Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Self-designed map shows vulnerable areas in Pearl River Delta
The Pearl River Delta is a dynamic area undergoing rapid urbanisation, but this is largely taking place without adequate maps. That is why PhD candidate Liang Xiong has developed a set of maps himself that show in great detail where there is a risk of flooding and where it is or is not wise to build.
And the winner is... three graduation projects into circular building systems receive awards
Can the current system of linear production methods and consumption patterns be transformed into a circular economy with more value retention? The three winners of the first circularity prize for budding architects are convinced it is possible.
Showcase 'P-lab': urban raw materials in a small-scale circular economy
Urban food and material chains contain huge amounts of valuable materials, a considerable proportion of which is still lost as waste. Researchers at TU Delft demonstrate an alternative with their mobile mini-lab in a shipping container which has been built in a plot near to the AMS Institute, to be tested within the context of an urban living lab.
Aid organisations should focus on circular construction in Africa
In developing countries, aid organisations have a preference for building houses that meet Western standards. This is a mistake, claims doctoral candidate Michiel Smits in his dissertation, because residents struggle to maintain them. However, his call for ‘self-reliant', circular housing faces opposition from local residents, who prefer their houses to be made using bricks and cement.
From a peculiar relationship to a clear view on the Venetian tides
If the Venetian Lagoon could talk, it would want a conversation with Amina Chouairi. She decided to listen anyway. For her Master’s thesis ‘The Operating Venetian Lagoon: The Agency of Barene’, Amina dove into the Venetian tides. Amina recently graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment with this Master’s thesis which earned her a nomination for Best Graduate TU Delft 2020 and a place in the Archiprix pre-selection.