• De Groene Loper, Vertigo



  • P.O. Box 513, Department of the Built Environment

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

The Living Cities Program contributes to wider academic discourses pleading for an integrated cross-disciplinary science of architecture and urbanism, conceptualizing the city and architecture as the materialization of evolutionary processes in an integrated spatial, social and cultural eco-system.

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An interdisciplinary approach to architecture and urbanism as dynamic socio-spatial-temporal constructs

Organisational profile

The twenty-first century has been labeled as the ‘urban century’ and sustainable urban development as one of the key assignments in decades to come. For this reason, architecture and the city are increasingly becoming central to leading academic studies from the fields of social sciences, economy, technology, ecology and governance. However, studies are often conducted from the perspective of a single discipline.

The Living Cities program specifically focuses on how these aspects work together and materialize in the spatial development of the city and its architecture, interpreted as an evolutionary and integrated process of construction and urbanization driven by socio-historical processes. The program brings together research from the chairs of Architectural History and Theory (AHT), Architectural Design and Engineering (ADE), Rational Architecture (RA) and Urbanism and Urban Architecture (UUA).

In line with the Departments’ strategic research agenda on Sustainable Transformation, the program focuses on exploring and understanding the response of architecture and the development of the city for reuse, adaptation and new interventions in response to these shifting societal challenges. Aspects of history and theory, geography, technological systems, urban form and architectural typologies influence each other reciprocally and dynamically in such a cultural ecosystem.

Living Cities research

•    is cross-scalar (correlating spatial scales, from the single architectural element to that of the city or region)

•    is multi-disciplinary (combining architectural and urban scholarship, theory and practice, policy and technology, construction and planning) 

•    within a temporal perspective of historical evolution (retrospective and prognostic)

•    combines qualitative and quantitative research methods from social and historical science with those of design research from spatial sciences (geography, urbanism and architecture) 

Evolutionary logics of sustainable architectural and urban development have been grouped into five thematic clusters, supported by active participation in relevant networks. The themes are in line with dominant research themes within the strategic research agendas of the University as well as National and European research agencies.

  • Cultural Heritage
  • Sustainability and Circular Cities
  • Active Mobility and Health
  • Smart Cities and Buildings
  • Emerging Materials and Building Technologies

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Hélène M.T. Aarts

Person: OWP : University Teacher / Researcher

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Haike Apelt

Person: OWP : University Teacher / Researcher


Projects 2012 2022

Toolbox of architectural design principles for healing environments according to the Planetree model

Bekkering, J., Klein, C., Klein, C., Sartorius - ter Haar, M. & Karimian Kakolaki, S.


Project: Research direct

Sustainable, architectural, future scenarios for GGzE De Grote Beek

Sartorius - ter Haar, M., Bekkering, J., Klein, C., Klein, C. & Dimitrova, K.


Project: Research directResearch


The compass towards a healthy smart environment

Mohammadi, M., Klein, C., Klein, C., Gerrits, E. & van Buuren, L.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 1981 2020

Case study: architectural regeneration in Istanbul

Ikiz Kaya, D., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Architectural Regeneration. Orbasli, A. & Vellinga, M. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Grey smart societies: supporting the social inclusion of older adults by smart spatial design

Moor, N. & Mohammadi, M., 2020, Data-driven multivalence in the built environment. Biloria, N. (ed.). Cham: Springer, p. 157-180 (S.M.A.R.T. Environments)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

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Adaptation of circular models for global heritage cities: regeneration of Istanbul world heritage site as a case study

Ikiz Kaya, D., 2019, p. 102-103 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperAcademic



071 Nieuwe Parels Leiden

Ruurd Roorda (Recipient) & Marian de Bock (Recipient), 2018

Recognition: OtherProfessional

1st Prize Competition Elementary School Evere, Belgium (selected for realization) with De Bouwerij.

Juliette Bekkering (Recipient) & M. (Monica) Adams (Recipient), 2015

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

3rd prize, Jury award AIA Architectuur Prijs 2015, Schuurman Group Alkmaar

Juliette Bekkering (Recipient), 2015

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

Activities 1988 2019

CLIC Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) Workshop #4 in Vastra Gotaland

Deniz Ikiz Kaya (Organiser), Nadia Pintossi (Organiser)
12 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

Concrete Design Competition 2019-2020 (Event)

Juliette D. Bekkering (Chair)
Sep 2019Jun 2020

Activity: Membership typesMembership of juryProfessional

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture 108th Annual Meeting

Sergio M. Figueiredo (Contributor)
Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceProfessional

Press / Media

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Pieter van Wesemael


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

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Paul Diederen & Bram van Kaathoven


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

HNA Group-controlled Hong Kong Airlines hit by three high-level resignations

George Liu


3 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

(re)form block: urban block housing

Author: Moravec, A., 31 Aug 2018

Supervisor: Rapp, C. (Supervisor 1), Apelt, H. (Supervisor 2), Hilhorst, W. (Supervisor 2), Malcovati, S. (External person) (External coach) & Albers, B. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master


3MO-TION: 3DCP movement and circulation

Author: Zambotti, A., 30 Apr 2019

Supervisor: Kuit, B. (Supervisor 1), van Hoof, S. (Supervisor 2) & Ahmed, Z. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Aan het einde van de Leien: aanvulling op het historisch stadscentrum van Antwerpen

Author: Elverding, M., 28 Feb 2017

Supervisor: Rapp, C. (Supervisor 1), Apelt, H. (Supervisor 2) & Hilhorst, W. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master