Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Ultimate challenge: to make 7 million buildings energy neutral on time
Building Pandemic Proof Cities
What makes a healthy residential neighbourhood? In recent times, this question has unsurprisingly gained relevance in both healthcare, and urban planning and design sectors. Can interdisciplinary research shed new light on the relation between housing conditions and vulnerability to pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2? Medical and architecture students from Leiden and Delft universities have made a promising start.
Fresh eyes are their best asset
TU Delft has a mission to train socially engaged engineers. But how do you do that? Education Fellow, Reinout Kleinhans, gets students to work with social partners and residents on neighbourhood issues. This is known as community engagement. It strengthens the connection between the university and society and gives students an important foretaste of situations they may have to deal with in their future work.
A design process for socially responsible global housing
When there is a global housing shortage, you do not go about creating one new dwelling at a time. Especially when there is a dire need for quality housing, sustainably designed, and befitting the people whom the dwellings are built for. Best Graduate Zhuo-ming Shia designed a participatory housing design process for Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. His approach shows how architects can take socially responsible housing design to a whole other level.
Smart and sustainable campus usage
Most students will recognise it: you arrive on campus in the morning, park your bike and then spend quite some time looking for a suitable study place for the day. But what is the difference between simply a busy day and buildings that are truly too small to accommodate everyone? That is an essential question for real estate managers of university campuses. PhD student Bart Valks investigated how so-called Smart Campus Tools can offer solutions.
The new interior wall: demountable, sustainable and pure
When Bob Geldermans finalised his doctoral thesis in 2020 on demountable partitioning of circular and natural materials, he did not yet know that he would be able to continue his research with a number of like-minded partners. He is now testing and further improving his design concept, which can make a major contribution to sustainability of the building industry.