Category Archives: MSc thesis

Graduates, first half of 2016

In the first half of 2016, 4 of my MSc-students graduated. More information can be found in the repository of the TU Delft.

  • Hariyono, Wahyu (2016) Entrepôt: Opportunity in Airport-Driven Urban Development. Repository.
  • Hu, Xiangyu (2016) Towards a restorative and liveable urban environment. Repository.
  • Huls, Sebastiaan (2016) The dike ribbon of Dordrecht. Repository.
  • Vries, Onno de (2016) Densification of Amsterdam. Repository.

Graduates, 2015

In the the year 2015, 9 of my MSc-students graduated. More information can be found in the repository of the TU Delft.

  • Aragone, Andrea (2015) Migrated Space Contrasts. Repository.
  • Gaasbeek Janzen, Judit (2015) A design in the light of the relation between climate change adaptation and recreational development in the IJsselmeer region. Repository.
  • Gupta, Reshu (2015) Beyond the edge: Complexity Approach to Urban Fringes. Repository.
  • Kant, Joppe (2015) Een stad om in te verblijven: Het verbeteren van de verblijfskwaliteit van de binnenstad van Rotterdam. Repository.
  • Kong, Pui-Yi (2015) Common Ground: Briding the polarities in the Ringzone area of Amsterdam. Repository.
  • Koster, Bob (2015) Identifying Lost Space. Repository.
  • Rodenburg, Ruben (2015). Ruimtelijk sturen: Onderzoek naar de visuele representatie van de statische en dynamische waarneming van ruimtevormen. Repository.
  • Sun, Wenwen (2015) Design as a Mediating Instrument. Repository.
  • Zimmerman, Dries (2015) A world of acquaintances: How spatial patterns on various scales can form an integrated strategy to facilitate collective efficacy in Beverwaard. Repository.

Graduates, 2014

In the the year 2014, 8 of my MSc-students graduated. More information can be found in the repository of the TU Delft.

  • Dekkers, Arjan (2014) Cauliflower Revisited: The regeneration of cauliflower neighbourhoods using an environment-behaviour approach. Repository.
  • Haaren, Warner van (2014) The private house & the collective home: In search of privacy in dwelling. Repository.
  • Koomen, Iren (2014) Street Smart: A Social Learning Perspective on the Restructuring of Oud-Charlois. Repository.
  • Korst, Laurien (2014) Mare; de Reisgids – een verkenning van verhaal en verbeelding, beweging en beleving in de zoektocht naar een verhalende stedebouw. Casus Katwijk aan Zee. Repository.Lugten, Martijn (2014) Re Sil(i)ence. Design patterns for an aircraft noise abating spatial environment. Repository.
  • Oudenaarden, Sarah (2014) Framed Space vs. Free Space – degrees of freedom in urbanism. A design study for Hirzbrunnen South, Basel, Switserland. Repository.
  • Slabbers, Thomas (2014) Herinrichting Haagse Binnenstad. Repository.
  • Somoza, Susane (2014) My immigrant neighbour. Social interaction and public spaces in multicultural neighbourhoods. Repository.

Graduation project: Iren Koomen

On December 16 2014, Iren Koomen graduated on ‘Street Smart – A Social Learning Perspective on the Restructuring of Oud-Charlois’.

The graduation process Street Smart focuses on the problems prevalent in problem neighbourhoods, particularly those that affect young people. By creating a link between the social sciences and urbanism, this projects aims to create socio-spatial interventions that target both the social and spatial dimension of the problems at play. This approach is illustrated through a practical case study of the neighbourhood of Oud-Charlois. It’s design is specifically focused on supporting children and adolescents, who are not merely target groups but also co-designers of the project.

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Papers

Besides addressing an investing societal topic, it is an example excellent thesis from a methodological point of view: developing a (innovative) theoretical framework, an in depth context analysis (including workshops at a primary school), the development of design patterns, and an elaborated design proposal integrating the various elements.

Iren’s work can be found in the repository of the TU Delft.

