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
(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.
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.