Masterclass Design for The Just City


Investigating the role of design for the Just City

 June 18th – 22nd, full-time 


How can design and planning contribute to the conditions of justice in cities, neighborhoods and the public realm? This question and the definitions of urban justice and the just city are being examined in The Just City Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. This lab is led by Professor Toni L. Griffin, an American designer, planner and researcher with years of experience working in complex urban transformation projects.


Coming June Prof. Griffin will come to Rotterdam to share her insights and knowledge at the Masterclass ‘Design for The Just City’, organized by Veldacademie, Architecture Institute Rotterdam (AIR) and Centre of Expertise Social Innovation (EMI). During a five day program at our studio (Waalhaven Oostzijde 1) we’ll study four cases of urban development projects in Rotterdam. At the end of the week we share our insights and visions at a public seminar with local professionals and stakeholders. The results will also be published.


This masterclass is free of charge and open to various students, from architecture an urban design/planning to social studies, health sciences and art school. Recently graduated students can also apply. We make a selection of 25 participants, based on motivation, educational and personal background. The aim is to compose a diverse team in order to study the concept of (in)justice from a broad perspective.


Program (concept)

Monday 18.06.2018

9:00 – 12:30            Welcome & Introduction 4 cases by local stakeholders

12:30 – 13:30          Lunch break & Instruction site visit

13:30 – 17:00          Site visit

17:00                         Wrap-up with drinks & food

Tuesday 19.06.2018

9:00 – 12:30           Just-city workshop by Toni Griffin

12:30 – 13:30          Lunch break & lecture

13:30 – 17:30         Team work in studio

Wednesday 20.06.2018

9:00 – 12:30            Workshop by Toni Griffin

12:30 – 13:30          Lunch break & lecture

13:30 – 17:30         Team work in studio

Thursday 21.06.2018

9:00 – 12:30            Team work in studio

12:30 – 13:30          Lunch break

13:30 – 17:00         Team work in studio

17:00 – 19:00          Preliminary presentations per team, reflection by teachers + stakeholders


20.00 – 21.30           Lecture White Arkitekter Stockholm (voluntary)

Friday 22.06.2018 (LP2)

9:00 – 10:00             Preparation final presentation

10:00 – 12:30          Final studio presentation

12:30 – 13:30          Lunch & talk show about studio

13:30 – 17:00          Lectures by Toni Griffin & others

The presentations, talkshow and lectures on Friday are part of the public event ‘Designing Community! #2: In search of the just and inclusive city’ at LP2 (Wilhelminakade, Rotterdam). This event is part of the Rotterdam Architecture Month.


The application period ended on Monday the 4th of June. If you have any  questions about the masterclass you can send an email to