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Gerhard Bruyns

Dr. ir. Gerhard Bruyns is an architect and urbanist. He is Associate Professor and Discipline Leader E&I and Convener of the PhD Programme. 

Previously Dr Bruyns held tenure as a faculty member of the Delft School of Design, Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology [TU Delft], the Netherlands. He has previously worked in practice in South Africa before joining the Urban Renewal and Management Chair of the TU Delft’s Department of Urbanism. In 2008 he was invited to join the Delft School of Design [TU Delft], an advanced research unit focused on combining critical theory, philosophy and design [architecture and urbanism] into a coherent MSc and PhD design program. Here Dr Bruyns’ role was to act as both a design mentor and MSc coordinator.

Dr Bruyns has lectured at a number of universities globally, and acted as invited jury member to architecture schools in South Africa, Asia, South America, the US and Europe. In 2007 he coordinated, under chairmanship of Professors A.D. Graafland and I.B. Low, the Urban Development Stall of the African Perspectives Africains, which formed the core backdrop to his most recent publication and editorial work addressing urbanization within Africa [2012]. Presently he is Executive Team member of the IFOU, Scientific Board Member of the African Centre for Studies in Leiden [The Netherlands], editor of the Footprint Journal, issue # 16 [TU Delft], Assistant to the General Reporter for the UIA 2014 - World Congress on Architecture [Architecture Otherwhere] and Registrar of the UIA 2014 International Student Competition. Bruyns' present professional design and practice work is done in association with CP, Arquitectura, Urbanismo, Investigacion.

He is editor-in-chief of the School's Scopus indexed design journal - Cubic: http://www.cubicjournal.org/wp/ 

Website: www.morpho.work

TRADITIONAL OUTPUTS

Editorial Work - Books

Bruyns, GJB., Wei, H. (2022). ‘[ _ ] With Design: Reinventing Design Modes’, ISADR 2021, ninth Congress of the International Association of Societies of Design Research, 2021, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR. Congress Proceedings. Volume 1 – 3. G Bruyns and H Wei (eds). New York: Springer.

Bruyns, GJB., Kousoulas, S. (2022). ‘Introduction’. In Design Commons - Practices, Processes and Crossovers. Springer. Cham: Springer. https://link.springer.com/book/9783030950569

Bruyns, GJB., Hasdell, P. (Accepted/ In Press). ‘Doubling as strategy for territorial development; Bogota and Hong Kong’. Edited by C Pinilla. Bogota: National University of Colombia. 

Bruyns, GJB., Hasdell, P. Sepulveda, D., (2021).  “Game Boarding Regional Development”, in Eyes of the City. Shenzhen Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture. A Project by Carlo Ratti, Michele Bonino, Yimin Sun, Edited by Valeria Federighi, Monica Naso, Daniele Belleri. Berlin: Hatje Cantz Verlag. 

Bruyns, GJB. & Tung, H., (2020). ‘History and Interior Design – the Orient and the Occident’. In: Interior Design Body of Knowledge, Book 2. Pan, H., Cheung, J., Man-yi, C. & Lee, W. (eds.). Hong Kong SAR. pp. 4 – 20. ISBN 978-988-18618-8-7 (Peer reviewed)

Bruyns, GJB., Wirman, H. (2018). ‘Why the commons? Thinking design social, design economies and, design making’. PhD Winter School Document. Hong Kong. 978-988-16722-5-4.

Bruyns, GJB., (2018). ‘Linking the Capitalisation of Security in the Context of Hyper-Speculation’, Rogue Economies (In)Secure, Volume 2. Unit 14, GSA UJ: Johannesburg. pp. 16 – 25. ISBN: 978-0-620-82270-1.

Osman, A., Aigbavboa, C., Bruyns, GJB, et al.(2014).XXV World Congress of Architecture(UIA 2014 Otherwhere Durban). International Student Competition Book. Durban, South Africa. ISBN 978-0-86970-783-8

Osman, A., Aigbavboa, C., Bruyns, GJB, et al.(2014).XXV World Congress of Architecture(UIA 2014 Otherwhere Durban). Durban, South Africa. ISBN 978-0-86970-783-8

Graafland, AD, Bruyns, GJB& Jacoby, A. (2013). Jerusalem, The Damascus Gate. DIA MA Arch Studio, 2010 – 2011. DIA Architecture School, Anhalt University Department 3. 

Bruyns. GJB.,& Graafland, A., (Ed). (2012) ‘African Perspectives - South Africa: City, Society, Space and Architecture’. Rotterdam: 010 Publishers. ISBN 978 90 6450 797 7

Bruyns. G. & Graafland. A., (2009). Delft School of Design Research and Design Catalogue, Urban Asymmetries Program, MSc 2 Studio Singapore. Delft University of Technology, Publicatie Buro Bouwkunde.  Delft. ISBN 978 90 5269 378 1

van Nes, A., Bruyns. GJB, Fuchs, A., Hoekstra, M., Mijer, H., (Eds). (2007). ‘The European Tradition in Urbanism, and its Future’. Conference Proceedings, Delft University of Technology. Delft: IFOU press. 978-90-78658-04-7.

