keywords – urbanisation, democratisation, governance, [in]formal spatial practices in developing countries
For the overall program of Complex cities P2 presentations, please see here


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Concepción del Rocío Aranda Iglesias
[A corridor towards sustainable urban development.]
Maputo, Mozambique.
This project seeks to incorporate infrastructure initiatives in a framework for sustainable urban development and adaptive governance in the Maputo development corridor.


Ardian Wiratama
Slum fragility – A study of derivative form of resilience in informal settlement.
Bukit Duri, Jakarta
Living in an already fragile environment, inhabitants of slum settlements are particularly threatened by natural hazards. This research investigates approaches to enhance resilience and sustainable systems in such context. Specific focus lies on an approach that can be applied in informal settlements and that creates opportunities and livability for their inhabitants.

Eva Labrujere
An alternative urban paradigm: local knowledge and the power of community as a base for change
Nairobi, Kenya
This project elaborates an inclusive and sustainable redevelopment project for the Mathare Valley in Nairobi, Kenya.

Chris Bartman
Designing affordable neighbourhoods for low-income population in a rapid urbanising Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
This project uses an analysis of the needs of the low-income population in Addis Ababa for a design that explores a sustainable and economically prosperous development of the city.


Karishma Asarpota
Laying the road map for energy transition in Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
This project aims to promote a transition to a sustainable, clean and efficient energy system for Dubai through an alternative spatial planning approach. International comparative analysis is used to derive learning lessons for spatial planning in Dubai.


Reza Arlianda
The creation of common land in convivial city – The advocation for collective resources in the context of tourism industry of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
This project reflects on the growing sentiments towards the industrialization of tourism; the notion that “the city slowly becomes friendlier for the investor rather than for its own citizen.” It is investigated how the political advocation of ‘common land’ can induce a convivial city.


Matias Iversson Piazza
Altamira beyond Belo Monte – Gaps and opportunities for promoting sustainable development in Altamira
Altamira, Brazil
The city of Altamira, located in the margins of the Xingu river in the Brazilian Amazon region, has been facing rapid population growth, due to the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant – third biggest in the world. This graduation thesis investigates the dynamic of urban development that the construction has caused. It examines possible future scenarios, extrapolating a variety of development outcomes following the conclusion of the construction. Scenarios inform a strategic plan for sustainable economic regional development.

Nilofer Afza Tajuddin
Keeping your feet dry: Rethinking planning and flood resilience in Chennai Metropolitan Area, India
Chennai, India
Urbanization in Chennai, driven by trends in industrial and economic development, has resulted in an urban pattern which conflicts with the natural green-blue system. This has further led to encroachment of water bodies and the loss of the traditional drainage network. As a result, the region is extremely prone to flooding. This project hence revisits strategic spatial planning that aims at flood resilience in the CMA while also responding to the existing trends in the region.


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