The Department of the Built Environment was founded in 1967.
The housing shortage in the late 1950s and early 1960s led to large-scale housing construction. The Dutch population grew increasingly prosperous, resulting in more exacting demands for housing. People wanted housing with higher quality and comfort, more character and variation. And due to technological developments – also in the building trade – the world changed around us. The style of construction became different and faster – no more heaps of stones, but large-scale industrial construction.
Higher demand, more options, new technology. This opened up perspectives for the world of construction. But it also gave rise to questions. How could construction be done on an industrial scale? How to maintain quality or increase it appropriately? What are the consequences of these developments for architecture and the development of cities?
The new study discipline of the Built Environment was established in November 1967. ‘Delft' had become a tradition, ‘Eindhoven' was new. Attention was especially focused on industrial developments and production technology problems of construction. The requirements in the field of technical building physics and the development of rational design techniques also played an important role. There was therefore a clear emphasis on building technology.
Technology is always related to architecture and urban planning ideas. Therefore, Eindhoven Architecture began with all-round research and, based on that, a broad basic education for all students. And this is what we still offer today. Eindhoven graduates are able to think about any architectural speciality with knowledge of the building trade.
For all Eindhoven structural engineers, this broad-based education has led to superior employability – whether they are building engineers, urban planners or architects.