The degree project presentation is a public event, but due to the current situation – and by following the recommendation from the university – there will be no presentation in the A-building!
If you would like to take part in the presentation you have to register for the ZOOM meeting by e-mail.
Reviving a Neigborhood in the Old City Center of the Hague
Canals have always been an important part of The Netherlands and have played a big role shaping the cities. Later, as many canals lost their functions by the 19th century, they were filled-in.
Replacing the canals with streets has affected the overall ambience of many neighborhoods. As having regions with wider streets and multiple transportation systems, resulting in disconnection among areas at pedestrian level.
The Hague, the capital of South Holland, had many of its historic canals run through the city center. By the late 18th and 20th century, many of the canals were filled-in for the tram infrastructure in order to connect the city of The Hague, as it grew larger. This process left out an old neighborhood, known today as Chinatown, to lose its active element. Not only did that stunt the growth and development of Chinatown, but it also added to the neighborhood’s dark past of being a demolished abandoned Jewish quarter after The World War II.
This thesis investigates how to revive Chinatown, with the focus of bringing back the old historic canals and enhancing the identity of the neighborhood; moreover making Chinatown more prominent in the city center of The Hague, along with boosting its economic, social and ecological sustainability.
Island back to people - regeneration process of the post-industrial island.
Island back to people, presents a vision of a new, reborn island, part of the regeneration process, which was originally the heart of the city’s industrial power and the base tissue of the identity of Szczecin, with which everyone associated the city. I present the problem of losing the city’s identity, and lacking a strong connection with water, even though originally that was one of the strongest features of the city. Through the design, I try to enhance the beauty of the site, and by improving it and working with the existing, historical building structure I add new value which will change the perception of neglected, unavailable, post-industrial island, into an island, that reminds us of great times, unique history and opens up to people. It's even more important to make the island available, especially because only couple years ago the island has been the heart of the workers’ movement and still many families feel very personal connection to the site. Opening up the waterfront to be socially accessed and create new housing possibilities as well as creating a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly connection to the city center will help to give the island back to its people.
Making Sydhavnen Meet - Enhancing social interaction through public space design" Copenhagen, Denmark
"Social interaction is a basic human need that contributes to society by allowing individuals to compare and exchange opinions and perspectives, bridging the gap between different groups. The primary setting for this exchange is what we define as public space. In our daily lives, we find ourselves constantly interacting with the environment that surrounds us, influencing and being influenced by it. Therefore, designing can be described as creating a frame for human life to develop.
This thesis project aims at identifying the factors that allow the built environment to enhance social interaction among groups. The case study of Sydhavn neighbourhood in Copenhagen is proposed as a testbed of theories and assumptions. The aim is to soften the social, mental and physical barrier of Sydhavnsgade, a trafficked street that runs through the neighbourhood separating its newer and more historical areas. In the proposal, the street becomes a setting for interaction itself, connecting urban spaces and social groups.
The project represents one of the multiple possible answers to the social gap of the district and focuses on shaping the environment to maximise opportunities for social contact."
Utilizing principles of informal settlements in community planning: The case of Kawe
Meatpacking District, Dar Es Salaam
Informal settlements, or unplanned sectors of the city, are vital for providing shelter
for low and middle income households in the developing world. In the case of Dar Es
Salaam, Tanzania, informal settlements have a long history dating back to the early colonial
beginnings and today provide housing to over 70% of the city.
In these densely populated environments of the informal sector, residents freely create
environments that contain desirable characteristics of neighborhood planning, including
shared open space, local economy, and community participation. These environments have
the potential to create environments that have a resilient local economy and deeper sense of
place, however without access to municipal infrastructure and land tenure, these
environments have little chance to reach their full potential.
A new approach is necessary to unite both the characteristics of the informal
settlements and the sensibilities of the planned developments. My thesis utilizes a new
approach, which unites aspects of both the formal and planned settlements to create a new
neighborhood on the grounds of a former meatpacking factory and pasture in the Kawe
neighborhood of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.