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Architecture Sans Frontières UK is pleased to offer two funded placements on the forthcoming Practices of Urban Inclusion programme, taking place this May to October 2021. This course forms part of the Erasmus Plus programme, Desinc Live: Designing and Learning in the Context of Migration. Desinc Live is a European learning programme aimed at exploring what is needed to create cities as places of care for people with lived experience of migration, displacement and exile.

This new educational offer will bring together 18 participants from across Europe, from a wide range of social and spatial disciplines and those with lived experience of transnational migration. Through a combination of practice-based and remote learning and two live workshops in Milan and Berlin (restrictions permitting), participants will learn to strengthen their position as self-directed, reflexive and creative practitioners, and contribute to the making of more inclusive cities.

Below is an overview of the Practices of Urban Inclusion programme offered by ASF UK. Further details can be found in the Course Prospectus for the Europe-wide programme. This programme has been developed in partnership with higher

education and civil society organisations working in the fields of spatial practice and migration and refugee support in the UK, Belgium, Germany and Italy.

Programme Overview

During this programme participants will be guided through theoretical and practice-based activities aimed to help them critically reflect on their own practice and develop new ways of fostering inclusion in urban space.

Over three stages, the programme will support participants through a process of framing their practice within the spatial contexts of global migration; learning through acting in urban environments shaped by transnational migration - providing a live immersion into critical and participatory built environment
practice; and reflecting on their experience with the aim of evaluating their own practice in response to the practical approaches and wider debates introduced throughout the programme.

At each stage, participants will demonstrate their learning through reflective journalling and the production of creative outputs. At the end of the programme, participants will present a piece of critical reflection on their practice and the subject of urban inclusion in the UK.

Programme details

  • Location: London, UK (remote working and live seminars), Berlin and Milan (live workshops)
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Start + finish: 10 May - 29 October 2021
  • Full/part-time: part-time, intended to be undertaken alongside participants’ existing practice/ work commitments.
  • Required commitment: Avg 2-3 hours per week self directed learning, in addition to facilitated activities outlined below
  • Format: Live workshops, seminars, 1-2-1 support, peer-to-peer and self directed learning.
  • Costs covered by scholarship: Full programme costs + travel and accommodation to live workshops
    Live activities are subject to national restrictions. Online alternatives will be provided where restrictions do not permit
    travel or meeting in person.

Who is this programme for?

The two fully funded placements are offered by ASF UK to individuals working in the fields of migration and/or refugee support in the UK.

Participants will already be actively engaged in relevant fields as a practitioner in either a professional or voluntary capacity. For example, participants might be working in migrant/refugee support in areas such as housing, homelessness or urban regeneration, either in the public or third sectors or in urban policy development and research. Preference will be given to applicants with lived experience of migration.

Participants will be expected to demonstrate either a professional or personal interest in the way cities are planned/designed/built, such as in the fields of housing, geography, urban planning, urban
design, architecture, visual arts, public performance or other creative disciplines engaging with urban space.

Applicants should be prepared to engage in self-directed learning and also group activities with participants from a range of backgrounds and disciplines and will be expected to produce creative outputs such as written/graphic/video/audio.

Applicants must be aged 18 or over and be available to travel during the dates outlined below, (restrictions permitting).

Programme timeline

Full details of learning activities are outlined in the Course Prospectus. Live activities are subject to national restrictions. Online alternatives will be provided where restrictions do not permit travel or meeting in person

- 10 May: Programme launch event [online]
- Date TBC: UK participant live seminar
- 28 June - 4 July 2021: Live workshop - Berlin
- Date TBC: UK participant live seminar
- (Break)
- 06 September - 12 September 2021: Live workshop - Milan
- Date TBC: UK participant live seminar
- 29 October (TBC): Programme closing event [online]
- Date TBC (winter 2021): UK participants live public event

How to apply

Anyone wishing to apply to be a participant on this programme is required to submit an Expression of Interest (PDF, max 500 words, upto 3 images and 3 web links) and CV by midnight on Friday 30th April. Expressions of interest should be sent to:

[email protected]

An Expression of Interest should include 1) a brief description of you and your practice and how it relates to issues of global migration and the subject of urban inclusion, 2) your personal motivations for applying and what you hope to get out of the programme, and 3) how you see the programme contributing
to the wider issues and interests of your practice.

If you have any questions about the programme or scholarship opportunities, please contact Lucia at [email protected]

Course Prospectus

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