News: Samhällsbyggnad related to Chalmers University of TechnologyFri, 16 Nov 2018 10:14:56 +0100 Logg on TV4 News: simulating wind conditions using VirtualCity@Chalmers<p><b>​Building Futures&#39; Area of advance director Anders Logg was interviewed on the TV4 News on 14th November 2018, describing how buildings and other elements in city environments affect wind conditions, and also how simulation tools like VirtualCity@Chalmers can be used in the planning and building of good environments.</b></p><div>​Always tailwind? That would be appreciated by most of us, but is rarely experienced by anyone. Though, it has been acknowledged that wind conditions in city environments are affected by the placing and shaping of buildings and other elements, like trees and bushes, and bridges, etc. And since the wind conditions are affected by those elements, it is also possible to affect the wind conditions by designing the city environments, the constructing and placings, in such a way that the conditions become the best possible. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>By using the simulation tool VirtualCity@Chalmers, different alternatives can be simulated and evaluated in advance, helping city planners, architects, construction companies, and others involved, to shape good and liveable city environments. And not only regarding wind conditions, but also aspects like air quality, noise, flooding, traffic, and energy systems, etc. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Watch the clip from TV4 News, in which Anders Logg describes the influence on wind conditions of constructions and placings in city environments, and how using a simulation tool like VirtualCity@Chalmers can improve the conditions. <em>(In Swedish.)</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div>More information on our project VirtualCity@Chalmers can also be found on the project-website: <a href=""> »</a><br /></div> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:45:00 +0100–-guiding-the-building-sector-on-the-UN-2030-agenda.aspx 2020 – guiding the building sector on the UN 2030 agenda<p><b>​ Gothenburg, Sweden, will be hosting BEYOND 2020, the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference, in June 2020. The mission of this large event is to engage the global building sector and set up a roadmap of actions as a guide on how to best contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The dialogue has already started on the web.</b></p><div>​The World Sustainable Built Environment Conference is held every three years and is considered to be one of the world’s most important conferences and forums in the field of sustainable built environment. The next conference will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June 2020, hosted by Chalmers University of Technology and <a href="">RISE Research Institutes of Sweden</a> in collaboration with <a href="">Johanneberg Science Park</a> and City of Gothenburg. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The mission of the conference is to link the global building sector to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to define its role towards the achievement of 2030 objectives, by setting up a roadmap of actions that will guide the whole sector during the years between 2020 and 2030, and thus ‘beyond’ 2020. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>- The conference is a unique opportunity for us to present Chalmers, Gothenburg and all of Sweden, and specifically our way of addressing issues related to sustainable built environment through projects taking shape here and now&quot;, says Holger Wallbaum, Professor in Sustainable building and conference owner.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Kristina Mjörnell, VP Sustainable Cities and Communities at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, who will chair the conference organization committee for the conference together with Holger Wallbaum, adds:  </div> <div>- This world conference will give us the opportunity to show how RISE contributes to a sustainable built environment, with a multi-disciplinary perspective as research and innovation partner for industry, academia, SME and the public sector.&quot; </div> <div><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">The BEYOND 2020 conference website is now launched</h5> <div>
Chalmers University of Technology and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden are proud to announce the launch of the <a href="">BEYOND 2020 conference website</a>. Let the discussion on the web and in social media begin!<br />The website gives an overview of the conference, from many different perspectives and with a strong focus on its core theme, Sustainable Development Goals – most importantly SDG #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. This website is the starting point of a journey towards quality discussions and knowledge sharing during an extremely rich range of session formats that will be offered at the actual the conference.</div> <div><br />Together with the related social media channels, this website also aims at being an exchange platform and a communication channel for those interested. BEYOND 2020 can be found and followed on:</div> <div><br /><span>LinkedIn:<span> </span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span></span></a><br /><span>Twitter:</span><a href="" target="_blank"><span><span> </span></span></a><br /><span>Facebook:<span> </span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span></span></a><br /><span>Youtube:<span> </span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span></span></a><br /><span>Newsletter:<span> </span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span></span></a><br /><br /><strong>For more information, please contact:
