CitySwitch is a international exchange framework for young urban professionals in Australia, Japan and other countries. ‘City-switching’ involves intensive transfer of knowledge and people between two countries about two cities in order to cross-illuminate new ideas for issues such as urban density and sprawl.

The CitySwitch model of urban research focuses around locally-based intensive design workshops with foreign guest catalysts. Each workshop develops physical proposals to local issues in that city, e.g. large scale installations, demonstrations etc, while bridging transnational urbanism questions through comparative discourse.

From 22nd Feb to 27th Feb 2010, UTS students will be joined by faculty and students of the University of Tokyo in Newcastle for a one week intensive project. The Cityswitch project is organized  by Joanne Jakovich and is now in its third year. For more information visit the city switch site .

Workshop makes the front page of the Newcastle Post