An energy-efficient office can be comfortable too
Energy-efficiency is at the forefront of modern office renovations, but this often comes at the cost of comfort. So doctoral candidate Minyoung Kwon has turned things around: start by looking at the wishes of the users before you design their workplace. This does not necessarily have to result in higher energy consumption.
Multifunctional territories in-between offer tremendous opportunities for sustainability
Areas around cities are often referred to negatively with the term 'urban sprawl'. But it is precisely in these territories in-between that we can achieve many of our sustainability goals, says PhD researcher Alexander Wandl. We just have to learn to plan them better.
“Inhabitable vacant areas make housing liveable”
Building homes for people with a low income usually results in standard housing, with minimum room for variation and innovation. So whenever something special happens – which it often does – that takes place in the ‘left-over areas’ of such projects, as PhD researcher Mo Sedighi has discovered. He says that housing projects should always include unbuilt areas that occupants can use or finish as they see fit.
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.
Common preference as a real estate strategy
What is the most effective way for an organisation to make decisions about real estate that best match the organisation’s needs? Monique Arkesteijn investigated existing methods and developed a model in which stakeholders’ preferences lead to the best option. Her research offers corporate real estate (CRE) managers a fresh approach to decision-making.