Master supervision

List of graduation projects supervised by Roberto Rocco
Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Chair Spatial Planning and Strategy

Most student work is available at the TU Delft Education Repository.

As main supervisor (listed chronologically)

  1. Pedal city: alternative urban system of mobility and accessibility to urban services for self-organizing economic activities in slums of Lusaka, Zambia
    Master thesis Architecture 2008-06-27
    Author: Yokoi, Atsufumi (Japan)
    Mentor: Rocco, R. · Fernandez-Maldonado, A.M. · Hermans, W.J.A.
    Keywords: urban development, development strategies, mobility, intervention, bottom-up design and planning, local conditions
  2. From urban barrier to urban connector: how to intervene to dissolve the existing barrier of the former military base (SOUTH KOREA: URBAN STRATEGY and DEVELOPMENT)
    Master thesis Architecture 2008-06-27
    Author: Lee, Ji Young (South Korea)
    Mentor: Rocco, R. · Stolk, E.H. · De Haan, H.
    Keywords: urban intervention · urban transformation · urban network · Yongsan, U.S. military base
  3. How to regenerate Yeouido as an international business centre of Seoul (SOUTH KOREA: URBAN STRATEGY and DEVELOPMENT)
    Master thesis Architecture 2008-06-27
    Author: Park, S.J. (South Korea)
    Mentor: Rocco, R. · Zandbelt, D. · Harteveld, M.
    Keywords: international business centers · airports · networks · central parks · public space
  4.  Urban Conditions for Creative Cities (THE NETHERLANDS: KNOWLEDGE CITY STRATEGIES)
    Master thesis Architecture
    Author: Sam Eftegarie (NL)
    Mentor: Rocco, R., Toorn M. vd, Tamas, M.
    Keywords: creative cities, urban milieu, learning, urban environments
  5. Nanjing, Towards a Super University City (CHINA: KNOWLEDGE CITY STRATEGIES)
    Masters thesis Architecture
    Author: Jing Jing (China)
    Mentor: Rocco, R., Hermans, W., Sanders, G.
    Keywords: creative cities, university cities, development, university campus
  6. For Ordinary People: contributing to decrease social polarization in Beijing using the post-Olympic facilities (CHINA: OLYMPIC LEGACY: URBAN STRATEGY)
    Author: Lingjuan Zhang (China)
    Masters thesis in Urbanism
    Mentor: Rocco, R.
    Keywords: Olympic cities, post Olympic facilities, social polarization, infrastructures
  7. Delft, for knowledge and people: Connecting the Knowledge City with its citizens (THE NETHERLANDS: KNOWLEDGE CITY)
    Master thesis Architecture 2009-07-02
    Author: De Koning, C.M. (NL)
    Mentor: Rocco, R. · Aalbers, K.P.M. · Harteveld, M.G.A.D.
    Keywords: knowledge city · Schieoevers · Schie canal banks
  8. Emerging Neighbourhoods: or why piece-by-piece urbanism leads to flexible and diverse city development (THE NETHERLANDS: URBAN STUDIES: COMPLEXITY THEORY)
    Master thesis Architecture 2009-11-06
    Author: Jansen, T. (NL)
    Mentor: Rocco, R. · Stolk, E. · Portugali, J.
    Keywords: flexible neighbourhoods · diversity · complexity theory
  9. Today’s Main City Squares: in Northwestern Europe (THE NETHERLANDS: URBAN FORM: PUBLIC SPACES)
    Master thesis Architecture 2010-01-28
    Author: Commandeur, Saskia (NL)
    Mentor: Rocco, R. · Harteveld, M.G.A.D. · Dawson, J.P.
    Keywords: squares · history · criteria for spatial quality
