Urban Area Regeneration Workshops


Informal Settlement upgrading workshop with Les Atelier at Diyarbakir, Turkey:

The city of Diyarbakir, the capital city of Eastern Anatolia in Turkey, has expressed its wish to

absorb gecekondus (informal settlements), with the help of the TOKI (Turkish Agency for

Housing Development). Besides, acknowledging the interesting features of this urban fabric and

how the district adapted itself to the immigrants' way of life, the mayor of Diyarbakir wants to

launch a test operation on Ben U Sen, one of the oldest and now the most important gecekondu

of the city, with an estimated population of 20000. The district is located at the feet of the city's

wall that surrounds the historical city center and looks over the gardens of the Tigris valley, next

to the city's urbanized area. The ground-breaking feature of this operation is the wish to maintain

the main part of the current population within the area.

Regenerating Poptahof, Delft neighbourhood by improving its image –an INTERREG IIIB


Beginning in the early 1960s, there was a massive construction of social housing across Europe.

The large housing estates were seen as the embodiment of ambitious social and cultural

objectives of a rapidly growing 'modern' society. The result was a great level of convergence in

urban design concepts during this period, which found its expression in terminologies such as

'New Cities'. In this context, large high-rise housing estates emerged as the ultimate condition of

completeness of life in an urban environment, without any flexibility to incorporate or adjust to

possible historical changes. Poptahof of Delft, The Netherlands is such a housing project

constructed in the 1960s. But Poptahof has a negative image now, mainly immigrants living

there as a foothold to the country. Dwelling units are small, outdated and not functional without

any variation in type.

Image improvement is increasingly becoming an important aspect of regeneration strategies

around Europe. A negative image is seen as an obstacle for successful regeneration strategies

and sustainable improvement, especially in high-rise urban areas. From 2004 to 2007, the

IMAGE Project, funded by INTERREG IIIB, has been working on new concepts for image

improvement. The INTERREG IIIB programme supports the financing of projects that strive for a

more sustainable development of Northwest Europe. Poptahof of Delft is one of the intervention

area of the IMAGE project.

M Sc. in International Cooperation and Urban Development from Technical University of

Darmstadt, Germany and University Pierre Mendes France, France. 2010.

M Sc. in 'Urban Development Planning and Environmental Management' Asian Institute of

Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand , 1995.

Bachelor of Architecture' (B. Arch) from the Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University

of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1992.

3 months internship at CRATerre, National Superior School of Architecture, Grenoble, France

(ENSAG) and participated in the workshop on '8e Festival des Architectures de terre "Grains

d'Isère 2010" at Les Grands Ateliers, Villefontaine , France, 2010.

Attended 'Sustainable Communities Course' held at Nairobi and Kisumu, Kenya, organized by

Technical University of Helsinki, University of Nairobi, Asian Institute and Technology, UNEP and


Attended 'Project Management Training' at Ohrid, FYRO Macedonia, organized by UNMIK UN

Volunteers Support Unit, 2006.

Residential Course on IMAGE Branding' on Urban Regeneration from The International Institute

for the Urban Environment (IIUE), City of Delft, The Netherlands, under IMAGE Project of EU's

INTERREG III B Programme, 2006.