The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


DPU summerLab 2018 series announced

The DPU summerLab team is delighted to announce the launch of the programme for the DPU summerLab 2018 series.

summerLablaunch 2018

13 April 2018

We are happy to land in four new exciting destinations and to run once more a workshop in London. The schedule will run as follows: 


  • Amman, Inhabiting Water Infrastructures, 27 August – 1 September 2018    
  • Ulaanbaatar, Urbanising Nomadism, 27 August – 1 September 2018
  • Bar Elias, Public Realm and Spaces of Refuge, 3 – 8 September 2018
  • Athens, The Arrival City in Age of Austerity, 10-15 September 2018
  • London, Constructing Healthier Urbanisms, 17-22 September 2018

Please notice that the workshops in Amman and Ulaanbaatar will be held during the same week.

The initiative is led by Camillo Boano and Giorgio Talocci, with Azadeh Mashayekhi. The 2018 series programme has been shaped in collaboration with a series of local partners, that we would like to thank for the great effort: Nora Akawi and Jawad Dukhgan of Studio-X Amman, Amman, Jordan; Badruun Gardi and Enkhjin Batjargal of GerHub, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Riccardo Conti and Joana Dabaj of CatalyticAction for the workshop in Bar Elias, Lebanon; Stefania Gyftopoulou of Open Architecture Collaborative, Athens, Greece; Kay Pallaris of Mapping Futures Ltd for the workshop in London.

The workshop series aims to leverage the reality of the city as a laboratory for developing socially responsive design and planning measures drawing on the progressive action-research ethos of the DPU in collaboration with local partners. It is intended to provoke, stimulate, and reconsider the role of designers and practitioners in promoting spatial justice.

The workshops, geared toward students and emerging professionals, offer a vital testing ground for designing investigative spatial strategies embedded in the socio-political agendas of contested spaces. This year we look forward to exploring and engaging with Ulaanbaatar’s nomadic thresholds, Amman’s contested landscape of water infrastructures, Athens’ and Bar Elias’ spaces of refuge and the construction of narratives of healthy urban transformation in London.

The application deadline for all summerLab workshops is on Monday 2 July 2017. Please notice that applicants will benefit of an early-bird discounted rate if applying by Monday 4 June 2018. For more information and to apply, visit the summerLab webpage. We welcome expressions of interest and queries: you can write to us at dpusummerlab@ucl.ac.uk.