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No clicks without bricks

by Alexandra den Heijer

Last week our president Dirk Jan van den Berg gave a speech in Milan that created a buzz – for the 32nd Conference of Rectors and Presidents of European Universities of Technology. One of his quotes can be found below.

“I would argue that the university system in Europe is at least as determining for Europe’s future as the banking system. We too are too important to fail. So why not conduct a university campus stress test to assess the robustness of Europe’s higher education and research infrastructure. I fear the outcomes will be rather chilling and will call for an extensive overhaul of the existing facilities.”

TU Delft president Dirk Jan van den Berg

He pleads for a university campus stress test to assess both the state of current campuses and the campus strategies, to make sure that the (scarce) resources for higher education are spent in the most effective way. More about this tool and our research “European campus” can be found on the page RESEARCH: EUROPEAN CAMPUS (2014). His speech can be downloaded as a PDF file: 2013-09-28 Milan, Italy – speech TU Delft president DJvdB. A reflection on his speech (in Dutch) can be found on the ScienceGuide website: http://www.scienceguide.nl/201310/te-groot-om-om-te-vallen.aspx

Dirk Jan van den Berg also gave interviews (in Dutch) about the university campus stress test for newspaper De Volkskrant and for radio station BNR – 4-minute interview.

BK city's population is back after summer

BK city’s population is back after summer – working in teams, emphasizing the importance of a physical learning environment, next to all the online learning and online communities

Dirk Jan van den Berg also stated that there will be “no clicks without bricks”, highlighting the importance of a physical place to meet, interact and work. By definition, the university is a market place for knowledge exchange. We can replace some bricks with clicks, but we can’t and won’t replace them all. Without bricks universities are footloose and will neither be rooted in cities nor add value to the regional economy. I would even defend the proposition: without bricks a university can not be world-class (like the proposition: “a relationship can not be very good, when it is only virtual”). The need to physically interact is at the basis of both – see previous blog: “Students become tourists”.

This also became obvious when a combination of TU Delft, Wageningen UR and MIT won the competition for a new Technology Institute in Amsterdam: AMS (Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, but AMS is also Amsterdam’s airport code): see press release website TU Delft. One of the first questions that journalists asked was: “Where in Amsterdam?”. Innovation very much benefits from serendipity and physical interaction between ‘academic acquantainces’, scientists that inspire each other with different perspectives on the same subject (source: research Bentinck 2013 – s.a.bentinck@tudelft.nl) – the success of thinking ‘out of the box’ also reflect this.

In the past weeks – inside our own BK city building – we experienced the importance of physical interaction (next to virtual interaction) in our own curriculum. Physical interaction leads to a higher priority in (the sometimes endless) ‘to do lists’ and to more focus when interacting: non-verbal behaviour is hard(er) to hide and the distraction that a smart phone brings, is easier to suppress when everybody notices.

It has been a very busy period – the end of the summer and the start of a brand new BSc curriculum at our faculty. Nonetheless, the energy of new students is contagious. Certainly when they have a group assignment like making a bridge, demonstrated in the 4-minute movie below. This movie not only makes you want to go back to school – in this case: our own school – it also shows our building BK city at its best.

All of the above made me very proud of my university, my faculty (department) and my colleagues. Yes, our new academic year had a very good start…

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The unforgettable fire – 5 years later

by Alexandra den Heijer

Today exactly 5 years ago – on May 13, 2008 – our Architecture faculty building went up in flames, after we had been evacuated safely. It destroyed the home base of more than 3000 students and 800 employees and – judged by all the reactions we received – a place full of memories for so many more alumni and former employees. It was a traumatic day for many… all academics lost their physical archives.

Our Architecture faculty building (1970-2008), Berlageweg 1, Delft, Netherlands (source: TU Delft)

Our Architecture faculty building (1970-2008), Berlageweg 1, Delft, Netherlands (source: TU Delft)

Nonetheless, we used this crisis to (re-)build “BK city” at Julianalaan 134 in Delft and received compliments from all over the world for both the process (just months: BK city timeline and project organisation) and the result (new life for old academic heritage). It is amazing to realize how a disaster for the faculty could also bring so much success for the same faculty. As a BK city project team we are still very proud of what we achieved after the fire.

BK city = our Architecture faculty building (> 2008), Julianalaan 134, Delft, Netherlands (source: TU Delft)

BK city = our Architecture faculty building (from September 2008), Julianalaan 134, Delft, Netherlands (source: TU Delft, photo: Rob ‘t Hart)

Since the fire I have given more than 80 lectures about the making of BK city – at least 40 with facility manager Dennis Cruyen – to groups from all over the world and on many stages world-wide. Of all the presentations since 2011 hand-outs can be found under DOWNLOADS. Since 2011 – when I published my book/dissertation “Managing the university campus” – presentations were usually a combination of theory and practice. Indeed, at BK city we have tried to practice what we preach. What we preach can be read in my dissertation/book and scientific publications, what we practiced can be found in the list of publications below.

Interview with (TU Delft president) Dirk Jan van den Berg and professor Hans Wamelink, who both had leading roles in the making of BK city.

Interview in newspaper AD – published last week – with TU Delft president Dirk Jan van den Berg and professor Hans Wamelink, who both had leading roles in the making of BK city.

PUBLICATIONS ABOUT BK CITY FROM 2008 TO 2013:

BOOK
Den Heijer, Alexandra (2011), Managing the university campus – information to support real estate decisions, Delft: Eburon Academic Publishers. DOWNLOAD Appendix VI “Project BK city – background, facts & figures” (black & white free downloadable version): Managing the university campus (appendix VI BK city – black & white)

BOOKLET (DESIGN GUIDE)
Patijn, Wytze en Dennis Cruyen, Alexandra den Heijer (tekst en redactie), BK City Guide, Delft: TU Delft, mei 2009. [Link to DOWNLOAD]

BOOK (in Dutch)
Den Heijer, Alexandra en Hans Dalmeijer, Etty van der Leij, Dennis Cruyen (2009), The Making of BK City, Bouwkunde, een jaar na de brand, Delft: TU Delft, december 2009. [Link to MORE INFO]

ARTICLES
Den Heijer, Alexandra (2009), “The Making of BK City, the ultimate laboratory for a faculty of achitecture” in The Architecture Annual 2007/2008, article, Rotterdam, 010 Publishers, released June, 2009, p. 20-25. DOWNLOAD: BK after the fire – article Architecture Annual + figures 1 and 3 separately: FIG-1 (Timeline) and FIG-3 (Project organisation)

Den Heijer, Alexandra (2012), “Managing the university campus: exploring models for the future and supporting today’s decisions” in CELE Exchange 2012/2, Paris, OECD, July 2012. DOWNLOAD: CELE Exchange 2012-02 article Alexandra den Heijer

VIDEOS

TU Delft’s 3-minute “The Making of BK city” video can be found on YouTube:

The HEDQF film below – released at a UK conference (AUDE 2012) – shows new academic places to work and learn (United Kingdom: University of Greenwich, Ravensbourne College, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Napier University Business School, Loughborough University, Finland: Aalto University, Netherlands: TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture / BK city):

SERIES ABOUT BK CITY (all in Dutch)

1. Heijer, Alexandra den en Dennis Cruyen (2008), “De opdracht: herhuisvest de faculteit in drie dagen, Faculteit Bouwkunde doet naam eer aan” in Facility Management Magazine, nr. 161, juni 2008, p. 17-19. DOWNLOAD: FMM 161 AdH-DC — (1) Faculteit Bouwkunde doet naam eer aan
2. Heijer, Alexandra den en Dennis Cruyen (2008), “De opbouw van faculteit Bouwkunde van de TU Delft, Een effectievere faculteit op één locatie” in Facility Management Magazine, nr. 162, augustus 2008, p. 60-61. DOWNLOAD: FMM 162 AdH-DC — (2) Een effectievere faculteit op 1 locatie
3. Heijer, Alexandra den en Dennis Cruyen (2008), “De bouwplaats als ultieme werkplek” in Facility Management Magazine, nr. 163, september 2008, p. 65-66. DOWNLOAD: FMM 163 AdH-DC — (3) De bouwplaats als ultieme werkplek
4. Heijer, Alexandra den en Dennis Cruyen (2008), “Minister Plasterk lanceert ideeënprijsvraag in Venetië, Het universiteitsgebouw van de toekomst” in Facility Management Magazine, nr. 164, oktober 2008, p. 66-67. DOWNLOAD: FMM 164 AdH-DC — (4) Het universiteitsgebouw van de toekomst
5. Heijer, Alexandra den en Dennis Cruyen (2008), “Academische werkplek heroverwogen” in Facility Management Magazine, nr. 165, november 2008, p. 48-49. DOWNLOAD: FMM 165 AdH-DC — (5) Academische werkplek heroverwogen
6. Heijer, Alexandra den en Dennis Cruyen (2008), “Bouwkunde weer thuis, BK-city ontworpen voor ontmoetingen” in Facility Management Magazine, nr. 166, december 2008, p. 56-58. DOWNLOAD: FMM 166 AdH-DC — (6) BK-city ontworpen voor ontmoetingen
7. Heijer, Alexandra den en Dennis Cruyen (2009), “BK-city gezamenlijke facilitaire verantwoordelijkheid: nieuwe producten en dienstverlening” in Facility Management Magazine, nr. 167, februari 2009, p. 44-45. DOWNLOAD: FMM 167 AdH-DC — (7) BK city gezamenlijke facilitaire verantwoordelijkheid
8. Heijer, Alexandra den en Dennis Cruyen (2009), “Design rules @ BK-city: speeltuin voor ontwerpers” in Facility Management Magazine, nr. 168, maart 2009, p. 53-55. DOWNLOAD: FMM 168 AdH-DC — (8) Design rules at BK city, speeltuin voor ontwerpers
9. Heijer, Alexandra den en Dennis Cruyen (2009), “Reversed briefing, bewoners BK-city aan zet” in Facility Management Magazine, nr. 169, april 2009, p. 44-46. DOWNLOAD: FMM 169 AdH-DC — (9) Reversed briefing, Bewoners BK city aan zet
10. Heijer, Alexandra den en Dennis Cruyen (2009), “Bouwkunde in Delft, een jaar na de brand: toegevoegde waarde huisvesting en FM bewezen” in Facility Management Magazine, nr. 170, mei 2009, p. 48-49. DOWNLOAD: FMM 170 AdH-DC — (10) Bouwkunde in Delft, een jaar na de brand

–> om de 10 publicaties hierboven in 1 keer te downloaden: lage resolutie (2MB) FMM 161-170 AdH-DC alle artikelen gebundeld (lage resolutie) of hoge resolutie (13MB) FMM 161-170 AdH-DC alle artikelen gebundeld (hoge resolutie)

VAKPUBLICATIES, GESCHREVEN OVER BOUWKUNDE, ENKELE WEKEN VOOR DE BRAND

(01) Heijer, Alexandra den (2008), “Mooi is ook functioneel op toekomstige campus” in Schooldomein nr. 4, maart 2008, p.16-17. DOWNLOAD: SD4 – Mooi is ook functioneel (Den Heijer)
(02) Heijer, Alexandra den en Dennis Cruyen (2008), “Motto voor de huisvesting van de Delftse Bouwkundefaculteit: Practice what you preach” in Schooldomein nr. 5, april 2008, p.16-19. DOWNLOAD: SD5 – Practice what you preach (Den Heijer – Cruyen)

For more information: see page CASE BK CITY and website Architecture / TU Delft.

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Film “Out of the Box”

by Alexandra den Heijer

At the AUDE conference in Loughborough last week, a 9-minute film “Out of the Box” was released, produced by the Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF): “A short film showcasing some European universities and how they are distinguishing themselves with radical architecture, design and branding. To achieve their ambition, many have reinvented the academic workplace.” (text from youtube.com)  The film by Rod McAllister and William Pine includes TU Delft’s case BK city and my ’15 seconds of fame’ … (starting at 2:30 with the sad memories of our unforgettable fire and continuing at 5:50 and 7:50)

The film shows new academic places to work and learn (United Kingdom: University of Greenwich, Ravensbourne College, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Napier University Business School, Loughborough University, Finland: Aalto University, Netherlands: TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture / BK city). It also states that “The last year research has shown that 36% of British students rejected a university due to the quality of its estate”. Voice-over and producer Rod McAllister adds: “Perhaps we should give the box more credit…”. Rod McAllister works for architecture practice Sheppard Robson in London (www.sheppardrobson.com). More information about the activities of HEDQF (www.hedqf.com, which redirects to architecture.com). More about case BK city: CASE BK CITY.

BK city's facility manager Dennis Cruyen

BK city - home of TU Delft's Faculty of Architecture

"my 15 seconds of fame" about BK city's brief and concepts

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“Leading the way” AUDE conference 2012

by Alexandra den Heijer

On April 2, 2012 I was invited to speak at Loughborough University for the AUDE conference (the UK Association of University Directors of Estates). The hand-out of the presentation can be found under DOWNLOADS after my presentation. The 3-minute movie “The making of BK city” can be found with a link to YouTube under CASE BK CITY.

European Univer-cities in the top 150 worldwide - figure from Flavia Curvelo Magdaniel's research

Lessons so far:
-1- the importance of ‘managing expectations’ – engaging both students and staff in the strategic, financial and physical context (and challenges) to put their functional demands into perspective, which also is a key factor in their satisfaction;
-2- the relation between the physical campus and regional knowledge economy (‘town gown’ – univer-city) – see figure Knowledge cities in Europe, representing universities in the global top 150, source QS Times Higher Education ranking 2011, edited by PhD researcher Flavia Curvelo Magdaniel, see BOOK DESIGN for her background and résumé;
-3- balancing the strategy of ‘creating a community and home base’ and sharing space and collaborating with partners in higher education, business or industry;
-4- considering students as long-term stakeholders and not as customers; when students become alumni the value of their diploma will be associated with the quality of the institution for life and alumni could (and do) also play an important role in education and research, in the primary processes (giving lectures) and in branding their ‘alma mater’ in practice. This could be a basis for alumni funding.

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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 http://www.delft.nl (“Bouwkunde na de brand”) en http://www.dok.info. 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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An award-winning week in Amsterdam

by Alexandra den Heijer

This week we both received our plaque for the ‘Gulden Feniks’ (nomination) and our European Union / Europa Nostra cultural heritage award. The first was presented at the Provada’s Green Forum by Femke Halsema – with emphasis on sustainable solutions and about 150 people present – and the latter was an impressive ceremony with 1500 guests in the audience, including HRH Princess Margriet, at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.

TU Delft's president Dirk Jan van den Berg receives EU price from Plácido Domingo and Androulla Vassiliou

On June 10, 2011 TU Delft’s president Dirk Jan van den Berg received the EU / Europa Nostra award from Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned tenor and president of Europa Nostra.

Project team BK city is proud of the EU award - Alexandra den Heijer (brief), Dennis Cruyen (facilities) and Job Roos (co-ordinating architect)

Van den Berg publicly shared his joy about the award with BK city project team members in the audience, which was highly appreciated and emphasized the team work. The team also took this opportunity to celebrate the collective memories of an unforgettable process. Present were Wytze Patijn (chair design team, former dean), Hans Wamelink (chair project group, professor Design and Construction Management), Job Roos (co-ordinating architect), Johan Hogervorst (chair construction team), Dennis Cruyen (chair facilities team) and me (chair brief team). More information about the project and award (see menu): CASE BK CITY

BK city project team members before the Europa Nostra ceremony in Amsterdam: (from left to right) Alexandra den Heijer, Job Roos, Wytze Patijn, Dennis Cruyen and Johan Hogervorst

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Exactly 3 years after the fire

some members of the BK city project group - at the site where it all started


hard to believe the 42.000 m2 building was here"

Seems like a decade – the fire on May 13, 2008 – but it is really only three years… The empty site hardly shows any sign of the > 40.000 m2 Architecture building (see photos). Of course we all have our memories, from just a few to decades of work and from sharing some time to sharing life and love.

Nevertheless, we are proud of everything that happened after the fire and the new place to meet, work, live and love that we collectively created at BK city.

Alexandra den Heijer

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