Urbanism and Urban Architecture (UUA)

Main research interest (DSC/e related)

The Chair of Urbanism and Urban Architecture (UUA) is embedded within the research program Living Cities of the Unit Architectural Urban Design and Engineering (AUDE) within the Faculty of the Built Environment. The research directions of UUA focus on sustainable transformation through the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of urban planning and design concepts, strategies and tools. UUA for instance monitors patterns of use and motives, mapping and analyzing main characteristics of the urban environment, and modeling statistical correlations between these datasets on behavior and physical living environment. The research areas include: Sustainability and Smart Cities, Active Mobility and Health, Cultural Heritage and Reuse. Within this framework the Chair collaborates with regional, national, and international researchers on fundamental and applied research. The research approach is interdisciplinary, bridging from the spatial sciences towards the social and technological sciences. Defining the city as a socio-spatial system undergoing evolutionary change.  

The applied research within the UUA is carried out through the Urban Lab, where assignments from external parties are carried out by the Urban Lab researchers and students. The Lab aims at,

  1. sharing public knowledge
  2. facilitating (co) creative processes
  3. cultivating research in context
  4. developing research through design, and
  5. stimulating and giving input to a reflective practice.

Success stories

NWO Smart Urban Region Future (SURF) 2016-2020

Cycling booms in many Dutch cities. Smart cycling innovations promise to increase cycling’s modal share in the (peri-) urban transport system even further, but little is understood of their impact or cost and benefit. The Smart Cycling Futures (SCF) program investigates how innovative smart city technology impacts cycling through for instance the emergence of e-bikes, sensoring and big data, mobile devices and nudging or social media and commons. How these innovation affects aspects of governance, business models, urban design strategies and cycling behavior, and ultimately contributes to more resilient and livable Dutch urban regions.

Project examples

  1. Smart Cycling Futures (2016-2020), NWO SURF Smartness, Society, Stories (ongoing)
  2. Platform Gezond Ontwerp (ongoing) Tue, RIVM, ministry I&M, NISB, GGD
  3. Living Lab Genneper Park (ongoing)
  4. Living Lab Bicycle Highway Oss (ongoing)
  5. From inactive to active Transport (finished), Tue, VU, RIVM