The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


London - Constructing Healthier Urbanisms

17 – 22 September 2018 in collaboration with Kay Pallaris (Mapping Futures Ltd.) and Stephen Kenny, The Baring Trust'

summerLab 2018 London

The design of our built environment can have a profound impact on inhabitants’ physical, physiological and psychological wellbeing, irrespective of – and possibly more detrimental with – particular age, gender, class or bodily ability.

This year’s London summerLab will critically explore the latest research on how the designed environment can affect our experience of a place. Conventional urban design approaches tend to emphasise design elements such as form, morphology, density, visual aesthetics and materials, with the primary aim of maximising the economic value generated by the spatial transformation of a place. Urban design and architecture are often informed by the subjective bias of designers themselves, and by the logics of marketisation of the design product.

Rarely are the health impacts of such considerations taken into account, yet urban transformation processes affecting the micro-climate, air quality, the provision of green and public spaces. All have a direct or indirect impact on wellbeing.

The summerLab will ask participants to reflect on a variety of design approaches, provoking a debate on how rethinking urban place-making can put health and wellbeing of people firmly at the heart of redevelopment proposals. A diverse series of research methods will allow participants to experience first-hand the impact of urban design on the manifold narratives of a study area in south-east London. Participants will be asked to collectively work on a proposal for such area’s transformation, bearing in mind principles of inclusiveness and well-being.

Click here to download the application form or write to us at dpusummerlab@ucl.ac.uk to express your interest. Further information will be provided in due course. Stay tuned and follow our Facebook page for updates!

Application and fees

The DPU summerLab is open to all students and professionals with an interest in urban environments.

The international participation fee for each workshop is £375 (early-bird discounted rate) or £425 (standard rate). The fee is discounted to £275 (early-bird rate) or £325 for: currently enrolled DPU students (2016-17), DPU alumni, and group applications (5 people or more). Discounted fees apply for participants intending to register to multiple workshops too, please contact us for further info. If you wish to submit a group application (five people or more), please use the ‘group application form’ instead (you can find this below in the ‘Applications’ section). Please note these fees do not include travel or accommodation, though advice and local information will be provided.

Participants are responsible for obtaining any visa they might require to which the DPU can provide proof of workshop registration if needed.

Personal equipment

Participants will need to bring their own laptops and digital equipment. Please ensure that this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the DPU cannot take responsibility for items lost or stolen during the workshop.


The deadline for application for the 2018 series will be on Monday 2 July. The deadline for early-bird applicants is on Monday 4 June. The applicant will need to e-mail the form, along with a CV and a letter of motivation to dpusummerlab@ucl.ac.uk