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International Alumni Workshop "COLLOC 2021"

  • 5 to 7 November 2021: preparation and problem definition
  • 26 November to 4 December 2021: knowledge integration and development
  • 5 December 2021: reflection and evaluation of transformation knowledge

The time slots will be defined at a later stage and will be based on the time zones the participants will be based in.

Alumni participation in the workshop will be online. Yet, through collaborative work with local actors, workshop participants will experience an integration of planning and construction of the workshop outcomes.

The workshop language is English. Participation in the workshop is free of charge. The participants will be responsible for their IT infrastructure to participate via Zoom or Webex. Attendance and active contribution to the workshop is required at all times.


About the Workshop

“COLLOC” stands for “Collaborative Production of Transformation Knowledge in Self-Organized Occupations”. The “COLLOC 2021” Alumni Workshop is part of the collaborative “COLLOC Workshop Series”, which aims for the production of transformation knowledge. This kind of knowledge is made possible through the participation of many stakeholders, such as local actors and students. This collaboration structurally anchors an expansion of transdisciplinary cooperation and research in connection with teaching. Alumni will have the opportunity to learn and share their expertise on a concrete social problem in a local context as they practice, test and reflect on mutual learning, transdisciplinary work with various actors from science and society.

The Alumni Workshop takes place in three phases. The phases are oriented towards the methodology of transdisciplinary procedures in the implementation of continuing education and networking activities of the alumni. The phases follow a transdisciplinary process design and include the following:

Methodologically, appropriate tools are planned for the three project phases that will enable permanent participation in the entire workshop process as well as further training for transdisciplinary research and networking. The workshop will focus on the self-organised occupation of Solano Trindade in Duque de Caxias, Brazil. By working closely together with community leaders, activists, residents, practitioners, academics, and students, the workshop will address the need for integrating knowledge coming from various actors and disciplines in order to tackle complex urban development challenges in a more suitable and innovative way.

Together, we will design context-appropriate interventions and reflect on their impact in the future development of the self-organised occupation of Solano Trindade.

During the workshop participants are expected to:

  • Combine and integrate their practical expertise with local expertise from academics, dwellers, and students
  • Support the on-going projects as means for knowledge exchange and knowledge production
  • Collaboratively design future scenarios for the further development of the focus area
  • Arrive at local “problem-solutions” through the implementation of systemic design principles and transdisciplinary approaches
  • Develop ideas to materialise co-produced knowledge in 1:1 interventions to be built collectively in place with students and local actors as a design-build project


Workshop objectives

// Participants will expand their knowledge networks.

// Participants will acquire expertise in planning with hybrid formats.

// Participants will learn to develop solutions for a local context based on the integration of multiple knowledge bases from global contexts and mutual learning environments.

// Participants will learn about transdisciplinarity as a mode of research and collaborative knowledge production. They will test and reflect on both with a practical project/experiment in the real-world (transdisciplinary format).

// Participants will contribute to the development of a local community through built interventions and future scenarios and therefore co-produce of knowledge within complex social and natural networks.

// Participants will learn about online tools for collaboration and transdisciplinary research and how to use them in multi-stakeholder development projects.


Preliminary program

Phase 1 Preparation and defining the problem

5 Nov         Opening, introduction and welcome (max. 4h)

6 Nov         Learning about the space, development, problems and actors (4h)

7 Nov         Theoretical and collaborative methodological approaches (4h)


Phase 2 – Knowledge Integration and Development

26 Nov        Introduction and Opening Ceremony + hands-on work on site (max. 4h)

27–28 Nov  Development of hands-on work on site + development of future scenarios


29 Nov–2 Dec Development of hands-on work on site + development of future

                        scenarios (resp.2h)

3 Dec           Final implementation of interventions + connection to scenarios (2h)

4 Dec           Presentation of scenario-solutions and visions (4h)


Phase 3 – Reflection and evaluation of transformation knowledge

5 Dec           Reflection on the impact and future

                    challenge + feedback/evalution on the workshop,

                    closing joint event (4h)



Who can apply:

  • alumni of German institution of higher education/research institutes residing in any DAC Country
  • working in the fields of urban development, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, engineering, environmental planning, environmental technology, sociology, geography, and other relevant disciplines
  • Preferably, participants hold positions in science, politics, NGO’s, and have influential and/or decision-making experience in community work.
  • Experience in the fields of urban informality, self-organisation, development programmes, food security, waste management systems are a plus but not required. The participants will be involved in a collaborative design and build process for 1:1 scale interventions. Skills in building crafts are of an advantage but not essential.

The willingness to work in a team is a precondition

To apply, please fill in the application form and attach the required documents. One of the required application documents is a short description of your expertise. For that, please fill in this template. Instructions on how to do so can be found here.

Application deadline: 10 October 2021


COLLOC Workshop Series

For more information on past events, please visit:




The “COLLOC 2021” Workshop is organized by TU Berlin’s Office Science and Society in cooperation with the Chair habitat unit, the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg/Chair of Urban Planning, and the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro/Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at: collocworkshop@gmail.com




This International Alumni Seminar is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


And the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises.

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