Securing Healthy Circular Material Flows In The Built Environment: The Case Of Indoor Partitioning

Bob Geldermans

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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Departing from two problem statements, one concerning circularity in the built environment and one concerning flexibility in the built environment, this dissertation sets out to answer two main research questions: – In an Open Building division of support and infill, to what extent can the infill contribute to sustainable circular material & product flows? – Which qualitative and quantitative criteria and preconditions are central to integrating the notions of user health & well-being, circularity, and flexibility in infill configurations? In view on these research questions, this dissertation revolves around multiple topics and disciplines, addressing material properties, material flows, product design, and user benefits, relating to a specific building component: non-bearing partitioning. The research follows a mixed-method approach, primarily qualitatively driven and supported by quantitative data and tools. Literature studies, workshops and expert consultations are applied throughout the trajectory to derive, test and adjust criteria, guidelines and design concepts. The dissertation is structured around four research chapters (each set-up as a separate academic article), preceded by a general introduction and background sketch, and followed by an overarching evaluation of the findings.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • van den Dobbelsteen, A.A.J.F., Supervisor
  • Luscuere, P.G., Supervisor
  • Tenpierik, M.J., Advisor
Award date3 Jun 2020
Print ISBNs978-94-6366-275-8
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment No 6 (2020)


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