Prof. Brillembourg & Prof. Klumpner Chair of Architecture and Urban Design | ETHZ

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TThe Architecture and Urban Design group addresses the challenges faced by informal settlements in the global south: social inequality, uneven distribution of resources, inadequate urban services. They tackle these urban phenomena and provide socially and ecologically sustainable design solutions for marginalized populations. The interrelated themes of water, sanitation and health remain central issues in slums today.


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Thematic expertise

Integrated Water Resources Management

  • Watershed & land management (basin/local level, participatory/multi-stakeholder planning)
  • Water policy (processes at international & national levels)

Water for people

  • Urban water supply and sanitation
  • Sanitation technologies

Water and climate change

  • Adaptation
  • Mitigation

Geographic expertise

Contact Person

Alice Hertzog -


  • Dry Toilets – Caracas Venezuela

    The dry toilet project done together with Urban Think Tank’s artist in residency program Caracas Case represent the synthesis of working to bring together infrastructure with design. With the dry toilet, the precious water available in the barrio is not flushed away, sewage and sanitation difficulties are avoided, urban agriculture is bolstered, resilience to environmental […]
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  • Contested Waters Mumbai

    The Back Bay, located on the southern tip of the city, is an area where pressures collide; it is a place on the edge of conflict, on the edge of the city – on contested waters. The goal of the project was to re-imagine the city of Mumbai through this waterfront – to develop and […]
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  • Dry River Canal East Port of Spain

    The East Port of Spain dry river canal divides the formal from the informal city containing many marginalized and isolated communities. This project is developing solutions to rehabilitate and upgrade the canal which currently floods the city during the rainy season. Read more
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