On the 9th of November 2016, 08.45 -17.00, at room T and U at the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Complex cities graduation students will present their graduation plans for P1 evaluation. Their first mentors will attend as well as their second mentors (this is highly wanted but not obligatory). Other students of complex cities and other mentors are invited to join and comment! For your guide to presentations, see here.

Below presentations and their topics are listed. Each P1 moment lasts 45min. It consists of 5 min set-up, 20min presentation and 10min Q&A by mentors and an interested audience. The last 10min are dedicated to advise that first and second mentors give to students for next steps.


  • 8:45 Bhavana Vaddadi/Dominic Stead/Steffen Nijhuis: Bhavana Vaddadi investigates how self-driving cars will improve our cities, by means of a case study in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • 9:30 Stijn Stam/Francisco Colombo/Luisa Calabrese: Stijn Stam develops a strategic spatial vision to temper social segregation between the North and the South of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • 10:15 Pieternella Aten/Arie Romein/Leo van den Burg: Pieternella Aten investigates what internationalisation means for different groups involved in spatial planning strategies in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
  • 11:00 Miriam den Boer/Diego Andres Sepulveda Carmona: Miriam den Boer investigates urbanism/informal development in underdeveloped countries. She looks at the case of South Africa.
  • 11:45 Juan Gutierrez Beltran/Diego Andres Sepulveda Carmona/Rients Dijkstra:Juan Gutierrez Beltran investigates how transit-oriented development can contribute to social sustainability in Bogotá, Columbia.

12:30 – 14.45 Break

  • 14:45 Yuefeng Yang/Diego Andres Sepulveda Carmona/Dominic Stead: Yuefeng Yang investigates how congestion and unregulated urban sprawl affect the Tiantongyuan residence district in Beijing, China.
  • 15:30 Xin Huang/Qu Lei/Maurice Harteveld: Xin Huang addresses gentrification and socio-spatial segregation as a consequence of radical housing removal and reconstruction in Chinese cities (Guangzhou).
  • 16:15 Yang Qiao (Jamie)/Qu Lei/Machiel van Dorst: Yang Qiao investigates approaches to sustainable transformations of Chinese urban villages, building up on notions about ‘eco-cities’. Her case is the Guangzhou Lijiao urban village


  • 9:30 Kritika Sha/Roberto Rocco/Arie Romein: Kritika Sha investigates how socio-economic ties contribute to sustaining informal settlements in Indian cities, by means of investigating Dharavi, Mumbai, India.
  • 10:15 T.H. Bekken/Francisco Colombo/Luisa Calabrese: T.H. Bekken investigates the use of renewable energies in Dutch inner cities and how this can be enhanced by planning. Rotterdam, the Netherlands, is his case.

10:15 – 12.30 Break

  • 12:30 Alankrita Sarkar/Vincent Nadin/Ulf Hackauf: Alankrita Sarkar investigates how the policy concept ‘smart city’ is used in India, by means of a comparative case study research into three Indian cities.
  • 14:00 Franziska Unzner/Vincent Nadin/Alexander Wandl: Franziska Unzner investigates justice and cohesion in urban regeneration projects by comparing cases in London, Amsterdam, Vienna and Paris.
  • 14:45 Céline Janssen/Verena Balz/Reinout Kleinhans: Céline Janssen investigates the integration of migrants in North-West European cities and how integration is affected by policies at different levels of government.
  • 15:30 Vera Kuipers/Stephen Read/Leo van den Burg: Vera Kuipers investigates governmental strategies to meet growing diversities in western cities.


Other P1 presentations (on other days)

  • Judith Schweizer/Lidewij Tummers/Leeke Reinders: Judith Schweizer investigates fear in public space, how the existing inequalities and gender roles are shaping cities.
  • Silvana Corro Quintana/Wil Zonneveld/Arie Romein: Silvana Corro Quintana investigates how local assets can contribute to tourism in the city Trujillo, and a strengthening of this secondary Peru city more broadly.

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