395 Works

Context, Community, and Capital

Susanne Schindler
This essay focuses on the language architects use to navigate the intersection of architecture, housing, and neoliberalism. Schindler argues that terminology plays a powerful role in allowing architects to avoid the socio-economic assumptions embedded in their work. Schindler traces the emergence, evolution, and codification of two such terms, ‘context’ and ‘community’, and how they have frequently been conflated. She shows how they were central to New York City’s gradual shift from welfare-state to neoliberal housing...

Good Life Now

Corinna Anderson
Cedric Price’s architecture approaches time and space atypically, focusing primarily on the needs and desires of the user. His ‘short-life’ housing system, designed in 1970–1972 in response to a national crisis of housing provision, takes consumer choice as the organising principle of its design. Its formal flexibility blurs the separation between the house and workplace, while its customisability and disposability reduces the family home to an expendable commodity. The short-life house accommodates a lifestyle of...

The Value of Housing

Nelson Mota & Yael Allweil
This issue of Footprint brings together housing-as-design with housing-as-policy and housing-as-market to discuss what is, today, the value of housing. It discusses how the architecture of housing plays a role in changing behavioural norms and models of subjectivation promoted by the neoliberal ideological agenda. The contributions included in this issue examine different ways of addressing the production of housing either as a social right or a commodity, or both combined. Reviewing cases from North America,...

Life inside the Cloister

Gabri Van Tussenbroek
Review of a book authored by Thomas Coomans.

Energy Performance and comfort in residential buildings

Anastasios Ioannou & Laure Itard
Energy performance simulation is a generally used method for assessing the energy consumption of buildings. Simulation tools, though, have shortcomings due to false assumptions made during the design phase of buildings, limited information on the building’s envelope and installations and misunderstandings over the role of the occupant’s behavior. This paper presents the results of a Monte Carlo sensitivity analysis on the factors (relating to both the building and occupant behavior) that affect the annual heating...

Stedebouwkundig(e) ontwerpen in woorden

MaartenJan Hoekstra
The realisation of an urban design involves many players, such as designers, critics, politicians, journalists, public relations specialists and residents. In order to consult with each other they make use of drawings, but also frequently of words, to be able to interpret the drawn objects in the plans. But are these urbanistic notions used by everyone in the same way? And have there been noticeable changes in their usage or meaning over time? This urbanistic...

Energy performance progress of the Dutch non-profit housing stock: a longitudinal assessment

Faidra Filippidou
Worldwide, buildings consume a large part of the total energy delivered. In the context of all the end-use sectors, buildings represent the largest sector with 39% of the total final energy consumption, followed by transport in the EU (European Union ). A considerable percentage of this energy consumption is attributed to the residential sector. The building sector plays a major role in order to meet the energy saving targets set in the EU and in...

Form Follows Force: A theoretical framework for Structural Morphology, and Form-Finding research on shell structures

Qingpeng Li
The springing up of freeform architecture and structures introduces many challenges to structural engineers. The main challenge is to generate structural forms with high structural efficiency subject to the architectural space constraints during the conceptual structural design process. Structural Morphology is the study of the relation between form and force, which can be considered the guiding theory for this challenge. The relation between form and force is important for all types of structures during the...

HyperCell: A Bio-inspired Design Framework for Real-time Interactive Architectures

Jia-Rey Chang
This pioneering research focuses on Biomimetic Interactive Architecture using “Computation”, “Embodiment”, and “Biology” to generate an intimate embodied convergence to propose a novel rule-based design framework for creating organic architectures composed of swarm-based intelligent components. Furthermore, the research boldly claims that Interactive Architecture should emerge as the next truly Organic Architecture. As the world and society are dynamically changing, especially in this digital era, the research dares to challenge the Utilitas, Firmitas, and Venustas of...

Integrating urban heat assessment in urban plans

Leyre Echevarria Icaza, Andy Van Den Dobbelsteen & Frank Van Der Hoeven
The world is increasingly concerned with sustainability issues. Climate change is not the least of these concerns. The complexity of these issues is such that data and information management form an important means of making the right decisions. Nowadays, however, the sheer quantity of data is overwhelming; large quantities of data demand means of representation that are comprehensible and effective. The above dilemma poses questions as to how one incorporates unknown climatologic parameters, such as...

Regionalist principles to reduce the urban heat island effect

Leyre Echevarria Icaza & Frank Van Der Hoeven
Scientists, climatologists, and urban planners have started to recognize the importance of nature at two very different scales: the global (metabolic) and the local (liveability) scales. The regional scale is the one at which these macro and micro approaches overlap. Future predictions foresee an increase of more than 2450 million urban inhabitants by 2050, thus new balanced urban visions need to be developed in order to guarantee the sustainability of urban areas. The Urban Heat...

