TEDxDelft - Rolf Hut - I am a tinkerer



Prof. Dr. Mick Eekhout, beeing in service for more than 25 years within the faculty of architecture at the TU Delft will retire this year. The former head of the chair Product Development was not only recognised as a great professor but also as the mastermind of Octatube his space structure company that build iconic and challenging buildings the last decades. 

As his very last official lecture ( the farewell lecture will follow ) in front of his students he brought a surprise, a movie about the making of the Maarkthal in Rotterdam. The building designed by Winy Maas from MVRDW recently received the dutch steel award for the huge glass facades Octatube had constructed with a prestressed cable net. 

We are used to listen long but passionated lectures from Mick, showing us and the students why its worth fighting for an idea and what it takes to build great constructions. Today he sat back,  enjoyed a piece of cake, followed the warm introduction words from colleague Thijs Asselbergs and watched the 50 amazing minutes that showed all the work that had to be done to build this building. 

The atmosphere was special, no chatting, no noise, everyone was listening the sound of the speakers and was fascinated by the documentary. Of course having cake during a lecture is something special and Bas Gremmen did his best to serve a piece for everyone. 

After the end of the film and a loud applause, Mick returned to the podium and had some last words and answered questions. 

On the question what was special about this project he smiled and mentioned proudly: Seeing the next generation of Eekhout running the company with the same passion. 

His advice for the students: Think with your head, and use your own hands to make it. 

So I can win a ticket to space

The study association of the aerospace faculty of the TU Delft (Delft University of technology) have set up a contest in cooperation with KLm and Space Expedition Curacao were the students can win a ticket to space, and I am one of those students.

To enter the competition I have to write a 500 words essay about which concept will have fundamentally changed the aerospace industry in the year 2040. Naturally my mind has been occupied by this question ever since. Does anyone have any inspiration?


Braaksma & Roos Architects, Fokkema Architecten (programming, design of offices and student workshops, the library and signposting), Kossman.deJong (design of the general spaces in BK City), Octatube / Mick Eekhout (South & East conservatory), 2012 Architects (espressobar), MVRDV (orange tribune):  Technische Universiteit Delft, Faculteit Bouwkunde, “BK-City” / “Maquettehal”, 2009





Like the blossoms in the morning these facade flowers will also open during the rise of the sun to protect the buildings facade. These concept is developed from Alex Bolarakis and Anne Cowan.


I was just 5 fucking minutes away from that damned lecture hall where I’ve spent so many hours being bored as hell while struggling to stay awake at. AND MISSED WALTER LEWIN THERE! Walter Lewin….WALTER FUCKING LEWIN. 

While god was giving one of his most famous lectures I had to ( emphasis on had to, it was mandatory) write programs in Java. Not fair! This is just not fucking fair… now I shall go weep in a corner for I am sad, Oh wait no I have to study Java for my tuesday exam. FUCK YOU JAVA, FUCK . YOU . 

p.s : can you tell I’m pissed? yeah….


Reconceptualising the Periphery/Workable Cities  

Mass Urban co-founder, David Lee, recently returned to the New York area after completing his Master of Science Urbanism program at TU Delft in the Netherlands, back in August. His thesis was part of Mass Urban’s ongoing Workable Cities research initiative, which seeks to explore the root causes of regional planning/design challenges in the New York metro region. The thesis, entitled Reconceptualising the Periphery, proposed a inter-municipal planning and design framework improving upon  existing Transit Oriented Development (TOD) planning processes for a future light rail corridor in northern New Jersey. It presented the case that far from being a generic, suburban area, northern New Jersey is a complex urban sub-region in its own right. 

His work identified a major governance gap between local and state/federal levels as well as stronger linkages between planning policies and spatial outcomes as critical steps to be addressed for the successful implementation of inter-municipal planning initiatives such as TOD or regional resiliency. David is now working to further advance this research by speaking with planning/design professionals and other interested parties in the region and preparing to launch a public engagement phase by 2015. We’ll keep you all posted!

In the meantime, if you’re interested, you can find his thesis here.

Images: Graduation photo (credit: Wouter van Faassen); rendering of station area scenario in Englewood, New Jersey; axonometric of station area scenario in Englewood, New Jersey.