Urbanism and Urban Architecture

  • De Groene Loper, Vertigo



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

    5600 MB Eindhoven



Introductie / missie

Buildings, cities and regions matter to people’s lives. Well-planned cities help communities prosper and flourish, and therefore city planners can make a difference. Planning for better cities requires new forms of collaboration, organizational structures and new urban futures. In rethinking challenges facing the urbanizing world today, UUA realizes interaction between architecture, cultural heritage planning and urban planning and design.

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Focusing on (trans)formation of the city and its architecture anticipating on the systemic changes in urban society, economy, technology and governance

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Adaptation of the existing urban environment to changing social and economic constraints, making use of innovative technologies is a key focus area. The group carries out research into urban form as the manifestation of evolutionary processes of development and change. These processes are driven by social, economic and technological innovation, particularly within the changing institutional frameworks of governance. UUA aims to understand the multi-scalar nature of urban form in which building typologies, block- and neighbourhood morphologies as well as urban and regional configurations determine each other reciprocally in a co-evolutionary process. The city and its architecture are studied by combining theories and methodologies from the fields of morphogenesis, urban studies as well as innovation and transition studies. 

The research of the chair of UUA is organised in both a PhD program on fundamental research as well as the Urban Lab platform for applied research on real world urban agenda’s with real world actors in a real world setting. Both are intrinsically connected by a similar research approach and focussed on a common research agenda.

Research approach:

  • How dimensions of urban morphology, townscape, and programming shape and reshape each other reciprocally
  • How global forces, structures and agents build, manage, plan, govern and shape cities.
  • Urban theories, strategies and concepts developed to deal with the challenges of society, economy, technology, ecology and politics.
  • Translating these global challenges and trends into local, contextual interventions, building in an evolutionary way on the existing local capital both spatially, socially as well as in terms of governance.

Key areas of research:

  • Healthy Cities, smart mobility and public space design
  • Circular Cities, urban metabolism and system thinking
  • Smart Cities, participatory urbanism and place making
  • Cultural Heritage, spatial biographies and contextual design

UUA strives to connect tradition and knowledge, innovation and imagination. Working with colleagues across TU Eindhoven, other universities, the municipality, and the region, the UUA engages actively in the advancement of interdisciplinary research. The UUA research and educational program combines an urban, architectural and social dimension, aimed at constructing a sustainable and emancipatory future.

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Projecten 2016 2021

Smart Cycling Futures: Innovations in Urban Design and Planning

van Wesemael, P., Klein, C., Klein, C., Liu, G. & Gerrits, E.


Project: Onderzoek direct

Onderzoeksoutput 1981 2019

Architecture and the Smart City

De Sousa Lopes Figueiredo, S. (redactie), Krishnamurthy, S. (redactie) & Schröder, T. (redactie), 6 nov 2019, London: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 260 blz. (Critiques : Critical Studies in Architectural Humanities)

Onderzoeksoutput: Boek/rapportBoekredactieAcademicpeer review

Smart meters
Smart city
2 Citaties (Scopus)

Early adulthood housing transitions in Amsterdam: understanding dependence and independence between generations

Druta, O., Limpens, A., Pinkster, F. M. & Ronald, R., mrt 2019, In : Population, Space and Place. 25, 2, 11 blz., e2196

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Open Access
housing market
young adult


Aanmoedigingsprijs 2018

Marcel Musch (Ontvanger), 2018

Prijs: AndersDiscipline gerelateerdProfessioneel

Child Friendly Planning

Sukanya Krishnamurthy (Ontvanger), 2017

Prijs: AndersDiscipline gerelateerdProfessioneel

Eervolle vermelding Archiprix 2012

Martijn Schlatmann (Ontvanger), 23 jun 2012

Prijs: AndersDiscipline gerelateerdProfessioneel

Activiteiten 1996 2019

Smart Technologies: Smart Cities, Smart Buildings, Smart Workplaces

Oana Druta (Spreker)
8 nov 2019

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesGenodigd sprekerProfessioneel

Shifting responsibilities: Homeownership and life-course transitions in a comparative perspective

Oana Druta (Spreker)
12 jul 2019

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesGenodigd sprekerWetenschappelijk

University of Birmingham

Oana Druta (Bezoekende onderzoeker)
8 jul 201921 jul 2019

Activiteit: Types bezoeken aan een externe instellingBezoek externe academische instellingWetenschappelijk


De eeuwenoude fiets is het vervoersmiddel van de toekomst

Pieter van Wesemael


1 item van media-aandacht

Pers / media: Onderzoek

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

George Liu


3 items van media-aandacht

Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar

Hong Kong Airlines rocked as top three executives quit

George Liu


1 item van media-aandacht

Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar


A campus in transition: adapting the Maastricht Health Campus for a future with autonomous transport

Auteur: Vervuurt, R., 26 jun 2018

Begeleider: van Wesemael, P. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Musch, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2), de Vries, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Peutz, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Liu, Y. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


A climate adaptive campus design that improves spatial identity of the Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus

Auteur: van de Logt, E., 31 aug 2018

Begeleider: van Wesemael, P. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Musch, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2), de Vries, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Liu, Y. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


A contemporary keystone for the Barbarossaplatz: a new perspective on the reorganization of the post-war urban fabric of Cologne

Auteur: Gul, B., 31 aug 2017

Begeleider: Bosman, A. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Musch, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Lammers, D. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master