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    Visualization of the Great mosque (Terra Venture)

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    Urban Revitalization in Rubi, Spain

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    "Global City by the Sea" The Hague, Netherlands

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    Mobility plan for the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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    Regeneration of public spaces in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

AUBT is also involved in different researches. This section of the website will offer you an overview on these works; some of them were developed as part of our academic education and others were contributions in projects of different institutions such as TU Delft, Deltametropool and Hogeschool van Amsterdam.


Creating a database to achieve synergy advantages in the existing urban environment this database can be used to improve energy efficiency, water and waste management and policy making.

The USD (urban Synergy Database) is an initiative of AUBT and the TU Delft, it consists out of an combination of existing public database. The objective is to capture the urban environment in all its diversity, capturing this diversity allows us to find opportunities in increased efficiency on almost any conceivable field from energy and waste to policy improvement. During the Metropool Forum organized by Deltametropool the USD was presented to the public for the first time. You can find the presentation and the opinion article here.

Currently the USD is only operating in the Dutch market this is why the rest of the documents are all in Dutch if you are interested in an English explanation please contact us.

From Lines to Network

Creating links between (sub) centralities of Rio de Janeiro in order to strengthen the internal relations of the city (2010)

This research was developed as a graduation project by Joris Wiers for the Msc Urbanism at TU Delft, Netherlands.

The main problem addressed in this research is a combination of inefficient and incomplete public transport system in the city of Rio de Janeiro Brazil with an increasing spatial segregation between the social privileged and underprivileged. Both groups are increasingly separated from each other, creating enclaves of influential people and ghetto’s of the masses. This separation is leading to a monopolization of  ”life chances” by the privileged. The public transportation system of Rio de Janeiro is very fragmented and not able to connect the different parts of the city effectively. This means that there is an unexplored potential of connecting these groups in a social, spatial and economical way, in order to provide a better distribution of  ”life chances” and a more effective use of the city’s most valuable resource: the human potential.

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From Public Space to Public Domain

A regeneration project for degraded public spaces in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2009)

This research was developed as a graduation project by Mariana Faver Linhares for the EMU (European Masters in Urbanism) program at TU Delft, Netherlands.

A growing tendency of impoverishment of public spaces has been observed lately in many big cities since their meaning and functions have changed drastically. The fear of the public, of being exposed to the dangers of the world “outside” has also played an important role on the decaying of these spaces, but, an attempt to rescue and transform them into real public domain, to give the city back to the people and value the public life has also been made in many places.

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Design & Build Brazil

Low cost housing studies in Rio de Janeiro (2008-2010)

Design & Build Brazil is an educational project from Hogeschool van Amsterdam and it was preceded by two studies: in 2006 three students did a research and made a design for low-cost housing in the small Brazilian city São José do Vale do Rio Preto and in 2007 two students made a design for a different location in the same town. Based on these prior studies, Design & Build Brazil was set up in 2007. The project started with a broad research on social housing in 2008 by a group of 6 students from various universities. In the first half of 2009, the second phase of the project, five student teams made low-cost technical designs for a complex of about 40 apartements. In the second half of 2009, various students do internships in Rio de Janeiro at the architectural office Chiq da Silva and at Fundação Bento Rubião, a NGO that works in the field of social housing and human rights. Aiming to exchange ideas and knowledge and to strengthen the network of students, professors and professionals, the HvA organises in November 2009 a symposium about Social Housing. In the first semester of 2010, the third phase of the project, the best designs are planned to be built in Brazil.

Architect Mariana Faver Linhares has worked on the project contacting possible partners in Brazil, giving lectures about Social Housing and Building Techniques  in Brazil and meeting for discussions with the group of students together with the HvA staff.

Website of this project: www.designandbuildbrazil.net

Polder Atlas

Research on the Dutch Polder Landscape (2006-2009)

The research on the Dutch polder landscape was done for the Chair of Landscape Architecture (Department of Urbanism, TU Delft). Joris Wiers has worked for 3 years on base material (AutoCAD and Illustrator maps) for this research, which was completed with the publication of the Polder Atlas (isbn 9068685198). Contact the chair of Landscape Architecture at the TU Delft for further details or check the book.