Urbanisation in the North Sea mapped out
Guest researcher Nancy Couling set out to investigate the unseen urbanisation processes in the North Sea. At the halfway mark of her research, she has found several challenges for the North Sea: “We need to leave space for culture, heritage, and environmental values in order to make the North Sea a common space.”
Online learning for a circular economy
Our global society is not sustainable. Massive challenges like climate change and resource scarcity coincide with the desire to sustain our economies and offer opportunities for a growing world population. Explore the circular economy as a possible solution in these two new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
Andy van den Dobbelsteen receives Royal Distinction
Today, BK professor Andy van den Dobbelsteen was suprised with a Royal Distinction during the annual Royal Distinction Day or ‘Lintjesregen’. He received the distinction 'Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw' at the Delft town hall from Delft mayor Marja van Bijsterveldt.
Co Verdaas appointed Professor of Urban Area Development
The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment is pleased to announce the appointment of Co Verdaas as Professor of Urban Area Development. In the upcoming years, the chair will focus on the development of concepts for sustainable urban areas, in order to maintain and improve the value of the built environment as it relates to the user, the experience, and the future.
Mohawk stage to be featured at OWEE 2018
The Mohawk stage, a fold-out autonomous stage designed by Ate Snijder (AE&T), will be used as stage during the OWEE introduction week 2018. The transformer stage-tent was conceived as a mobile performance venue with its own character and soul.
Rethink the City MOOC receives honourable mention
‘Rethink the City: New approaches to Global and Local Urban Challenges’ ontving een eervolle vermelding in de 2018 Open Education Awards, in de categorie ‘Open Course / OCW / MOOC’.
Philomena Bluyssen appointed honorary member of ISIAQ
On 5 April, SenseLab founder and professor Philomena Bluyssen has been appointed an honorary member of the Dutch chapter of the International Society for Indoor Air Quality.
Privatisation of public space calls for clear regulation
Can the organisation of public space be handed over to private parties? Yes, according to Els Leclercq's conclusion in her doctoral research, but it has serious consequences in terms of what is and is not permitted in streets, squares, and parks. She calls for clear government regulation.
Point cloud cleverly modelled using 3D skeleton
Geographical point clouds are a useful tool for modelling our built and natural environment. In practice, however, this demands a lot of manual work. Ravi Peters completed his PhD project on the use of a 3D skeleton, enabling to divide point clouds into objects that then became easier to process automatically.
Faculty starts research on collaboration between water boards and market
The Chair of Public Commissioning is starting a research project, commissioned by the water boards, on the collaboration between the water boards and commercial parties in infrastructural projects.
“Remove all asphalt from the roof”
Last week, the report ‘Haagse Hitte: Het Haagse warmte-eiland in kaart gebracht’ on the urban heat island effects on the city of The Hague was presented to city council alderman Joris Wijsmuller.
Form follows force
Although a curved form is known to be stronger than a flat structure, we do not know exactly how much stronger. Doctoral candidate Qingpeng Li tried to find out by testing various shell structures. His findings show that even a small curve can provide significant reinforcement.
Alexandra den Heijer appointed as Professor of Public Real Estate
With pleasure the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment announces that Alexandra den Heijer has been appointed as Professor of Public Real Estate [Publiek Vastgoed].
Ripple effect of Amsterdam house prices
The price of houses in Amsterdam, whether rising or falling, influences house prices in a large part of the Netherlands. This is an important result of Alfred Teye's PhD research, because insight into house price developments and risks in the housing market is crucial for society.
Occasional odd liability arrangements in Dutch construction
The quality of building projects is to a large extent determined by supervision and coordination. Too often a lack of either leads to delays or accidents, notes Building Law specialist Hugo Strang in his doctoral research. More than a Building Quality Assurance Act is needed to improve this, he believes.
System approach to the Dutch landscape
In the project ‘Urbanised lowlands’, led by Reinout Rutte and Jaap Evert Abrahamse, the landscape of the Netherlands is approached as a system of urban development, water, energy, and food.
European Alliance in Architecture and Built Environment Research
Five leading research-intensive European universities have joined forces in BauHow5. SABRE, Strengthening Architecture and Built Environment Research, is the first project in this alliance, focussing on developing a core curriculum for PhD education in Architecture and the Built Environment.
Faculty maintains top 3 position
QS World University Rankings by subject has again recognised the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment as a key player in design-oriented research.
Laure Itard appointed as Professor Building Energy Epidemiology
With pleasure the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment announces that Laure Itard (Le Mans, 1964) has been appointed as Professor Building Energy Epidemiology.