A. van Nes, C. Pinilla, Bruyns GJB, R. Rocco and Rosemann, J.H. (Eds). (2007). ‘The 5th City’, IFOU Press. Delft.  ISBN 978 90 78658 03 0.

Healy, P.E., & Bruyns, GJB. (Eds.). (2006).  De-/signing The Urban. Technogenesis And the Urban Image.  Delft School of Design Series on Architecture and Urbanism, Rotterdam: 010 Publishers. ISBN 906 4506 11

Peer Reviewed Journals

Bruyns, G., Elkin, D.E., and Hasdell, P. (2020). “Urban Liveability: Negotiations of Scale, Urban Elements and Architecture.” Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design, no. 4 (November 2020): 68–75. ISSN: 978-988-75425-3-7

Bruyns, G., Higgins, C. D. & Nel, D. H.. (2020). Urban Volumetrics: From Vertical to Volumetric Urbanisation and its Extensions to Empirical Morphological Analysis. In Urban Studies. DOI: 10.1177/0042098020936970

Bruyns, G. & Nel, D. (2020). ‘Lateral-privatisation of the Publics: Hong Kong’s Spatial Struggles’. In : Urban Design International. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41289-020-00127-5

Bruyns, GJB. (2018). Tactical interiority; Hong Kong’s “lived” interiors as praxis for tactical living in High-Density landscapes, Interiors, 9:3, 346-371, DOI: 10.1080/20419112.2019.1642571

Elkin, D., Bruyns, GJB., Hasdell, P. (2018). ‘Former Factories of the World: Labour, Knowledge, and Physical Capitals in Hong Kong’. In: arq: Architectural Research Quarterly. Cambridge University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1359135518000507

Bruyns, GJB. (2018). ‘The Social and the Spatial, Urban Models as Morphologies for a ‘Lived’ Approach to Planning’. In: Cubic Journal; Design Social | Technology, Activism, Anti-Social, Bruyns GJB, and Hasdell, P. (eds) number 1 volume 1, pp. 52–73. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31182/cubic.2018.1.003 

Hasdell, P., & Bruyns, GJB. (2018). ‘Introduction to Design Social | Technology, Activism, Anti-Social’. In Cubic Journal; Design Social | Technology, Activism, Anti-Social, Bruyns G, and Hasdell, P. (eds). number 1 volume 1, pp. 52–73. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31182/cubic.2018.1.003

Bruyns, GJB.,& Hasdell, P. (2017). ‘Aquatic Urbanity: Water as Planning and Territorial Instrument Considering the 9 Dash Line Policy’. In: Upland–Journal of Urban Planning, Landscape & Environmental Design,1(1). ISSN 2531-9906, 2(2). Retrieved from http://www.upland.it/index.php/UPLanD/index. http://www.serena.unina.it/index.php/upland/article/view/5420/6059 

Bruyns, GJB., Elkin, D., & Hasdell, P. (2017). ‘Erasing Landscapes’. In: Urban Next, Journal #4, Photographic Atlas of Cities. ISSN 2575-5374. DOI: https://urbannext.net/erasing-landscapes/.

Sohn, H., Kousoulas, S., Bruyns, GJB. (2015). ‘Commoning as Differentiated Publicness’ In: Commoning as Differentiated Publicness: emerging concepts of the urban and other material realities, In Footprint Delft Architecture Theory Journal, Volume 16, Delft, Techne Press, pp 1-8. DOI: https://doi.org/10.7480/footprint.9.1

Contributions to Periodicals

Bruyns, GJB., Hasdell, P., Sepulveda-Carmona, D. (2020). ‘Game Boarding Regional Development’, In Archdaily, February 2020. Online: https://www.archdaily.com/934165/game-boarding-regional-development.

Recent Peer Reviewed Conference Papers

Endemann, H., Bruyns, GJB., & Buehring, J. (Accepted/In press). A Compact City for a Beautiful Countryside—Entry-points to a discourse between academic research and institutional strategies. From dichotomies to dialogues - connecting discourses for a sustainable urbanism. The 14th conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFOU), Delft, The Netherlands.

Louw, M., Elkin, D., Bruyns, GJB. (Accepted/In press). Between Transitional Centre-Hinterlands: Assessing urban futures in Cape Town and Hong Kong SAR. IFOU, Delft, The Netherlands.