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Annika Hallman, Gothenburg Convention Bureau, Göteborg &amp; Co, <a href=""><span></span></a><br /><br /></div> Wed, 03 Oct 2018 09:00:00 +0200 design forces are emerging at the AAG2018<p><b>​​The biennial International Conference AAG - Advances in Architectural Geometry - is held in different European countries. This year it is held in Gothenburg, Sweden, September 22-25, hosted by Chalmers University of Technology. Swedish and international architects, engineers and mathematicians will attend the conference to discuss how powerful design tools can solve complex problems in architecture and construction technology.</b></p><div>Architecture meets mathematics and engineering and the digital. The conference includes 15 workshops led by researchers and practitioners from around the world.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Among the speakers are Caroline Bos, one of the founders of UN Studio, Philippe Block, Professor at ETH Zurich and Leader of the Block Research Group and Julie Dorsey, Professor of Computer Science at Yale.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Examples of questions to be examined during the conference include:</div> <div><ul><li>What role can an industrial robot have in the design process and for the production of architecture?<br /></li> <li>How do we use artificial intelligence and machine learning for analysis and design?<br /></li> <li>What new design opportunities are given by automated production tools?<br /></li> <li>In what ways can we optimize designs using digital technology?<br /></li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The concept of computational design is central in this context, which means that the computational power of the computer is fully utilized in the design process, while the architect or engineer can directly adapt the methodology to different tasks. Here geometry, mathematics and digitalization meet in the solution of complex geometric problems, the simulation of construction, light or wind, or the rational production of advanced forms. At Chalmers, these methods are studied in the research groups Architecture &amp; Engineering and Architecture &amp; Computation.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/JonasRunberger_170.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="picture of Jonas Runberger" style="margin:5px" />– Computational design helps us investigate and try alternative concepts in the early stages of design, in order to make intelligent and informed design and production choices. Here, Swedish construction industry can be cross-fertilized by the international context. The conference gives us a glimpse of where international architecture and engineering is today, concludes Karl-Gunnar Olsson, Professor of Architecture and Technology, and Jonas Runberger, Artistic Professor of Digital Design, both at Chalmers Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, ACE.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="text-align:right">Jonas Runberger</div> <div><br /></div> <div>September 22-23: workshops. </div> <div>September 24-25: seminars</div> <div>Location: Chalmers, campus Johanneberg.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Registration is open. Welcome!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about the conference and register at the AAG2018 home page: </div> <div><a href="">​</a></div> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:00:00 +0200 status on project VirtualCity@Chalmers<p><b>​The work with the digital urban planning simulation tool VirtualCity@Chalmers is moving forward. Lead developer Vasilis Naserentin is giving an update on the current status of the project.</b></p><div>The project VirtualCity@Chalmers is a joint cooperation between Chalmers Area of Advance Building Futures, Fraunhofer-Chalmers Research Centre for Industrial Mathematics and the City of Gothenburg. The project, aiming at creating a simulation platform that can be used as a tool in urban development and building, only started in the beginning of 2018, but is now getting closer to releasing the first level tool, virtual twins of the Chalmers campuses Johanneberg and Lindholmen. <br /></div> <div><span><span><span><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Audio description: Vasilis Naserentin" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Built%20environment/News/14_4_VasilisNaserentin_webpage.jpg" style="height:234px;width:195px;margin:25px 10px" /></span></span></span> </div> <div>Vasilis Naserentin, of the Chalmers department of Mathematics and lead developer of VirtualCity@Chalmers, is giving an update on the current status of the project.</div> <div><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Vasilis, where in the process of creating the Virtual City@Chalmers platform are you right now?</h5> <div>- I  came to realize that creating a digital twin of a live and breathing organism as a city cannot be streamlined. Thus, there are a lot of things in the development process happening in parallel, to cut down the wait time between different sub-teams of our group. As an overview I would say that we are deep into early development for the VirtualCity@Chalmers platform.  We have already acquired and cleaned up a lot of 3D-data from various sources, integrated IPS IBOFlow and FEniCS as live multiphysics simulation tools in the software, but there is a long way to go still. Our main focus now is to release a working platform for the two campuses and at the same time form a solid development team for the next phases.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Any exciting new development lately?</h5> <div>- Glad you asked, since we have quite a few things stirring up! As cities are (should be) all about the citizens, VirtualCity@Chalmers is all about the research and developers behind it. Since we are just starting out (6 months into the development progress is considered very early for such a project) we are trying to create a solid team of members who are in it for the long run. Currently, we are hoping to recruit some more senior talent to our Unreal Engine development team. There is something in the making, something we hopefully can share soon. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>In the meantime, we are always polishing our 3D data assets and graphics, as they are the vital building blocks of the VirtualCity@Chalmers, so hopefully we can showcase a much crispier and better looking version of both campuses Johanneberg and Lindholmen. