Designing Inclusion (DESINC), Erasmus Plus programme

Invitation to participate in a workshop in Sheffield, UK.

ASF International is a partner in an exciting European Union funded programme called Designing Inclusion (DESINC) which explores how architecture, urban design and planning education can contribute to the production of inclusive urban spaces for refugees and forced migrants. Through its focus on education and pedagogy, the project links closely to ASF’s learning programme, Challenging Practice.

The aim is to build a team of individuals within the ASF network who will advise on and take part in the development of the project in the long term. The first opportunity is for one individual member to participate in three days of an Intensive Learning Programme in Sheffield, UK.


Dates: Thursday 30th November -­ Saturday 2nd December 2017
Location: Sheffield, UK.
Organisers: University of Sheffield and ASF­UK

The aim of the workshop is to start co­producing innovative approaches and tools that can enable present and future urban practitioners to understand and address questions of housing and settlement in ways that consider the needs, aspirations and capabilities of migrants and refugees, and that engage in dialogue with all communities involved.

The workshop will bring together participants from all the partner institutions and the activities include:

  • ­ Intensive co­design sessions ­
  • seminars on the DESINC research carried out so far ­
  • a visit to two Sheffield­based non­profits working on migration issues ­
  • talks by experts in the field.


  • €214 per day for 3 days (40% should go to the member organization of the participant ­ this money could be used for extra travel support if required)
  • 2 nights accommodation (up to €100 per night)
  • Support with return travel from Member’s country to Sheffield (up to €300)
  • Local travel in Sheffield as required


Ideally, the ASF Member shall have some of the following experience / interests:

  • Currently working on an urban inclusion project or wants to develop one in their Member country ­
  • Knowledgeable in learning techniques and approaches ­
  • Has an interest in remaining part of the DESINC project in 2018 ­
  • Has completed or is currently completing the first stage of Challenging Practice programme


Please send an Expression of Interest of one A4 page maximum explaining why you would like to be

involved in the Sheffield workshop and how you meet the Person Specification.

Contact: Amani al Shaaban ­ ASF­International (
Deadline: 7 October 2017
Format: please save as a PDF file with the title: NAME_ORGANIZATION_DESINC_EOI

A decision will be made by 12 October 2017.


  • ­  A record of all applications will be kept for future activities.
  • ASF­UK Members are excluded from this particular call.


Designing Inclusion emerges out of a collaboration between: ASF ­International (together with ASF­UK’s Challenging Practice team); the University of Sheffield, School of Architecture (UK); Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture & Urban Studies (Milan, Italy); Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Department of Architecture (Belgium); and Housing Europe (Belgium).

The Designing Inclusion project offers ASF an opportunity to address forced migration and refugee issues in a more systematic way across the whole network. This project is also important for the development of Challenging Practice programme, as it will provide the opportunity to review and update the curriculum of the course, and to design a new set of pedagogical materials and action­learning initiatives focusing on the social inclusion of vulnerable groups in cities. For these reasons, the ambition is to draw on the experience, interest and expertise of different ASF Members throughout the project.

For more information contact:

Amani al Shaaban ­ ASF­International ­
Beatrice de Carli ­ University of Sheffield / ASF­UK ­
Lucia Caistor­Arendar ­ ASF­UK ­ l.caistor@asf­

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