  • Main mentor: Egbert Stolk
  • Second mentor: Maurice Harteveld

Graduation project Martijn Lugten

On July 1st 2014, Martijn Lugten graduated on ‘Re-sil(i)ence – design patterns for an aircraft noise abating spatial environment’. Instead of focusing on the noise source (the aircraft) this research aims to develop mitigations which can be applied within the built environment for different varieties of aircraft noise.

The project showed that the resulting twenty-four design patterns are effective to translate (technical) information to design and planning tools and incorporates today’s complex realm of (airport) urban planning and design. One of the design proposals is the development of a multi-functional noise barrier (page 234 of his report):

Besides addressing a highly relevant societal topic, the project is an excellent example of the development and application of a pattern language to deal with the complex nature of the urban environment.

Martijn’s work can be found in the repository of the TU Delft.

  • Main mentor: Egbert Stolk
  • Second mentor: Frank van der Hoeven, chair of Urban Design

Update: news items related on ‘Re-sil(i)ence’:

Graduation project Sarah Oudenaarden

On June 27, Sarah Oudenaarden graduated on a MSc-thesis called ‘Framed-space versus Free-space’. She developed a design method based on notions of control and complexity, and applied this in a design study for Hirzbrunnen South, Basel, Switserland. The conclusions of the literature review are summarised in the following diagram (see page 37 of her report):

One of the contributions of her work is the application of a schema proposed by Findlay and Thagard in their paper ‘How parts make up wholes‘ within the domain of urbanism. In doing so, the project clarifies the relations between the various scales in urbanism.

Sarah’s work can be found in the repository of the TU Delft.

  • Main mentor: Egbert Stolk
  • Second mentor: Denise Piccinini, chair of Landscape Architecture
  • Third mentor: Robbert Jan van der Veen (external mentor, Plein06)

Graduation project Laurien Korst

On April 15, 2014, Laurien Korst graduated on her MSc-thesis ‘Mare;’ an exploration of the relationship between narratives and imagination, movement and experience – in search for a narrative approach to urbanism – and was inspired by the PhD thesis ‘Urban Literacy’ (Havik, 2012). The project focused on the inner harbor of Katwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands – an illustration (see page 45 of her report):

The project is an excellent example of a reflective design process, in which different types of representations are used in parallel: narratives, stories, interviews, sketches, watercolors, mock-ups, etc. This process is illustrated by an extensive logbook.

Laurien’s work can be found in the repository of the TU Delft.

  • Main mentor: Egbert Stolk
  • Second mentor: Daniel Jauslin, chair of Landscape Architecture
  • Third mentor: Klaske Havik, Department of Architecture

Graduates, 2008-2013

From 2008-2013, 6 of my MSc-students graduated. More information can be found in the repository of the TU Delft.

  • Feltins, Aleksandrs (2013) Research on How to diversify microrayon. A pattern language for user control facilitating urban design in large postwar estates. The case of Plavnieki, Rīga. Repository.
  • Jaarsma, Mariët (2013) Endless Stationsweg: The Stationsweg as starting point for natural neighbourhood renewal. Repository.
  • Liu, Zoe (2013) Liveable port, passive zone. Repository.
  • Lijnse, David (2012) The Hubway: A new mobility system in a future urban environment. Repository.
  • Jansen, Thijs (2009) Emerging Neighbourhoods: Or why piece-by-piece urbanism leads to flexible and diverse city development. Repository.
  • Lee, Ji Young (2008) From urban barrier to urban connector: How to intervene to dissolve the existing barrier of the former military base. Repository.

Graduation project Alexandrs Feltins

On June 25 2013, Aleksandrs Feltins graduated on a research on how to diversify microrayons in his hometown Riga, Letland. For this, he developed a pattern language (16 patterns) for user-control facilitating urban design in large postwar estates. Besides, 3 design diagrams are developed to generate a vision. Based on the patterns and vision, several projects are defined and elaborated. The figure on page 146 of his report illustrates these steps (mapping patterns – 3 design diagrams – existing situation – design proposal):

The work of Aleksandrs is a rich combination of theoretical concepts, well-elaborated patterns, and creative design ideas synthesized in seven concrete design proposals.

Aleksandrs’s work can be found in the repository of the TU Delft.

  • Main mentor: Egbert Stolk
  • Second mentor: Paul Stouten, Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy