2020 Winners Student Award

The Student Award (SA) addresses a bachelor and/or master student or student-group with outstanding results in a related field to urban and regional planning. As a form of ISOCARP’s recognition of the efforts by future planning professionals, the award is bestowed for final design projects, theses, studio projects, etc.

In 2020, a record number of twenty-six SA entries covering various aspects related to the broad field of spatial and urban planning were submitted:

  1. Refabricating Taichung’s Productive Landscape, by Jui-Yi Hung
  2. Inclusive Planning to Acknowledge the Unvoiced: A Design Proposal for Affordable Housing for Low Income People of Bosilla, Mohammadpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh, by Sabah Tajin Tarique Aesha, Fairuz Noshin, Maria Mehrin, and Ahmed Mushfiq Faiaj
  3. Changi: a hub for exchanging, by Sarah Mettan, Simon Nussbaumer, Tim Wettstein, David Zani, and Rahel Zängerle
  4. Children-friendly neighbourhoods: how can neighbourhood design support children’s access and use of local third places?, by Solomiia Kurochkina
  5. Dynamics of front haul and back haul freight traffic – Case of Nagpur, by Pramod Rajendran
  6. Masterplan of the Intercultural Creative Quarters in Stamford/Durban/South Africa, by Bartlomiej Wenta
  7. Revitalization and Renutralization of Degraded Area, Lebanon, Beirut, by Bahaa Bou Kalfouni
  8. Assessing Disaster Risk Reduction in Refugee Camp Design: The Case of Al-Wehdat and Azraq Refugee Camps in Jordan, by Abdel Rahman AL-Zoubi
  9. Places in transition: Challenges and strategies for regional planning in India, by Federica Ammaturo
  10. Bike-Sharing Model as Trans Jogja’s Feeder in Yogyakarta Urbanized Area, by Rizkika Zulhijjiani
  11. Innovative Water and Sanitation Management System to Establish a Green, Beautiful, and Self-reliant Urban Informal Settlement (A Case Study of Lebak Siliwangi, Bandung, Indonesia), by Amanda Dian Widyasti, Dimmas Muhammad Fachryza, and Muhammad Haidar
  12. Developing a Participatory Rural Tourism: Case of Anjasmoro Mountainside Area in Mojokerto, Java Island, by Umbara Sakti Mihardja, Saryulis, Muhammad Ilham Perkasa, Jihan Nabila Arifin, Thresya Chrisdiana Laia, Diandra Artianti, and M. Nafis Bahtiar Amirul Yasin
  13. Urban Informality in Commercial Spaces – Take Hanzheng Street Market and Hankoubei Market as Examples, by Chen Lu
  14. Rehabilitation of the tourist trail from the Citadel to the Roman Theater, by Razan Alemleh
  15. Rural Electrical Systems Using Unstable Isotopes Materials in The Village of India, by Suryakumar Sivakumar
  16. Smart Emergency Response System [SERS]Promote Urban Administration for Post-Pandemic Cities, by Xun Zhang
  17. Tourist Activation of Zawichost Town, by Maria Koman
  18. Placemaking & Re-building Collective Identity, the Case of Belmonte Calabro, South Italy, by Reem Bou Hamdan and Jose David Heras Barros
  19. Ecological Urban Commons: augmenting climatic and social resilience, case of Surat, by Nikhil Shah
  20. New urban fabric during crises and emergencies, based on three main situations Normal condition, Half of the Quarantine, and Full health Quarantine, Jordan, Ajloun – Downtown-HISBAH, by Saja Al-nusair, Israa Khasawneh, Luna Hamad, and Qutaibah Melhem
  21. The Canal Candiano – Ravenna 2100, by Asli Akcay, Emine Atabas, Sonam Batra, and Dilara Kus
  22. Urban Open Source: Synthesis of a Citizen-Centric Framework to Design Densifying Cities, by Shaurya Chauhan
  23. Tourism Development in Munnar: Balancing Economical, Social and Environmental Values, by Liz Mariya Jacob
  24. Socioeconomic Vulnerability Assessment Framework and Community Participation for Disaster Risk Reduction: A Case-study Post Kerala Floods of 2018, by Fathimah Tayyiba Rasheed
  25. Equitable Urbanism: Economic Rejuvination of Defunct and Derelict districts, Taking the case of Kolkata, by Shubhajit Bagchi
  26. Cairo Metropolitan Park: From Landfill to Land Reclaimed, by Moustafa Haroun

The jury composed of two young planners, an experienced ISOCARP member, a Board member and a Scientific Committee member, i.e. Rouve Bingle (Indonesia) and Divya Chopra (India) as YPPs, Mahak Agrawal (India), Malgorzata Hanzl (Poland), Board member, and Nasim Iranmanesh (Iran), the SC member, elected the following entries as the winners:

SA Winner

Placemaking & Re-building Collective Identity, the Case of Belmonte Calabro, South Italy

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The project tackles the topic of planning and, more precisely, building culture as a phenomenon that has been created through collective identity. More importantly, the project does not take for granted the genius loci but examines the ways of re-creating a sense of place by encouraging participation of the local community in the urban design process. The project applies a sound methodological approach conducted through a multi-layer analysis and provides innovative answers to the values recognised as distinctive for the case of Belmonte Calabro. The close interaction with locals, taking into account their views, norms, and beliefs, and creation of a joint vision for re-building the image of a place and thus strengthening the collective local identity are considered as the main project’s values.

SA Winner

Urban Open Source: Synthesis of a Citizen-Centric Framework to Design Densifying Cities


This work tackles a highly relevant topic of citizen response to urban development and as such is considered innovative in its methodology, holistic in its approach, relevant for the current challenges, well-documented by various sources, and, most importantly, its results can be applied in different contexts. By touching on multiple scales and dimensions of our cities, the work clearly addresses the issue of complexity in urban densification strategies by offering participatory mechanisms and disseminating the access to knowledge for all.

SA Special mention

Nikhil SHAH
Ecological Urban Commons: augmenting climatic and social resilience on the case of Surat


The project addresses the impact of climate change and connected ecological disasters towards developing critical synergies between the natural and the built environment. It highlights the need for urban strategies, not just to mitigate but adapt to changing climate, by proposing a cyclic, localised and closed-loop system that coexists with nature. The proposed design intervention reimagines the network of urban commons as vital public spaces to augment climate resilience and also acts as a social binder connecting urban fragments of development.

SA Special mention

Shubhajit BAGCHI
Equitable Urbanism: Economic Rejuvenation of Defunct and Derelict districts, Taking the Case of Kolkata


With increased migration and emergence of new economic frontiers within our urban centres, there seems to be an ever-widening gap between the global and the local resulting in increased social and spatial disparities. This project proposes an equitable urban development framework that incorporates an integrated and sustainable cluster development model catering to both the internal economic demands as well as external forces of globalisation. By infusing a new creative economy, it proposes a neighbourhood typology for living and working, at the same time fostering a symbiotic relationship between the economic and operational networks of the city.

SA Special mention

Asli AKCAY, Emine ATABAS, Sonam BATRA, and Dilara KUS,
The Canal Candiano – Ravenna 2100

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In a historically and culturally important Italian town of Ravenna, Ackay’s studio project explores the connection between abandoned industrial buildings and city centre. Against the backdrop of rising sea level, and an interrupted connection between Ravenna’s city centre and industrial areas, the project develops four strategies to re-connect human settlement and humans with water, whilst creating a sustainable, climate-resilient landscape. Using the strategies of river corridors, connector, new coastline and Canal Candiano, the project responds to the multifaceted problems and potentials of the site. Moreover, the project is a brilliant example blending human memory in the design process.

SA Special mention

Refabricating Taichung’s Productive Landscape


The project envisions the creation of an environmentally sensitive and economically sustainable zone and promotes a diverse and deeper engagement for reimagining rural and urban relationships, rejuvenating forest and wetland systems and incorporating new typologies towards ecological restoration of the site. By reflecting upon the morphological development of the area and its natural conditions, the project focuses on environmental sustainability of landscapes, however, always underlining landscape as part of a broader social-ecological system.

SA Special mention

Amanda Dian WIDYASTI, Dimas Muhammad FACHRYZA, and Muhammad HAIDAR,
Innovative Water and Sanitation Management System to Establish a Green, Beautiful, and Self-reliant Urban Informal Settlement (A Case Study of Lebak Siliwangi, Bandung, Indonesia

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Adequate water and sanitation is a basic human right. Yet millions around the world are deprived of the human right, including the citizens of Indonesia. The paper focuses on the kampung of Lebak Siliwangi, Bandung, Indonesia, to examine the multidimensional challenges associated with a water supply and sanitation in this densely populated area. Using the cross-disciplinary tools and techniques of demand-supply analysis, location analysis, and content analysis, the thesis recommends a WASH management system for the kampung with a vision to establish a green, aesthetically pleasing and self-reliant Lebak Siliwangi.

We express our gratitude to all the applicants and look forward to numerous SA submissions in a year to come.

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