Higgins, C.D., Nel, D., Bruyns. GJB., (2021). Mixed-Use Intensity and Multimodal Accessibility: Capturing Form, Function, and the 15-Minute City. In Urban Form and The Sustainable Prosperous City. Glasgow, UK: ISUF.

Nel, D., Higgins, C.D., Bruyns, GJB. (2021). Urban Form, Power-Laws and Resilience: Power-Law Distributions in the Betweenness Centrality of Cities Street Networks and the Implications for Urban Resilience. In Urban Form and The Sustainable Prosperous City. Glasgow, UK: ISUF.

Peng, Y., Nel, D., Bruyns, GJB., Wang, P., Qu, L., Chen. C. (2021). Evolution of the Block Morphology: Comparative Case Study of the Block Scale Between Chinese Mageblock and Other Area. In Urban Form and The Sustainable Prosperous City. Glasgow, UK: ISUF.

Endemann, H., Bruyns, GJB., & Buehring, J. (2021). The Compact City and Contemporary Urbanisation Processes: Discussing Alternative Interpretations of Urban Compactness. ISUF XXVIII International Seminar on Urban Form ISUF2021: Urban Form and the Sustainable and Prosperous City, Glasgow, Scottland.

Endemann, H., Bruyns, GJB., & Buehring, J. (2021). Compactness as a Condition, Compaction as an Ambition— Potentials and Pitfalls of an Interdisciplinary Global Debate on the Compact City. Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development, Florence, Italy.

Bruyns, GJB., Hasdell, P., Sepulveda, D., Qu, L., Wei, H., Nel, D. H., Endemann, H., Gera, K., & Higgins, C. D. (2021). The Pedagogies of Morphology and Gamification; Linking Gamification with Spatial Concepts. ISUF XXVIII International Seminar on Urban Form ISUF2021: Urban Form and the Sustainable and Prosperous City, Glasgow, Scottland.

Endemann, H. L., Bruyns, G., & Buehring, J. H. (Accepted/In press). The Compact City and Contemporary Urbanization Processes: Discussing Alternative Interpretations of Urban Compactness. Paper presented at The 28th International Seminar of Urban Form (ISUF 2021) Conference in Glasgow, UK, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Bruyns, GJB., Hasdell, P., Sepulveda, D., Calabrese, L., Choi, S., Nel, D., Peng, Y., Van Nes, A., Endemann, H.,  (2021). Mega morphologies of 21st century landscapes; the characteristics of an inverted-exterior city form. GBA’ Morphologies, Volumetric And Neo-Morphologies Of Extensive Territories. ISUF 2021, Glassgow, Virtual Conference Proceedings, 29 June 2021.

Bruyns, GJB., Nel, D., Peng, Y. (2021). Mega morphologies of 21st century landscapes; the characteristics of an inverted-exterior city form. ISUF 2020 Virtual Conference Proceedings, [S.l.], v. 1, feb. 2021. ISSN 2709-5274. Available at: <https://epubs.utah.edu/index.php/ISUF2020/article/view/4312>. Date accessed: 16 March 2021.

Nel, D., Bruyns, GJB., Higgins, C.D., Peng, Y. (2021). In pursuit of resilient urban form typologies: testing a quantitative approach for morphologically based urban resilience. ISUF 2020 Virtual Conference Proceedings, [S.l.], v. 1, feb. 2021. ISSN 2709-5274. Available at: <https://epubs.utah.edu/index.php/ISUF2020/article/view/4289>. Date accessed: 16 March 2021.

HIGGINS, Christopher D.; NEL, Darren H.; BRUYNS, GJB. (2021). Measuring mixed-use intensity in volumetric cities: density and interaction. ISUF 2020 Virtual Conference Proceedings, [S.l.], v. 1, feb. 2021. ISSN 2709-5274. Available at: <https://epubs.utah.edu/index.php/ISUF2020/article/view/4320>. Date accessed: 16 March 2021.

Peng, Y., Bruyns, GJB., Qu, L., Nel, D. (2021). New 'world' morphology: Outlining the Chinese megablock urbanism (CMU) block morphology and physical characteristics. ISUF 2020 Virtual Conference Proceedings, [S.l.], v. 1, feb. 2021. ISSN 2709-5274. Available at: <https://epubs.utah.edu/index.php/ISUF2020/article/view/4187>. Date accessed: 16 March 2021.

Nel, D. H., Bruyns, GJB., Higgins, C. D. & van Nes, A., 2020, Beyond resilience: Towards a more interrogated and inclusive urban design . Santoso, J., Brigita, M., Suryadjaja, R. & Lestari, N. A. R. (eds.). Netherlands: International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU), p. 214 228. 

Navarro, L., Bruyns GJB.(2018). On Why We Can Not Envision A Tesseract: ‘Unfolding’ The Interior Once More (Reflections on Three Representational Techniques for the Design of the Interior). ADR18, Annual Design Research Conference.The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia. ISBN 978-0-646-99249-5. 

