Urban Fabrics graduation start September 2021: mentors & studio approach


The studio topic is At Home, questioning how the future city will look like. The climate crisis and increasing social diversification and inequality are urgencies that ask for new strategies of urban transformation. The Green deal asks for a higher interweaving of city and landscape, leisure and food production, but also rethinking urban mobility. Many cities experience an increased inflow of new inhabitants, causing a diversification of a city’s inhabitants, also related to international migration. Achieving social cohesion is therefore an important task. Check out the sub-menus of ‘Education’ for additional information and further literature from July onwards.

Please find information about

  • the studio set-up with this link,
  • the studio approach with this link and
  • the studio essentials set-up with this link.

Following mentors are available as first and second mentors for students starting their graduation in September 2021. In case you have general questions, please contact studio coordinator Birgit Hausleitner.

The number in the bracket indicates availability as first mentor.

Award Ceremony Archiprix 2021

Widasari Yunida Putri, graduate of the Urban Fabrics studio from 2020 is one of the selected nominees for the Dutch Archiprix 2021. Wida’s project ‘Re-Assembling Semarang City: A Strategic Framework for Semarang City, An Exploration of the Local Adaptive Mechanism in Urban Mitigation Planning’  aims to address the gap on soft and hard approach in urban mitigation resilience planning in concept from both social and ecological resilience perspective and positioning urban design (both from architecture, landscape, and planning) by exploring the local adaptive mechanism in the chosen coastal Kampung Kemijen, in Semarang, Indonesia. This research derived from the socio-cultural perspective, trying to explore more on the local level and how it can be translated and integrated into the larger scale urban mitigation planning.

The ARCHIPRIX ceremony will take place on June 19th at 15:00 and you can follow it live via a link on this page: https://www.archiprix.nl/national/

Visualisation (Copyright): Widasari Yunida Putri

Urban Fabrics graduation – mentor meetings

On Thursday 10.9.2020 The Urban Fabrics mentors meetings will take place online.

  • 10:50 – 11.20 Welcome and introduction UF mentors (in main event Zoom room)
  • 11.20 – 11.45 Meeting round #1
  • 11.45 – 12.10 Meeting round #2
  • 12.10 – 12.35 Meeting round #3
  • 12.35 – 12.50 Q&A (in main event Zoom room)

Please see for all zoom links (main room and individual mentors our brightspace page for urban fabrics: https://brightspace.tudelft.nl/d2l/home/290019

Graduation studio 2020/21: Urban transformation & qualities of density

Urban Fabrics is concerned with the design of the physical form of urban areas and the complex relationships between urban form and social processes. The Urban Fabric Research Group studies the relations between tangible and intangible structures in different contexts. Its aim is to foster a sustainable and liveable urban environment. You can find more information about how we work here.

The Urban Fabrics (UF) graduation studio focusses this year on the topic Urban Transformation and Qualities of Density of urban environments. The UF studio is design-oriented and is concerned with the typological and structural transformation of urban fabrics, considering multiple scales – from the building, the urban block, the street and the neighbourhood to the city. We explore transformations of urbanised areas that can accommodate an increasing need for dwellings, adapt neighbourhoods to climate change and enhance living quality. We investigate urban densification considering not only the quantitative but specifically the qualitative aspect of urban transformation.

The graduation projects are expected to draw from multi-scalar design-driven research and conclude with possible future evolutions of the city, urban transformations supporting adapting societal practices.

The Urban Fabrics studio comprises group work and individual work. The group work is putting comparisons between locations central, building up an atlas of urban transformations. Group work is embedded until P1, after P1 regular pin-up sessions provide a discussion platform and connect the students with the Urban Fabrics research group.

Qualities of density have multiple aspects. With this link you find the context description of the Main Urban Fabrics topic, and you can read more about the challenges we will tackle here: challenges. The studio is subdivided into three trajectories, each starting with a different angle, putting a different aspect central. The three themes are:

    • Mix to the Max? The quality of mixed-use territories and the relevance of diversity in urban configurations. Read more here: Mix to the Max
    • Density, community and the future of housing and public space. Read more here: Density and the future of housing
    • Cultural identity (History and Heritage Vector). Read more here: Cultural identity


Interested in who the mentors are? Have a look here.

Our weblog will up updated with more information during the next weeks.