  10. From lines to networks: creating links between the sub-centralities of Rio de Janeiro (BRAZIL: URBAN NETWORKS and MOBILITY)
    Author: Joris Wiers (NL)
    Masters thesis in Urbanism
    Mentors: Rocco, R.; Westrik, J.; ven der Velde, J.R.T.
    Keywords: urban networks, infrastructure, transport, centrality, Rio de Janeiro, development
  11. Utrecht-region under pressure: Development of a mobile strategy to keep the Utrecht region accessible, vital and liveable (THE NETHERLANDS: REGIONAL STRATEGY and MOBILITY)
    Master thesis Architecture 2010-01-29
    Authors: Van Dijk, J.  and Stinissen, R. (NL) (double graduation)
    Mentor: Rocco, R. · Balz, V.E. · Stead, D. · Smit, P.
    Keywords: city-regional design, mobility environments, regional spatial strategy,
  12. ‘Measuring urban capacity’: Towards a systematic measurement of capacity for intensification of dwellings and industry (THE NETHERLANDS: URBAN FORM AND STRATEGY: DENSITY)
    Master thesis Architecture 2010-06-24
    Author: Kasraian Moghaddam, Dena (Iran)
    Mentor: Rocco, R. · Berghauser Pont, M. · Hermans, W.
    Keywords: intensification · capacity measurement · quantification · Westland
  13. Shifting Gravity in the Utrecht region (THE NETHERLANDS: URBAN FORM and URBAN STRATEGY)
    Master thesis Architecture 2010-06-22
    Author: Viscaal, J.H. (NL)
    Mentor: Rocco, R. · Berghauser-Pont, M. · Van Nes, A.
    Keywords: Post-Vinex · densification · urbanization · axis development · Utrecht · Leidsche Rijn
  14. City, catch the time! Rediscovering socialist neighbourhoods in a new capitalist society: Case in Vilnius Lithuania (LITHUANIA: URBAN REGENERATION: POST-SOCIALIST CITY)
    Master thesis Architecture 2010-06-22
    Author: Muliuolyte, J. (Lithuania)
    Mentor: Rocco, R. · Westrik, J.A. · Lei, Q.
    Keywords: Post war housing · regeneration · post socialist city · large-scale housing estates · strategy · network
  15. Dual Map 2040: Guide to a Vital, Diverse Jining (CHINA: REGIONAL PLANNING)
    Master thesis Architecture 2010-06-24
    Author: Liang, Chunxiao (China)
    Mentor: Rocco, R. · Sijmons, D. · Read, S.
    Keywords: urban transformation, regional planning and design, urbanization in China, resource cities transformation
  16.  Developing beyond limitations: a regional strategy for Xining, Qinghai province in China (CHINA: REGIONAL TO URBAN STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPMENT)
    Author: Yuli Zhou (China)
    Masters thesis in Urbanism
    Mentors: R. Rocco, Professor D. Sijmons
    Keywords: regional planning and design, urbanization in China, sustainability, territorial planning, landscape and resources management
    Author: Stef Pieterse (NL)
    Masters thesis in Urbanism
    Mentors: R. Rocco; M. Berghauser-Pont
    Keywords: child friendly environments, urban regeneration strategies, urban design, empirical research, GIS
  18. The greater Kaunas in pursuit of coherence: Unlocking regional competitiveness and balanced development through a regional spatial strategy (LITHUANIA: REGIONAL INTEGRATED SPATIAL STRATEGY: POST-SOCIALIST DEVELOPMENT)
    Author: Viktorija Gailiute (Lithuania)
    Master thesis in Urbanism
    Mentors: R. Rocco, E. Luiten
    (July 2013)
    Keywords: regional development strategies, regional design, landscape, mobility strategies
  19. Mobility as Justice: Metropolitan Mobility Strategy for a Socially Equitable Bucharest (ROMANIA: METROPOLITAN SPATIAL STRATEGY: TOD: MOBILITY, POST-SOCIALIST DEVELOPMENT)
    Author: Liviu Teodorescu (Romania)
    Master thesis in Urbanism
    Mentors: R. Rocco, D. Poljani
    (December 2013)
    Keywords: metropolitan strategy and design, TOD, mobility, equality, spatial justice
  20. A spatial strategy for Paraisopolis, an informal settlement in São Paulo, Brazil (BRAZIL: INFORMAL URBANISATION: SLUM UPGRADING: DEVELOPMENT).
    Author: Belinda van Zijl (The Netherlands)
    Master thesis in Urbanism
    Mentors: R. Rocco, M. van Dorst
    (June 2014)
    Keywords: informal urbanisation, slum upgrading, participation
  21. Noords Spatial Civil Society  Governance: Understanding the impacts of Participatiesamenleving for local spatial strategies. (THE NETHERLANDS: NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT, NEO-LIBERALISM, BIG SOCIETY) Author; Lynn van Calmthout (The Netherlands). Keywords: Participatiesamenleving, Policies, Responsibility, Spatial policies, Developed at the studio Complex Cities. Role: First mentor
  22. Connected São Paulo: Experimenting Participation in Urban Development, (BRAZIL: SAO PAULO, PARTICIPATION & DEMOCRACY: URBAN REGENERATION: INNER CITY REDEVELOPMENT). Author: Nina Dalla Bernardina (Brazil). Keywords: collective, collaboration, new economy, network system, self-organization. Developed in the Complex cities: Inclusive Cities Graduation Lab. Role: First mentor.
  23. Incorporating social & economic production of space in redevelopment of informal settlements (INDIA, MUMBAI, SLUM UPGRADING STRATEGIES, LIVELIHOOD_BASED URBAN DEVELOPMENT). Author: Kritika Sha (India)  Keywords: Informal settlements, economic network, social ties, inclusive and sustainable redevelopment, Developed in the Complex cities: Inclusive Cities Graduation Lab. Role: First mentor.
  24. Stockholm 2050 – A resilient metropolitan region (Regional plan). (SWEDEN, REGIONAL PLANNING, MOBILITY, STRATEGIC REGIONAL PLANNING). Author: Kristian Spasov            (Sweden), Keywords: Resilient, Densification, Mobility, Environment, Climate change.Developed in the Complex cities: Inclusive Cities Graduation Lab. Role: First mentor.
  25. Affordable Addis: Exploring affordable and sustainable urbanisation solutions for low-income groups in Addis Ababa (AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING, URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AFFORDABLE HOUSING). Author: Chris Bartman (The Netherlands)  Affordable neighbourhoods, migration, social mobility, urban growth, economic development, Complex Cities; Inclusive cities in the Global South. Role: First mentor
  26. The Johannesburg-Maputo Development Corridor as a motor for urban change (AFRICA, MOZAMBIQUE, DEVELOPMENT CORRIDOR, URBAN DEVELOPMENT, METROPOLITAN STRATEGY). Author: Concepción (Concha) del Rocío Aranda Iglesias (Spain) , Adaptive Governance, Informality, Urban Development, Complex Cities: Inclusive Cities, Role: First mentor.
  27. An alternative urban paradigm:  community–led development in Nairobi (AFRICA, KENYA, NAIROBI, SLUM UPGRADING, NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT, POST-COLONIAL STUDIES). Author: Eva Labrujere (The Netherlands). Participatory slum-upgrading, informal urbanisation, sustainable development,  indigenous/local knowledge.  Complex Cities. Role: First mentor.

As part of a team of supervisors at TU Delft (second or third mentor)

  1. Grow Up Songjiang [China] New Town: analysis and strategy to strengthen the economic position of Songjiang in the regional network (CHINA: REGIONAL TO URBAN STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPMENT)
    Author: Hong Liu (China)
    Masters thesis in Urbanism
    Mentors: Lei, Q.; van der Hoeven, F.; Rocco, R.
    Keywords: urban development, China, networks, strategic planning
  2. Knowledge Backbone: a new economic area in Rio de Janeiro’s urban voids (BRAZIL: OLYMPIC LEGACY: URBAN STRATEGY)
    Author: Rafael Alencar Saraiva (Brazil)
    Masters thesis in Urbanism (Urban planning and design)
    Mentor team: van Nes, A.; Schuetze, T., Rocco, R.
    Keywords: urban economy, voids, knowledge, creative, innovation
  3. Catching the train: sustainable development of a connection to the European high-speed train network in Copenhagen (THE NETHERLANDS/ DENMARK: NETWORKS and MOBILITY STRATEGIES)
    Master thesis Architecture 2009-03-27
    Author: Van Erp, T.M. (NL)
    Mentor: Zandbelt, D.D. · Hermans, W.J.A. · Rocco, R.
    Keywords: HST · Copenhagen · strategy · urban project
  4. Casa de Cultura | Patos de Minas: spatial interventions to stimulate the development of a medium sized city in Brazil (BRAZIL: URBAN INTERVENTION: DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES)
    Master thesis Architecture 2009-04-01
    Author: Van Loon, Matthijs (NL)
    Mentor: Nottrot, R.J. · Van Dooren, E.J.G.C. · Rocco, R.
    Keywords: Brazil · cultural centre · development
  5. Corporate Socially Responsible – Real Estate Management: Understanding how a corporate real estate object interacts with society (THE NETHERLANDS: REAL ESTATE & HOUSING: GOVERNANCE: CORPORATIONS and CITIES)
    Master thesis Architecture 2011-04-14
    Author: Thyssen, J. (NL)
    Mentor: Van der Voordt, D.J.M. · Rocco, R.C.
    Keywords: CSR · CREM · society · corporate · management · responsible · real estate object
  6. IN_FORMAL SPACES: Towards Urbanity in the Peripheries of Rio de Janeiro: a Piecemeal Intervention (BRAZIL: URBAN STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPMENT: URBAN INTERVENTION)
    Master thesis Architecture 2011-01-14
    Author: Stallaart, A. (NL)
    Mentor: Lee, S. · Westgeest, G. · Rocco, R.
    Keywords: Paradox of urbanization · Rio de Janeiro · Brazil · aesthetization of urbanity · informal architecture
    Author: Elena Selezneva (Russia)
    Masters thesis Urbanism
    Mentors: Dubois, P.; Rocco, R.
    Keywords: macro centrality conditions, micro centrality conditions, urban centralities, urban vitality, tool for spatial research
  8. São Paulo and the merging Polis: On urban informality, violence and the public realm in São Paulo’s periphery (THE NETHERLANDS/ BRAZIL: URBAN STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPMENT: URBAN INTERVENTION)
    Author: Jan Ballegooien (NL)
    Master Thesis dual degree Urbanism and Architecture
    Mentors: L. Meyers, R. Rocco
  9.  Office site typology: a systematic approach to type construction of office sites based on spatial parameters (THE NETHERLANDS: REAL ESTATE TYPOLOGY STUDIES, URBAN TYPOLOGIES, URBAN GEOGRAPHY)
    Author: Mariam Annali (RE&H) (NL)
    Masters thesis in Real Estate and Housing
    Mentors: H. vande Putte, R. Rocco
  10. The influence of national culture on the real estate of multinationals 
    Author: Evelien Plijter (the Netherlands) (RE&H)
    Masters thesis in Real Estate & Housing
    Mentors: T. van der Voordt, R. Rocco
  11. Integrating Informality: A Case for an Informal Settlement in Mumbai
    Author: Rohan Varma (India) (Explore Lab)
    Master thesis in architecture and urbanism (to be completed in 2013)
    Mentors: J. Heintz, R. Rocco
  12. People’s Commune 2.0 Reconfiguration: Developing a Participatory Strategy for Upgrading Chinese Post-danwei communities
    Author: WU Xiayu (China) (Urbanism: Design as Politics)
    Masters thesis in Urbanism (to be completed in 2013)
    Mentors: M. Relats, R. Rocco
  13. Mega events as regional planning tool: exploration of a decentralised location strategy for Olympic venues in a regional setting. Example of the Oresund region
    Authors: Julius Kirchert (Denmark) & Jos Reinders (The Netherlands) (ExploreLab)
    Master thesis in Architecture and Urbanism
    Mentors: O. Caso, R. Nijsse, Y. Chen, R. Rocco
  14. The local dimension of metropolitan mobility systems: an exploration of the Waterway Ring in São Paulo
