The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Grounded Learning: people-centred approaches to housing in Yangon and Yogyakarta

grounded learning

18 May 2020

Marina Kolovou Kouri
Katrin Hofer 
Nada Sallam 
Aji Bima Amriza Amalsyah

Dr. Catalina Ortiz 
Dr. Barbara Lipietz

This booklet is the fifth in a series of publications stemming from the Development Planning Unit (DPU) Alumni Fellowship Programme, which is supported by The Bartlett DPU in partnership with the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) and the Community Architects Network (CAN). The fellowship programme aims to offer hands-on experience and training to young urban practitioners, and expose them to methodologies and tools used in development work with different communities. Within this context, our fellows were selected upon completion of their Master’s programmes in Building and Urban Design in Development and Urban Development Planning to work respectively alongside the organisations Women for the World (WfW) in Yangon, Myanmar, and Arkomjogja in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Building on the plethora of learnings and practices documented by the previous waves of fellows on the operation of community-based development practitioners in the region of Southeast Asia (SEA), this report sets out to make a further contribution to the existing body of knowledge, by recording the work of the WfW and Arkomjogja, and reflecting on the role of people-centred practices in urban development. Through this publication the fellows share their experience of community-based practice, position their learnings within a broader context of socio-spatial change, and reflect on the challenges and opportunities of people-centred approaches.

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