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Alumni project tackling urban recycling featured at New York MoMA

Alumni project tackling urban recycling featured at New York MoMA

21 January 2015

BUDD alumna Marisol Garcia (2010-11) with Ciudad Emergente, a collective practice based in Santiago (Chile), is featured as an example of Tactical Urbanisms for Latin America in the exhibition Uneven Growth, Tactical Urbanism ...
Tracing peri-urban pathways to Water Justice

Tracing peri-urban pathways to Water Justice

19 January 2015

Can alternative water supply arrangements fill in the gap of peri-urbanisation without infrastructure in Kolkata, Cochabamba and Dar es Salaam?
Looking Back, and now Looking Forward into 2015 and beyond

Looking Back, and now Looking Forward into 2015 and beyond

We are delighted to share with you an ongoing project that began during our anniversary year. Looking Back, Looking Forward is a series of interviews recorded with former members of the DPU team ...
The Curtain Falls on DPU60

The Curtain Falls on DPU60

As the calendar year approaches its end, so too do we draw the curtain on our 60th Anniversary celebrations.

The Bartlett confirmed as built environment research heavyweight in the Government’s Research Excellence Framework


The Bartlett has the most world-leading research in its field in the UK, according to the Government’s Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). As one of UCL’s ten faculties, The Bartlett’s performance ...

Reflections on COP 20 - or was it COP -10?

The 20th Conference of Parties in Lima represents the latest attempts by national governments from across the world to define a common purpose, enshrined in legislation, to combat the growing perils of climate ...

Climate Change Governance in Cities: Why Experimentation is Essential

An Urban Politics of Climate Change, a timely new book by Vanesa Castán Broto and co-authors Harriet Bulkeley and Gareth Edwards, is now available. The book looks in detail at how experimentation ...

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7th International i-Rec Conference and Student Competition: Reconstruction and Recovery in Urban Contexts

7th International i-Rec Conference and Student Competition: Reconstruction and Recovery in Urban Contexts

06 - 08 July 2015

Disasters and crises are occurring more frequently and with greater intensity in urban areas. Crises occurring in the urban context pose particular challenges for recovery and reconstruction.