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Campus combi: solid, liquid & gas (2)

by Alexandra den Heijer

Last week I gave four lectures – in Breda (NHTV), Amsterdam (AMC) and Liverpool (AUDE) – in which I presented my “solid, liquid & gas” metaphor for both the university and the campus. I started to refer to these physical states during our Campus NL research, in 2016. In a recent interview, published in “Portraits of Science” early January, I explain more about this metaphor, see online link and photo below for PDF publication.

2018 Alexandra den Heijer - PoS - quote and portrait2018 Alexandra den Heijer - PoS - photo and text

Pages above from TU Delft’s 2018 “Portraits of Science” – published at TU Delft’s 176th Dies Natalis in January 2018 – see PDF or link to intro for short or long interview.

Hand-outs of presentations in Breda and Liverpool can be found under DOWNLOADS. An earlier post about the Solid-Liquid-Gas metaphor can be found by clicking this link or even a 2013 post called “No clicks without bricks”. Our Campus Research Team will publish practical guidelines to translate the metaphor to a campus brief in 2018. To be continued!

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Campus NL book published

by Alexandra den Heijer

Today our Campus NL report is officially published as a book. It summaries the Dutch campus developments of the past, illustrates the current state in facts and figures and identifies 10 trends and strategies for the future. I proudly presented my first official copy to our own TU Delft president prof. dr. ir. Tim van der Hagen.

Campus NL - overhandigen boek aan Tim van der Hagen (zoom in)

Proudly presenting and giving my first official copy of the Campus NL book to TU Delft’s president prof. dr. ir. Tim van der Hagen, with our own campus in the background.

[Campus NL is written in Dutch – more info in English will follow soon]

Via deze weg wil het onderzoeksteam alle universiteiten bedanken voor het aanleveren van data, tekst en beelden, de informatieve en inspirerende interviews, de actieve deelname aan de Campus NL inputbijeenkomst van 3 juni en hun commentaar op conceptversies of onderdelen van dit rapport. Bijzondere dank aan de begeleidingscommissie en de VSNU voor de intensieve begeleiding en de waardevolle discussies.

campus-nl-cover–> voor persbericht, zie VSNU website
–> voor bestelling boek:
–> voor meer info over het onderzoeksteam: Campus
Research Team
–> voor downloaden digitale versie, zie VSNU website
–> voor digitale samenvatting, zie PUBLICATIONS (asap)
–> voor onderzoeksinfo, zie page CAMPUS NL (op deze website)

CAMPUS NL in de Media

–> artikel in NRC Next 14 februari 2017
–> artikel in Trouw 14 februari 2017

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Campus NL: the 2016 tour

by Alexandra den Heijer

As an important part of our Campus NL project, our research team interviewed more than 35 persons about (the present and future of) 14 Dutch university campuses in April and May. This was an excellent opportunity to visit all NL campuses again: from Utrecht to Maastricht, from Leiden to Nijmegen. Some photos of Rotterdam (EUR), Amsterdam (VU), Groningen (RUG) and Twente (UT) can be found below.

Some preliminary results of both the data collection/analysis and interviews were presented on June 3, for an audience of executive board members, financial directors and campus managers. Together they discussed propositions about tomorrow’s university and campus – the results of that meeting will be added to the Campus NL report, which will be finished in December 2016 and published as a book early 2017.

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Back home to Campus NL

by Alexandra den Heijer

After a turbulent year with many unexpected turns, I am happy to announce that I will focus on the NL campus again. This post will summarise some 2015 milestones in education, research and valorisation, at least so far.

Alexandra den Heijer in front of design course students

October 30, 2015 – moderating the final session for TU Delft design students at BK city’s orange Oostserre (their assignment: TU Delft campus strategy)

July – TH Nürnberg students present designs for AEG campus

More than 60 students present their urban plans and building designs for AEG campus, the former industrial site in the west part of Nuremberg (Nürnberg in German). As guest professor I guided them during the semester and was present at their two-day final assessments mid July. My temporary position at TH Nürnberg was a great experience, thanks to the students and professors, with a special thanks to my host, Architecture professor Florian Fischer.

