Collaborative workshop 12 - 26 September 2015

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. 

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.

For info and applications:
www.labcoopint.polimi.it/en/wsinttrasforming-johannesburg

The International Workshop will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from the 12th to the 26th of September. 

The two-week workshop will include two days of lectures at Wits University and two guided visits to Johannesburg. (1 Day City Centre and Apartheid Museum; 1 Day Soweto) 

The number of participants will consist of 30 international students. 

The participant Fee is 15,000.00 ZAR (1060 EUR) and it will include: 
- Two meals per day, accommodation and transport during the workshop. 
- Flight and transport from airport to hotel are not included in the fee. 

Application Deadline: 20th of July 2015 
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 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).  

We strongly encourage applications 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. 

Scholarships 
The Politecnico di Milano is offering 3 scholarship for the coverage of the 50% of the participation fees. Scholarships will be assigned by the selection committee based on criteria as the quality of the CVs and the motivations for participating of the applicants. Please, specify that you are asking for one of the available scholarships when applying. 

See more here: https://transformingkyasands.wordpress.com/

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