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Report on understanding child-centred urban disaster risk reduction in Asia

Report on understanding child-centred urban disaster risk reduction in Asia

15 April 2014

MSc Urban Development Planning Alumnus Don Brown has recently co-written a report for the Asian Cities Climate Resilience Working Paper Series with Dr David Dodman, DPU teaching fellow and Senior Researcher at the ...
UK competitiveness at risk without greater understanding of the built environment

UK competitiveness at risk without greater understanding of the built environment

14 April 2014

Big business needs to ramp-up its board-level understanding of the built environment if it is to make smarter investment decisions that deal with issues from carbon-cutting targets to rising transport costs, a market ...
DPU staff participate in the 7th World Urban Forum

DPU staff participate in the 7th World Urban Forum


A large delegation of DPU staff are currently actively participating in the 7th World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia.
DPU at the UCL CALT Conference – 3rd April 2014

DPU at the UCL CALT Conference – 3rd April 2014

How do planners and ordinary citizens learn the city? How do we learn through maps and mapping? What capacities are activated / generated by such learning?

'Contested Urbanism in Dharavi: Writings and projects for the resilient city' now free to download

On the occasion of the 7th World Urban Forum in Medellin and DPU’s large presence at this event, the book "Contested Urbanism in Dharavi: Writings and projects for the resilient city" is ...

DPU part of side-event on Right to Housing at the 25th Session of Human Rights Council in Geneva

The guiding principles for Adequate Housing and Security of Tenure produced by UN Special Rapporteur in Adequate Housing and Human Rights Raquel Rolnik was discussed at a side event that took place on ...

Announcing the ACHR/CAN Perween Rahman Fellowship scheme 2014

The ACHR Community Architects Network has launched the call for the Perween Rahman Fellowship. This Fellowship is one of the outcomes of the joint ACHR/DPU Junior Professional initiative of 2012/2013, it ...

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Avoid, bury or improve? What to do with the MDGs post 2015

Avoid, bury or improve? What to do with the MDGs post 2015

12 June 2014


DPU Conference 'Thinking Across Boundaries: Re-Imagining Planning in the Urban Global South'

DPU Conference 'Thinking Across Boundaries: Re-Imagining Planning in the Urban Global South'

02 - 04 July 2014


Registration is now open for our DPU60 Anniversary Conference. The event will be the highlight of a year of celebrations marking the DPU’s 60 years of education, training, research, consultancy and knowledge ...