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Reflections Working Papers Series

In 2014 the DPU celebrated 60 years of education, training, research, consultancy and knowledge sharing in urban and regional development policy and planning in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. DPU’s focus on urban development and planning in what is now often referred to as ‘the global south’ was unique in the UK and abroad at the time of its establishment at the Architectural Association in 1954, as well as when it moved in 1971 from the AA to UCL.

DPU colleagues then actively contributed to a dynamic post-colonial history of development debates, planning practices and planning education, helping to forge alternative, socially just innovations in the emergent field of urban development planning. It is the legacy of this unique urban agenda that the DPU60 Reflections Working Papers Series seeks to collate.

The series has been developed in partnership with DPU Associates, a network which brings together former DPU colleagues who maintain a close relationship with current DPU teaching, research and consultancy. In line with the overarching theme of the DPU60 Anniversary celebrations – Looking Back, Looking Forward – the series seeks to cover a range of topics that have been and continue to be central to the DPU’s work, from the vantage point of some of the key historical actors in the debate.

You might also be interested in the Looking Back, Looking Forward interview series, which feature several of the authors of the papers below.

DPU Reflections

#166. Nexus: New approaches to resourcing cities
01 July 2014


#162. From master plans to city development strategies
01 July 2014


#167. Knowledge, politics and development policy: Reflections over four decades
Author: Desmond McNeill


#164. Affordable housing: Chimera or oxymoron?
Author: Babar Mumtaz


#165. Gender planning and development: Revisiting, deconstructing and reflecting


#163. Urban public housing strategies in developing countries: whence and whither paradigms, policies, programmes and projects