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Dacht je door hard te studeren het helemaal te maken voor de rest van je leven? Fout! Deze apps zijn ook onmisbaar.
Kijk, sommige ontwikkelaars begrijpen wat een student nodig heeft: een reminder om je planten water te geven natuurlijk! Want geef toe: heb jij al één exemplaar in leven weten te houden? Net als je dacht dat voor alles in het leven wel een app bestaat, weet ‘Mijn plant’ nog te verbazen, en dat is misschien al reden genoeg om hem te installeren.

Oké, eigenlijk is het gewoon een reclameproduct van Bloemenbureau Holland, maar who cares? Het werkt! Behalve dat hij je eraan herinnert om je planten water te geven of te bemesten, ziet hij ook welke plant nog net even aan je kamer ontbreekt én vertelt hoe je hem moet verzorgen. Als dat je niet klaarstoomt voor het werk- en gezinsleven na je studie…
Daarover gesproken: kijk je überhaupt weleens verder dan je studentenleven? Ken jij behalve de route van je huis naar de campus en door naar de sociëteit eigenlijk de rest van Delft al wel? Bewijs het maar! De app Streetquiz is natuurlijk gewoon een spelletje dat werkt op basis van je locatiegegevens, maar het is dé manier om de stad op je duimpje te leren kennen. Leuk en nog nuttig ook dus, al is het maar zodat je die nieuwe internationale student straks haarfijn de kortste route naar de faculteit kunt uitleggen.

Name: Birgitte Louise Hansen (45)Nationality: DanishSupervisor: Professor Tony Fretton (Architecture)Subject: An architectural reading  of hospitalsThesis defence: Somewhere in 2012

“Do I like the way this hospital looks? My research is not about whether a building is pretty or ugly. As an architect, I’m interested in the role that architects have played, and still play, in the development of hospitals. What did the architects design and why? I study this through case studies, by looking at and reading about architectural objects.

“Architectural objects can teach us about architectural means, craftsmanship, typological transformations and shifting architectural panoramas of style. But they can also be read as a manifestation of who was in charge, where the money came from, hierarchies and class issues. They are not the result of one mind alone. It is this complex situation – and collective quality - that I want to accentuate in my research. Architecture is not only physical form; it’s also a social construction. To give an example: who gets the largest room with the nicest view and who gets to sit in the basement? Circumstances that can create conflicts between staff members or support those that already exist. Throughout history nurses have become more educated and emancipated. In the beginning their main task was to feed patients and clean their linen. Now they are part of the scientific team. With the growing authority of nurses we see changes appear in the design of their physical environment.

“What’s interesting to consider is that hospitals are a relatively new phenomenon. In Denmark the first ‘real’ hospital opened in 1750 in Copenhagen. But it is not until the 19th century and the development of the medical profession, when it actually became possible to heal patients, that hospital services changed. At its core is evidence-based medicine. To develop and test the theories that define evidence-based medicine, patients are part of an experimental set up. Hospitals are in the first place a medical domain. This has had a huge impact on why hospitals are designed the way they are and why they look the way they look: why hospitals became clinical buildings.

“You want to know whether liberalisation changes the way hospitals are designed? Well increasingly you see corners appear in hospitals, like the one we’re sitting in right now, that are homey with couches and books, to please customers. Patients like to believe that hospitals are designed for patients. But this is largely window dressing. The hospital is the house of medicine. This is a fundamental issue. It is not per se a bad thing. But it should be discussed, and it very often is not.”  

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Shell will be on campus today talking about the energy transition

President-Director Marjan van Loon of Shell Netherlands will visit TU Delft today to discuss opportunities in sustainable energy. Earlier this year, three students questioned her on Shell’s course towards sustainability. Read here what she had to say.

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The pros and cons of a project abroad

Doing a project abroad has its pros and cons, or so our Delta Lab students discover in Chile. Read about it in their blog.

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