future formats for applied research

Two brainstrom session with researchers from universities and architectural practices on how to improve applied research projects. A comparative analyses financial start-up and crowd-funding experts from start-up organisations context, content and especially facilitating services were investigated. Rersults were presented at the Dutch Design Week 2015 in Eindhoven.


concept, coordination & management, moderating

2015 / English

Report of 2-day workshop with researchers (architects & uinversities) on future fromats for applied reserach. Based on finance structures and with input from a start-up capitalist and crowdfunder an inventroy was made on how to improve the conditions and results of applied research.

film & editing:
Oculus Film - Hans de Jonge

future formats for applied research

Most current research and development projects deployed at university level are fully embedded within a historical grown academic culture. Core and fundamental research, free from any ‘outside’ influences and driven by inspired and ambitious researchers or research programs is well-known and methods of conduct, analysis of results and the results themselves are solidly engrained in peer-reviews, financial systems and academic award systems.

However, we see a growing need for innovation within the built environment industry. Traditionally a craftsmanship world with seemingly many obstacles for this industry to radical developments due to relatively limited budgets (almost non-existent innovation dedicated budgets), project driven in combination with severe competition regulations and a generally short term financial outlook. Simultaneously the industry needs radical changes: energy transition, climate change and raw material demands are just a few of the global challenges that need to be addressed. And especially these issues are currently addressed within various academic research contexts.

There is a need for a better, more efficient and effective collaboration between industry and academia. In terms of content this is evident. Just as clear are the cultural gaps; different economies, time schedules, hierarchies and management models, even though ambitions and tasks are aligned. There is a need for ‘moderating’; how to bridge academic knowledge and industry expertise, how to facilitate building industry in the transition from craftsmanship to high-tech, how to produce effective ‘deliverables’ by academic researchers, and even how to describe and structure research assignments and processes, too name just the obvious ones.

Were in other disciplines like ‘IT’ and ‘energy’ a completely different culture of innovation, finance of research and facilitating start-ups and ‘good ideas’ exists, in the built environment industry and the related university world innovations and research seems fully dependent on government driven financial programs and formats. One can state that ‘other disciplines’ can truly operate globally supported by global multinational industries and interests and the built environment while developing ‘global knowledge’ is per definition local and depending on regional industries and economies. However, it seems clear that one can learn from other experiences and formats. Not to ‘copy – paste’ directly, but to borrow elements, adapt and implement those that can improve an ‘eco-system’ for developing and applying built environment innovations. Ranging form crowd-funding to venture capitalist funding formats, including the associated ‘business-side’ and from improving a facilitating role for culture change in industry to optimizing and expanding the academic world of research characteristics: fundamental and applied.

Mariëlle Aarts - Eindhoven University of Technology
Nienke Binnendijk - Recycled Park
Frank van der Hoeven - Delft University of Technology
Truus Hordijk - Delft University of Technology
Tillmann Klein - Delft University of Technology
Ramon Knoester - WHIM architecture
Sina Mostafavi - Delft University of Technology
Kay Oosterman - Zwarts & Jansma Architecten
Alexander Rosemann - Eindhoven University of Technology
Martin Tenpeirik - Delft University of Technology
Michela Turrin - Delft University of Technology
Stephanie Villegas Martinez - Eindhoven University of Technology

Eric Broekhuizen - Startup Bootcamp
Marije Lutgendorff - CrowdLokaal

Siebe Bakker & Dré Kampfraath

3TU.Bouw: Siebe Bakker
CLICK NL - Built Environment: Frank van der Hoeven