Delft University of Technology
The Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a highly acclaimed and leading Institution located in the Netherlands. The Faculty of Architecture, Environment and the Built Environment at TU Delft, to which the majority of the TU Delft/City-zen contingent are based, is a highly prestigious and world ranked institution in the field of the built environment. TU Delft has numerous contacts with governments, trade associations, consultancies and the industry. The high quality of research and teaching at TU Delft is renowned and involved in a broad range of international projects.
Role in City-zen
TU Delft is involved in several City-zen work packages (WP) that are directly related to the activities and ambitions of the institution itself. Firstly, in WP 3 ‘Technology Integration & Roadmapping’ where workshops discuss the potential for existing and future technologies, the findings to be presented interactively to industry. Secondly, as leader of WP4 ‘Processes, Stakeholders & Regulation’, involving the need for strong links between industry, cities, housing corporations and knowledge partners. A main activity being the Transition Process that effectively follows the ‘6-steps methodology’ in order to enhance the replication potential of retrofitting districts toward zero energy buildings. Thirdly, TU Delft is playing a leading role in WP 7, ‘Technical and process monitoring’.
And finally, within WP 9 ‘Impact & Dissemination’ TU Delft leads, coordinates, and develops the methodology for the City-zen ‘Roadshow’ together with its student-focused precursor, ‘the SWAT Studio’. The aim of the Roadshow is physically visit cities, actively engaging with their key city decision makers and stakeholders and to bring them together with an international recognized specialist team of sustainability experts. The final aim is to jointly propose a future sustainable ‘City Vision’.
The SWAT Studio visits each hosting city before the start of the Roadshow. Here, building technology Master’s students from the Delft University of Technology collaborate with architecture and urban design students from the hosting city to propose creative urban interventions on the identical Roadshow project site. The SWAT Studio builds, in advance of the Roadshow, lasting and effective relationships with the city that continue into the Roadshow and beyond.