dr. Frank Suurenbroek
Professor of Spatial Urban Transformation
Frank Suurenbroek is Professor of Spatial Urban Transformation at the the Faculty of Technology at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). Frank is both Board Member of the Interdisciplinary Research Program Urban Technology and the Program Urban Governance & Social Innovation. His Chair conducts multiple Applied Research Projects on urban redesign and planning of existing neighborhoods, with a focus on the application of new technologies to design livable and resilient neighborhoods, streetscapes and public places. He co-organizes the Media Architecture Biennale in Amsterdam in 2020 (www.mab20.org), which is related to his Responsive Public Spaces Project (www.responsiveurbanspaces.amsterdam) and Sensing Streetscapes Project.
dr. Gideon Spanjar
Senior researcher & Project leader
Gideon Spanjar holds a PhD in Landscape Architecture from the University of Essex. He is currently Program manager of the research track: Designing Future Cities at AUAS. Gideon is also project leader (content) and senior researcher of Sensing Streetscapes and of the European Union-funded Cool Towns project, which aims to make cities climate-proof. He is an associate fellow at the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management and a member of the editorial board of Rooilijn, a peer-reviewed Dutch journal on science and policy in the field of spatial planning. His research focuses on the redesign of the built environment to support sustainable developments and to promote human health and wellbeing.
drs. ir. Kees Versluis
Kees Versluis is both lecturer in Architecture and researcher at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Kees graduated from the Eindhoven University of Technology in 2002 in Architecture, and from the Radboud University in Nijmegen in 2005 in philosophy. After having finished his studies, Kees worked for 12 years as an architect at the architectural firm De Twee Snoeken, located in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Since 2017, he has been teaching architecture at the Amsterdam University of Applied sciences. In 2019, Kees joined the research project Sensing Streetscapes. In Sensing Streetscapes, Kees is responsible for the typological analysis of reference line of research.
Lyske Gais de Bildt, MDes
Researcher & spatial graphic designer
Lyske graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam in 2008 in art and architecture. After this, she graduated cum laude with a master’s degree in Applied Art at the Sandberg Institute. In Sensing Streetscapes, Lyske is responsible for the eyetracking technology and tests, plus the data visualization thereof. Lyske is also the contact for our students at the minor Data Science. In addition to her work for AUAS, Lyske works as a freelance designer and artist.
Jolanda Tetteroo, Bsc
Jolanda has over 20 years of experience as project manager for a variety of projects, mostly in the field of construction and (renewable) energy. From developing a zero-energy building to the construction and opening of a multi-use building complex, from feasibility studies on renewable energy to renovation advice of solar installations. At the AUAS she has worked as project manager for the Chair of Spatial Urban Transformation in research project Responsive Urban Spaces and as stakeholder manager for Urban Technology.
dr. Nanda Piersma
Professor Urban Analytics
Nanda Piersma is professor of Urban Analytics, affiliated with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and the National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI). Her professorship investigates how parties in the city can gain better insights into their data through data analysis, algorithms and business analytics. Nanda obtained her PhD in Econometrics from the University of Amsterdam in 1993, after which she joined Erasmus University’s Econometrics Institute as Assistant Professor. She has been professor of Urban Analytics of AUAS since September 2017. Since January 2020 Nanda is the science director of the AUAS Expertise Centre Applied Artificial Intelligence.
dr. Maarten Groen
senior researcher Data Analytics
Maarten Groen works as a teacher and senior researcher at the Amsterdam University of Applied Science. His research focuses on the collection and analysis of data from urban environments from various perspectives. Maarten is working on data analysis projects in which large amounts of data collected in cities is analyzed using machine learning. He also has experience in the development of citizen empowerment tools and methods which are used to collect and analyze data together with citizens.
