Global Studio

Global Studio Temporary Home

Due to a hosting problem at NetRegistry (Australia) the Global Studio site is no longer functioning. NR deleted the Global Studio website as we attempted to transfer it to another host. However, we will rebuild the site as soon as we can to ensure that the contribution of  the many local communities and over 600 students, educators and professionals from 35 countries, 66 universities and 11 disciplines to Global Studio Istanbul (2005), Vancouver (2006), Johannesburg (2007, 08, 09) and Bhopal (2012) remains accessible.

In the meantime we are hosting Global Studio on the People Building Better Cities site.  PBBC is a Global Studio- Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University project . A key objective of PBBC  has been to disseminate academic and professional knowledge to the wider community in a form (exhibition panels and film)  which can be easily understood , and in many languages. PBBC is available in English, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Chinese and Hindi.

Since February 2013 the PBBC exhibition has been shown in 16 cities and nine countries. To see PBBC 2013-14 cities click on the heading at the top of this page.

In each city there has been a public program to explore issues that PBBC raises, but from a local perspective. In this way key PBBC themes such as inequality, population and slums, climate change, education and civic engagement in urban decision making – and the ways these are approached locally –  have been canvassed around the world.  Participatory design and planning – and the ways in which communities can come together to inspire new  ideas for public and other space – has been a theme throughout.

PBBC shows the Global Studio philosophy, principles and priorities and includes 20 possible actions that can help  make cities more equitable and improve the lives of the urban poor.  Work carried out in Johannesburg 2007-09 is on display, illustrating the transition from the academic (Global Studio)- community (Diepsloot) collaboration from 2007 to 2009 to the Diepsloot community –led development with support from Jennifer van den Bussche and Sticky Situations. Three Bhopal projects are shown in detail. In addition the work of Heathabitat, the Community Architects’ Network in Thailand, Archive Global and BRAC School of Architecture in Bangladesh are profiled.

Columbia University and GSAPP’s Studio X hosted PBBC in Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai, Beijing and Johannesburg.

To see a PDF of the exhibition and the accompanying handout, click on this link: PBBC panels in English

If you are looking for Global Studio published resources you will find many of them on the PBBC Resource Platform. Global Studio films since 2005 are listed below.

In 2013 GS became an associate partner in  the UN Habitat World Urban Campaign, and in April 2014 showed PBBC at the UN World Urban Forum in Medellin.  In August Global Studio partnered with UIA Durban to offer a focus area on “Addressing Poverty and Informality through Design Education and Practice” over three days, and also showed PBBC.  On behalf of Global Studio I was pleased to accept the UIA  Vassilis Sgoutas Prize mention for “educational and humanitarian  work”.

Anna Rubbo, founder, Global Studio



Global Studio Films

Global Studio Istanbul (2005)

SOUTH AFRICA (2007-09)
New Mindsets (2007)

Small Change, Big Difference (2007)
A student made film about insulating shacks

SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) (2007)

Academic Acupuncture (2008)

Diep Salute (2009)
A student film made to promote hip hop artists

INDIA (2012)
Short films, interviews with speakers at the GS international conference ‘Reimagining Inclusive Urbanization’; interviews with GS participants

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