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19 February 2024

Bouwkunde in Delft: A Chronology

Bouwkunde in Delft: A Chronology

It's hard to miss: as of late, a large timeline covers a wall near the Library. Its drawings, objects, articles and much more span from 1842 to the present day. This is 'Bouwkunde in Delft: A Chronology'. Although impressive, the timeline is not intended as a complete overview of the eventful history of the faculty but rather as an accessible and inspiring impression of where we came from.

14 February 2024

A healthy city is a city that fosters a sense of connection

A healthy city is a city that fosters a sense of connection

How do you design cities in such a way as to allow people to live as pleasurably and healthily as possible? Professor Machiel van Dorst combines his knowledge of architecture with a background in environmental psychology. For his inaugural address, Van Dorst argues for focusing on the city at eye level: “To a certain extent, where you live determines who you are.”

13 February 2024

Housing consumer confidence increased again in second half 2023

Housing consumer confidence increased again in second half 2023

Confidence in the owner-occupied housing market among housing consumers has clearly increased over the past few months. Households appear to be less sceptical about developments in the owner-occupied housing market. The number of consumers with a negative opinion is almost in balance again with the number of positively mooded households.

13 February 2024

Project Real Versus Digital awarded

Project Real Versus Digital awarded

National libraries, such as the KB, National Library of the Netherlands, have been working on digitising their collections for years. Due to rising energy use and the cost of digital infrastructures, libraries are under increasing pressure to reduce their energy use and emissions whilst ensuring maximum usability and accessibility.

08 February 2024

Delft as a laboratory for BK bachelor students

Delft as a laboratory for BK bachelor students

On Tuesday 30 January, five Architecture students (TU Delft) presented hypothetical plans for the redevelopment of three Delft locations. Delft alderman Frank van Vliet (Climate, Culture and Public Space) and city master planner Tako Postma gave their reactions to the plans.

25 January 2024

Allmaps makes it easier to find old maps and use them in research

Allmaps makes it easier to find old maps and use them in research

Making digitised collections of old maps more usable for research and students is the mission of Jules Schoonman, digital curator at TU Delft Library.

24 January 2024

Rubicon grant for researcher Bo Li

Rubicon grant for researcher Bo Li

Researcher Bo Li has received a Rubicon grant from NWO for his research on financialisation of rental markets. The grant will allow him to gain two years of research experience at a foreign institution.

24 January 2024

Henri is moving!

Henri is moving!

Henri Baudet was known for his keen eye for quirky artifacts and timeless treasures. His objects are stored as part of the ‘Henri Baudet Institute’, operating out of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (TU Delft), for private viewing. But now, you can also discover the collection through the eyes of TU Delft ‘Spaces of Display’ minor students.

17 January 2024

Workshop at BK during the Delta week

Workshop at BK during the Delta week

On 11 January 2024 the workshop Digital Engagement in Times of Climate Crisis took place as part of the TU Delft Delta week.

10 January 2024

Interview mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb and Arjen van Timmeren on city resilience

Interview mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb and Arjen van Timmeren on city resilience

Delft Matters spoke with Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb and TU Delft professor Arjan van Timmeren about the city’s resilience. In the Convergence programme, TU Delft is working with Erasmus University and the Erasmus Medical Center to develop solutions to urgent and complex social problems. The city of Rotterdam serves as a living laboratory in this respect.

10 January 2024

NWA grant and Open Science Fund awarded

NWA grant and Open Science Fund awarded

Two projects in which faculty researchers are involved or are the main applicant have recently been awarded with funding. These are the CIVILIAN project on civic engagement and the Building 4 Belonging project on loneliness.

09 January 2024

In Memoriam Félix Madrazo Salazar

In Memoriam Félix Madrazo Salazar

We are deeply saddened that Félix Madrazo Salazar passed away last December 16th, following his battle with cancer, which has left us at a loss for words.

