Infrastructure & Mobilities

The daily traffic jams, the debate about air quality, the systematic discussions about environmental conflicts whenever a new infrastructure project is launched: all these symptoms point out that the remodelling of a transport network, together with the reorganisation of a sprawling territory, seems unavoidable and demands an integrated approach. Today, however, the disciplines of transport infrastructure design on the one hand and urbanism on the other hand do not cover much common ground. 

Our research group is the main expert in the relationship between space, mobility and infrastructure, both from a historical perspective as a contemporary perspective. Key research issues of this research group are integrated infrastructure design, accessibility and right to mobility, spatial impact of logistics and transport modes, train station area redevelopment, reintegration of ringroad infrastructure, bicycle oriented design and transit oriented development.

Kempenatlas

The KEMPENATLAS

The KEMPENATLAS maps the Antwerp Campine region for the first time, both as a book and as exhibition. Twelve thematic maps and essays grant insight into the spatial development and future possibilities of the region. 

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FROM BIKEABILITY TO BICYCLE ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT

From bikeability to bicycle oriented development

There is no systematic integration of mobility and urban planning in Flanders, especially not when it comes to cycle infrastructure. However, the technical knowledge for developing cycle infrastructure is extensive (e.g. Vademecum fietsvoorzieningen) .These technical requirements generate efficient, safe and comfortable cycle routes. But they do not contribute to the relation between infrastructure and its urban context and therefore fail to reveal the full potential of high quality cycle infrastructure for urban neighborhoods.

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Accessibility, transport justice and transport-related social exclusion

Accessibility, transport justice and transport-related social exclusion

The topic of justice and fairness has increasingly attracted attention from transport scholars. Within this context, it is generally argued that people need a sufficient level of accessibility to avoid social exclusion.

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Passages

Passages, transitional spaces for the 21st century city

How can small infrastructural interventions have a significant impact and provide solutions to urgent problems such as mobility, security, accessibility and efficiency, that cannot be dealt with by long planning processes and large-scale operations? This research question represents the main focus of the research program, called Passages.

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A-passages. Left bank. Crossing the Scheldt River.

A-passages. Left bank. Crossing the Scheldt River.

In the tradition of the major international ideas competitions on urban development in Antwerp, the Antwerp city architect launched an ideas competition in early 2017 about the future of the Left Bank. The research and design was focused on generating new ideas and insights that serve as the basis for future changes on the Left Bank of the City of Antwerp.

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Route n16

Route N16. Public Places for Private Experience

In order of the Flemish Architecture Institute and the communities of Bornem, Puurs, Willebroek and Mechelen cartographical research was performed and displayed within a contemporary art and architecture exhibition along the N16 motorway.

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Transport planning, pricing and economic thought

Transport planning, pricing and economic thought

Urban planners often employ concepts from other disciplines, including economics. For example, many planners have become convinced that pricing is an essential element of any comprehensive urban plan.

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Healthy corridors as drivers of social housing neighbourhoods for the co-creation of social, environmental and marketable NBS

Healthy corridors as drivers of social housing neighbourhoods for the co-creation of social, environmental and marketable NBS

URBiNAT focuses on the regeneration and integration of deprived social housing urban developments through an innovative and inclusive catalogue of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS), ensuring sustainability and mobilising driving forces for social cohesion. 

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In Via Veritas

In Via Veritas

In Via Veritas - The European Condition, the concept of via / route introduces a new way of thinking about architecture and urban planning. 

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Sustainable mobility and the modal split of cities

Sustainable mobility and the modal split of cities

Sustainable mobility is a leading paradigm in transport research and policy. One of the topics that attracts considerable attention is the modal split of cities. 

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Transportation and mobility structure Antwerp

Evaluation of the transportation and mobility structure in the Province of Antwerp

In response to the development of the new policy document the “Nota Ruimte”, the Province of Antwerp charged Oran consulting and the University of Antwerp to analyze and evaluate the transportation structure of the Province as described in the current policy document ‘Ruimtelijke Structuurplan Provincie Antwerpen (RSPA)’. 

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Analysis of best practices for area developments

Analysis of best practices for area developments

The North-South connection in Noord-Limurg is characterized by a long history of planning and conflicts. Today this project starts a new chapter as a ‘complex project procedure’. In the context of this procedure, the research group of urban development is charged with the analysis of best practices of international references, concerning integrated infrastructure projects and area developments.

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Roofing the Antwerp Ring

Co-creation during the design research for the roofing of the Antwerp ring road

This assignment mainly translates into researching the social feasibility of a complete roofing of the Antwerp Ring, to subsequently develop follow-up projects.

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Small stations – big challenges

Small stations – big challenges

The past decade was dominated by the major European station renewal projects in cities such as Antwerp, Liège, Rotterdam or Lille. In the coming period, the transformation of train stations in smaller cities are at stake.

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Highway x City

Highway x City

A technologically evolving vehicle fleet, increasing shared mobility, further densification of cities because of the large housing challenge and an emission-free vehicle fleet. There were the premises of a research project on the spatial integration of five ring roads, ie. those of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht explored in the design study 'Highway x City - more liveability and space'.

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Analysis of Building Permits in the region of Flanders (Belgium)

Analysis of Building Permits in the region of Flanders (Belgium)

This research encompasses a quantitative analysis of the Flemish building permits database.

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Re-use of underground spaces

Re-use of underground spaces

This research aims to explore the possibilities of re-use of these underground spaces, combining international case study research with research by design. 

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The Antwerp ring road

The Antwerp ring road

The expansion and covering of the R1 Antwerp ring road is Flanders largest infrastructure project of next decade. Prof. Maarten Van Acker is part of the task force (Intendantenteam Overkapping), dedicated to organize the planning and elaboration of the environmental and spatial integration of this project. 

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From Flux to Frame

From Flux to Frame

Maarten Van Acker traces the construction of the landscape in the Kempen, the Coast and the Antwerp urban region of Belgium as a hybrid composite of four layers.

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Metabolism Antwerp

Metabolism Antwerp

The aim of the research was to generate new insights at the intersection of urbanism, circular economics and spatial tasks in the Antwerp context. 

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Smart, safe and robust road network

Smart, safe and robust road network

The research provides an analysis of the functioning of today’s roadway categorization; creates desirable concepts for a more robust road network; and tests these concepts in relation to the existing situation in GIS. 

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Envies de Loire

Envies de Loire. International design competition of the Metropolitan region Tours Val de Loire

The curating of the design competition was part of the regional program Envies the Loire, initiated by the Urban Planning Agency of the City of Tours. The competition was launched with the aim of obtaining development scenarios and proposals that will place the Loire back at the heart of Metropolitan life.

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Toronto: Middle City Passages. Infrastructures of continuity in the Horizontal Metropolis

Toronto: Middle City Passages. Infrastructures of continuity in the Horizontal Metropolis

The curating of Passages in Toronto consisted of an international idea competition with a professional workshop, based  on an open call, focusing on the urban and architectural scale of the typology of passages. The design competition was organized in order of the IVM and Metrolinx, in close collaboration with the University of Toronto and the City of Toronto.

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Real Option Theory

Real Option Theory

‘Real Option Theory’ (ROT) offers an alternative approach to cope with risks and uncertainties. Originated in the world of finance during the early 90s, the theory spread out quick to other fields of research. 

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The role of employers and workplaces in transport

The role of employers and workplaces in transport

Workplaces and employers play a key role in commuting. Within this context, workplace travel plans attempt to change the travel behaviour of employees using a variety of measures. 

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