Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
History as opportunity to talk about the future
The port and city of Naples are very much connected. It seems like a given that the corresponding authorities would work together to further develop both the port and the city. This isn’t the case, found PhD researcher Paolo De Martino. The historic patterns of decision making prevent the necessary fundamental changes for improvement of both port and city.
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.
Safeguarding public values is a balancing act
Safeguarding public values is a task of the government, but in the built environment, private parties are increasingly often lending a hand. As these parties all have their own interests, it is a balancing act to sustain things that are intended for the general public, states Lizet Kuitert in her PhD research.