August – Exploring new business models for resource-efficient campus facades

Since March 2015 we have been working on a research project – funded by Climate KIC as a pathfinder project – to explore the feasibility of integrated facades as a product-service system (with leasing as an option). Both the client/user and the facade industry are actively involved. This could be a solution for the resource-efficient transformation of the large number of buildings from the 1960s/1970s on European campuses. More info: Climate KIC website.

September – Smart campus tools: measuring real use of space

On holiday “the towels on empty lounge chairs by the pool” are a source of irritation. Booked but empty meeting rooms and lecture halls are equally annoying on campus: expensive, high-quality facilities are often under-utilised, because of territorial issues. No problem if there is plenty of space and money, but even then it is unsustainable. With 13 NL universities we will explore existing tools to measure space use and design new tools and apps for campus navigations and better use of expensive and high-quality facilities.

October – TU Delft students present 10 strategies for their own campus

In September and October about 90 BSc students of our Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment studied their own TU Delft campus and explored strategic choices for the portfolio of buildings in their urban setting. With the didactic model of a management game (playing roles in an urban development process) ten teams of students analysed, discussed and designed ten campus strategies, which were presented to professors and practitioners on the last Friday of October.

November – Campus NL research starts

In November we started a research project in close collaboration with (all) 14 Dutch universities, to look back on the past 20 years of campus ownership (since 1995) and to explore the university of the future and strategic campus (investment) choices that need to be made. More info about this research project will be added to this website during the research process.

More about the lectures and publications of 2015 so far can be found under TOUR, DOWNLOADS and/or PUBLICATIONS.

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Exploring univer-cities

by Alexandra den Heijer

Today I attended the conference “Gebiedsontwikkeling Slim Vlottrekken” [Urban area development: smart solutions – see] in Utrecht to present one of the spin-offs of my campus research project: “Managing the univer-city”. We use this term for the merged model of the campus and/in/as the city [“and/in/as” depends on both the physical setting and how well urban authorities and universities collaborate].


For the spin-off project “Managing the univer-city” TU Delft hired PhD candidate Flavia Curvelo Magdaniel, who also connected the knowledge city and the university campus in her Master thesis. More about her profile and background can be found under BOOK DESIGN (because Flavia was responsible for the graphic design of the book). For this project we collaborate with the academic groups of Urban Area Development, Corporate Real Estate Management, Urbanism and Urban Economics.

For publications and recent presentations about univer-cities, “campus & city” and knowledge cities scroll the (chronological) list under DOWNLOADS. A review in Dutch online can be found online:

session about “univer-city” Coolhaven, Rotterdam – Caroline Giezeman (r), Alexandra den Heijer (m), Roderick van Houwelingen (l) – photo: Jean van Lingen.

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Made in Delft

This evening I gave a lecture in the city of Delft (in Dutch “Bouwkunde na de brand – project en ontwerp: made in Delft”) for many Delft inhabitants, including (retired) TU Delft professors and former mayors of Delft: see (“Bouwkunde na de brand”) en The venue was the Delft library (DOK) – a beautiful building and another good example of a learning landscape. The event was sold out. I just uploaded my presentation as a hand-out (to be retrieved from DOWNLOADS). The photo below was taken after the coffee break, just before a started with part II of my lecture (the spotlight was already on me again…).

audience of my lecture last night @ DOK - Library Delft

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Presentations to DOWNLOAD

The tour last week brought me to three meeting places in three knowledge cities: “de Machinist” in Rotterdam, “Techniek Ontmoetingspunt (TOP)” in the inner city of Delft and “kenniscampus” (knowledge campus) Leeuwarden. The presentations and links to relevant websites can be founds as PDFs on the page DOWNLOADS. I will spend the next week on some articles and papers!

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