08 January 2024

Inaugural address Steffen Nijhuis: ‘Landschapslogica’

Inaugural address Steffen Nijhuis: ‘Landschapslogica’

Urbanisation is one of the biggest challenges of this century, alongside biodiversity loss and climate change. By 2050, two-thirds of the world's population will live in cities. That implies a doubling of the number of people living in cities and a tripling of the urban footprint. Landscape-based urbanism is an approach in which the landscape is the basis for designing future-proof urban environments. On 2 February, Steffen Nijhuis will give his inaugural address 'Landschapslogica' (Landscape logic).

13 December 2023

Join the Dies Delta Week from 8 – 12 January

Join the Dies Delta Week from 8 – 12 January

Traditionally attractive places for development, deltas are often among the most densely populated areas. Climate change means that the relationship developed over centuries in cohesion between cities, mobility, ecology, agricultural areas must be redefined. Design plays a crucial role in this challenge. Prior to the Dies with the theme Redesigning Deltas, a Dies Delta week will be organised.

08 December 2023

Master student Ahmed Emin Batman ECHO Award winner

Master student Ahmed Emin Batman ECHO Award winner

On Thursday 7 December, the winners of the ECHO Award 2023 were announced. BK Master student Ahmed Emin Batman is the winner of the Bèta Techniek Award. Emin is now a 'well-known' face from his many times viewed TikTok video, with his Turkish parents during his BSc graduation ceremony, with now almost 600,000 views.

29 November 2023

Designing a 'Climate Change Game' as an innovative education course

Designing a 'Climate Change Game' as an innovative education course

Today's new generations, especially young people, will face constant changes in landscapes during their lifetime. Is it possible to make young people aware of how climate change will change our landscapes and cities? Can we involve children and students in co-designing the landscape, taking into account the changing climate?

27 November 2023

BK Launch Entrepreneurship Awards 2023

BK Launch Entrepreneurship Awards 2023

On Thursday, 16 November, the BK Launch Entrepreneurship Award was granted. A total of six already somewhat advanced entrepreneurs were made happy with an Award, between 10,000 and 20,000 euros. The Awards are intended for an entrepreneur with an innovative idea that will change the way we think about the built environment. In addition, three BK Launch Start-Up vouchers were awarded.

27 November 2023

Q-Park Student Award for thesis on mobility hubs

Q-Park Student Award for thesis on mobility hubs

Recently, BK master's student Rik van den Bogaerdt won the Q-Park Student Award for his thesis on mobility hubs. A total of 75 students competed and out of 11 nominees, Rik's thesis 'Shared Mobility Hubs in Urban Developments' received the Student Award.

23 November 2023

TU Delft unveils earthquake-resistant house

TU Delft unveils earthquake-resistant house

Op donderdag 23 november presenteert het Architectural Recovery Team, ontstaan vanuit de TU Delft , het ontwerp voor een betaalbaar en aardbevingsbestendig huis voor de getroffenen van de aardbevingen in Turkije. Op basis van dit ontwerp zal in het voorjaar van 2024 een prototype worden gebouwd in een dorp in Turkije. Daarna zal het ontwerp in productie worden genomen, om Turkse inwoners die tot op heden nog geen goede woning hebben gevonden, aan een veilige en betaalbare woning van hoogwaardige kwaliteit te helpen.

15 November 2023

Student team headed back to Turkey

Student team headed back to Turkey

Spending four days in a container to understand how people who lost their homes after the earthquake in Turkey are now living. What is it like to live in these 'shelters'? "Besides the lack of thermal insulation, there is also a lack of general insulation, because we could hear everything that was happening outside." explains Leyla van der Waarde of the Architectural Recovery Team (ART). "Our neighbors in the container camp were very hospitable and were happy for us to stay in their camp." adds Meriç Kessaf.

15 November 2023

3, 2, 1… Space Oasis Delft has achieved liftoff

3, 2, 1… Space Oasis Delft has achieved liftoff

Last September saw the launch of Space Oasis Delft, a new Dream Team with major input from BK. Their goal: designing a fully functional habitat for more than 150 people... on the moon. "This project is so multidimensional!" says Marit Vegt, Team Manager and student at our faculty. "Besides designing, we have to incorporate engineering, 3D rendering, psychology, physical health, and even urban planning."

