My façade is your façade!?
Recognise this? You need the aircon on in the summer and the heating is on full during the winter, but it never feels really comfortable. It’s definitely not sustainable. By today’s standards, buildings dating from before 1980 tend to guzzle energy, feel uncomfortable and are expensive to maintain. A modern, advanced façade gets rid of some problems, but under what circumstances is this kind of renovation a realistic option?
Information technology does not (yet) provide many proximity benefits
At a time when half the world is working at home because of a pandemic, it hardly seems imaginable. Nevertheless, teleworking as a strategy to take advantage of the proximity of a large city turns out to be less successful than expected. "If employees can work at home for one or more days, they are prepared to accept greater commuting distances," says De Vos. It is one of the most important effects he discovered in his PhD research.
Meeting the makers: the circular economy as a matter of DIY?
If society is to embrace the principles of a circular economy, shouldn’t people themselves start fixing stuff and reusing parts on a much larger scale? But how do consumers become makers? These questions are the foundation for researchers Tanya Tsui and David Peck.
A mine of information in waste data
It is not uncommon for tools to be developed for research projects, but the tool to emerge from REPAiR (REsource Management in Peri-urban Areas) is one to be particularly proud of. And this is not only in the eyes of TU Delft researchers Alexander Wandl and Arjan van Timmeren. “Local and regional authorities in both Europe and the United States can't wait to start using it.”