In 1974 Temagroep Planning started their activities regarding research for socially disadvantaged groups. As a result the Planalogies Advies Buro (PAB) was born. This shop was part of the department of the Built Environment of the Technische Hogeschool Eindhoven. In 1985 the PAB merged with the Bouwkundewinkel of the department of the Built Environment.
The Bouwkundewinkel is currently the only Science Shop left at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Science Shops are information offices which conduct academic research in the social field for little or no costs. These Science Shops built a bridge between University and society.
Without the development of Science Shops in general, their work gained more acknowledgement and appreciation throughout the years, the Bouwkundewinkel could not have existed. In 1985 the board of the department therefore decided to officially acknowledge and support the Bouwkundewinkel.
The Bouwkundewinkel is founded by several students who considered social involvement as an important task, a goal that has not changed over the past few years. In recent years the Bouwkundewinkel has meant a lot to multiple individuals and groups who were able to get in contact with us.