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Workshop: CHANGE BY DESIGN South Africa 2017

When: 26 June to 7 July, 2017

Where: Cape Town, South Africa

Who: practitioners and students in architecture, urban design, urban and social development planning, community education, service and communication design, urban sociology and anthropology, urban law, regional and urban economics.

Application deadline: 19 March 2017

How much? £800 (includes meals, accommodation, & travel for 12 days. Flights and airport pick-up not included)

The workshop Change by Design Cape Town 2017 counts towards Challenging Practice Stage B accreditation.


Tools and tactics for community-led development in Cape Town

ASF-UK’s Change by Design programme and Development Action Group are launching a call for a multidisciplinary group of volunteers to address some of the challenges and constraints facing low-income communities in Cape Town.

Building on DAG’s long term experience in citizen mobilisation, capacity building and advocacy, and on the outcomes of the CbD initiative in the inner-city district of Woodstock in 2015, the workshop will explore a range of sites in Cape Town dealing with inadequate housing conditions, homelessness, and the risk of displacement. The aim is to co-design tools and tactics for community-led development that can be adopted by DAG and local residents to challenge uneven access to housing and rights in the city.

Over two weeks, we will work closely with 12 civil society organisations, adapting the Change by Design methodology to test how participatory design can support community capacity building, and contribute to realising DAG’s wider vision of vibrant, equitable, inclusive and spatially integrated human settlements in Cape Town.



We are opening a selection process for two volunteer internships in Cape Town, taking place before and after the workshop respectively. Interns will be working closely with Development Action Group, ASF-UK’s Change by Design team, and local community based organisations on the workshop’s preparation, documentation, and follow up. More info and application process:



Change by Design 2017 is an initiative by Architecture Sans Frontières UK in partnership with Development Action Group, with the support of 1to1 Agency of Engagement. The workshop is part of a long-term collaborative partnership between ASF-UK and DAG.

Architecture Sans Frontières UK aims to make community and international development issues integral to the practice and teaching of architecture. Through training & capacity building, live projects and advocacy, we strive to make architecture relevant to the world’s majority – people who are marginalised or living in poverty.


Development Action Group (DAG), a leading NGO in the urban sector, was established in 1986 when a group of built environment professionals and development practitioners came together to establish an organisation offering technical and professional advice to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and community groups threatened with forced removal in Cape Town. DAG has three integrated programmatic result areas – participatory urban governance; housing and human settlements; and capacity building. These are implemented through a seven-step methodology: building strategic partnerships; citizen mobilisation; capacity building; research; advocacy/lobbying; demonstration projects; and learning from practice.





For further information

For further information about the workshop, visit the official website.

To apply: Application Form



Cape Town,,South Africa
Starting on
26 June, 2017
Ending on
7 July, 2017

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