    Author: Maarten Kempenaar (The Netherlands) (Explore Lab)
    Master thesis in Architecture and Urbanism
    Mentors: H. van Bennekom, R. Rocco
  15. Identity in Post-Disaster Redevelopment: research into the integration and incorporation of local identity in the re-development of Haiti’s urban slums
    Author: Wouter Pocornie (Curacao) (Explore Lab)
    Master thesis in Urbanism
    Mentors: A. van Timmerman, R. Rocco
  16. Brown Line Revolution: How to improve urban open space networks in Ruhr area through revitalising ‘brown lines’? The case of Essen
    Author: Ruahao Wu (China) (Landscape)
    Master thesis in Landscape Architecture
    Mentors: R. van der Velde, R. Rocco
  17. Building the future in a town of the past: A plan and a strategy for the spatial integration of the university campus in Delft
    Author: Ruben Lentz (The Netherlands)
    Master thesis in Urbanism
    Mentors: B. Hausleitner, R. Rocco
  18. Resilient DenCity: Green Network in the New Jersey shoreline.
    Author: Matteo Ferrarese (Italy)
    Master thesis at Explore Lab
    Mentors: Architecture + R.Rocco
    Keywords: Water management, Natural ecosystem, Sustainable mobility, Active lifestyle, Resiliency
  19. Fair factory, towards safe and healthy textile factories in Bangladesh.
    Author: Stephan van Berkel (Netherlands)
    Master thesis at Explore Lab
    Keywords: industrial architecture, ergononomics of the workplace, occupational safety and health in factories, building technique in Bangladesh
  20. Creating common goals for flood risk management and urban poverty, Author: Nirul Ramkisor , Master thesis at Delta Interventions, Keywords: Coastal city, urban poverty, integrated strategy, delta, climate change adaptation, First mentor: Dr. Fransje Hooimeijer    Second mentor: Roberto Rocco, Third mentor: Taneha Bacchin.
  21. Participatory methods in Architectural Design: Building up belonging and identity in deteriorated urban areas. Example of Valencia. Author: Mar Muñoz Aparici, Keywords: Participation, identity, public values, planning, deprived urban areas. Developed at Explorelab. Role: Research mentor.
  22. Counteracting Social Segregation with Urban and Architectural Design. Author: Linda de Geus Keywords: Social Segregation, Spatial Justice, Public Realm, Sao Paulo, Social Integration, Developed at: Explore Lab. Role: Research mentor.
  23. Water Management Based Spatial Strategy for Paraisópolis, São Paulo, Author: Willard van der Velden, Keywords: Urban Metabolism, Informal urbanisation, Brazil, Waste, Water management. First mentor: ir. Nico Tillie. Role: Second mentor.
  24. People Places Prishtina, Post-Conflict Urban Design Fostering Public Life, Prishtina, Author: Thomas Victor Vink, Keywords: Post-Conflict Development, Walkability, Re-use, Public life, Quality of life. First mentor: Luisa Calabrese.
  25. Changing from within. How to decrease inter-basin water transfer into the Anahuac valley by enhancing Mexico City’s own fresh water sources: Sergio Abraham Berumen Milburn (Mexico). Keywords: Climate-adaptation, Urbanization, Fresh-water, Governance, Autonomy. Graduation Studio: Delta Interventions.
  26. The lost and hidden water of São Paulo – The potentials of the natural system in city development strategies : Harm van der Zanden. Keyowrds: Climate adaptation, green/blue infrastructure, natural system, urban regeneration, São Paulo. Graduation Studio: Urban Metabolism.
  27.  Slum Fragility: A Study of Derivative Form of Resilience in Informal Settlement, Author: Ardian Wiratama ( Indonesia). Keywords: informal settlement, resilience, sustainability, flooding, vulnerability , Complex Cities, First mentor: Arie Romein.
  28.  Mess is More : Iterating Dwelling design processes for the urban poor in Delhi. Author: Deepanshu Arneja (India)     Self-organization, Income-based, Decoding open space, Informality, slum upgrading strategies, affordable housing,            Explore Lab, Fist mentor: Nelson Mota. Role: Research mentor (3rd mentor in EXPLORE LAB)
  29. From fearscapes to public space: Reclaiming the democratic public domain of Istanbul. Author: Ipek Kahraman. Keywords: urban fear, fearscape, democratic public domain, spatial activism. Studio: Design of the Urban fabric. First mentor: M. Luisa Calabrese. Role: second mentor.
  30. Satisfying Urban Thirst: Towards a water sensitive and inclusive urban ecosystem through the metabolism of Cape Town. Author: Dóra Hegyi (Hungary). Water management/ spatial justice/informal urbanisation. Landscape. Role: second mentor. First mentor: Kristel Aalbers.

