The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Nicosia: Inhabiting Edges

18-23 September 2017 In collaboration with Silvia Covarino, Girne American University

Nicosia summerlab

Cyprus is an island marked by a multiplicity of borders, concrete manifestations of social and political conflicts, which have affected the production and reproduction of landscapes and urban environments. Most noticeably, a buffer zone divides the island and the city of Nicosia in two parts, North and South, with existing crossing points accessible only since 2003.

Participants will attend a series of seminars to critically understand the history and politics of Cyprus’ borders, as a fundamental step to interpret the divided urban realm of Nicosia. Here, participants will navigate the city’s complexity, from its historic Walled City to the contemporary sprawls in the urban edges. We will enquire layers of perception and memory of the city’s division, and the explore the edges of its multiple borders, along with the way these are re-appropriated, used and inhabited. Importantly, we will project such explorations on the background of the future urban vision recently shaped by The Nicosia Master Plan – a singular case of bi-communal initiative of urban planning in an area of conflict.

The workshop wants to offer a contribution to the current and contested debate on urban borders, attempting to put forward a shift of perspective on the way border narratives are constantly constructed and deconstructed, negotiated and contested. Such shift will be pursued involving a multiplicity of stakeholders, from authorities, to activists, to local communities, and engaging with their discourses and everyday practices.

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 £400. The fee is discounted to £300 for: currently enrolled DPU students (2016-17), DPU alumni, and for group applications (5 people or more). Discounted fees apply for participants intending to register to multiple workshops too, please contact us for further info. Please note that these fees do not include travel or accommodation, though advice and local information will be provided. The application deadline for all workshops is Monday 3 July 2017. For more information and to apply please visit www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/development/programmes/summerlab or write to dpusummerlab@ucl.ac.uk

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 2017 series will be on Monday 3 July. The applicant will need to e-mail the form, along with a CV and a letter of motivation to dpusummerlab@ucl.ac.uk