The Bartlett Development Planning Unit’s summerLab series draws on the progressive action-research ethos of the DPU in collaboration with local partners. The workshops aim to leverage the reality of the city as a laboratory for developing socially and politically conscious interventions that are intended to provoke the minds and actions of urban practitioners in reconsidering the role and process of design in promoting spatial justice.
Geared toward students and emerging professionals from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, the workshops offer a vital testing ground for hybridized spatial responses to particular contextual challenges and phenomena.
Each uniquely geographical and thematic workshop blends complementary expert input and short methodological seminars with hands-on field investigations and exercises that allow for direct interactions with communities and beneficiaries.
The schedule of the DPU summerLab 2013 series is:
Medellin (Colombia) – Growth in Transit 26 - 31 Aug
Santiago (Chile) – Providencia in Transformation 2 – 7 Sept
Rome (Italy) – Occupation City 9 – 14 Sept
London (UK) – Localising Legacies 16 – 21 Sept
APPLICATIONS and FEES
The application deadline for all summerLab workshops is July 15.
The international fee for participants is £400. This excludes travel and accommodation. However, local information and assistance will be provided.
WEB and CONTACT
General DPU summerLab program information can be found at
2013 workshop series information can be found at