Research Built Environment

According to the WHO, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas across the globe. Urban areas are important for human interaction, social well-being and economic vitality.  At the same time, we are facing many challenges, such as affordable housing, accessibility, sustainability, and unbalanced quality of living environments.  

Our research focuses on adjusting the built environment to meet contemporary challenges. We match societal trends with data and information, to be able to develop suitable spatial plans and innovations in an integrated context.  

The built environment is usually fixed and not flexible. Buildings and infrastructure are planned to last for decades or longer. At the same time, society is changing. We are connected globally, and human activities are not always bound to places. We share information and services. Traditional governance structures are under pressure, because planning and innovations can be initiated by a large variety of stakeholders. However, not everyone in society benefits from these innovations, leaving social and digital gaps.  

 

The research and innovation within our Built Environment domain focus:  

  1. Urban Intelligence

  2. Smart Mobility 

  3. Dynamic Urbanism 

  4. Liveable and Smart City, a cross-over with our Logistics research domain. 

Featured Projects

CHIPS

Cycle Highway Innovation for smarter People Transport and Spatial Planning (CHIPS) focuses on the impact and effectiveness of cycle highway innovations.

CHIPS

DIGNITY

Mobility for all. Bridge the gap between vulnerable groups in society and digitalised mobility solutions in Europe.

DIGNITY

Optimising design urban green

Nature reduces stress, so how can this effect be optimised in the design of urban green spaces?

Optimising design urban green

E-cycling Intelligence

Does the e-bike offer new opportunities to get people out of their car and onto (e-)bikes?

E-cycling Intelligence

Public Play Space

Explorative research that investigates how big groups of people can think about placemaking through games.

Public Play Space

Watts2Win Engergy Game

Watts2Win helps students to understand the in and outs of the energy transition in existing building blocks by playing a game.

Watts2Win Engergy Game

Metamorphosis

How can we transform neighbourhoods in a child-friendly way to increase the quality of life for all citizens?

Metamorphosis

ELEVATE – Urban Mobility Policy-Making

Impact of Europe-wide research and innovation on urban mobility policy-making.

ELEVATE

Urban Intelligence

A collaboration with the province of North-Brabant involving innovative research on the cutting edge of the built environment and transportation.

Urban Intelligence