Circularity in 2050: how?
The Netherlands will have to develop towards a circular economy before 2050. But what does this mean, is it even possible, and which challenges will we have to tackle in order to achieve a circular economy? That is the subject of the recent publication ‘Circularity – on the road to 2050?’.
Explore all facets of the built environment
BK Bouwkunde is represented at the Venice Biennale 2018 through a multitude of different types of projects. The exhibitions can be found in pavilions and in palazzos in the city centre: from a research exhibition to an installation, from student work to a dance performance, from a traveling exposition to young architectural talent.
Loed Stolte wins Young Talent Architecture Award
His project ‘The Bank of England: a dialectical project’ is one of the four winning projects out of 334 nominated student graduation projects. The winning projects are currently on display in Palazzo Mora at the Venice Biennale 2018.
NRP Academy celebrates five year anniversary
The National Renovation Platform (NRP) started the one-year academic programme to improve the sustainable re-use of the existing built environment. The academy was developed in collaboration with BK Bouwkunde and several other partners from both the academic and the professional field.
Designing acoustically-effective façades
The smooth and shiny façades on contemporary high-rise buildings certainly look sleek, but they are a significant factor in city noise because of the way they reflect sound. Doctoral candidate Jochen Krimm is calling for façades with more structure and mandatory acoustic testing for every high building.
Three designs advance to next round
On 14 June, three winning teams were announced to advance to the next round in the Stylos Scala design competition. The winning teams will further develop their designs for a new staircase in the BK Expo, working on the feasibility of their designs. Additionally, three honourable mentions were announced by the judges.
Degree Programme Assessment MSc Geomatics
On 20 and 21 June, the degree programme assessment of MSc Geomatics took place. In anticipation of the full report, the review commission said to be impressed with the quality of the master, praising both the graduation work, the master’s structure and the students’ enthusiasm. Additionally, they found Geomatics graduates’ careers to be well aligned with both the topic and the level of the master.
Looking beyond Brexit: welcoming the University of Strathclyde to BK City
On 20 June 2018, BK Bouwkunde and the University of Strathclyde celebrated the launch of the policy research foundation EPRC Delft. EPRC Delft will reinforce the existing research and teaching cooperation between the universities and open up new opportunities for the institutions to carry out shared research after the UK leaves the European Union.
Thesis on risk mitigation in location decision-making wins Student Award
Jeroen Meijler pitched his thesis at CoreNet Global Benelux, winning the MSc Student Award. Meijler graduated cum laude in Management in the Built Environment in October 2017. He developed a new approach, a framework that helps make real estate decisions for a longer term.
Transformation in Composition
Brownfield park project are important laboratories and catalysts for developments in landscape architecture. In these projects, contextual, process, and formal-aesthetic aspects form central and inter-related themes. That is why a major theoretical and methodological expansion of the notion of composition can be distilled from brownfield park projects, as René van der Velde concludes in his dissertation.
PoroCity Towers exhibited at Centre Pompidou
On 15 June, 2018, the exhibition Coder le monde [Coding the world] opened to the public at Centre Pompidou in Paris. The show takes stock of contemporary digital creation in different disciplines and includes a display of several PoroCity towers, created by the researchers and students of The Why Factory.
Urban redevelopment in China
For several decades now, old urban communities in China have been demolished to make way for new-build residential dwellings. It is only since the last decade that the well-being of residents has been taken into consideration by the Chinese government. Xin Li concludes in her PhD thesis that there is still a world to win here.
Sustainable renovation of housing corporation dwellings well behind schedule
The goal of housing corporations and the Dutch government to ensure an average quality at label B level for the non-profit housing sector by 2020 is far from being reached. More extensive measures and better plans are needed to somehow catch up on the backlog. Faidra Filippidou reached this conclusion in her doctoral thesis.
Keys to improving project strategies
The job of the architect has changed significantly through the years. Marina Bos-de Vos has examined the role of architectural firms in the chain and how they create and capture value on the basis of different professional roles. She concludes in her doctoral dissertation that awareness of different values is necessary for better project strategies at architectural firms.
Resident mix good for neighbourhoods
The majority of the residents in Rotterdam’s Zuidwijk district value the changes that the restructuring of recent years has achieved. Newcomers to the neighbourhood are positive about their move to Zuidwijk. However, all residents are critical about the large influx of residents with a migration background to rented social housing, concludes André Ouwehand in his dissertation.
Language as common ground
A canal lined with trees sounds slightly more attractive if you call it a ‘green tunnel’. Neologisms help urban planners to sell designs, but also offer retrospective insight into failures, as MaartenJan Hoekstra discovered in his PhD research. He also reveals how the meaning of urban concepts tends to change over the years.
From complex adaptive systems to housing relocation in urban China
In the field of architecture, urbanism, and building sciences, many questions are still unanswered. The research programmes at BK City are devoted to answering those questions with ground-breaking projects. This month, no less than seven PhD-candidates defend the results of their work.
House and Tower at ZigZagCity
From 9 to 24 June, the ZigZagPavilion will serve as an urban marker at the architecture festival ZigZagCity in Rotterdam. Master students of the Chair of Interiors Buildings Cities designed and built the two-part pavilion.
Affordable low energy housing solutions with H4.0E
The Housing 4.0 Energy consortium will build pilot projects of affordable low energy dwellings. Researchers from OTB will be working on the research part of the project, exploring possibilities for upscaling of the pilots. This includes the development of an open source platform, in which regional stakeholders work together to make low energy housing solutions a reality.
BK alumna Barbara Prezelj wins second prize at Archiprix 2018
On 2 June, the jury announced this year’s national Archiprix winners. The second prize was awarded to BK alumna Barbara Prezelj for her project Unfamiliar Territory. This design proposal focusses on a landscape near Paris, aiming to find ways of dealing with places of friction without reducing their complexity.
First ‘Cities Report’
The first ‘Cities Report’ from research project Cities of Making is now available. The report offers an insight into urban manufacturing in three European regions: Brussels, London, and Rotterdam-The Hague.
Research Fellowship Urban Forestry
René van der Velde (Landscape Architecture) has been appointed as Research Fellow Urban Forestry, cementing a new collaboration between the BK City and the Dutch association for green-space professionals VHG.
Smart tools for an interconnected campus
The just released book ‘Smart campus tools 2.0- an international comparison’ illustrates the wide array of functionalities of smart campus tools. Bart Valks, Monique Arkesteijn, and Alexandra den Heijer (MBE) show how smart campus tools can help improve both user experience and real estate management.
Ghana can learn from Dutch housing associations
In many places in Ghana, the management of housing stocks is associated with chronically poor maintenance. Research conducted by doctoral candidate Samson Aziabah reveals that the way in which the Dutch housing associations operate could provide some useful guidance.
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.