To commemorate our Anniversary we are reflecting on the past 60 years of the DPU in a number of ways, revisiting some of the people, places and moments that have made the DPU what it is today, as well as looking to the challenges for urban development planning and education ahead. There are several ways in which we’ll be doing this across 2014:
The DPU hosted an international conference between 2 and 4 July 2014. The conference was attended by over 200 people and featured speakers across 8 sessions. A summary of proceedings can be viewed on the dpu blog, and podcasts of all of the sessions are available to listen to/download. [read more]
Initiated in 2013 with support from UCL Grand
Challenges/Sustainable Cities, this project interrogates the continued
significance of notion of the ‘urban global south’ and the implications for
urban planning theory and practice. It
does so through a series of interviews with our peers working across the globe, compiled in two films. The first was
launched at a panel discussion in August 2013 at the Royal Geographical
Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Annual International
2014 there has been a series of ‘Dialogues’ between DPU staff and
international academics and practitioners. All of the events have been recorded and are available to watch or listen to on YouTube (for videos) or Mixcloud (for podcasts).
This is a
series of stand-alone video interviews with past DPU staff and associates. The
initial set of interviews with those who
have been integral to the history and development of the department - not to
mention development planning theory and practice over the years - will reflect
on their careers and contributions to planning education and development in the
global south. A second set of interviews with current DPU staff is scheduled
for October-December in the Anniversary year. The first set of 10 minute-long interviews were launched at the DPU60 conference, and will be available online later in the year.
Building on the
booklet produced by Emeritus Professor Patrick Wakely for DPU’s 50th
Anniversary, we are producing a new booklet to celebrate our 60th year. Sixty Years of Urban Development: A Short
History of the Development Planning Unit adds to the 50th Anniversary booklet,
reporting on the chronological progress of the DPU from 1954 to 2014, the
principal intellectual and conceptual ideas that have influenced the DPU’s
activities in the field of urban development, and the major international
events and declarations which DPU has been a part of and to which it has
responded. The booklet was disseminated at our DPU60 Conference and is now available view or download (pdf) online.
The DPU will produce a DPU60 Reflections Working Paper Series with papers by DPU-Associates covering a range of topics that have been and continue to be central to the DPU’s education, research and consultancy preoccupations. DPU Reflections Working Paper Series was launched at the DPU60 conference in July 2014.