The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


The DPU summerLab team is delighted to announce the launch of the programme for 2019

9 May 2019

The 2019 DPU summerLab programme includes workshops in Jerusalem, Chengdu, Hargeysa, Athens and London


The schedule is as follows: 

  • Jerusalem, Urban Health in a Contested Territory, Sunday 25 to Friday 30 August
  • Chengdu, Rethinking Tourism-driven Regeneration, Monday 26 to Saturday 31 August
  • Hargeysa, Exploring Social Cohesion in a Segmented City, Sunday 1 to Friday 6 September
  • Athens, Co-creating the arrival city, Monday 9 to Saturday 14 September
  • London, A community-centred alternative to displacement, Monday 16 to Saturday 21 September

Please note that the workshops in Jerusalem and Chengdu will partially overlap.

The initiative is led by Giorgio Talocci, Camillo Boano and Azadeh Mashayekhi. We would like to thank Haim Yacobi and Michael Walls from the DPU, who are coordinating respectively the Jerusalem and Hargeysa’s workshops, for their enthusiasm in contributing to this initiative. 

The 2019 series programme has been shaped in collaboration with a series of local partners. Our thanks go to: Els Verbakel of the Graduate Program of Urban Design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem; Andy Hilton and Yi Luo from Urban Synthesis (China) Ltd., Chengdu, the Institute for Research, Heritage, Preservation and Development and the Redsea Cultural Foundation in Hargeysa; Stefania Gyftopoulou and Panagiotis Tzannetakis, in Athens; David McEwen from Unit 38 and the West Green Road / Seven Sisters Development Trust 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 Monday 15 July 2019. Please note that applicants will benefit from an early-bird discounted rate if applying by Monday 17 June 2019. 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