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Another exciting mini-project we started working on is some detailed simulations of how wind will affect Linbanan, thanks to the integration of IPS IBOFlow in VirtualCity@Chalmers and the City of Gothenburg’s help with the 3D assets of the cable car model. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Moreover, we started working with <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/five-star-campus/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Five Star Campus</a> on how to visualize some of their current activities on campus Johanneberg, so rather sooner than later you will see more about the integration of that project into VirtualCity@Chalmers.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">It sounds very exiting. When do you expect to be ready to let VirtualCity@Chalmers go live?</h5> <div>- Software development (especially in an academic environment) is a very laborsome process and we are faced with many, both technological and social, challenges. Regarding the first, most of our issues arise  from  the  quality  of  the  3D  data,  that  need  to  be  polished  and  cleaned  up,  especially  to  be simulation-ready for the end-product. As for the latter, we want to collaborate with many researchers from diverse fields. That ambition comes with the burden of having to communicate between many groups with different scientific backgrounds, datasets as well as software and hardware requirements for our platform. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Nonetheless, by the end of the year we plan to release a demonstrator of VirtualCity@Chalmers that includes  the  two  campus  sites  of  Chalmers  University  of  Technology,  and  including  visualization  of multiple datasets and simulations from Chalmers researchers. </div> <div><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Built%20environment/Virtual%20City/VC-puffbild_SOBF_210px.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px 15px" />VirtualCity@Chalmers teaser video on Youtube</h5> <div>A couple of weeks ago a <span>VirtualCity@Chalmers  <span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>teaser <span>video </span>was released – <a href=";t=43s" target="_blank">click here</a> check out the video on Youtube.</div> <div> </div> <div>And if you are interested in reading more about the urban planning simulation platform project VirtualCity@Chalmers, welcome to visit our project website – <a href="" target="_blank"><br /></a></div> <div><br /><a href="" target="_blank"></a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br />Text: Agneta Olsson and Vasilis Naserentin</div> Mon, 10 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0200 teaser on Youtube<p><b>​The work with our urban planning simulation tool VirtualCity@Chalmers is moving forward. Welcome to a sneak peak of the project progress in our brand new teaser video (Youtube).</b></p><div>​The ongoing collaboration project between Chalmers Area of Advance Building Futures (profile Virtual cities), Fraunhofer-Chalmers-Centre and the City of Gothenburg, VirtualCity@Chalmers, is making progress: With the plan for stage one, a simulation tool of the two Chalmers campuses Johanneberg and Lindholmen, to go live in late 2018 still intact, we would right now like to invite you to take a sneak peak of the project progress. Check out our brand new teaser published on Youtube - <a title="Video link: VirtualCity@Chalmers teaser" href="" target="_blank">VirtualCity@Chalmers teaser »</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Once the simulation tool of Chalmers Johanneberg and Lindholmen is live, the project will continue on with the next step: an urban planning simulation tool extended to cover the whole city of Gothenburg.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>For more information on the project, check out or project website <a title="Audio description: link to website" href="" target="_blank"> »</a><br /></div>Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:30:00 +0200 advancements towards a simulation tool for road construction<p><b>The research project &quot;Simulation and visualization of road construction&quot; started in 2016 with the purpose of developing a simulation and visualization tool that will facilitate identification of construction engineering issues in today&#39;s road production, thus eliciting the basis for a quality and cost-efficiency increase in both construction of new roads as well as for maintenance of existing ones. The project has developed with great progress and in the autumn of 2017 an initiative was made towards a larger, full-scale project by submitting an application for new research funds. At the end of April 2018, Vinnova approved the application and through the new funds from InfraSweden2030, the project, now known as DigiRoad, can continue to at least 2021.</b></p><div>​– Our goal is to develop a simulation method for loading, spreading and compaction of unbound aggregate materials in road construction, a method that is ultimately intended to contribute to improving the Swedish road network, with increased service life and reduced maintenance, higher cost efficiency and improved environmental aspects. The results from the initial part of the project are so interesting that we have developed a wider application for funding for the continuation and expansion of the project. And fortunately, Vinnova / InfraSweden 2030 has approved our application for a continuation until 2021, so step two is now running. </div>      This is how Johannes Quist, responsible researcher at Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre, currently summarizes the project DigiRoad.<br /><div>     The initial project, called &quot;Simulation and Visualization of Road Construction&quot;, was a collaboration between the Chalmers Area of Advance Building Futures, Fraunhofer Chalmers Centre for Industrial Mathematics (FCC) and the company NCC AB. With the new research application, the project has been renamed &quot;DigiRoad&quot;, and additional partners have been added to form a consortium, in addition to the previous partners, Volvo CE and Dynapac as well as the research group Chalmers Rock Processing Systems are now also a part of the project team.</div> <div>     In road construction, the road body is usually built up of several, bound and unbound layers of rock material. Depending on how these layers are constructed and on the nature of the rock material, the characteristics of the road, such as bearing capacity, functionality and life expectancy, can vary and be varied. The processes are studied systematically, and areas that are investigated include the thickness of the different layers, the size distribution and segregation effects, and the material to be used and how the compaction of the material should be carried out. Today, planning takes place on a more general level. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><h6 class="chalmersElement-H6">A tool making it possible to evaluate in advance by simulation</h6></div> <div>     The aim of the project is a tool that enables simulation in advance of sub-processes in the road construction process, in order to enable concrete measures to be made that can streamline Swedish road production, both in terms of quality and cost.</div>      – To evaluate segregation and packing behaviour experimentally has always been difficult,&quot; Johannes continues. The evaluations are today limited to what is physically measurable in the field. The purpose of the ongoing research project is to develop a tool that allows for advance simulation of the process, and with a very high resolution - down on the level of individual particles.<div>     The simulation method used is Discrete Element Method (DEM), or &quot;Particle Simulation&quot; as Johannes calls it in everyday language. </div> <div>      – We hope to be able to develop road construction technology on a number of different levels within the consortium. The capability is not limited to simulating for optimization of the unbound aggregate layers, we also look at possibilities for optimizing machine geometry, both in terms of quantity and quality, for example in the handling and transport of the rock material. </div> <div>     In the first phase of the project, we worked mainly in digital environments, but in stage two of the project, the idea is to proceed with full scale testing, using full-scale machinery and validating the method through experiments in the field. <span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Syntolkning: Johannes Qvist, foto." src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Built%20environment/Johannes-Quist_foto.jpg" style="height:146px;width:133px;margin:10px" /></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>We who work with the project see the great potential and usability of the method, and we are all very much looking forward to the continuation of the project<span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span> and the tough challenges that await.</div> <br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span> <span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><br /><em style="font-size:10px">Johannes Quist, Fraunhofer Chalmers Centre.<br /></em><br /><br />Video: Fraunhofer Chalmers Centre<br />Text: Agneta Olsson<br />Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:30:00 +0200 energy tested in winter road maintenance<p><b>​Test bed in Östersund, Sweden: Solar and geo energy stored during the summer tested as an alternative to salt and sand in ice removal from winter roads.</b></p><div>In the Nordic countries an estimate of 600 000 tonnes of road salt is used annually to keep our roads non-slippery and free of ice. The salt makes a difference but it also damages the environment where it is spread. Researchers from Chalmers are part of a project in which solar and geo energy is tested as alternatives, a project which also includes the building of a test bed in Östersund, Sweden, where different alternatives to salt and sand will be tested. In the project, the solar energy is stored in the ground during the summer, then to be used in the winter for heating of the road in the test bed. <br /></div> <div><br />The main contributors to the project are Trafikverket and the Norwegian Statens Vegvesen and it is also supported by Geotec (Svenska Borrentreprenörers Branschorganisation). <br /><br />Read more about the project in the article published by the Chalmers department of Architecture and Civil Enginering, in which Josef Johnsson, PhD student at Building Technology, is describing the project, (in Swedish): <a title="Solenergi ersätter salt på vintervägar" href="" target="_blank">Solenergi ersätter salt på vintervägar</a><br /><br />The project is also described in a publication by Trafikverket and in several other articles, links below.</div> <div>Trafikverket: <a title="Framtidens halkbekämpning med sol- och geoenergi" href="" target="_blank">Framtidens halkbekämpning med sol- och geoenergi</a><br />Ny Teknik: <a title="Article: Jämtländsk solenergi håller vägen isfri" href="" target="_blank">Jämtländsk solenergi håller vägen isfri</a><br />Tidningen Proffs: <a title="Article (link): Glöm saltet, nu ska vägar halkbekämpas med solenergi" href="" target="_blank">Glöm saltet, nu ska vägar halkbekämpas med solenergi</a><br />Entreprenad: <a title="Article (link): Lagrad solenergi framtidens halkbekämpning" href="" target="_blank">Lagrad solenergi framtidens halkbekämpning</a><br />Jämtlands gymnasium: <a title="Article: Framtidens halkbekämpning testas i Östersund" href="" target="_blank">Framtidens halkbekämpning testas i Östersund</a><br /></div>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:00:00 +0200 to design for future scenarios<p><b>​Autonomous cars and smart homes will, in the near future, most likely will be a part of our daily lives. But how can we design these systems in a human centred way when they haven’t yet been fully implemented in the society? This was the topic when over 60 practitioners, within the User Experience community GotUX, showed up at the Virtual Development Laboratory at Chalmers.