22 September 2021
Steel slag becomes green oasis
In the design course called ‘Making’, Tom Jaring and fellow students thought of something to do with one of the largest industrial waste streams in the Netherlands: steel slag. This waste product is created at Tata Steel in the production of steel. ‘Steel slag absorbs CO2 and nitrogen and could therefore serve perfectly as a sound barrier’, says Jaring. Just before the summer holidays, Tom's elaboration of this idea into a business plan was declared the winner of the BK Launch Studio.
22 September 2021
Observations on partnerships in the building sector
Buildings in the EU are responsible for about 40% of the total energy consumption. Increasing the energy efficiency of housing is important for achieving the EU's energy efficiency goals and reducing CO2 emissions. Housing corporations and the construction industry need to work together better to achieve this goal. Jelle Koolwijk of MBE recently won the Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise (RISE) AWARD for his research into successful partnerships.
21 September 2021
Introduction to space syntax in urban studies - Open access book
In August 2021, the open access book appeared with an extensive introduction with a comprehensive introduction to space syntax method and theory for graduate students and researchers. It provides a step-by-step approach for its application in urban planning and design. This textbook aims to increase the accessibility of the space syntax method for the first time to all graduate students and researchers who are dealing with the built environment.
21 September 2021
Poetics of the Possible. Methods of Architectural Analysis and Imagination
Friday 1 October Klaske Havik, Professor Methods of Analysis & Imagination gives her inaugural address (online). In her inaugural address, Klaske Havik makes a plea for imaginative thinking about possible spatial and temporal realities.
17 September 2021
From house of worship to home
During his studies, former architecture student Nima Morkoç bought the vacant Juliana Church in Heijplaat to live in with friends. Then disaster struck: the monumental building went up in flames. Now, four years later, everything indicates that the burnt-down church will rise again in the form of four houses. "That is the biggest task for our generation of architects: making affordable housing," says Nima.
02 September 2021
Water system of the Randstad – open access publication of OverHolland
In the Netherlands, water management and cultural heritage are inextricably linked. The latest issue of OverHolland focuses on the water system of the Randstad. That system is considered the driving force behind the rise of Holland.
01 September 2021
Variable Stiffness featured on PostNL and TU Delft innovation stamps
PostNL and TU Delft have launched a new stamp sheet that focuses on the innovative capacity of our country. The 10 stamps clearly show that innovation can be found in a wide range of field. One of the ten TU Delft innovations which are featured on a stamp is Variable Stiffness, with a futuristic chaise longue, 3D printed by a robot, that can be transformed into a recliner (and back again).
18 August 2021
Great shortage and sharp price increases in owner-occupied housing market continue
The supply of homes for sale in the existing housing stock has never been as low as in the second quarter of 2021. The supply of newly build owner-occupied houses has not picked up sufficiently in the last six quarters and in the first quarter of 2021 it even fell back. However, the latent demand for owner-occupied dwellings remains high. The result is an unprecedentedly tight owner-occupied housing market and again a sharp increase in house prices.
04 August 2021
Comenius grant Teaching Fellowship for Angeliki Sioli
The educational projects that have been awarded the Comenius grants of 2021 have been announced. TU Delft has no less than three winners of which Angeliki Sioli (Assistant Professor of Architecture) received the Teaching Fellowship.
19 July 2021
Students get to work on vertical horticulture in Kenya
Three students with different background worked together a unique Leiden-Delft-Erasmus universities minor program in Kenya aboiut vertical gardens. For Rebecca Baugh, Architecture student, it was her first opportunity to take part in the realisation of a full-scale project. ‘My first chance to be involved in the design of a full-sized project allowed me to learn about the nuances of working in a specific context and take local materials and needs into account.”
15 July 2021
Researchers draw attention to importance of good ventilation again
Currently, there is renewed attention for the importance of good ventilation to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. In a letter to Mark Rutte, twenty scientists, including several professors from our faculty, call on the outgoing prime minister to take ventilation more seriously as a measure against the spread of the corona virus.
12 July 2021
Working from home increases desire for green living
The coronavirus pandemic is changing people's housing preferences, and therefore also the future housing market. TU Delft student Marjolein Bons’ graduation project demonstrates this.
28 June 2021
Dutch Universities shine a light on essential Design Engineering Sciences sector
“Technology and Society in Equilibrium” – a new sector portrait for Design Engineering Sciences - has been presented to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The report paints a picture of this unique sector which includes the disciplines of Industrial Design Engineering, Architecture, Technology, Policy & Management.
22 June 2021
Shared second prize for BK alumna Annebé Brouwer during Archiprix 2021
Op 19 juni heeft de recent afgestudeerde Annabé Brouwer een gedeelde tweede plek bemachtigd bij de 41e editie van de Archiprix 2021.
15 June 2021
TU Delft becomes New European Bauhaus partner
TU Delft has been selected as a partner of the New European Bauhaus, a think-do tank initiated by the President of the European Commission.
10 June 2021
Air quality in the operating room; can it be done more efficiently and differently?