15 November 2023

Waterlines Thesis Award for PhD holder Federica Marulo

Waterlines Thesis Award for PhD holder Federica Marulo

How can historic military systems be preserved in metropolitan areas? This, in a nutshell, is the subject of Federica Marulo's award-winning research. She recently received the Waterlines Thesis Award for her doctoral thesis.

08 November 2023

Increased loan capacity reverses recent decline in home purchase prices

Increased loan capacity reverses recent decline in home purchase prices

Purchase prices rose slightly again in the third quarter of 2023, but the number of mortgages closed, and the number of homes sold stabilized. Due to the enormous tightness in the owner-occupied housing market, the widening of the maximum borrowing capacity of households immediately leads to rising sales prices. As the supply of (newly built) owner-occupied homes will remain limited in the coming months as well, the purchase price development in the coming period will also depend heavily on the changes in maximum loan capacity.

01 November 2023

From bare bricks to tree-wadi: Bouwkunde renovates its courtyard

From bare bricks to tree-wadi: Bouwkunde renovates its courtyard

In 2024, the courtyard of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment will be transformed into a tree-rich 'wadi' (Arabic for riverbed). This wadi will not only become a nicer place for students and staff, but also facilitate a whole range of new research projects. Dr Nico Tillie: "We will study all levels, from the ground to the sky and from emissions to biodiversity." And according to Dr René van der Velde, "we are going beyond the state-of-the-art... we are inventing a new type of forest."

01 November 2023

Alex de Rijke appointed Professor of Timber Architecture

Alex de Rijke appointed Professor of Timber Architecture

As a child he loved making treehouses. As an architecture student he admired structures in timber most of all. He started out as a practitioner by redesigning and rebuilding his mother’s house, using discarded plywood. “That made sense because I needed material, didn’t have any money and couldn’t bear waste.” As of November 2023, Alex de Rijke is professor of Timber Architecture at TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.

31 October 2023

In memoriam John Habraken

On Saturday 21 October 2023 John Habraken, one of the founding fathers of Open Building and SAR (Stichting Architecten Research), passed away. John was alumnus of TU Delft and has had a major impact on multiple generations of architects since the 1960’s.

31 October 2023

Inaugural speech Marlon Boeve - Proof of the Pudding

Inaugural speech Marlon Boeve - Proof of the Pudding

The Netherlands is struggling with major issues in the areas of mobility, housing, sustainability and climate These major challenges result in multiple interests coming together in area development. Environmental and planning law are therefore in the spotlight. On 10 November 2023, Marlon Boeve will deliver her inaugural speech, "The Environment Act and Sustainable Urban Area Development. The Proof of the Pudding.'

30 October 2023

The stagnant housing market through the eyes of Peter Boelhouwer - an essay

The stagnant housing market through the eyes of Peter Boelhouwer - an essay

It cannot have been missed by anyone, but the Dutch housing market is not doing well. Numerous problems are constantly in the headlines, a " building pause" because of nitrogen, stagnant construction due to a shortage of materials or skilled manpower. A stranded rental market, not enough social housing or the rising prices of owner-occupied homes due to scarcity and higher interest rates on mortgages. The problems are numerous and complex. How to find a way out of this? Professor Peter Boelhouwer wrote an essay.

25 October 2023

Projections, Limits, Encounters: the Urban Design month has started

Projections, Limits, Encounters: the Urban Design month has started

The Urban Design month (UDM) will take place between October 24th and November 28th. It aims to inspire everyone, especially students, to dive into the work of this discipline. One of the organisers is assistant professor Victor Muñoz Sanz. “We want to spark new collaborations, new knowledge, new alliances, and new education practices geared towards addressing future challenges.”

23 October 2023

BK Master's student Jacopo Zani one of three winners Archiprix 2023

BK Master's student Jacopo Zani one of three winners Archiprix 2023

On Saturday 21 October, the winners of the Dutch Archiprix 2023 were announced. Alumnus Jacopo Zani of the Master Track Architecture is one of the three winners with 'Gardens of Dialectics'.

18 October 2023

Collaborative living unpacked – book launch

Collaborative living unpacked – book launch

Collaborative living is experiencing a revival in The Netherlands. In the midst of an unprecedented housing crisis, more and more people turn to collective self-organisation to provide housing that is community-oriented, environmentally sustainable, and affordable. But why is it so difficult for these initiatives to get off the ground? And what can be learned from other European countries?

16 October 2023

Professor Co Verdaas new Delta Programme Commissioner

Professor Co Verdaas new Delta Programme Commissioner

Co Verdaas was recently appointed as government commissioner for the National Delta Programme and will start his work as Delta Programme Commissioner at the beginning of December: ‘It’s a real honour to be able to contribute to the climate-proof future of our delta in my role as Delta Programme Commissioner. Water has shaped the Netherlands and will continue to do so.’

11 October 2023

GlassLab: the centre of innovation in architectural glass design

GlassLab: the centre of innovation in architectural glass design

The new GlassLab in our faculty will be the centre of innovation in architectural glass design and construction at TU Delft. In this lab, research will be conducted on glass products and structures that will transform the built environment.

11 October 2023

The BK Treasury Opens: Revealing the Archives

The BK Treasury Opens: Revealing the Archives

On the 12th of October the BK Treasury will officially open its doors. Everyone is invited to come to the Oostserre between 17h and 18h to participate in this celebration of architectural and design history. For the coming weeks, the Treasury will display three chairs by iconic Dutch designer Gerrit Rietveld, together with documents on their creation. The display cases will continue to exhibit a revolving cast of treasures for the foreseeable future.

10 October 2023

Andy van den Dobbelsteen elected CSR Manager of the Year 2023

Andy van den Dobbelsteen elected CSR Manager of the Year 2023

05 October 2023

How to champion the cause of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in our community

How to champion the cause of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in our community

Robert Gorny, affectionately nicknamed Bob, is an Architecture theorist, lecturer, and researcher. In his work he has always engaged with feminist and queer theory. As such, his appointment to the position of Diversity officer (now called EDI officer) this past February was a logical next step. Cecile Calis originally applied for the same position, but her pitch for an event-based approach convinced the dean to create the new position of Community officer. Together they champion the cause of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) and Community at the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.

04 October 2023

In conversation with Ai Weiwei – a retrospective

In conversation with Ai Weiwei – a retrospective

Ai Weiwei is a conceptual artist, political activist and philosopher from China. He was in the Netherlands for the opening of the exhibition 'Ai Weiwei. In Search of Humanity' at the Kunsthal. For lecturer Job Schroën of the master studio Extreme, this was an excellent opportunity to invite Ai Weiwei to our faculty.

27 September 2023

How to advance architecture with AI

How to advance architecture with AI

PhD candidates Nail Ibrahimli and Shenglan Du are both doing research on how to advance architecture with AI. Nail builds AI models which combine photogrammetry with artwork analysis to create stylised 3D objects. Shenglan became fascinated by processing point clouds from trees, reconstructing their shapes from raw data. For her PhD, she is extending the scope to urban objects in general.

26 September 2023

BK-Archiprix selection 2024 announced

BK-Archiprix selection 2024 announced

During the festive closing ceremony of BK-Archiprix, the participants for the National Archiprix, the annual competition for up-and-coming design talent, were announced. The jury selected the nine projects to participate in this prestigious Archiprix.

20 September 2023

Behind the scenes at the making of the Apple glass sculpture Mirage

Behind the scenes at the making of the Apple glass sculpture Mirage

The Mirage is an outdoor sculpture made of more than 450 glass cylindrical columns from 70 different types of desert sand. Its realisation was no easy task and required the collaboration of hundreds of people worldwide. For the past 2 years, the TU Delft Glass Group has been working behind the scenes on the R&D of this challenging cast glass sculpture.