‘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.
The old kitchen can go back to the factory
The majority of bathrooms and kitchens end up with the rubbish after new owners move into a house. Unnecessary: a demountable solution would make replacement easy. Doctoral candidate Henk Brinksma researched various future-proof renovation concepts, and looked further than just bathrooms and kitchens.
Co-creation offers new opportunities for energy transition
Co-creation offers new opportunities to save energy, money and materials. The problem is that technical experts on collective private commissioning projects have difficulty communicating directly with end-users, argues Lidewij Tummers in her PhD research.
'Slogans about diversity are mainly rhetoric'
In the international competition between cities, diversity counts as an advantage, but, in practice, things are not always so simple. Because, according to PhD candidate Donya Ahmadi, there is actually 'good' and 'bad' diversity. She conducted her research in a problem neighbourhood in Toronto.
Vlaardingen homes refurbished to become Zero Energy Buildings
As a pilot project, 12 houses in Vlaardingen are refurbished to become Zero Energy Buildings by using the 2ndSkin concept, adding an extra layer to the outside of the building.
Final Archiprix selection announced
Every year, BK Expo is transformed into a treasure room of highly remarkable graduation projects. It is up to the specially assigned selection committee to nominate nine of these projects for the much-coveted Archiprix.
BK at the Dutch Design Week
The Dutch Design Week is in full swing and will continue until this Sunday. As part of the Dutch Design Week, the (W)ego City model that BK students made a.o. as part of The Why Factory, is now built in scale 1:1. Aditionally, the citylab Buiksloterham, in which BK students participate with research, is on show as one of the finalists in the Dutch Design Awards Exhibition.
Vincent Gruis and Darinka Czischke receive grant for research on collaborative housing
NWO recently awarded Vincent Gruis and Darinka Czischke a Smart Urban Regions of the Future (SURF) Pop Up grant to study collaborative housing in the Dutch context.
Numerus Fixus at BK
As of the academic year 2018/2019 the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment will have a so-called Numerus Fixus. This means that students who want to apply for a bachelor at this faculty will face a restricted intake.
‘Extreme population decline threatens stability of Lithuania’
In the Soviet Union context Lithuania was considered to be relatively affluent and prosperous region. However, in the 1990s, when it regained its independence and started democratic development, a huge gap had to be filled to meet even the basic standards of EU. While the economy is growing at the fast pace, Lithuania remains a peripheral and rather poor region in the context of the Western countries. Nowadays, extreme population decline and socio-spatial inequality pose a threat to stability, observes doctoral candidate Rūta Ubarevičienė (OTB).
Turkish and Moroccan children often live in deprived neighbourhoods throughout their youth
The neighbourhood in which children grow up significantly impacts their development opportunities. Particularly Turkish and Moroccan children see little improvement in their neighbourhood status during their youth: nearly half of these groups live in a deprived neighbourhood throughout their childhood, and can suffer negative consequences as a result.
Managing for a sustainable built environment
On 20 September a new MOOC by Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment will start! Managing Building Adaptation: A Sustainable Approach is an online course which will be taught by the Department of Management in the Built Environment (MBE).
Delta urbanism in the Pearl River Delta
Climate change threatens to create major problems in the rapidly urbanising Pearl River Delta. Steffen Nijhuis, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, is carrying out important research into adaptive planning methods for the area and is setting up a research laboratory for delta urbanism.
AESOP award of Excellence in Teaching to BK MOOC Rethink the City
The MOOC ‘Rethink the City: New Approaches to Global and Local Urban Challenges’ is awarded with the 2017 AESOP ‘Excellence in Teaching’ Award.
Amsterdam becomes living lab for new Master
This September Wageningen University & Research and TU Delft introduce a new two-year joint master’s program in the city of Amsterdam.
Virtual reality in Urbanism = VRbanism
The premise of Ruben Hanssen’s graduation research was using virtual reality (VR) for design purposes instead of solely as a visualisation aid. Today, he graduates with his research entitled ‘VRbanism: Assessing Virtual Reality as an Urban Design Tool’. Hanssen investigated whether it is possible to use VR as a design method in urban development.
A year ago, on June 24, 2016, Peter Russell gave his inaugural address. In it, he described his program for the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment with three A’s: Automation, Africa and Agility. In the past year, progress has been made on each of these long-term projects.
Measurement campaign to increase usefulness of smart meters
Smart energy meters are seen as being crucial in the quest to improve the sustainability of our housing stock, yet we hardly know anything about how we can use them. The aim of a new OTB measurement campaign in houses in South Holland is to establish whether smart meters can contribute to improved energy savings and help provide custom advice.
‘Design creativity can be improved’
Is it possible to boost architects’ creativity using artificial means? Yes it is, says PhD student Alireza Mahdizadeh Hakak. His laboratory experiments have shown that a designer wearing 3D glasses is open to new solutions. He even took a look at what goes on in the brain.
Faculty welcomes Visiting Professor Fulong Wu
This Fall the faculty welcomes Fulong Wu as Visiting Professor. But you can already get to know him during the ERES (European Real Estate Society) Annual Conference - the leading real estate research meeting in Europe.