The air in an operating theatre is continuously refreshed with HEPA filtered air. The idea is that this prevents infections. For many years, air treatment systems have been used to purify the air in almost every operating theatre in the same way for every type of procedure. Scientists from various scientific disciplines, including Peter Luscuere of Architecture and the Built Environment, investigate in the Medical Delta Living Lab Research OR whether this can be done differently, better and more efficiently.
01 June 2021
Design & Built competition for ‘Europe Readr’ pavilion
This summer, all BK-students are invited to join the design & built competition for ‘Europe Readr’ pavillion. The challenge is to design and produce a small ‘pavilion’ that will, enable exchange, debate, and reflection on the future of living Europe, in new and innovative ways. The winning design will be built and travel to several locations in the Netherlands.
01 June 2021
Students design pavilion for Soestdijk Palace
Complex Projects students have submitted 11 different designs for sustainable, circular and modular pavilions to the design contest set out by Soestdijk Palace. The winning design will be developed, built and installed at the estate when Soestdijk Palace | Made by Holland opens.
01 June 2021
Europa Nostra Award won by Dora Chatzi Rodopoulou
Dora Chatzi Rodopoulou has won the Europa Nostra Award in the category Research with her research project: Control Shift: European Industrial Heritage Reuse in review. The Europa Nostra Awards is the EU prize for cultural heritage funded by the Creative Europe programme.
21 May 2021
Researchers in Delft and Eindhoven argue in Science for more ventilation to combat COVID-19
An international group of 39 scientists have published an article in Science arguing for more use of ventilation to combat COVID-19. However, they want to use their argument far more broadly than just the current pandemic, and to combat the spread of all respiratory infections by changing building designs. Philomena Bluyssen from TU Delft and Marcel Loomans from TU Eindhoven are two of the authors. The article was published on Thursday 13 May.
19 May 2021
Cooling performance of urban trees in software and orgware
Cities must adapt to cope with climate change impacts such as higher temperatures and periods of heat stress. Trees are widely accepted as natural 'aircon' for our cities, but precise data on how much they cool - and in particular over their life cycle - is lacking. In the project i-Tree 2.0-NL, accurate metrics for urban trees in Dutch cities will be developed and translated into databases, application software and 'orgware'.
18 May 2021
Renovating Amsterdam's quay walls and tackling energy ambitions
The heat from the Amsterdam canal water could be collected in the summer, stored in the subsurface, to use it in the winter. Aquathermal energy from surface water could be a feasible alternative to natural gas, since this city counts a large number of canals and open water. AMS Institute, with research fellow Maéva Dang of the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, focuses on solving Amsterdam’s energy challenges.
18 May 2021
“Housing the Urban Invisibles” on show at Venice Biennale 2021
The BK faculty will be represented at the 17th Venice International Architecture Exhibition with “Housing the Urban Invisibles”. A show that displays student work and educational material that critically explores alternative approaches for the design of mass housing as a key component of sustainable development.
07 May 2021
Master student wins BZK thesis prize on rental housing for middle-income households
With her thesis on investments in rental housing for middle-income households Ana Luiza Barros has won the BZK thesis prize of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK). Her thesis is about the possibilities of institutional investors, such as pension funds and insurance companies, to invest more in rental housing for the middle class in the Netherlands.
06 May 2021
Shortage on the owner-occupied market pushes house prices substantially
The number of new homes completed in the new-build market has been falling for some years now. The consequences for the existing owner-occupied market have become increasingly clear in the last two quarters. The falling number of new-build houses is making it more difficult for the through-flow of houses already on the market as well, which is why the supply of existing owner-occupied houses for sale is declining dramatically. Some of the owner-occupiers are postponing any relocation plans or converting them into plans to rebuild their current home. The result is an unprecedented shortage of both new and existing owner-occupied houses, with sharply rising house prices and a slightly declining number of sales in the first quarter of 2021.
06 May 2021
What is that pink rabbit doing at the market?
Starting in November, in 10 weeks students from the Architecture Minor Archineering designed a pavilion for the Delft Fringe Festival. A pavilion where ticket sales, meeting and performances take place. The bright pink Delft Fringe Rabbit is the winning design of students Bartek Kotlicki and Ben Provan-Bessel. The pavilion design is so strong that the Delft Fringe Festival is going to use it as a new logo.
05 May 2021
Project ODECO: Data is key to the success of information economies
The value of the European data economy has been assessed to be €739 billion, and highly likely to grow significantly in the coming years. Especially when data is shared openly with the public, more value is expected to be created. However, current developments in the field of open data are characterised as highly fragmented. The TU Delft project ‘Towards a sustainable Open Data ECOsystem’ (ODECO) has been granted as one of the 147 projects funding by the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie action Innovative Training Networks.
02 May 2021
Restaurants at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment are the first to offer fully vegetarian menu
Sustainability is a high priority at TU Delft. Not only is it a common thread in many of the university’s education, research and valorisation activities - the university is also taking steps towards making the campus more sustainable. In this regard, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment is the first faculty which offers an entirely vegetarian menu at Ketelhuis starting 3 May. When the other food & beverage facilities at the faculty reopen, their assortment will also be fully vegetarian.
