Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Tehran's spatial development from a transnational perspective
Iran was considered a candy store for Western planners during the reign of the Shah, but that stopped abruptly after the Islamic Revolution. In her PhD research, Elmira Jafari notes that there was no blind imitation of American and European planning ideals, but that present-day Tehran could use some Western ideas to curb the urban chaos.
nD-PointCloud makes data processing point clouds a lot easier
In Geomatics it is possible to represent the location of any point in space in a point cloud. The big question is how to organize and classify the enormous amount of data that this produces in such a way that it is also usable. In his PhD research, Haicheng Liu proposes nD-PointCloud as the best method for representing spatial data.
Artificial Intelligence helps developing self-sufficient high-rises
Urbanization forces cities to increasingly densify, the big challenge is to do that with high-rise buildings that are self-sufficient. PhD candidate Berk Ekici devised a smart design evaluation method to find the optimal balance between energy efficiency, living comfort, photovoltaic and agriculture - even before construction.
Super sustainable renewal is the future
The SUM student team developed a super-sustainable renovation strategy and built a prototype at The Green Village, the open-air laboratory for sustainable innovation on the TU Delft Campus. With smart solutions to expand the Dutch housing stock and make homes more sustainable, the team devised a way to renew the 847.000 outdated tenement flats in The Netherlands.
More space for manufacturers please, but where?
Industry in the city is no longer considered an anachronism. New, clean manufacturing and other environmentally-friendly businesses can help cities and regions to transition into a circular economy. However, there would have to be space for that. The Cities of Making research project resulted in a very practical planning and design tool.