UCL Urban Laboratory


DPU summerLabs 2015 applications open

28 April 2015

DPU summerLabs 2015 poster

Applications are now open for the fifth year of the Development Planning Unit's (DPU) summerLab series.

summerLab is a unique platform for one-week design workshops in urban contested spacesm, with sessions geared toward professionals and students with an interest in studying the built environment and its contested narratives of transformation.

After the success of last year's initiatives, the workshops have been extended to five locations across the globe. It will once again return to Beirut and London, respectively in collaboration with the American University in Beirut Neighbourhood Initiative and the artist Alberto Duman. Thanks to the interest and help of COES (Centro de Estudios de Conflictos y Cohesión Social), the workshop also returns to Santiago de Chile after a first experience in 2013. Finally, there are two new exciting destinations: Chicago, in collaboration with the Puerto Rican Agenda and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Mosta, with SPKD Prosvjeta Mostar and LDA Zavidovici.

This year's schedule is as follows:

Santiago - Heritage, Conflict, Urban Change: 24-29 August
Beirut - Imagining Bliss: 31 August - 5 September
Chicago - Puerto Rican Diaspora: 7 - 12 September
Mostar - Common Grounds: 14-19 September
London - Localising Legacies: 21-26 September

For further information please visit the summerLab pages on the DPU website or follow them on Facebook.

The application deadline for all summerLab workshops is Monday 6 July 2015.