Transforming Johannesburg, collective upgrading workshop, September 12-26, 2015

Transforming Johannesburg, collective upgrading workshop, September 12-26, 2015 image

Wits University and Politecnico di Milano, invite you to take part into a collaborative upgrading workshop in Kya Sands – an informal settlement in the north-western part of the City of Johannesburg.

 J O H A N N E S B U R G

The workshop is framed as a laboratory for technical and social learning, open to international postgraduate students and young professionals willing to challenge their knowledge in a trans- and multi-disciplinary setting, while supporting the struggle of this disadvantaged community for a better life.

 Engaging with the creativity and adaptive capacity through which the settlement inhabitants have gained access to the city, and faced their daily issues, the workshop recognizes the value of these practice and aims at strategically building on them. By using a series of design tools within a collaborative community process, local and foreign students will work in the field, engaging different actors and interacting with diverse residents to elaborate on a holistic, incremental and integrative development strategy for the settlement. By using design both an exploratory and exemplification tool, able to foster negotiations and collaborations while triggering creativity, the workshop will aim at responsively rooting and contextualizing solutions in the community through the exploration of experimental collaborative design and planning methodologies.

 The workshop is open to applicants from all over the world with an internationally recognized Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in architecture, landscape architecture, regional planning, civil engineering, urban planning and sociology or master and PhD students in the same disciplines. Applications from young professionals with Bachelor degrees in geography, sociology, environmental management, and similar, with relevant professional experience are welcomed too.

There are 3 available Scholarships covering the 50% of the participation fee.


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