</b></p><div>To have a good understanding of user-centric design in future systems is important for many reasons. One is to avoid technological lock-ins that may not even be desired from a human perspective. These lock-ins can then be very hard to change at a later stage. Feelings of unsafety and mistrust can lead to distress, misuse and avoidance. Including everyday people in the making of big technological systems, influencing our daily lives, can also be argued to be a democratic issue.</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Trust in future autonomous vehicles</h3> <div>Imagine yourself sitting in an autonomous car that breaks harshly every time it stops. Even though this doesn’t mean that the car is unsafe the behavior can still make us feel discomfort and mistrust. PhD students, Fredrik Ekman and Mikael Johansson, have done experimental studies about how people perceive different behaviours of autonomous cars, and concluded that defensive and predictable driving felt safer. This knowledge is important because the autonomous cars can then be designed not only to be safe, but also make us feel safe. One could think that as long as a system is safe our feelings of comfort and trust are irrelevant, but if we don’t trust a system we might not use it the way it’s intended, and the risks for accidents or failure increases. Should we distrust the system entirely we would most likely not adopt it at all. </div> <div><div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Using generative techniques in designing Smart Energy Systems</h3> <div><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Bild på Sara Renström" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/IMS/Design%20and%20Human%20Factors/Sara%20Renström%20350pxl.jpg" style="height:307px;width:346px;margin:5px 15px" />Surveys and interviews are familiar techniques when trying to understand human thoughts. However the knowledge retrieved is sometimes just too shallow.  Sara Renström, PhD student specialized in user-centred sustainable design, has been using crafting of collages and drawing as a way of reaching more tacit and latent feelings and thoughts. This in the effort of trying to understand what roles people want to play in smart energy systems, and what products, services and systems that could support these roles. Sara explains how she invited residents from the HSB living lab for a workshop including pizza, candy and crafting. <br /><br />Afterwards the collages were presented to the rest of the group members revealing interesting experiences, and was followed by thoughtful discussions, helping contextualizing smart energy technologies in participants’ lives.</div> <div> </div> <div>The discussions on design and user experience continued after the presentations when the host, Graduate school Human Technology and Design, offered everyone snacks, drinks and mingle.</div> <div> </div></div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Facts</h4> <div>GOTUX is local chapter of the Interaction Design Association, IXDA, a member-supported organization dedicated to the discipline of interaction design. <a href=""></a></div> <div><br /><a href="">The graduate school Human Technology and Design</a> is common in the two departments Industrial and Materials Science and Computer Science and Engineering. The school develops the knowledge about the relationship between humans, technology, and design in broad terms, and how this relationship can be shaped with regard to the needs of individuals as well as of the environment and society.</div> <div><br /><strong>PhD students</strong><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/johamik.aspx">Mikael Johansson</a></div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/ekmanfr.aspx">Fredrick Ekman</a> </div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/sara-renstrom.aspx">Sara Renström</a></div> <div> </div> <div>   </div>Fri, 04 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 seminar Virtual Cities - Opportunities and Challenges<p><b>The Initiative seminar on virtual cities delivered real knowledge and experience.</b></p><div>​Chalmers Area of Advance Building Futures, managed by Anders Logg, recently initiated the project VirtualCity@Chalmers, aiming to develop simulation and visualization tools for city planning and building. Within the project, virtual twins of the two Chalmers campuses Johanneberg and Lindholmen are developed, with the goal to expand these models into full scale city versions, starting with the city of Gothenburg.<br /></div> <div><br />In Sweden and globally there are several ongoing similar projects, but the work within the area is still fragmented, in academia as well as among public and private actors. The need for an exchange of experiences and a dialog on opportunities and challenges is regarded as substantial.<br /><br />To counteract this fragmentation, Chalmers Area of Advance Building Futures in collaboration with the City of Gothenburg and Fraunhofer Chalmers Centre recently arranged the initiative seminar Virtual Cities – Opportunities and Challenges. The seminar, held at the Visual Arena, Lindholmen Science Park, gathered several prominent researchers and involved parties. The agenda showed a wide variety of subjects; among others Jarmo Suomisto, City of Helsinki, presented the 3D-modelling project of the city of Helsinki he has managed for several years, Eric Jeansson, geodata strategist at the City of Gothenburg, described several different city environment visualization projects within the City of Gothenburg, and Anders Logg, Chalmers, accounted for the project VirtualCity@Chalmers.<br /><br />The initiative seminar turned out very successful and appreciated. When the day was complete the seminar was summarized by participants and presenters as giving a substantial addition of interesting information and knowledge, an evolving dialog and a source for inspiration and of new contacts with possibilities for further project development. The seminar also gave the opportunity for the team behind VirtualCity@Chalmers to show the first preliminary results from the project and to learn from other similar projects. The development of VirtualCity@Chalmers will now continue, with the aim to present a finished prototype in December 2018.