The Smart Buildings & Cities PDEng program wants to contribute to the transition towards smart, intelligent and sustainable cities where quality of life is high. This transition requires new solutions which can only be created through multiscale and transdisciplinary (design) approaches. The transition is a relevant theme for society (as reflected by the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges formulated by the European Commission), building industry and university (consider the TU/e’s Strategic Areas: Energy, Health and Smart Mobility and the TU/e’s Smart Cities Program).
The following focus areas or themes for the Smart Buildings & Cities (SB&C) program and its design projects are defined (based on the research areas of TU/e’s Smart Cities program):
- A carbon neutral city
- Designing intelligent and energy efficient building components.
- Designing building concepts aimed at intelligent use of (as less as possible) fossil fuel.
- Designing and implementing renewable energy generation in the built environment.
- Designing intelligent networks aimed at matching supply and demand of energy.
- A climate proof, nature-based city
- Designing buildings and cities that mitigate the effects of climate change.
- Designing buildings and cities based on the principles of the circular economy.
- Designing buildings and cities that promote healthy living.
- A city with autonomous vehicles
- Designing a infrastructure for autonomous vehicles.
The goal of the SB&C program is to service industry (consulting, policy making, product development) by delivering designers with a broad technological understanding of the disciplines related to the above mentioned smart cities themes (architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, building physics and services and ICT), who excel in their own discipline and who are able to work in multidisciplinary design teams, contribute to design issues outside their own core disciplines, integrate different technologies into new products and concepts, and who understand the commercial aspects of these innovative products and concepts.
During the start of the Smart Buildings & Cities the program was supported by the EIT KIC InnoEnergy educational program.
The aim of this program was to foster a new generation of innovation minded people in Europe by delivering a unique brand of excellent education, responsive to both business and societal demands, focused on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Smart Buildings and Cities was granted the EIT label for education.