An interdisciplinary approach to architecture and urbanism as dynamic socio-spatial-temporal constructs
The twenty-first century has been labeled as the ‘urban century’ and sustainable urban development as one of the key assignments in decades to come. For this reason, architecture and the city are increasingly becoming central to leading academic studies from the fields of social sciences, economy, technology, ecology and governance. However, studies are often conducted from the perspective of a single discipline.
The Living Cities program specifically focuses on how these aspects work together and materialize in the spatial development of the city and its architecture, interpreted as an evolutionary and integrated process of construction and urbanization driven by socio-historical processes. The program brings together research from the chairs of Architectural History and Theory (AHT), Architectural Design and Engineering (ADE), Rational Architecture (RA) and Urbanism and Urban Architecture (UUA).
In line with the Departments’ strategic research agenda on Sustainable Transformation, the program focuses on exploring and understanding the response of architecture and the development of the city for reuse, adaptation and new interventions in response to these shifting societal challenges. Aspects of history and theory, geography, technological systems, urban form and architectural typologies influence each other reciprocally and dynamically in such a cultural ecosystem.
Our research groups
Architectural Design and Engineering
ADE analyzes programs for buildings, develops concepts, investigates tectonic solutions and evaluates constructions and materials.
Architectural History and Theory
AHT explores architectural history, theory, philosophy, and heritage studies, reflecting the interplay between these disciplines and their...
Architecture and Transformation
Architecture is changing at a high pace. The aim of the group is transformation of the role of the architect, of the existing building stock...
Rational Architecture is geared to the typological and morphological analysis and critique of the existing city on the scale of the city as...
Smart Architectural Technologies
Urbanism and Urban Architecture
Buildings, cities and regions matter to people’s lives. Well-planned cities help communities prosper and flourish, and therefore city...
Our most recent peer reviewed publications
On the use of non-conformal grids for economic LES of wind flow and convective heat transfer for a wall-mounted cubeBuilding and Environment (2017)
Collaborative Design Method Holistic Participation (MHP)conference; IHEPI 7-9 September 2009: Higher Education, Partnership, Innovation; 2009-09-07; 2009-09-09 (2009)
Filigraine BetonschalenStedebouw en Architectuur (2008)
The challenge : proposals for strategies and targets towards buildingInternational E-Journal of construction (2003)
Rehabilitation & reuse of historical mud-brick architecture in El-Qasr (Dakhleh oasis Egypt)Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on the Study and Conservation of Earthen Architecture, Terra 2003, Yazd, Iran (2003)