Research Projects

Landscape Architecture and Design

© Lisa Seiler

Medellín, Colombia

Strengthening the resilience of informal settlements to slope erosion.


Strengthening the resilience of informal settlements to landslide hazards by linking early warning systems, web technologies and landscape planning in participatory processes - case study Medellín, Colombia (BMBF). [more]

© Christian Werthmann

International Conference

Dangerous Landscapes - Re-Thinking Environmental Risk in Low-Income Communities

Climate change and rapid urbanization will expose more and more humans around the globe to natural hazards. Future informal urbanization activities in dangerous terrain will increase overall vulnerabilities especially for flooding and landslides in the fast growing regions of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. [more]

© Christian Werthmann

Medellín, Colombia

Re-habitar la montaña

In the past century, nearly a thousand people have died in various landslide events in the steep, unstable hills surrounding Medellín, Colombia. Most of these disasters have occured in low incomecommunties of unplanned, non-formal settlements with substandard housing. [more]