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Interviews and papers published

by Alexandra den Heijer

While the Dutch academic year is reaching its very busy end – with many exams and new courses to prepare – I look back on a few months with many interviews and papers published. I write this blog post from Bonn, near the university’s impressive Hauptgebäude (where I gave a lecture).

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Universität Bonn’s iconic Hauptgebäude – part of their campus since their foundation in 1818 (200 years ago this year) – which will be under construction soon (photo source: www.uni-bonn.de)

Later this week, the (extended) Campus Research Team will present results of the most recent projects (3 papers) at the annual ERES conference (European Real Estate Society), at the University of Reading in the UK. After the conference I will upload (links to) new PUBLICATIONS – and interviews about PUBLIC REAL ESTATE. For now, a hand-out of my most recent presentation for Bonn Universität can be found under DOWNLOADS.

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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.

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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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Smart tools 2.0: crossing borders

by Bart Valks, Monique Arkesteijn and Alexandra den Heijer

We are halfway with part 2 of our “Smart campus tools” research, exploring 3 different paths: (1) smart tools abroad, (2) smart tools at other organisations and (3) smart tools re-assessed at Dutch universities, which were cases in part 1.

Smart campus tools 2.0: exploring examples abroad

Exploring smart tools abroad: overview of universities that were approached for interviews

(1) smart tools abroad

The past few months more than 25 universities have been approached. Many universities have responded positively and agreed to an interview, including ETH Zurich, KU Louvain and Glasgow University. Also visits were made to Aarhus, Cambridge and Oxford. Many universities are moving forward in their use of smart tools.

(2) smart tools at other organisations

Parallel to the universities abroad a number of companies have been interviewed. Cases of smart tools at Microsoft, the Dutch government, Ericsson, and ABN Amro are documented. We hope to include a few more cases of organisations in the transport sector.

(3) smart tools at Dutch universities re-assessed

On Wednesday November 15th we (Bart, Monique & Alexandra = the Smart Campus Tools research team) hosted a meeting for practitioners from the Dutch universities together with our colleagues from TU Delft’s department of Facilities Management and Real Estate. Special location was TU Delft’s Teaching Lab (see photos). Each university prepared their data prior to the meeting and gave a short pitch during the meeting about their use of smart tools. Some universities have steadily moved forward with existing solutions, whilst others are busy with pilot projects. The meeting definitely raised some interesting topics for discussion, which we hope to address in our report. To be continued!

Smart Campus Tools photo Monique Arkesteijn en Bart Valks

Monique Arkesteijn wrapping up the discussion with Dutch universities

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Bart Valks presenting the results so far at TU Delft’s Teaching Lab

For more information about the first book (of phase 1), previous blog posts and our research, see SMART CAMPUS TOOLS or mail b.valks@tudelft.nl

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Privacy and/or measuring space use?

by Bart Valks, Monique Arkesteijn and Alexandra den Heijer

As part of our “Smart campus tools” research a third blog post is available, in which we take a closer look at the privacy issues of measuring real-time space use.

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Subject of the third edition of the smart campus tools blog is the apparent trade-off between privacy and collecting data to measure space use, combining a range of literature with examples from practice. For more information about the first book, previous blog posts and our research, see SMART CAMPUS TOOLS or mail b.valks@tudelft.nl

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How to find a study place on campus

by Bart Valks, Monique Arkesteijn and Alexandra den Heijer

As part of our “Smart campus tools” research a second blog post is available, in which we take a closer look at smart campus tools for study places. Three examples below illustrate the tools that are used at three universities.

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Smart campus tools, use at Duke University (FreeSpace App), at Radboud University (PC availability) and Twente University (Booking system for group studying)

For more information about the first book and our research, see SMART CAMPUS TOOLS or mail b.valks@tudelft.nl

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Smart(er) campus tools

by Bart Valks & Alexandra den Heijer

Exciting news: a few weeks ago the campus research team got the green light for a second year of research on “smart campus tools”! After publishing the 1st book in Dutch, we can not wait to explore the international tools and publish in English. Both the Dutch and English management summary of the first book can be found on the new page SMART CAMPUS TOOLS.

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Monique Arkesteijn, Bart Valks and Alexandra den Heijer with the 2016 book

In phase 2 of the smart campus tools research project – “smarter and more international” – we will focus more on what is happening in other parts of the world, both at universities and in other industry sectors. We decided to start a blog to report and communicate on our progress, updating you every few weeks. The first post is about our research project: what we intend to do next year and what we’ve found last year. A link to this first blog post can be found on the SMART CAMPUS TOOLS page.

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Campus NL in press and reprint

by Alexandra den Heijer

Three weeks after the publication of the Campus NL book the team is overwhelmed by the media attention and the fact that the book is already reprinted with 160 preordered copies.

With the PDF version freely downloadable this demonstrates one of the many ‘campus paradoxes’:

  1. we are increasingly paperless, but we still really like to read physical books
  2. we can work where we want, but we really like to have some form of territory
  3. we think working is a social activity, but for many activities we need a quiet space

The campus needs accommodate both sides of every paradox: virtual and physical, flexible and territorial, social and quiet. More about the Campus NL project on the CAMPUS NL page and soon in more PUBLICATIONS.

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