Transforming Johannesburg: International Trans-disciplinary Workshop

An International Trans-disciplinary Workshop will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from the 12th to the 26th of September 2015.

The workshop aims at delineating a series of strategies for the upgrading of an informal settlement on the periphery of Johannesburg, leveraging strategic projects and targeting structural problems spatially, environmentally, and socially.

By using a series of design tools within a collaborative community process, local and foreign students will work in the field, engaging various actors and interacting with diverse residents to elaborate on an holistic, incremental and integrative development strategy for the settlement.

The two-week long workshop will include two days of lectures at Wits University and two guided visits to Johannesburg – one day to the City Centre and Apartheid Museum; one day to Soweto.

The workshop will accommodate 30 participants. The participant fee is 15,000.00 ZAR (1060 EUR) and will include two meals per day, accommodation and transport during the workshop. Flights and transport from airport to hotel are not included in the fee.

Application Deadline: 20th of July 2015

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 with Bachelor degrees in geography, sociology, environmental management, and similar will be accepted upon proof of relevant professional experience in fields related to architecture, urban and development planning, or infrastructure design.

Applicants must be interested in the peculiar multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary nature of the workshop, being able to work at different scales (from urban ecosystems to architectural details) and to embrace a variety of settings (from institutional policy level to grassroots-action). Applications are encouraged from young professionals working in public institutions, private sector, civil society initiatives or NGOs all over the world who are interested in trans- and multi-disciplinary approaches to sustainable urban development and social empowerment.


The Politecnico di Milano is offering 3 scholarships to cover 50% of the participation fees. Scholarships will be assigned by the selection committee based on criteria such as quality of applicants’ CVs and motivations for participating. Please specify interest in one of the available scholarships when applying.

Further details are available on

Transforming Johannesburg Workshop