Students learn to act professionally and to work on integral solutions to complex problems that South Rotterdam is facing.  To get an impression how these practical issues were picked up by our students in various constellations of collaboration, check out some of the results in the portfolio below, and be inspired.

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Residential Building Cobust

Principal: municipality of Rotterdam (Resilient Rotterdam). Solution for affordable (dis)mountable student dwellings.

Problem statement: Create a flexible and resilient design, on basis of the seven qualities formulated in Resilience, providing students with an innovative housing form in South Rotterdam.

Approach: The Cobust is a residential building that approaches the seven qualities formulated in Resilience from a structural/architectural perspective, and translates it into design principles. The result is a flexible and resilient design with a modern appearance, which can be erected on various sites in the city. The simple geometric shapes are a reference to early-modern buildings like those created by Le Corbusier. The design of the building is such that it can easily be expanded, but can also be dismounted. A builder and investor are already on board, which is unique for a project like this.

Result: The Cobust is constructed with EPS sandwich panels and a lightweight steel construction with dismountable concrete floors, making this building an affordable, semi-permanent solution to meet students’ demand for housing. At a later stage these houses can also be offered to other target groups. The simple geometry of the building makes it easy to expand it if there is a need for it. In other words: a design with optimal flexibility.
This project is sustainable

Institute/department involved: Engineering
This project was carried out by: Ferhat Dogan and Eren Özad

Supervisor: Peter Budde
Type: Final (graduation) research project.


The forgotten child

Principal: Feyenoord City

Problem Statement: Develop a visual and advisory concept book with, among other things, a detailed description of a prototype (where possible, tested) that can contribute to an increased participation in sports activities of pre-school children (toddlers of 1, 2 and 3 years old) in IJsselmonde and Feijenoord.

Approach: For the best possible result, a group of students from various institutes and departments, to wit Sport Marketing, Communication & Media Design, Education Sciences and Pedagogical/Educational Staff member, got together to work on this assignment in a creative session, under the guidance of a social designer. They developed prototypes with which they could start street conversations about this topic with residents of South Rotterdam.

Result: All outcomes of the creative sessions were bundled in a concept book, which was presented to architectural firms. These firms could then make plans for the area development of Feyenoord City.

Institute/department involved: Leisure Management
This project was carried out by: Berend van Hoek

Supervisors: Edu Jansing (Feyenoord City) and Jurgen Jeurissen (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

Type: Final (graduation) research project


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