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.

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View on the Boergoensevliet (pp.226-227)

More information can be found in the repository.

Nikos Salingaros on Patterns

Working with patterns? Please have a look at the website of Nikos Salingaros. There are a lot of relevant writings on patterns and urbanism.

Information workshop Patterns 22 September

Update 8 October 2014: more information on Patterns can be found here.

Examples of the use of patterns as a result of group work in Urbanism education:

  • Dorst, Machiel van, et al (2013) The Pattern Book: European Masters in Urbanism TUDelft 2013. Repository.
  • Mentink, Bas; Henriquez, Laurence; Van Niekerk, Lisette; Verheul, Rhea (2013) The IPG BAR project. Repository. Supervisors: Arjan van Timmeren, Egbert Stolk, René Kleijn.

Examples of the use of patterns in graduation projects:

  • Bruin, Anne Veerle (2010) Future proofing late post-war neighbourhoods – urban patterns for a socially sustainable Zevenkamp. Repository. Main mentor: Machiel van Dorst; second mentor: John Westrik; third mentor: Maurice Harteveld.
  • Feltins, Aleksandrs (2013) Research on How to diversify microrayon. A pattern language for user control facilitating urban design in large postwar estates. The case of Plavnieki, Rīga. Repository. Main mentor: Egbert Stolk; second mentor: Paul Stouten.
  • Lugten, Martijn (2014) Re Sil(i)ence. Design patterns for an aircraft noise abating spatial environment. Repository. Main mentor: Egbert Stolk; second mentor: Frank van der Hoeven.

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Machiel van Dorst

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 17.51.19Machiel van Dorst is an environmental designer and is specialized in environment-behavior interaction and sustainable development. Behavior research and design is related to control, social safety, community design, child friendly cities, health and stress reduction through design. For sustainable development the emphasis is on the combination of livability and ecological design.

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