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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'.