</div> <div> </div> <div>On the project VirtualCity@Chalmers website you find the presentations from the seminar for download: <a href="" target="_blank"> »</a><br /></div> Mon, 30 Apr 2018 14:00:00 +0200 the research to UN’s Sustainable Development Goals<p><b>​The research of Area of Advance Building Futures contributes to a sustainable development, not only on a national level but globally. Below are some examples of how our research is relevant for UN’s goals for sustainable development.</b></p>​ <br /><ul><li>How to decouple the use of natural resources from environmental impacts  (SDG 8, 11, 12, 13)</li> <li>How to increase participation and well-being in urban development (SDG 5, 8, 11, 16) </li> <li>How to make physical infrastructure more efficient, reliable and sustainable (SDG 6,9, 11, 13) </li> <li>How to model, simulate and visualize urban systems for better knowledge provision (SDG 3, 4, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 17)  </li> <li>How to support national knowledge provision in times of rapid urban development (SDG 1-17)</li></ul> Wed, 27 Dec 2017 10:00:00 +0100 Students at Teknologidagene 2017<p><b>​​Chalmers PhD students had a successful trip to Trondheim on October 23 &amp; 24 taking part in the Coastal Highway Route E39 session of “Teknologidagene 2017” – an annual conference arranged by the Norwegian Public Road Administration to share research results.</b></p>There are currently 13 PhD students at Chalmers involved in the E39 research program with topics covering structural and sustainability issues. Leonard Nilsson, Zhenhua Sun, Sabina Karacic, and Josef Nilsson presented results from their research to both the Norwegian transportation experts as well as international observers.<br />   - Our PhD students continue to provide excellent research results and I received positive feedback from many conference delegates”, says Prof. Robert Thomson, Scientific Coordinator for the Chalmers – NPRA collaboration.<br /><br />More information on the E39 Coastal Highway project is available at <a href=""></a> , andChalmers activities are reported at <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/buildingfutures/strategic-partnerships/E39/Pages/default.aspx"></a><br /><p></p>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100 research opportunities for Chalmers researchers as ElectriCity grows<p><b>​ElectriCity, best known for the electric bus 55 in Gothenburg, is much more than just the bus. As the project grows, new exciting opportunities for research appear. Per Lövsund, coordinator for ElectriCity at Chalmers University of Technology, invites Chalmers researchers to contact him with ideas.</b></p><p><br /></p> <p>“We can perform research projects, master and bachelor thesis projects within ElectriCity, and thereby gain better dissemination and utilisation of our results”, says Per Lövsund, who calls on Chalmers researchers to contact him with ideas for new projects.<br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>ElectriCity is now growing to include for example smaller trucks, such as waste trucks and distribution cars. This means exciting opportunities for several research areas, Per Lövsund explains. Self-driving vehicles, safety, community planning, noise, thermal optimization, control algorithms, vehicle dynamics, development and recycling of batteries and fuel cells, and charging station requirements are some examples of questions from different research fields, all of which can be studied within the framework of ElectriCity.<br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>Researchers involved in ElectriCity have access to research platforms such as buses and other vehicles. The project’s demo arena also includes the new urban area Frihamnen and the development of south Chalmers Johanneberg Campus, with a stop for the ElectriCity bus. Here, safety aspects and new innovative solutions at the stop and interactions between vehicles and unprotected road users can be studied.<br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>The fact that ElectriCity enters a new phase has already generated new research at Chalmers.<br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>“One project about bus trains and one about autonomous docking at bus stops are just about to take off”, says Per Lövsund. “Another project investigates how bus drivers experience the effects of the Volvo Dynamic Steering system.”<br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>A workshop is planned to be held at Chalmers to formulate projects on low-frequency noise in urban environment, modeling of noise impact and safety issues regarding quiet buses at bus stops.<br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>“In the long run, perhaps other sectors could be included as well. I personally think that the marine sector would be interesting”, says Per Lövsund. “Chalmers has great competence in this field, for example through <a href="">SSPA </a>and <a href="">Lighthouse</a>.” <br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>ElectriCity has run in Gothenburg for two years and is a collaboration between industry, academia and society, where the participants develop and test solutions for tomorrow’s sustainable public transport. The electric and hybrid buses of route 55, where different technology solutions are tested and developed, run between the two campuses of Chalmers. The project has created a lot of international interest.<br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>“The international attention has given us new networks and new interesting research topics”, concludes Per Lövsund.