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Alumni Internship Programme Gets Underway in the Philippines

Alumni Internship Programme Gets Underway in the Philippines

28 January 2015

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

27 January 2015

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

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

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 ...

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 ...

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Understanding Cities in an Urban Age

Understanding Cities in an Urban Age

03 February 2015

The presentation will review the interdisciplinary work of the LSE’s Urban Age programme, focusing on the interactions between space and society in some of the world’s most rapidly changing cities.
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.