University of Sheffield – Masters in Urban Design 2015/2016

In 2016 I was invited by Dr Beatrice De Carli to assist in the teaching of the Masters in Urban Design at the University of Sheffield’s School of Architecture for the ‘Design from Afar Module”.

We set the brief in Johannesburg’s Braamfontein and aimed to create a teaching/research model that would allow students in Sheffield to work with students from Johannesburg in a digital participative pedagogical system.

The main interface for this was a blog website,,  that housed the students work and created an international platform of engagement. 


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The artefacts the students designed were carefully considered in order to allow them to be easily transferred to a digital movie format, but also function as workshop tools back in South Africa for the local practices and students.

Local Studio provided the research material and the framework of making a central park in Braamfontein’s Juta street – a project implemented and driven by Tom Chapman.