Campuses, Cities and Innovation: 39 international cases accommodating tech-based research


Flavia Curvelo Magdaniel
TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment
Alexandra den Heijer
TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment
Monique Arkesteijn
TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment
Hans de Jonge
TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment
Keywords: campus, cities, tech


The locations of technology campuses determine where innovation takes place. In a knowledge-based economy, the future of cities increasingly depends on the presence of universities, their industry partners, talent and (start-up) businesses. The relationship between (technology) campuses and cities was a central theme in Flavia Curvelo Magdaniel’s doctoral research, which was defended and published in September 2016. During her PhD study, she collected data of thirty-nine technology campuses, which we — as her promotor and co-promotor — considered worth a spin-off publication.

This publication “Campuses, cities and innovation” contains descriptions of 39 international cases that accommodate tech-based research activities. These case descriptions (in part B) are introduced with background information about concepts and methods (in part A) and reflected upon in conclusions and recommendations (in part C).

Based on our experience - after more than twenty years of campus research at TU Delft — we identified a demand for case study references to support decision making at both universities and municipalities. TU Delft’s campus research team aims at generating management information on all campus levels: from the changing academic workplace and new concepts for university buildings to the sustainable campus and the knowledge city. This book is part of a book series that combines insights from theory with references from practice, to contribute to smarter campus management.

With a large number of facts, figures and maps this book “Campuses, cities and innovation” is relevant for board members and (campus) management staff at universities as well as policymakers at municipalities and regional authorities. Additionally, decision-makers of industry partners, (start-up) businesses and (other) members of the campus community could be interested in comparing their campuses with worldwide examples.

“Innovation is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” was one of the propositions that Flavia Curvelo Magdaniel defended in September 2016. With this book, we wanted to take the opportunity to support the preparation process and hope to stimulate innovation.



February 16, 2018


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Physical Dimensions

240mm x 320mm