since last year, noise experts in the Netherlands can use an automatically generated country-wide 3D dataset for noise simulation that was co-developed by the 3D Geoinformation research group, Department Urbanism.
27 July 2022
Circular watchtower becomes circular pavilion
The circular watchtower that could be found last year on the corner of the Westlandseweg and Nieuwe Gracht was demolished last month. The tower will be given a special new purpose: the wood will be used in the construction of a circular pavilion, in memory of Jacques van Marken, founder and director of the former Gist Brocades factory in Delft. The pavilion will be built this autumn in the Hortus Botanicus of Delft University of Technology.
12 July 2022
TU Delft student team ‘Lettus Design’ has won the Urban Greenhouse Challenge
LettUs Design Team of TU Delft proposed a winning modular urban farming concept that can be tailored to the needs of a neighbourhood with poor access to healthy food, good education and the resulting lack of economic opportunities. With their design, the team won the first prize of the Urban Greenhouse Design Challenge.
05 July 2022
Several online exhibitions are available this summer. Take a look via the links.
28 June 2022
LDE white paper: Critical materials, green energy and geopolitics: a complex mix
The Green Deal, formulated by the European Union, comprises climate targets that are as ambitious as they are all-important. It aims to reduce net emissions of greenhouse gasses to zero by 2050, without depleting resources and leaving no person or region behind. Seven scientists from the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities wrote the whitepaper ‘Critical materials, green energy and geopolitics: a complex mix’, offering science-based knowledge and strategies for achieving these aims. The paper has now become available.
24 June 2022
TU Delft students impress in competition with sustainable solution for tenement flats
Symbiotic Urban Movement (SUM) is the name of the TU Delft student team that won third prize at the Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22 on Friday 24 June. Their solution: an innovative plan to transform all of the Netherlands’ 847,000 tenement flats.
21 June 2022
Tessa Koenig Gimeno wins shared first prize at Archiprix 2022
BK alumna Tessa Koenig Gimeno has received the shared first prize at the Dutch Archiprix 2022 for her project 'Decolonising the City: Public Space as Cultural Resistance in Santiago de Chile'.
15 June 2022
Open access book: Insight - Academic skills for architects
The book ‘Inzicht - Academische Vaardigheden voor Bouwkundigen’ (Insight - Academic Skills for Architects) gives an in-depth view of architecture and the built environment as an academic discipline, explicitly addresses the relationship between design and research, and focuses on the practical skills that architecture, urbanism and building sciences students develop during their Bachelor's programme in Delft.
15 June 2022
Documentary 'Post-Pandemic Public Spaces'
After a pandemic year with no public space worldwide, it was time to look further and ask what has changed in public space. Three Honours Programme BSc students who participated in the research group 'The Design of Public Space' made a documentary series. This documentary gives a view into the changes in thinking about design, mobility, inequality, and our behaviour.
15 June 2022
Housing as healthcare: Nelson Mota wins NWO/NRO Comenius Teaching Fellowship
The importance of biodiversity for public health is widely acknowledged. However, few people are aware of how much housing design decisions influence the interaction between humans, non-humans and the diversity of microorganisms that populate our living environment. With the project Housing as Healthcare: Mapping the correlation between housing design, micro biodiversity and health in The Hague Nelson Mota won the NWO/NRO Comenius Teaching Fellowship.
13 June 2022
Bridges and quay wall restoration with an eye for the environment and the city.
City centres have become increasingly busier, and the pressure on the sometimes several centuries-old infrastructure is growing, for example due to freight traffic. Many municipalities in the Netherlands face major maintenance challenges, with costs running into billions of euros. Furthermore, the changes in the short term come on top of major transitions in the area of climate adaptation, circularity, energy and transport.
08 June 2022
Energy transition at the heart of TU Delft's education programme
On Thursday 9 June, the TU Delft campus will be buzzing like never before. On that day, students will be presenting their ideas on how to accelerate the energy transition. Over the past six months, more than 15,000 TU Delft students have followed a course on energy transition. This has resulted in a large number of ideas and prototypes that can be seen on 9 June during the Energy Challenge Event, which is part of TU Delft's anniversary year.
01 June 2022
Several grants for faculty
In recent months, several grants have been awarded to research projects of our faculty. Frank van der Hoeven, Alexander Wandl and Arjan van Timmeren will be contributing to two of the five selected projects for the development of ‘lighthouse demonstrators' of the New European Bauhaus (NEB). In addition, a SURF grant has won for the first time by Serdar Asut. Karel Van den Berghe and Ellen van Bueren are part of the granted NWO KIC technology proposal SUBLIME.