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The new concept for the Faculty Yearbook is motivated by the desire to present the results of graduate final projects at the level of a congress paper. This desire may not be realized all at once. First the participants must be polled to see whether this desire motivates them, for it is a great deal of work in addition to their final report (which has a completely different format). The makers of this book have the impression that such can be considered a success. The new formula is supervised by two commissions. One consists of representatives from the four faculty units, Rijk Blok, Bert Blocken, Bernard Colenbrander and Harry Timmermans, who nominated the students to be presented here. The other is the editing committee, composed of (former) students Myrthe Buijs, Niels Groeneveld and Faye Hermens (today all alumni) who, together with student assistant Bas Jansen, guided the nominees during the development of each contribution. 
The content of the submitted contributions provides three thematic links: 

1. Studies dealing with the consistency of a model notion of a city and region. All these studies support the recently started research program 'The Living City' in which changes in existing cities and landscape organization are central. 

2. Studies based upon didactic agendas in which a conceptual approach is used as a conscious 'detour' before programmatic points of departure are employed. A justification for this way of studying and researching was recently worked out by Jacob Voorthuis in his book Het Ontwerpgesprek - een filosofie van het ontwerpen (nai010publishers, 2012). 

3. Studies which make use of computer, test and/or interview tools with the intent to enrich building practice with innovations. This group profiles Design Systems, Structural Design, Building Physics and Building Engineering. Some of the results published here consist of surprising experiments which promise to modernize the design basis of construction and building engineering. 

Finally, a word regarding the choice of the two examples of built design which introduce the studies described above. The first is an extant example of a built prototype in which all the desires of the faculty that concern multidisciplinary cooperation are present. The second example comes from the earliest days of the faculty, 1970, and demonstrates as nothing else can the existence of the link between building and product design in those days. This link is once again current today because it has become customary to present the contents of the Yearbook as an exhibit during Dutch Design Week. "Show your design roots too," advised Hans Robertus, director of this week, during a discussion organized during the preparation of this book. We thought this was good advice to follow.

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