Academic year 2018/19: Automated Mobility

The Urban Fabrics graduation studio focusses this year on the topic of Automated Mobility, exploring the possible impact of technological and societal innovations on the built environment within different scenarios. The graduation projects are expected to draw from multi-scalar design driven research and conclude with possible future evolutions of the city, urban transformations supporting adapting societal practises.

We explore the theme through three lenses:

A) Living quality

B) Intensification (Growth and density)

C) Segregation and social sustainability

Possible first mentors for this studio are: Rients Dijkstra, Birgit Hausleitner, Stefan van der Speck, Frank van der Hoeven, Marco Lub, Victor Munoz Sanz, Leo van der Burg and Luisa Calabrese.

The graduation projects are expected to draw from multi-scalar design driven research and conclude with possible future evolutions of the city, urban transformations supporting adapting societal practices. Analysis and design are Interwoven. The design driven research integrates imagination and evidence. For the latter we apply advanced spatial analysis and performative design. Advanced GIS driven spatial analysis and space syntax, spatial narratives derived from fieldwork observation and video-analyses are used to build up knowledge on the spatial morphology of urban systems and processes. Design, visualization and story telling  are supported by VR, AV technologies, parametric design. We will use scenario  construction to address uncertainties of the future.

The Urban Fabrics studio comprises group work and individual work. The group work is putting relations between sub-topics and comparisons between locations central, to build up more concise knowledge on this year’s focus topic. Group work is dominant until P1, group work and individual work have a similar share until P2 and after P2 include monthly group meetings to draw conclusions on the topic in an integral way. Besides the group sessions we will introduce peer review learning. Find here the agenda for MSc3: UF graduation agenda MSc3

Our main case study for this year is Metropolitan region of Amsterdam. Exceptions will be discussed case by case. Within the region students can choose their local design location in the corridor from Amsterdam Zuidas– Inner City – Almere (inclusive Floriade location).

The UF studio has links to following research projects:

Cities of Making ( (Birgit Hausleitner, Victor Munoz Sanz)

Robocar and urban space (Rients Dijkstra, Ioana Ionescu)

VRDML Virtual reality design methods Lab van der Hoeven, Stefan vdSpek))

The studio is supported by:

-The municipality Amsterdam
– Municipality Almere  & the Floriade location


Suggested literature:

BerghauserPont Haupt (2009) Space Density and Urban Form

Habraken(2000) The structure of the ordinary

Ratti, C. and Claudel, M. (2016). The city of tomorrow. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Benfield, K. (2012). 10 Techniques for Making Cities More Walkable. [online] CityLab. [Accessed 28 Jun. 2018].

Carmona, Tiesdell, Heath and Oc (2003) Public Places, Urban Spaces – the Dimension of Urban Design

Michael Thompson and Bruce Beck, “Coping with change: urban resilience, sustainability, adaptabilityand path dependence”, Futureof Cities Working Paper(2014), Foresight– Government Office for Science.

Anderson, S. (1986). On streets. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

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)

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.

Street Smart: graduation Iren Koomen – 16 December 2014

Street Smart: A Social Learning Perspective on the Restructuring of Oud-Charlois
The graduation process Street Smart focuses on the problems prevalent in problem neighbourhoods, particularly those that affect young people. By creating a link between the social sciences and urbanism, this projects aims to create socio-spatial interventions that target both the social and spatial dimension of the problems at play. This approach is illustrated through a practical case study of the neighbourhood of Oud-Charlois. It’s design is specifically focused on supporting children and adolescents, who are not merely target groups but also co-designers of the project.

View on the Boergoensevliet (pp.226-227)

More information can be found in the repository.