Talent development and seeking out relationships with the business community and government are the points of departure for strengthening our position in society and examining how we can integrate this into the academic domain. For example, connections have been forged with the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat), together with whom we‘ve built and managed 12 beach houses as part of the Stuiflab project during the Oerol Festival on the island of Terschelling in 2015. aE/INTECTURE has been involved from the start as an advisor and source of inspiration in the creation of IBA Parkstad in 2020. Also, new ideas for addressing off-the-grid housing and infrastructure solutions in kampungs (informal villages) in Indonesia have been mapped out in the recent past. Students have visited Bandung and collaborated with the local business community and university. Last year, students were assigned to work on ‘Learning from Lowlands‘, the famous annual Lowlands festival in Biddinghuizen. They examined what could be learnt from temporary building structures.
Meanwhile, an inspiring design relationship has been established with the management of the Marineterrein in Amsterdam. Students and researchers were given the opportunity to collaborate on the ‘Flexible City‘ that will be developed at this unique location in the Netherlands over the coming years. Our Seismic project deals with earthquake problems in Groningen and, in particular, the design solutions being devised for that.