Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
A train station outside the city: not a sustainable urban development
China's fast-growing high-speed train network offers opportunities for cities where trains stop. Yet large-scale developments around stations are rarely a success. Without proper urban planning embedding, that will not change, Biyue Wang observes in her doctoral research.
Ringing the changes for a circular construction sector
A circular construction sector calls for a break from standard methods. Doctoral candidate Mart van Uden is investigating the extent to which day-to-day practices are preventing the desired transition towards circular construction. Mart’s quest to identify the mechanisms that ensure that objectives are or are not achieved is already providing an insight into conflicting interests, conscious or otherwise. “Often, the desire to build quickly can make it difficult to achieve circular objectives.”
From industrial waste to reusable materials
To make visible where industrial waste ends up. That was the challenge for PhD student Rusnė Šilerytė. This waste can often be reused, but that happens far too little. “Data are available; however, these should be looked at from a different perspective”, says recent PhD graduate Rusnė Šilerytė .
Optimization methods: formulate the problem first, then find the design solutions
Optimization methods are increasingly popular in architecture, but they are not always used correctly. Formulate what the optimization problem is first and only then look at how to solve it, says Ding Yang. He developed a Multi-Objective and Multi-Disciplinary Optimization (MOMDO) method that highlights the reformulation of optimization problems.
Architects should take the lead in applying solar systems
Solar energy is the fastest growing alternative method of electricity generation worldwide, but it is still not an integral part of architecture. Architects must take the lead in integrating PV panels into building designs, argues Zoheir Haghighi in his doctoral thesis. ‘The technical means are there, it's time to apply them,’ he says.