</p> <p><br /></p> <p>Are you a Chalmers researcher and have a project idea for ElectriCity? Contact Chalmers coordinator Per Lövsund, <a href=""></a><br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p><a href="">Read more about ElectriCity &gt;&gt;</a><br /><br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p><em>Text: Christian Boström, Emilia Lundgren</em><br /></p>Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200’s-one-year-anniversary.aspx house for the celebration of HSB Living Lab’s one-year anniversary<p><b>​When HSB Living Lab celebrated its first anniversary it was attended by representatives of Chalmers, HSB and Johanneberg Science Park as well as the Government and the City of Gothenburg.</b></p>​  “We at the Ministry for Enterprise and Innovation are pushing to try to obtain more test beds where we can use new technology, and HSB Living Lab is a really good example of that,” said Minister for Housing and Digital Development <strong>Peter Eriksson</strong> (MP) during his speech at HSB Living Lab.<br /><br />HSB Living Lab is a unique research arena situated in the Chalmers area in Gothenburg. One complete outfit specialising in finding sustainable living solutions for the future. Those living in the 29 apartments have now been a part of the innovation project for a year - a project which constitutes cooperation between trade and industry, city and academia. 2000 sensors spend 24 hours a day collecting data which can be used to find new living solutions for the future.<br /><br />The 1-year anniversary was celebrated on Tuesday September 19. The visit began at <span><span></span><span> Johanneberg Science Park <span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span>with a presentation of some ongoing research projects <span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>which are linked to the HSB Living Lab building and to Chalmers. Presentations included building-integrated solar panels, city simulations and research into how much reconstruction goes on within the apartments. <br /><br />During his welcome, MD of HSB Gothenburg <strong>Lars Göran Andersson l</strong>ed three cheers for HSB Living Lab.<br />   “We now have another nine years of research to go,” he said, indicating that HSB Living is a ten-year project.<br /><br />After Peter Eriksson had been shown around the premises, a panel debate was held on the subject of “<strong><em>Smart cities, what do we mean by that</em></strong>?” where discussions concerned the challenges faced by researchers, housing companies and the politicians. The subjects of ownership, virtual town urban planning, the importance of abbreviated construction processes and smart cities and the way to get the most from the research which exists and is ongoing at HSB Living Lab were debated while many of the audience were standing all the way down to HSB Living Lab’s modern laundry.<br /><br />The moderator was <strong>Lars Marcus</strong>, Professor of Urban Design and Planning at Chalmers.<br /><br />The panel:<br /><ul><li>Peter Eriksson (MP), Minister for Housing and Digital Development</li> <li>Anders Lago, Chairperson of the HSB Association</li> <li>Anders Logg, Acting Area of Advance Director Building Futures</li> <li>Anna Dubois, Vice President of Chalmers</li> <li>Mats Bergh, MD of Johanneberg Science Park</li> <li>Ann-Sofie Hermansson (S), Chairperson of the Municipal Board</li></ul> <br />Peter Eriksson concluded the panel debate confidently.<br />   “I think it’s all about using the new opportunities provided by new technology to build a more humane society where we invest in quality of life where people will be able to socialise and think of each other with love and kindness rather than distance themselves. I believe there are enormous opportunities to be had from the technology if we use it in the right way.”<br /><br />The visit was jointly arranged by Chalmers, HSB and Johanneberg Science Park.<br />Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0200–-a-narrative-of-hope.aspx beyond sustainability – a narrative of hope<p><b>​In the newly published licentiate thesis Regenerative Place-Making: Making-Places for Collective Life and a Common Future, Sigrid Laurel Östlund, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology and Mistra Urban Futures explores how we can move beyond mainstream sustainability, through the study of regenerative place-making.</b></p><div>​As the planet faces urbanization and globalization, it’s essential to re-evaluate the roles of built environments and human activities in connection to ecosystems that we and other species depend upon. An important part of this challenge is to address the potential role of place and spatial design. This could be a paradigm shift that is necessary for changing current and future circumstances.  </div> <div> </div> <div>This challenge is too monumental to be resolved by any one person or discipline. This thesis contributes to the larger story through a smaller story: one about the potential relationships between place-making, regeneration and designerly thinking. </div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Regenerative design and place-making</h4> <div>More specifically the thesis focuses on place-making, particularly the perspective of spatial design and experiences of the built landscape, and how this is affected by and can affect our relationship to ´waste-making´. </div> <div> </div> <div>Mainstream sustainability focuses on avoiding scarcity through austerity and efficiency. It tends to convey that human activities are de facto bad for the environment and measures its successes as being “less bad”. Regenerative design theory problematizes mainstream notions of sustainability that reinforce human-nature dualisms and perpetuate linear systems of resources and power. Regenerative design stresses that we must shift into a mindset that recognizes that societies (and their economies) are inseparable from ecologies, and that local and global communities are made up of human and nonhuman subjects. It does not deny that we need to reduce the negative impact of human activities. However, it argues that human activity is not de facto bad for the environment and proposes to shift the focus of our efforts to increasing the positive effects of human activities.