16 April 2021
A look beyond the renovation works with Virtual Reality
Major home renovation projects often cause uncertainty and stress for the residents of social rental homes. Residents - sometimes due to a language barrier - often do not understand the impact of renovation works, find it difficult to make choices, and have little faith in the project. The use of interactive virtual reality (VR) changes this.
16 April 2021
Strandeiland - Involving citizens in urban development processes
Strandeiland is the newest artificial island in the IJburg archipelago in the IJmeer, on the east side of Amsterdam. The island is currently being constructed. With 8,000 homes, Strandeiland is one of the largest future urban districts in Amsterdam. At Strandeiland the DemoS project aims to create an inclusive community of future Strandeilanders. Particularly exciting: new methods are explored to involve residents in the area development process.
16 April 2021
Imagination of the Zuiderwaterlinie
The Zuiderwaterlinie (Southern Water Line) is one of the oldest and longest water defence lines in The Netherlands. The line connects Bergen op Zoom to Grave. The line has a long history with specific stories of war and peace from the past until now. In the past academic year, students made plans to develop this military heritage for the future. The purpose of the student plans is to show what possibilities the Zuiderwaterlinie offers for the future of Noord-Brabant.
16 April 2021
Apply now for INDESEM 2021 'Datascape'
This year INDESEM 2021 will take place 29th of May – 3rd of June. The program of the INDESEM seminar week consists of lectures, excursions and a workshop, all organized around a specific contemporary theme. Every edition of the seminar aims to raise awareness about this theme and its consequences for the architectural practice. This year we will explore the topic ‘Datascape’. How could data – about how people live, breathe and move through the projects we create - influence our future architectural designs?
14 April 2021
A Manifesto for the Just City: a book
Justice is a crucial dimension for sustainable cities and communities. Recent systemic shocks including climate change, the pandemic, a general erosion of democratic norms and more have prompted a rethinking and conceptualisation of the Just City in this light. A Manifesto for the Just City includes texts by a number of guest authors and 43 manifestos written by students from 25 universities around the world.
08 April 2021
Monuments Study Award won by alumna Iris Moons
Iris Moons, alumnus van onze faculteit, wint de WTA NL-VL Monumentenstudieprijs. Zij is afgestudeerd met het onderwerp “Management van religieus erfgoed – een accommodatiestrategie voor Nederlandse kerken” en werd tijdens haar afstuderen begeleid door prof. Alexandra den Heijer en prof. Ana Pereira Roders.
07 April 2021
All 10 million buildings in the Netherlands available as 3D models
Wind turbulence in an office district, noise nuisance from an industrial park, horizon-polluting windmills near a residential area, blinding light in classrooms. Often unexpected, such things can range from being a nuisance to highly annoying after a construction has been completed. We can now more easily simulate these effects on the living environment before construction, as detailed 3D data is now available for all 10 million buildings in the Netherlands.
30 March 2021
Book release about urban socio-economic segregation
Worldwide, levels of socio-economic segregation in cities are increasing and as a result the rich and the poor are increasingly living in different parts of urban regions. In a new book researchers Maarten van Ham and colleagues explain the relationship between increasing levels of inequality and segregation.
25 March 2021
Jaap Bakema Study Centre: from experiment to solid cooperation
The Jaap Bakema Study Centre was established as a research collaboration between our faculty and Het Nieuwe Instituut in 2013 and has developed from an experiment into a solid multi-year alliance between a cultural organisation and a knowledge institution. The activities have been broadened and deepened with the international PhD programme Architecture and Democracy, the Dutch Research Council (NWO) project The Critical Visitor and with leading annual conferences such as last year’s Repositioning Architecture in the Digital.
22 March 2021
Marie Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunities
The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology will accept ‘Expressions of Interest’ to host Postdoctoral Fellows.
19 March 2021
New professor of Building Services Innovation aims to put the invisible high on the agenda
Given that building services can cost you as much as €1,000 per square metre, having a proper plan beforehand is hardly a luxury. But installation plans are rarely seen as a top priority during design projects. The fact that most of the heating, ventilation and airconditioning systems will ultimately be hidden above the ceiling or concealed in the walls simply compounds the problem. ‘Yet they remain of essential importance long after a building is commissioned. The installations are actually what will determine the building’s indoor climate and overall energy performance,’ says Atze Boerstra. Since last year, the tide appears to be turning for installations in buildings: ‘There is an awful lot happening in the building services world at the moment.’
11 March 2021
New Professor of Delta Urbanism: “More focus is needed on the role of design in flood risk management in deltas”
The Netherlands has been world-renowned for decades as one of the leading countries when it comes to knowledge of flood risk management and spatial planning. “Our strategy of connecting both themes and adopting a cohesive view of them has received widespread praise. But in recent years, we appear to have lost that connection in the Netherlands; our tradition of managing spatial planning at the state level has been abandoned,” says Chris Zevenbergen who has been part-time professor of Delta Urbanism in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment since February.