My project is about buildings, abstract geometric objects introduced to get a grip on certain classes of groups. Classical examples are projective and polar spaces. Exceptional examples are buildings of type G2, F4, E6, E7 and E8, widely studied in mathem
Adaptive Reuse of Heritage: towards an integrated evaluation framework Hasselt University
Investigating (pro-refugee) housing alternatives as integrative and political tools for (re)building egalitarian urbanities in times of crises. The cases of Brussels, Vienna, Madrid and Athens. KU Leuven
A main outcome of the recent housing cum refugee crisis in Europe are socially innovative, solidarity-inspired and pro-refugee approaches to social cohesion featured in alternative forms of housing commons (Community Land Trusts, co-housing, housing associations). These housing alternatives are increasingly taken up by civil society movements and occasionally supported by institutional structures, yet their integrative role and ...
Physical activity and reduction of sedentary behaviour are key to a healthy life and increasingly acknowledged to be affected by the built environment. On a building scale, this impact has hardly been studied so far. Therefore, the project aims to identify how healthcare buildings, especially hospitals, can be designed to actively mobilise patients and as such contribute to their recovery. As one's experience of being physically active does ...
Lost in Representation: Investigating the Material Agency of Media in the Architectural Design Process. University of Antwerp
Cities of concrete: literature, film and urbanization in the Franco period (1939-1975) Ghent University
From the late 1940s, cities in Spain began to grow rapidly. The mass migration of rural inhabitants
resulted in the emergence of slums and shantytowns in the outskirts of the cities. The Franco
regime, initially hostile to urban areas, which it saw as antithetical to its vision of society, sought to
combat this phenomenon and developed a series of urban plans in an attempt to regulateU+2014and
segregateU+2014the city. The ...
Buildings’ indoor environmental quality (IEQ) affects occupants’ comfort and well-being. In hospitals this is known to impact on patients’ average length of stay. However, even when buildings achieve the target IEQ values, occupants are often not satisfied. This discrepancy can be attributed to the (a) often separate treatment of different IEQ parameters, while human experience is multi-sensory; (b) lack of attention for the continuous ...
15th Participatory Design Conference. PARTICIPATORY DESIGN, DEMOCRACY AND POLITICS Hasselt University
RETAX - Rethinking Real Estate Taxation in Flanders Hasselt University
Hidden Innovation. Building church roofs in Belgium (1830s-1930s): construction technologies, architectural-historical contextualization, and present heritage challenges in international perspective. KU Leuven
The adaptive reuse of churches has become an important heritage challenge in Western Europe. Theories, design projects, and realizations proliferate, but are often based on incomplete heritage value assessments. Especially 19th and early 20th-century churches are considered less valuable because too numerous and too recent. In Belgium, many churches from the 1830s-1930s contributed to construction innovation and resulted from passionate ...