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Policymakers attend student presentations on tackling economic development in London

Policymakers attend student presentations on tackling economic development in London

25 February 2015

On the first Friday of February students from the MSc Urban Economic Development delivered the findings of a series of mini consultancy assignments to members of the Greater London Authority, the Department for ...
DPU summerLab 2014 pamphlet now out - free download

DPU summerLab 2014 pamphlet now out - free download

06 February 2015

The DPU summerLab 2014 series pamphlet is finally available online! You can download the document (pdf) for free or view the document below. 
Alumni Internship Programme Gets Underway in the Philippines

Alumni Internship Programme Gets Underway in the Philippines

Phase II of the Junior Professional Internship Programme run by the DPU in association with ACHR (the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights) and CAN (the Community Architects Network) has just got underway in ...
Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction in Cities: i-Rec call for papers extended

Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction in Cities: i-Rec call for papers extended

We are now welcoming abstracts for the 7th international i-Rec (Information and Research for Reconstruction) conference, which we will be hosting this summer. The call for papers has now been extended until 2 ...

Alumni project tackling urban recycling featured at New York MoMA

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

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

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 ...

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Contested Urbanism - Learning from London, Stockholm and Jerusalem

Contested Urbanism - Learning from London, Stockholm and Jerusalem

17 March 2015

This presentation will address some recent thoughts around present and future research projects; starting with current UCL Bartlett Grand Challenges research into immigrants and minorities well-being in Barking, East London. The intention of ...
UCL Colloquium on Indefensible Space: Sanitation and Gender-Based Violence in Dharavi, Mumbai

UCL Colloquium on Indefensible Space: Sanitation and Gender-Based Violence in Dharavi, Mumbai

24 March 2015

The aim of this UCL IGH/DPU event is to highlight the problems and strategies related to gender-based violence faced by women in slums because of lack of secure and dignified access to ...
Street trading in the Global South: Practical and theoretical challenges

Street trading in the Global South: Practical and theoretical challenges

25 March 2015

Street trading, a widespread practice in Global South cities, is a growing phenomenon. City authorities are confronted with practical difficulties due to the contradictions that street trading generates in the context of 'modernising ...
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.