Urban Design
Promotion and production

Main objectives of the project


  • 2021:


  • Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH )
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • KVA MATx


Country/Region: Tajikistan


A case study on voluntary relocation developed by the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the design firm KVA MATx to develop solutions to help vulnerable and disaster-affected communities plan for a better future. The case study looks at Basid village, located in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast of Tajikistan, which faces multiple natural hazards. The partners worked with the community to develop a voluntary resettlement plan to a nearby safer location.

The case study combines the community’s own skills and knowledge with data-driven analysis and best practices in urban planning and design from AKAH, MIT and KVA MATx, to develop a model for participatory relocation planning.