Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Designing for resilience in the Pearl River Delta
The Pearl River Delta is becoming increasingly densely populated, but is extremely sensitive to flooding. This is a recipe for trouble. Dutch and American strategies could help more resilient design schemes to be achieved, as Dai Wei observes in his doctoral research.
Many more institutional hurdles to overcome on the road to establishing Chinese 'Sponge Cities'
China is tackling its climate challenges with a national programme for making outdoor spaces adaptive. The so-called 'National Sponge City Programme’ is a good step forward, according to PhD student Meng Meng, but it also requires adaptability from the planners and authorities.
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.
Innovative facades as a matter of taste?
New facade technology can contribute to a sustainably built and high-quality living environment. To what extent is its application by architects a matter of taste? With his research, Alejandro Prieto Hoces explores the aesthetic appreciation of facades as an aid to innovation. He asked 34 Dutch design firms: what makes a facade beautiful?
Public Rental Housing Governance, the practice of one decade
Housing has become inaccessible for many families in China since the privatization and commercialization of the sector. By delegating powers, improvements are possible, notes Juan Yan in her doctoral research. Moreover, more participation can lead to happier tenants.