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International Alumni Workshop

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“Collaborative Production of Transformation Knowledge in Self-Organized Occupations (COLLOC) 2020"

27 March to 5 April 2020, Rio de Janeiro

For the third consecutive year, TU Berlin's Chair of Landscape Architecture and Open Space Planning in cooperation with the Chair of Urban Planning at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg and the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro extend a cordial invitation to participate in the international Alumni Workshop “COLLOC 2020”. 

"COLLOC 2020" will take place in Rio de Janeiro and will focus on the self-organised occupation of Solano Trindade in Duque de Caxias. 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. 

The workshop aims at:

  • expanding knowledge networks of workshop participants,
  • stimulating transformation knowledge in the local context,
  • involving participants in complex decision-making processes and
  • co-producing knowledge within complex social and natural networks through design, debate and hands-on-construction work (design-build).

During the course of the workshop, a Dual Design Strategy will be implemented. With this approach, the process of co-producing knowledge with a diversity of actors will be reflected in the planning of adaptive scenarios and materialised in 1:1 scaled micro-interventions. The workshop is intensive and hands-on in character and will focus on the integration of different forms of knowledge to collaboratively decide on and develop local solutions for problems and demands identified with the dwellers and local partners. 

The workshop will be held English.

Target group

We invite Alumni from German institutions of higher education residing in a developing country (according to the Development Assistance Committee = DAC of the OECD) and 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 or NGOs and have influential and/or decision-making experience in community work. Experience in the fields of urban informality, self-organisation, development programmes, food security and/or waste management systems are a plus but not required. The participants will be involved in a collaborative design and build processes for the 1:1 interventions. Skills in building crafts are of advantage but not essential.


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,
  • reach local “problem-solutions” through the implementation of systemic design principles and transdisciplinary approaches and
  • materialise co-produced knowledge in 1:1 interventions to be built collectively by the participants and local actors. This will take place as a design-build project.

The willingness to work in a team is a precondition.


Participation in this workshop is free of charge. Local costs for accommodation, transport to Solano Trindade and occasional group meals will be funded. Furthermore, participants will receive financial support for flights and other daily costs. Please note that this support will not cover the total cost of flights, food and local transport. Depending on the participant's region of residence and the regional distribution of the selected participants the contribution to the travelling expenses can expected to be between 200 EUR and a maximum of 800 EUR. Eligible participants' expenses will be reimbursed after the workshop is concluded. The participants will be responsible for booking and paying for their flights, accommodation and daily costs in advance.

Attendance and active contribution to the workshop is required at all times. Please understand that participants who cannot attend the complete event from beginning to end cannot receive any financial support.


The application deadline was 13 January 2020.

Further information

For information on past events please visit: colloc2019.wixsite.com/colloc2019

The workshop is subject to funding by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

COLLOC Brazil 2019

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