UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


30 May 2017 | 10:00 am to 09 Jun 2017 | 4:00 pm

Registration opens for UCL undergraduate programme (Un)Urban

University College London, Gower Street London WC1E 6BT
Open to
UCL students
UCL Institute for Global Prosperity
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(Un)Urban: Designing for the green city

Right now, over half the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050, this is expected to increase to 66 per cent. Cities can be places of innovation and creativity. But they can also lead to poor mental and physical health, environmental damage, and extreme inequality. We urgently need to connect urban growth, environmental health and human wellbeing – and to create green cities that benefit everyone.

This strand of the Global Citizenship summer school programme, run by the IGP, challenges UCL undergraduates to address this complex issue in one of its research areas: East London.

Based in the diverse and rapidly changing site of Hackney Wick & Fish Island in East London, students will work with a local organisation on a local urban challenge – and develop a creative solution.

UCL undergraduate students from any department are eligible to apply.

About the programme

30 May - 9 June 2017

UCL Campus and Hackney Wick & Fish Island, East London

What skills will I develop?

  • Human-centred design
  • Qualitative research
  • Collaborative working
  • Problem solving

What will I do?

Understand the theory

In (Un)Urban Exchange sessions, you’ll learn about social and environmental justice, diversity in East London, and green space design.

You’ll hear from academics and experts outside of UCL, as well as researchers from the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP).

Build a design and research toolkit

In (Un)Urban Create sessions, you’ll take part in Human-centred design training. You’ll learn how to research and prototype designs. And you’ll learn how to conduct interviews ahead of getting out into East London.

Explore East London

In the second week, you’ll get out into East London. You’ll explore your research site with your project team, interview local stakeholders, and develop a solution to a challenge set by a local organisation.

Present your design

You’ll record your research in a group blog. You’ll present your design solution to the rest of the strand. And you’ll deliver your design back to the local organisation as an e-book.

Find out more

You can see last year’s designs in the (Un)Urban 2016 e-book:

Hear from previous participants on the (Un)Urban 2016 blog.

Register for (Un)Urban on the Global Citizenship website