</div> <div> </div> <div>An important part of the solution to this problem, according to regenerative design theory, is to reconsider and rewrite a “narrative of hope”, stories of how we can change the world. Stories told and enacted within their cultural socio-ecological contexts can promote certain values and beliefs that build co-creative and co-evolutionary partnerships for regenerating resources and the notion of “the good life”. </div> <div> </div> <div><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Study areas – waste to resources and more </h4></div> <div>The areas studied represent publicly shared places where waste has been used as a resource or contributes to the process of being turned into a resource. In total 20 sites have been visited, some of which are:  </div> <div> </div> <ul><li><a href="">Waste Warriors, Baghsu, India</a> </li> <li><a href="">Clean Upper Dharamsala, McLeodganj, India</a> </li> <li><a href="">Cykelköket, Göteborg, Sweden</a></li> <li><a href="/sv/styrkeomraden/transport/kalendarium/Sidor/ReCycle--the-Chalmers-bike-day.aspx">Chalmers ReCycle, Göteborg, Sweden</a> </li> <li><a href="">Alelyckan Kretsloppspark, Göteborg, Sweden</a></li></ul> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Results </h4> <div>“Some of the main results, are that waste-resource activities and expressions in publicly shared places can take many forms and contribute to other values such as community building, empowerment, good-will, donation and recreation. Each place and activity tells a contextually and individually different, yet similar, story of hope, renewal, contribution and creativity. The places which contributed most to such a narrative, were the ones that included ‘making practices’; what I call ‘making-places’. It is clear from these studies that the incorporation of waste-resource conversion in public and common life is possible, and can have many benefits for psycho-social wellbeing and the experience of the built landscape. They also add new dimensions to the experience of place, and call into question our common notion of what ‘public space’ is and can be used for”, says Sigrid Laurel Östlund. </div> <div> </div> <div>The Main Supervisor is Professor Jaan-Henrik Kain, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology with Artistic Professor Henrietta Palmer, Mistra Urban Futures as Co-Supervisor. </div> <div> </div> <div>“We are all impressed by the significant contribution made by Sigrid Östlund, taking us beyond often watery applications of ”sustainability” towards a generative architectural practice. By linking a wide set of theories she outlines a new ”paradigm” that will serve as a basis for shifting the practices of architects and designers. Her coming PhD thesis will soon bring this important work to a wider international audience”, says Jaan-Henrik Kain.</div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Read more</h4> <a href=""><div>Licentiate thesis Regenerative Place-Making: Making-Places for Collective Life and a Common Future</div> <div>PhD project: Regenerative Placemaking</div></a>  <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Questions?</h4> Please contact Sigrid Laurel Östlund, <a href=""></a><br /> Thu, 29 Jun 2017 21:00:00 +0200 global issues are crucial to our relevance<p><b>​Chalmers has a strong profile in relation to the sustainability issues that Sweden and other wealthy countries are facing, but there is huge potential for development from a global perspective. The end of May marked the starting point for Chalmers-wide work towards the UN&#39;s global development goals, with a focus on the third world.</b></p>​<span><span><span><span class=" ms-rtestate-write ms-rtestate-write"><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span></span></span>Throughout the different organisations making up Chalmers, there are individuals working with sustainability research in developing countries or from a global perspective. In order to create a network and develop a common vision and plan for how Chalmers can become stronger in globally-oriented sustainability research, Chalmers Initiative for Innovation and Sustainability Transitions (CIIST) organised a collaborative workshop at the end of May. <br /><br />More than seventy people from different parts of Chalmers, University of Gothenburg, Sida, student organisations, companies and civil society gathered for the workshop. Organiser Helene Ahlborg, researcher in environmental systems analysis and active member of CIIST, is very pleased with the turnout. <br /><br />“The level of participation shows that these are issues that many are passionate about. We see the global issues as crucial to our relevance and attractiveness as a university, and we found that we have the skills needed to further develop Chalmers' work in this area,” says Helene Ahlborg.<br /><br />For her, it is obvious that Chalmers has a lot to gain from becoming stronger in global sustainability research.<br /><br />“The biggest challenges we face require us to take them on with a global perspective. We also have a lot to learn from being present in poorer parts of the world, since many new innovations, ideas and solutions of the future will emerge in these contexts.” <br /><br />But, it is also about becoming an attractive university in the eyes of students. Many committed students want to take part and solve the world's problems; in response Chalmers must be able to offer them the right education.<br /><br />Helene Ahlborg's next step will be to create working groups that build on the work from the workshop to formulate a strategic vision and action plan this autumn.<br /><br />“The ball will then keep rolling over the next year and we will follow up on suggestions and drive them forward in different ways. We want to take advantage of the energy that exists and all of the initiatives already taking place within different organisations and create a collective arena and benefit in relation to these,” she says.<br /><br />The workshop was funded by the Energy and Building Futures Areas of Advance, as well as the Department of Energy and Environment.<br /><br />Text: Ingela Roos<br />Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0200