‘Open science and open access set to become the norm’
From now on, all new books and journals written, edited or published by BK City staff will have to be open access publications. As a result, all knowledge generated by the faculty will be accessible to anyone with an internet connection.
Hidden library at dean’s office
Dean Peter Russell has commissioned the dean’s library in the hallway towards his office (BG.Oost.010).
Bright new showcases at faculty library
The faculty library has been enriched with six brand new bright red showcases. The showcases were created by BK Alumnus Pieter Stoutjesdijk, based on a winning design by student Frederic Engasser.
Closer collaboration with University of Strathclyde
The existing research activities between the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and the departments of Urbanism and OTB will become closer.
Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative grant
Grants awarded: the Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI) includes 15 research projects focused on creating innovative and integrated solutions on the nexus between food, water, and energy. Amongst others, the M-NEX project from AE&T has been awarded funding to start work on 1 April.
Tillmann Klein appointed as Professor of Building Product Innovation
With pleasure the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment announces that Tillmann Klein (Wesel, 1967) has been appointed as Professor Building Product Innovation.
First school class tests SenseLab
A healthy and comfortable indoor climate is essential for good health. The launch of the SenseLab in the Science Centre Delft marks a major step forward in achieving a better balance between a range of environmental factors.
The role of stations in future metropolitan areas
What will the role and function of the station of the future be? The Delft Initiative for Mobility and Infrastructure (DIMI) awarded a € 87.500,- research grant to Manuela Triggianese and Roberto Cavallo to research possible answers to this question in a cross-disciplinary program.
Connecting landscape architecture to the Artefact during IABR2018+2020
In 2018 and 2020 the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) has a combined programme: the Missing Link.
The legacy of industrial offshoring
The audio documentary ‘Off:Re:Onshore’ engages the effects of industrial offshoring through a series of interviews with eight leaders, activitists, architects, and cultural producers.
Two Marie Curie Individual Fellow grants awarded
Two researchers of the Chair of Methods & Analysis have been awarded with Marie Curie Invididual Fellow grants for their research proposals with Tom Avermaete.
BK at UN Habitat in Kuala Lumpur
Both Design as Politics and Urban Thinkers Campus are invited to speak at the upcoming UN Habitat Conference in Kuala Lumpur.
Work, body, leisure
The Dutch Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale will be a collective installation with a diverse Extended Program. Amongst others, BK City staff Víctor Muñoz Sanz (Urbanism) will be part of the pavilion, presenting an installation together with Marten Kuijpers.
BK alumna selected to attend 5-day workshop by Norman Foster Foundation
BK Alumni Nadia Remmerswaal was granted by the Norman Foster Foundation to attend the Digital X Atelier in Madrid. The Digital X Atelier is a 5-day workshop for which only 10 (former) students have been selected.
The building of the future will no longer need doors
The architecture of the future will not be static, but will respond to its users and the environment. Interactive design methods will make this possible, says doctoral candidate Jia-Rey Chang. In his research, 'HyperCells' serve as the building blocks for an organic architecture that is continually transforming.
Hope for gated communities
If public space is where the exchange of ideas takes place, architects and urban planners bear a great responsibility; for how can a democracy function in the absence of places where people can meet? Yet even in a world of gated communities, there is hope, concluded doctoral candidate Hans Teerds after conducting his philosophical research.
BK students at Highlight festival
Highlight is the new event for light art, design and light experiences. Around Bastiaansplein upcoming designers, artists and students show exciting and innovative projects, stretching the boundaries of the light spectrum. Entrance is free of charge.
Passed away Amber van de Bilt
Today we received the sad news of the sudden death of our student Amber van de Bilt.
Isn't architecture just a big type of packaging?
Paper is soft enough to make tissues, but also strong enough to hold up a roof. Doctoral candidate Jerzy Łątka has conducted research into the possibilities of paper and predicts a great future for it as a construction material for temporary buildings, furniture and interior walls.
The transformation of Museums in the Netherlands, 1990 – 2015
In the last 30 years, more than 100 Dutch museums have become independent enterprises and have undergone a significant transformation, not only concerning architecture, but also their main focus, which has shifted from the collection to the public. Experts from different fields have contributed to the creation of the new museums.
Dutch - Ghanaian student team jointly worked on complex challenges of the Ghana Volta Delta
A group of students and teachers from Delft University of Technology worked with Ghanaian students of KNUST, Central University and University of Ghana to develop integrated solutions for the complex challenges of the Volta Delta in Ghana.