University Researcher

Noor Mens


Dr. Noor Mens studied architectural history and urban planning at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam from 1988-1993. Doctoral thesis: De wederopbouw van Velsen. W.M. Dudok (1884-1974) en W. van Tijen (1894-1974), voor een schone stad; voor een leefbare stad. Since 1993 see has worked as a freelance architectural historian based in Rotterdam and published on Dutch architecture and urban planning in the twentieth century. Since 2013 she has worked as a researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology. In 2019 she completed her Phd on the cultural heritage of post-war housing estates: Assessing the cultural values of Post-war neighbourhoods. Case study: Western Garden Cities in Amsterdam. The aim of this research is to develop methods for the assessment of the heritage values that take the radically new relations between buildings and public space in post-war neighbourhoods into account. Determining these values can play a fundamental role in future transformation and reconstruction processes. Starting point of this research is a thorough architectural historical inquiry into the characteristic qualities of the Western Garden Cities. These neighbourhoods were internationally acclaimed as showcases for the modern architectural and urban ideas.

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