Trying to understand cities from a macro level, analyzing the overarching headers, and how the city as a system functions is an interesting yet challenging task. The studio methodology was devised in such a way that it allowed understanding various approaches and processes of making and executing masterplans from various Indian and International case examples as a prelude to making the Development Plan. Experiencing the city of Surat and analyzing the existing situation helped identify various urban processes that are detrimental to a city's growth. The exploratory approach led us to develop a DP with a clear narrative that attempts to assess the issues and address them. The best part of the process was learning how at a city level, resilience can be used as a strategy to derive planning interventions to regulate the industrial growth along the coast, diversify the economy, redevelop the deteriorating creeks and canals, promote inclusionary housing and preserve heritage.