A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment, No 31 (2018): Integrated Urban River Corridors

Claudiu Forgaci 382 pages ISBN 978-94-6366-109-6

The Modern Planning History of East Asia: a brief guide from the Japanese perspectives

Shun-Ichi Watanabe
Three years from now in 2019, we will celebrate the 100th year of Japan’s City Planning Act (“Old Act,” 1919). The Old Act was the Japanese positive response to western modern planning, which was developed in western Europe and north America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was gradually spreading all over the world. Japan was the first nation in East Asia which systematically responded to this spreading process (Watanabe 1993) and,...

Bulletin KNOB, Bulletin KNOB 118 (2019) 1

Gabri van Tussenbroek: Cornelis Ryckwaert (ca. 1635-†1693), bouwmeester in Brandenburg. Export van Nederlandse architectuur in de zeventiende eeuw? Natasja Hogen: Een gezond en comfortabel binnenklimaat als negentiende-eeuwse ontwerpopgave Jaap Evert Abrahamse en Rik Feiken: Driftig veen en onderaards bos. Nicolaas Witsen, het landschap van Amstelland en de grondbeginselen van de moderne geologie Publicaties: Terry R. Slater, Sandra M.G. Pinto (eds.), Building Regulations and Urban Form, 1200-1900 (recensie Monika Chao-Duivis), Ronald Stenvert, Gabri van Tussenbroek (red.),...

Building Regulations and Urban Form, 1200-1900

Monika Chao-Duivis
Review of a book edited by Terry R. Slater and M.G. Pinto

Drifting peat and subterranean forest

Jaap Evert Abrahamse & Rik Feiken
Nicolaas Witsen (1641-1717) was not just a prominent administrator and diplomat, but also something of a polymath. He delved into geography, cartography, navigation and shipbuilding, as well as ethnography, philology, history, botany, zoology and astronomy. Apart from scientific curiosity, his choice of subjects was influenced by the interests of Amsterdam, of which he was lord mayor on several occasions: thus he took an interest in the expansion of trade, ship building technology and hydraulic engineering...

project baikal, No 59 (2019): curtain XX

A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment, No 4 (2019): Planning with self‑organised initiatives

168 pages ISBN 978-94-6366-168-3

project baikal, No 60 (2019): in good health

Research approach

Verena Balz
The main methodology used to answer the above-listed research questions was that of an exploratory case-study research (Figure 2.1). In this methodology the formation of hypotheses and empirical analysis inform each other during iterative steps: an initial proposition was formulated and tested through case-study analysis; results led to an adaptation of the proposition, which was tested in the next casestudy round. It is important to note that exploratory case-study research does not fully verify a...

Using satellite imagery analysis to redesign provincial parks for a better cooling effect on cities

Leyre Echevarria Icaza, Andy Van Den Dobbelsteen & Frank Van Der Hoeven
The purpose of this research is to analyse the thermal behaviour of South Holland provincial parks during heat waves, in order to provide design adaptation guidelines to increase their cooling capacity over the hotspots present in their urban surroundings. This research analyses the thermal behaviour of different land use patches (forests, cropland, grassland, water surfaces, built areas and greenhouse areas) present in the six South Holland provincial parks during heat waves. It studies their average...

Managing Social Condominiums

Luz María Vergara D´Alençon
Low-income homeowners face financial and social constraints that are serious challenges to providing adequate maintenance. The fact of owning a property should lead to material progress, security and income opportunities to cope with poverty, however these benefits depend on the capacity of homeowners to keep the property in good condition, and also on the opportunities and support generated by the context and the institutions involved. If these conditions are not guaranteed, low income households are...

Synergetic Urban Landscape Planning in Rotterdam

Nico Tillie
In this PhD research, the major environmental challenges of our time, such as climate change, sustainable energy transition and scarcity of resources, are approached from a spatial, landscape-architectural perspective. The goal is to accelerate the transition to liveable, low carbon cities. The focus of the research is at the local scale and attempts to turn challenges into opportunities for a better quality of life and living environment. Since 1857, when Frederick Law Olmsted combined the...

Energietransitie: omarm de complexiteit

Eefje Stutvoet
This book presents the outcome of research on conditions for development and large scale application of energy neutral renovation concepts, which can contribute to the transition towards an energy neutral post-war social housing stock. Two projects are studied of the innovation and transition program ‘Energy Leap’ (Energiesprong); ‘Slim & Snel’ and ‘De Stroomversnelling’. The aim of both projects was to stimulate the development and large scale application of energy efficient renovation concepts for the post-was...


Joris Smits
This final chapter closes this dissertation and provides recommendations for future research.

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  • 2019

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  • Delft University of Technology