Bruyns, GJB.,Nel D., Higgins CD. (2018). ‘Flat City versus Volumetric City, Re-application of the Layered Movement Network Approach’. International Seminar on Urban Form, ХХV International Seminar on Urban Form 2018 Urban Form and Social Context: from traditions to newest demands. Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russia. SBN: 978-5-7638-3952-4

Higgins, CD., Nel, D., Bruyns, GJB.(2018). ‘Slope, Layers and Walkability: Estimating the Link Between Pedestrian Accessibility and Land Values in the Morphology of High-Density Cities’. International Seminar on Urban Form, ХХV International Seminar on Urban Form 2018 Urban Form and Social Context: from traditions to newest demands. Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russia. SBN: 978-5-7638-3952-4

Nel D., Bruyns GJB., Higgins CD. (2018). ‘Urban Design, Connectivity and its Role in Building Spatial Resilience’. International Seminar on Urban Form, ХХV International Seminar on Urban Form 2018 Urban Form and Social Context: from traditions to newest demands. Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russia. SBN: 978-5-7638-3952-4

Editorial Work - Journals

Sohn, H., Kousoulas, S., & Bruyns, GJB., (2015). ‘Commoning as Differentiated Publicness: emerging concepts of the urban and other material realities’. Footprint; Delft Architecture Theory Journal. Amsterdam: Techne Press. https://doi.org/10.31182/cubic.2018.1.003

Hasdell, P., & Bruyns, GJB. (2018). Cubic Journal; Design Social | Technology, Activism, Anti-Social. Cubic Journal: Design Social, Design Economies, Design Making. https://doi.org/10.31182/cubic.2018.1.003

Artistic Contributions in Books

Funk, M., (2015). Funk on Healy, Amsterdam: Synonym Books. ISBN 978-94-91360-03-9

Healy, P. (2008). The Model and Its Architecture. Delft School of Design Series on Architecture and Urbanism. Rotterdam: 010 Publishers. ISBN 978-9064506840. 

NON-TRADITIONAL RESEARCH OUTPUTS

Sepulveda, D., Bruyns, GJB., Hasdell, P., Calabrese, L., Lei, Q. (2020). ‘The Greater Bay Area, Spatial Planning and Speculative Models’. The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. July 2020.

Elkin, D., Bruyns, GJB., and Hasdell. “Pixel City: The Hong Kong Collateral Event at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale Di Venezia.” Exhibited May 22, 2021.

Elkin, D., Bruyns, GJB., and Hasdell. P., (2021).  “Pixel City: Redistribution: Land, People, and Environment.” Completed November 2020 for Exhibition November 25, 2021.

BODIES OF WORK

Body of Work 1 - Contested Territorialisation

Keywords: Territory, Contested, Hong Kong SAR, Urbanisation, Geo-location strategies. 

Descriptor: This BOW interrogates the various spatial claims made on the territory of Hong Kong SAR China, at a number of levels. Essentially the work reflects on the intricacies of what defines territory and how its meaning shifts within different perspectives/ domains. The concept of territory, drawn from urban geography, is used as a key anchor point. With this, the same concepts are then re-tested within the domains of urbanism, architecture, law and critical theory. In this framework the BOW wishes to contribute to a discourse that centres on ‘man’ and his relationship to ‘land’ in terms of ownership models and types of territories that emerge from these.

Body of Work 2 - Volumetric-Economic-Morphologies

Keywords: Morphology Volumetric, Two Dimensional, Three Dimensional, Hong Kong SAR. 

Descriptor: Volumetric Economic Morphologies (VEM) represents a follow-up to the first BOW, investigating the morphological propositions of the three-dimensional spatial structures. As a new research direction this BOW, using Hong Kong as ‘proof of case’, wishes to [a] clarify the new spatial types that emerge due to the three dimensional complexity, [b] question how spatial types and economies, planning and policies are interlinked to one another in this three dimensional form, and [c] harness the results to further expand the new research field that links the domains of urban morphology and planning into three dimensional research within geography and resilience studies. 

Body of Work 3 - Square Foot Societies

Keywords: Compression, Interior Morphology, Square Foot, Social, Hong Kong SAR.

Descriptor: A follow-up to the morphological research (BOW 2) is a direction that questions the intensification of space. This BOW completes the analysis of territories and morphologies by investigating spatial compression. Using the territorial (BOW 1) and morphological research (BOW 2) as a means to classify the anatomy of the city, this research extends the theoretical and empirical work from spatial planning and architecture into interior architecture by looking at the usability of interiors. Moreover, it concomitantly questions how interiors are tactically adapted, due to limited space and user needs.

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