The City at Eye Level – 2n edition, free download

The City at Eye Level brings together an international network containing experts for placemaking, design, pedestrian flows, street performance, the urban sound scape, markets, street management, city wide strategy, newly built areas and transformation, to name a few. Stipo has set up this open source network, in collaboration with our partners UN Habitat, Future of Places, Project for Public Spaces (, Gehl Architects, FAU PUCRS University of Porto Alegre in Brazil and Copenhagenize.

The resulting publication, ‘The City at Eye Level’, is now free for download. More information, including the download-link, can be found here.

Education fall 2015

Education agenda fall semester 2015/16

Week 1.1 – Wednesday 2 September 9:15-10:30 – IO-Bernd Schierbeek:
Introduction Design of the Urban Fabric – pdf download
Egbert StolkBirgit Hausleitner, Arie Romein

Week 1.2 – Wednesday 9 September – 8:45-10:30 – IO-Bernd Schierbeek:
Liveability and Public Space in the Happy City – pdf download
Maurice Harteveld
Joint component: Introducing patterns as method

Week 1.3 – Wednesday 16 September – 9:15-10:30 – IO-Bernd Schierbeek:
Imagination and evidence at work – pdf download
Egbert Stolk, Birgit Hausleitner
Joint component: Discussing evidence informed and imaginative methods 

Week 1.4 – Wednesday 23 September – 8:45-10:30 – IO-Bernd Schierbeek:
Regeneration in the Happy City  – film Garden Cities of Tomorrow by Paul Stouten
Paul Stouten

Week 1.5 – Tuesday 29 September – 13:45-15:30 – BK-B:
The Cool and Happy City
Frank van der Hoeven, Alexander Wandl  (joint lecture urban fabrics and urban metabolism)
Introduction of data driven projects

Week x.x – postponed – date, time and room to be announced:
Work and the urban plan
Marta Relats, Birgit Hausleitner (joint lecture urban fabrics and complex cities)

PhD Defence Marjolein Pijpers-van Esch

Designing the Urban Microclimate

On July 7th Marjolein Pijpers – van Esch successfully defended her PhD thesis!

A framework for a design-decision support tool for the dissemination of knowledge on the urban microclimate to the urban design process

prom-marjolein (184) kopieThe urban microclimate has a significant impact on people’s physical health. Effects range from discomfort, for example sleep disturbance, to life- threatening conditions, such as heat stroke, skin and lung cancer. It is therefore vital that the urban microclimate is given considerable attention in the urban design process.

The PhD research focuses on the integration and transfer of knowledge from the specialized field of urban microclimatology into the generic field of urban design. Both fields are studied in order to identify crosslinks and reveal gaps. The main research question: How can the design of urban neighbourhoods contribute to microclimates that support physical well-being and what kind of information and form of presentation does the urban designer need in order to make design decisions regarding such urban microclimates?

The result of the research is a framework for a design-decision support tool that is proposed as a means to integrate knowledge of the urban microclimate into the urban design process, enabling urban designers to practice climate-sensitive urban design, and, thus contribute to the physical well-being of people.

Online tool:

Rli presents survey of technological innovation in the living environment

The Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli) presented a survey of technological innovation in the living environment. The main question the study addresses is:

What impact might technological innovations have on the public and private domain in terms of healthy nutrition, efficient mobility and smart buildings?

The survey contains a lot of interesting challenges… please include some of them in your graduation project!

The English version of the survey can be downloaded here.

‘Urban Complexity’ by Peter Sloot – 15 January 16:00-18:00

On January 15 16:00-18:00, Peter Sloot* will give a lecture on ‘Urban Complexity’ – by summarising and explaining the studies of West and Bettencourt (link). The Amsterdam institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) will host this event.

See the website of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) for more information and registration.

* Peter Sloot’s research on Dark Criminal Networks was part of the Dutch television program ‘Labyrinth’ (youtube, in Dutch).