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Katharina Rohde (kr) is a critical urban practitioner. She works internationally and is currently based between Berlin and Brussels, with occassional stopovers in Johannesburg.

In her work she explores spatial, social and economic inequalities and visualizes inherent potentials and strategies of urban actors in the production of their (survivalist) habitat.

Through interdisciplinary projects, she curates collaborative processes and dialogical formats between professionals and non-professionals as urban experts, aiming to enable sustainable and socially just urban visions.

By staging innovative spaces, in which communication and negotiation take place, new social structures and a manifestation of a multiplicity of voices in the production of our built environment become possible.

At present Katharina Rohde is a PhD Cand. at the Department of Architecture at KU Leuven in Belgium and conducts research on ”Urbanism(s) of Pluralism: Learning to live together“ in Berlin and Johannesburg. She is also an Associate Researcher for Desining Inclusion (DESINC): How to adapt urban planning teaching for the inclusion of asylum seekers & refugees. A collaboration of KU Leuven, Politecnico di Milano, the University of Sheffield, Architects without Borders International, & Housing Europe. Funded by the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing.

Since 2005 kr continuously holds teaching positions at International Universities such as The University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, South Africa (Dep. of Architecture and Urban Planning & School of Arts), The Technical University of Berlin (Habitat Unit & Urban Planning Laboratory), The HafenCity University, Hamburg and others.

kr is actively involved in cultural education, conducting workshops and seminars with children and teenagers.

artist, (feminist) architect, cultural producer, educator, dancer, director, drummer, fundraiser, juror, lecturer, listener, lover (of all kinds), manager and coordinator, networker, (aspired) peacemaker, project developer, social designer, urbanist, urban practitioner, urban streetworker and others.

Just Do it! Creative Strategies of Survival
Winner of apexart Franchise Program, New York (2011)

COOP Local Designers and migrants as collaboraters in the Fashion Industry
1. Prize Local Agenda 21 Action Program for Sustainable Urban Development (2007)

1. Prize for Theatre is important! Effects of theatre practice in marginalised communities in South Africa. ASA, Network for Development Policy Learning (2005)

Caracas 23/ 01 (Master thesis)
Archiprix International 2005 (Recognition), Glasgow, Scotland

Caracas 23/ 01 (Master thesis)
3. Internationaler Bauhaus Award 2004 Transit Spaces (Recognition)

Caracas 23/ 01 (Master thesis)
N-Morcos-Assad Award for Excellence in Design 2003/ 04