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Learning Lima: Collaborative action-learning through mapping

Learning Lima: Collaborative action-learning through mapping

15 October 2014

Learning Lima [www.LearningLima.net] is an action-learning platform set up in September 2012 as a collaborative undertaking between DPU (Adriana Allen and Rita Lambert) and a number of partnering organisations and local ...
Re-imagining planning central to 2015 World Cities Report

Re-imagining planning central to 2015 World Cities Report

14 October 2014

Reinvigorating planning and reinforcing political support for sustainable urban development will be among the key topics in the forthcoming World Cities Report 2015. The report is an important benchmark the lead up to ...
Alumni wanted for the experience of a lifetime - a joint internship by DPU-ACHR-CAN

Alumni wanted for the experience of a lifetime - a joint internship by DPU-ACHR-CAN

As part of a long-standing partnership between the Asian Coalition of Housing Rights (ACHR), the Community Architects Network (CAN) and The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), the Junior Professional/DPU Alumni programme aims ...
Who is feeding African Cities?

Who is feeding African Cities?

DPU ESD staff and students contribute to a new book on Irrigated urban vegetable production in Ghana, edited by the International Water Management Institute

Visible Anthropology through mapping: DPU PhD candidate receives distinguished award

In recognition of her innovative doctoral research, Tatiana Ome has recently received an academic prize awarded by ‘Visible Anthropology’ (Antropología Visible), an initiative coordinated by the University of Los Andes in Bogota ...

DPU History Booklet Now Online

As part of our on going 60th Anniversary Celebrations we are delighted to publicly launch a booklet celebrating the our history.

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City Visions and Divisions in/between Mumbai and Cape Town

City Visions and Divisions in/between Mumbai and Cape Town

23 October 2014

The huge challenges of urbanization in the global South – including informal settlement growth, poverty and inequality – have lead many metropolitan and local governments to formulate ‘city visions’ and ‘city development strategies’. Often inspired ...
The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka's Civil War

The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka's Civil War

24 October 2014

This presentation will draw on the recently published book (of the same title) that documents, through personal journeys, how a postwar country grapples with systemic polarisation and violence long after the war has ...
Cities Methodologies 2015

Cities Methodologies 2015

27 - 31 October 2014

'Cities as Engines of Economic Growth' Revisited

'Cities as Engines of Economic Growth' Revisited

19 November 2014

The concept of ‘cities as engines of economic growth’ has become ubiquitous since the 1990s. However, when Nigel Harris first raised the economic significance of cities in the mid-1970s, it was a seen ...