UCL Urban Laboratory


DPU launches dpusummerLab 2013

15 May 2013


The UCL Development Planning Unit has officially announced the launch of the dpusummerLab 2013 workshop series, directed by Urban Laboratory co-director, Camillo Boano.

Drawing on the progressive action-research and practice-based ethos of the DPU in collaboration with local partners in various host cities, dpusummerLab aims to leverage the reality of the city as a laboratory for developing socially responsive design measures. It is intended to provoke, stimulate, and reconsider the role of practitioners in promoting spatial justice.

The workshops are geared toward students (alumni, current and prospective) and emerging professionals with backgrounds and/or keen interest in the urban environment and offer a vital testing ground for the proposing of contextual, hybridized spatial interventions embedded with socio-political agendas.

The schedule of the DPU summerLab 2013 series is:

Medellin (Colombia) - Growth in Transit, 26 - 31 August 2013

Santiago (Chile) - Providencia in Transformation, 2 - 7 September 2013         

Rome (Italy) - Occupation City, 9 - 14 September 2013

London (UK) - Localising Legacies, 16 - 21 September 2013

For currently enrolled DPU students and DPU Alumni the workshop fee is £300. For UK and international participants the fee is £400. Please note these fees do not include travel or accommodation. The application deadline for all dpusummerLab workshops is July 15.

Thanks to generous support from UCL International Affairs and Santander Universities, for the 2013 series there are five (5) scholarships available for the Medellin workshop and five (5) scholarships available for the Santiago workshop. Please visit the dpusummerLab page on the DPU website for more info and to apply. You can also contact William Hunter, summerLab coordinator or Camillo Boanodirector if you have any questions.