As part of a team of supervisors in other institutions (second or third mentor)

  1. Urban strategy and architectural design for the district 23 de Enero, Caracas, Venezuela
    Alexandra Voch (Bouwkunst Academie) (Germany)
    Master thesis in architectural design at the Bouwkunst Academie
    Mentors: R. van Dolderen, C. Scheen, R. Rocco

Most graduation projects are available for download from the TU DELFT ACADEMIC REPOSITORY

As co-leader of the design and research studio at the European Masters of Urbanism (EMU), Mobile Strategies and Metropolitan Strategies semester (in collaboration with Dr. Remon Rooij, ir. Daan Zandbelt and ir. Alexander Wandl).

    Author: Mariana Faver (EMU) (Brazil)
    European Masters of Urbanism graduation thesis
    Mentors: D. Zaandbelt, R. Rocco
  2. Looping the Archipelago: a strategy for the Southwing of Randstad Holland 2040 (NETHERLANDS: SPATIAL REGIONAL STRATEGY: MOBILITY: URBAN NETWORKS)
    Authors: M. Bogoescu, V. Grimaldi, A. Maesen, B. Mashhoudi, P. Sulis
    Course final research and design report, European Masters of Urbanism (Fall 2008)
    Mentors: R. Rooij, R. Rocco
  3. Ruropolis in the making: A strategic approach for the Dutch Province of South Holland (NETHERLANDS: SPATIAL REGIONAL STRATEGY: MOBILITY: URBAN NETWORKS)
    Authors: B. Hausleitner, T. Hodgson, N. Jazaei, H. Khosravi, E. Kotsikou, K. Rashidzadeh, A. Wandl
    Course final research and design report, European Masters of Urbanism (Fall 2009)
    Mentors: R. Rooij, R. Rocco
    Authors: L. Abrahams (Canada), E. Bugarin (Maxico), A. Hill (Australia), A. Jani (India), T. Keimanesh (Iran), V. Kumarsi (Iran), Y. Zhang (China)
    Course final research and design report, European Masters of Urbanism (Fall 2010)
    Mentors: R. Rooij, R. Rocco, D. Zaandbelt
  5. Randstad and São Paulo: Mobility and Urbanization in two strategies
    Authors: O. Balaoura (Greece), C. Forgaci (Romania), J. Garate (Spain), L. Garcia (Mexico), M. Guo (China), C. R. Salinas (Mexico), A. Shakhbazyan (Russia)
    Course final research and design report, European Masters of Urbanism (Fall 2011)
    Mentors: R. Rocco, D. Zaandbelt
    Contribution to the International Architectural Biennale of Rotterdam
  6. A Spatial Strategy for Rotterdam-Den Haag: An Emerging Urban Region Network
    Authors: E. BOBKOVA (Russia), L. CARVALHO (Brazil), A. CHRANIOTI (Greece), G. PINHEIRO CAMARA (Brazil), R. GUPTA (India), A. SANNA (Italy), M. SOE KOSHY (India), K. SUNDERMANN (Australia), A. SURESH DESHMUKH (India), A. ÜBERBACHER (Austria), S. XIAO (China), M. ZHANG (China)
    Course final research and design report, European Masters of Urbanism (Fall 2012)
    Mentors: R. Rocco, D. Zaandbelt
  7. Crossing Borders: Next_BRABANT: Reweaving the urban Carpet for new cross border territorial cooperations between the Netherlands and Belgium.
    Authors: Andrea Verni (Cyprus) and Montserrat Pantoja (Chile)
    (Fall 2013)
    Mentors: R. Rocco and D. Zaandbelt
  8.  The Knowledge Ecosystem: Towards a coherent knowledge-based spatial development.
    Authors: Alexandra Ergamina (Russia), Betti Lamelo (Venezuela), Nashira Covarrubia (Venezuela), Geraldine de Neuville (Belgium), Wanseo Park (South Korea)
    (Fall 2014)
    Mentors: R. Rocco and D. Zaandbelt

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