Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Artificial Intelligence helps developing self-sufficient high-rises
Urbanization forces cities to increasingly densify, the big challenge is to do that with high-rise buildings that are self-sufficient. PhD candidate Berk Ekici devised a smart design evaluation method to find the optimal balance between energy efficiency, living comfort, photovoltaic and agriculture - even before construction.
Super sustainable renewal is the future
The SUM student team developed a super-sustainable renovation strategy and built a prototype at The Green Village, the open-air laboratory for sustainable innovation on the TU Delft Campus. With smart solutions to expand the Dutch housing stock and make homes more sustainable, the team devised a way to renew the 847.000 outdated tenement flats in The Netherlands.
More space for manufacturers please, but where?
Industry in the city is no longer considered an anachronism. New, clean manufacturing and other environmentally-friendly businesses can help cities and regions to transition into a circular economy. However, there would have to be space for that. The Cities of Making research project resulted in a very practical planning and design tool.
Welded glass: optimal transparency, but architectural challenging
Connecting sheet glass using heat bonding can theoretically result in perfectly transparent structures. But are they also manufacturable and are they strong enough? After countless fracture tests, PhD student Lisa Rammig concludes that welding and lamination can provide very high transparency and strength. But application in architecture is challenging.
New techniques for greening quay walls
Plant growth is important for a green city and for biodiversity. Researcher Koen Mulder: "Modern quay walls are no longer made like this, however, and this is an impoverishment of natural greenery in the city. This is why we are researching new techniques for greening quay walls."