Tom Otten, BSc
Junior researcher Data Analytics
Tom Otten received his bachelor Artificial intelligence from the University of Amsterdam and is currently attends the Master’s degree program. He is part of the Urban Analytics team, where he is building algorithms to predict the chance of an area containing high-rise.
dr. Martijn de Waal
Professor Play and Civic Media
Martijn de Waal is a Lector (professor) leading the research group of Play & Civic Media. He has a background in journalism, media studies and practical philosophy, and is now exploring the connection between these disciplines and the field of design. His research focus is on the relation between digital media and public space. Martijn is the general chair for the Media Architecture Biennale 2020. He co-founded The Mobile City, a non-profit that since 2007 has organized numerous workshops and events on digital media and urban culture, and also co-founded DeNieuweReporter.nl in 2005, a leading Dutch blog on the future of journalism.
Zoë Jonker, BSc
Junior researcher Applied Psychology
Zoë graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Applied Psychology in 2019. In 2018 she researched the human willingness to switch to electric taxi transport for her research internship at Urban Technology. Since 2019, Zoë is working at Urban Technology for the projects ‘Reigersbos’ and ‘Buurtdragers’. Zoë is currently working on the Sensing Streestscapes project, where she contributes to the Neuroarchitecture line of research
Chair of Spatial Urban Transformation
The Chair of Spatial Urban Transformation conducts applied-research on the spatial transformation of the city – and the application, exploration and implementation of (technical) innovations. Our action research is always embedded in practice. For example, we work with: The Municipality of Amsterdam, Housing Corporations, Chief Technology Officer, Smart City Amsterdam, Director of Housing Amsterdam, many spatial design firms, multiple interaction design firms and Area Developers. And with 7 European Partners in European projects etc.
The Chair is embedded in two research programs: Urban Technology (engineering, data analytics, logistics, circular economy, climate proof city, energy & clean mobility) and Urban Governance & Social Innovation (Engineering, Economics and Social Sciences).
Other projects of the Chair of Spatial Urban Transformation:
Responsive Urban Spaces
Responsive public spaces use interactive technologies to adapt to users and situations. This enhances the quality of the space as a public realm. However, the application of responsive technologies in spatial design is still to be explored. What exactly are the options for incorporating responsive technologies in spatial designs to improve the quality of public spaces? The book Responsive Public Spaces explores and disentangles this new assignment for designers, and presents inspiring examples. A consortium of spatial designers, interaction designers and local stakeholders, headed by the Chair of Spatial Urban Transformation of Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, carried out a two-year practice-based study of responsive public spaces. This book draws on those insights to provide a practical approach and a roadmap for the new design process for responsive public spaces. The study results are of significance for various professional fields. The book is intended for clients and stakeholders involved in planning and design of public spaces, spatial designers, interaction designers and students. DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE COPY AT www.responsiveurbanspaces.amsterdam
Media Architecture Biennale 2020
The Media Architecture Biennale is a series of international events for designers, artists, researchers and policy makers exploring urban interaction design and the role of media in urban spaces: from urban screens and interactive installations in public space, to smart cities & citizens applications and the theme of playful cities. Previous editions were organized in Vienna (2010), Aarhus (2012, 2014), Sydney (2016) and Beijing (2018). The Media Architecture Biennale 2020 will take place in Amsterdam and Utrecht. However, considering the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the MAB20 has been postponed to a date tbc in May/June 2021. The coming months, leading up to the next MAB, various smaller meet-ups and events will be organized discussing media architecture in all its facets. Subscribe to our newsletter on www.mab20.org for updates on events.
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Sensing Streetscapes is a project of the Chair of Spatial Urban Transformation at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Our university of applied sciences consists of seven faculties . We have circa 45,450 students and offer 92 Bachelor’s, Master’s and Associate degree programmes.
At the AUAS, our research always addresses a real-life problem from the professional field, conducted in close collaboration with both academics and professionals. Applied research is a crucial component of the many educational programmes we offer. Students work alongside professors in labs and at centres of applied research. AUAS focuses on six priority areas for research: Amsterdam creative industries, entrepreneurship, urban education, urban management, urban technology and urban vitality.
Amsterdam University of Applied Science
Faculty of Technology
Research programme Urban Technology
dr. Frank Suurenbroek, Professor of Spatial Urban Transformation
Weesperzijde 190, Amsterdam
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