A masterclass as a bridge between scientists and policymakersEvery year TU Delft organises several masterclasses for members of staff from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. The main focus of these masterclasses is on subjects in relation to which the ministry creates policy, ranging from climate adaptation to mobility issues. The aim is to bring scientists and policymakers closer together on these themes. The organiser and chair of the masterclasses, Vincent Marchau, explains what a masterclass like this looks like and why they are so beneficial for both the government and the scientific community.
Attractive public transport starts with a good design of the stationHow do you develop a station that invites people to travel by public transport? Manuela Triggianese, architect and assistant professor in Complex Projects, is investigating on how to design train and metro stations to be more attractive, people-centred and future-proof. In the Walk-In project she is looking together with students, the creative industry, public transport companies and authorities at how they can set up the design process as efficiently, integrated and collaborative as possible.
Sustainable design: less protocol, more collaborationDesigning safe and future-proof cities in delta regions requires close collaboration between disciplines and a key focus on the natural system. Fransje Hooimeijer, associate professor in Environmental Technology and Design, tells us how important interdisciplinary design is and explains how to facilitate effective collaboration between different fields.
Scenarios for safe and habitable deltasWhereas, over the years, we have learned to tame the Dutch delta, delta regions in countries abroad are often still unrestrained systems, making them extremely vulnerable to flooding. And climate change is exacerbating the situation. Chris Zevenbergen and his research team have initiated the project ‘Redesigning Deltas’ to help countries draw up long-term visions for safe and habitable deltas.
Sustainable area development requires selection and cooperationHow can you create added value for the environment in area development while at the same time ensuring that the public-private cooperation runs smoothly? Researcher Tom Daamen brings together process and content in urban area design projects. For the redevelopment of the Rotterdam Ring Road he discovered – together with the parties involved – the most promising approaches for solutions while the project was still in the research phase.
Creative solutions for safe and liveable delta regionsGood water management includes the provision of clean drinking water and protection from flooding. This can be quite a challenge, particularly in vulnerable delta regions. At the Delta Futures Lab, students, researchers, and parties from the field work together on solutions for sustainable, liveable and safe deltas. Martine Rutten, who is in charge of the Lab, explains why collaboration often produces the best ideas.
Restoring port culture to the cityFor centuries, ports have been important to cities and to the hinterland. Yet the maritime mindset has disappeared from many port cities, researcher Carola Hein has concluded. This development represents a danger for the future of ports. She is applying historical research in an effort to restore the link between port and city. “We cannot design a sustainable future without considering the past.”
‘As a student, you simply cannot get closer to the professional field’Fitting new infrastructure into our densely built-up country is becoming increasingly complex. The Integrated Infrastructure Design minor teaches students how to handle this complexity. “This helps us to train a completely different type of engineer,” says minor coordinator Hans de Boer.
Dutch lessons in the Chinese Pearl River DeltaThe Pearl River Delta in the province of Guangdong in southern China is one of the most rapidly urbanising deltas in the world. More than sixty million people now live in an area approximately half the size of the Netherlands. The pace of developments, combined with the consequences of climate change, are creating a complex set of issues. How can a small country like the Netherlands help out?
Sustainable aviation starts on the groundFlying needs to become more sustainable, quieter and more efficient.
For this you need to think far beyond the aircraft itself: airports for example, can contribute as well. In the newly launched Airport Technology Lab, TU Delft researchers are testing their ideas, from better weather forecasting models to faster baggage handling. All of these ideas contribute to improved efficiency in aviation, and a more sustainable industry.