• 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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    Photo of Hélène M.T. Aarts

    Hélène M.T. Aarts

    Person: OWP : University Teacher / Researcher

    Photo of Lilliana Abarca Guerrero
    No photo of Zeeshan Y. Ahmed

    Zeeshan Y. Ahmed

    Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD), OBP : Supportive and management staff



    Research Output

    16 covers + 1

    Frieling, G., Huiskamp, J. & Colenbrander, B. J. F., 1 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic

    Acoustic vitality evaluation in urban public spaces: (Case study: Darvazeh Isfahan, Shiraz, Iran)

    Najafi, P., Lotfi, S., Soltani, A. & Sholeh, M., 2020, In : Naqshejahan- Basic studies and New Technologies of Architecture and Planning. 9, 4, p. 287-304 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • A multi-decade longitudinal analysis of transportation and land use co-evolution in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area

    Kasraian, D., Raghav, S. & Miller, E. J., Apr 2020, In : Journal of Transport Geography. 84, 11 p., 102696.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • Prizes

    071 Nieuwe Parels Leiden

    Ruurd P.J. Roorda (Recipient) & Marian de Bock (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: OtherProfessional

    1e prijs De Voorsprong categorie Renovation

    Jos Lichtenberg (Recipient), 22 Nov 2012

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

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

    J.D. Bekkering (Recipient) & M. (Monica) Adams (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional


    Architecture Media Politics Society (AMPS) Conference

    Kornelia O. Dimitrova (Participant)
    16 Dec 202017 Dec 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    Architectural Engineering and Design Management (Journal)

    S.M. (Morteza) Hosseini (Editorial board member)
    25 Jun 20207 Jul 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

    International Symposium on Water, Ecology and Environment 2020 (Event)

    S.M. (Morteza) Hosseini (Peer reviewer)
    8 Jun 20208 Dec 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

    Press / Media

    The age-old bike is the transport means of the future

    Pieter J.V. van Wesemael


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Ring biedt kansen voor stoer wonen in Eindhoven

    Paul Diederen & Bram A.H.L. van Kaathoven


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    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