Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Project management Chinese energy renovations needs improvement
The Chinese government is trying to improve the energy performance of existing buildings through renovations, but much is still going wrong. The use of incorrect nails or window frames can often be traced back to deeper causes, notes Yuting Qi in her doctoral research.
The ability (or inability) to attain a better life
Gaps between affluent and poor city dwellers are increasing all over the world. In a new book and lecture series, researchers Maarten van Ham and Caroline Newton establish links between socio-economic inequality and spatial structures and patterns. What is going on?
1M Homes: ‘More living space’ doesn't just mean ‘more building’
Demand is high. The shortage of suitable and affordable housing means more and more people are missing out. Is spending ten years churning out new houses and apartment buildings a sensible solution? According to professors Marja Elsinga and Thijs Asselbergs, we do need new buildings, but better use can be made of the existing housing stock, and a critical analysis of the housing system is also needed.
Vertical agriculture can make some cities more resilient
Vertical agriculture can strengthen the independence of cities from the global food network, but whether this is useful or not differs from region to region. The energy and raw material consumption will not always outweigh the benefits, concludes Luuk Graamans in his research, for which he obtained his doctorate cum laude on 11 March.
Green facade significantly boosts the energy efficiency of Vietnamese 'tube house'
Vietnam is continuously building to accommodate its fast-growing population, but that does not provide enough comfortable and energy-efficient houses. A combination of a green facade, sun protection and an inner garden can yield enormous improvements, Phan Anh Nguyen observes in his doctoral research.