Resilience, sustainability and university campuses – Session 1

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Resilience, sustainability and university campuses: concepts and inspirational guidelines for Mercat del Peix and La Ciutadella del Coneixement

This workshop is part of the Master’s Degree in City Resilience Design and Management curriqulum, from Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC), a programme directed by Lorenzo Chelleri, a fellow from the Fundació Bosch Aymerich (FBA).

The aim of this workshop is to support and rethink the new Mercat del Peix Campus development and management, toward a model of Sustainable and Resilient Campus, contributing to define further the vision for the Ciutadella del Coneixement future Knowledge District.

This means to provide inspirational examples, resilience principles for the design and management helping the new campus management team to understand how to move forward, from current projects to planning and strategies beyond the buildings for becoming a resilient and sustainable Campus model.

In particular, in order to do so, it will be of utmost importance to understand what exactly a “resilience and sustainable campus” should be, which are design and management principles of resilience and sustainability, and thus respond within a long term and integrated view to the: 1) climate emergency challenges, 2) the post-covid urbanism criteria, and 3) current justice and social inclusivity challenges. Most of the time, strong and normative concepts and values, such as sustainability or resilience, end up being applied in a poor and simplistic way, betraying their broad meanings and messages.

  • How resilience should be applied within the planning, design and management of a Campus?
  • How sustainability should be applied beyond its technological and design components, addressing the district scale, beyond the new campus buildings?
  • How a campus could lead and contribute to a whole city district in order to boost culture, knowledge, quality of life and equity? And in the case of the Mercat del Peix Campus, how could it contribute to the implementation of the Knowledge District implementation?


Session 1 – Campus of the future: managing a matter of solid, liquid, and gas

This presentation is about the future of the university campus through a public real estate management approach. The presentation draws on professor Alexandra den Heijer’s recent book “Campus of the future: managing a matter of solid, liquid, and gas” and is based on the vision and strategies that Delft University of Technology’s campus research team has developed since the early 2000’s. In the presentation, I will first discuss how campus-city relations have transformed over time. Subsequently, I will introduce three campus models (solid liquid or gas) and 14 campus themes that our research team utilises to explore future trends. Finally, I will discuss how these models and themes can be operationalized to generate strategies for the campus of the future.

Speaker: Özlem Altinkaya Genel, Ph.D.



Özlem Altınkaya Genel holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. She graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University with an M. Arch. degree in 2008. Between 2012 and 2016, she completed her doctoral degree at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Between 2016 and 2021, she worked at Özyeğin University and Hanze University as an assistant professor and a post-doctoral researcher respectively. Currently, she is a post-doctoral researcher at TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment in the Chair of Public Real Estate and the team leader for the Campus of the Future project. Besides campus real estate, her research interests include sustainable urban development, regional urbanisation, and design education.


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