Graduation studio 2019/20: Densification/Intensification

Urban Fabrics is concerned with the design of the physical form of urban areas and the complex relationships between urban form and social processes. The Urban Fabric Research Group studies the relations between tangible and intangible structures in different contexts. Its aim is to foster a sustainable and liveable urban environment.

The Urban Fabrics (UF) graduation studio focusses this year on the topic of Densification/Intensification of urban environments. The UF studio is design-oriented and is concerned with the typological and structural transformation of urban fabrics, considering multiple scales – from the building, the urban block, the street and the neighbourhood to the city. We explore transformations of urbanised areas that can accommodate an increasing need for dwellings, adapt neighbourhoods to climate change and enhance living quality. We investigate urban densification and intensification considering not only the quantitative, but specifically the qualitative aspect of urban transformation.

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.

The Urban Fabrics studio comprises group work and individual work. The group work is putting comparisons between locations central, building up an atlas of urban transformations. Group work is embedded until P1, after P1 regular pin-up sessions provide a discussion platform and connect the students with the Urban Fabrics research group.

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: