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Day 1

What unites us? A sense of agency

What unites us? A sense of agency

The Bartlett turns 100 in 2019. This is an opportunity to reflect on our role for the next 100 years, says Dean Alan Penn.

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Day 2

We all live in Tolmers Square

We all live in Tolmers Square

In 1973, Bartlett student Nick Wates’ 3rd-year report started a campaign to prevent a speculative office development from destroying an inner London neighbourhood. It’s still talked about today.

Read more >

Day 3

How to manage a megaproject

How to manage a megaproject

The academic partnership that helped Crossrail break the mould in UK construction by becoming the first organisation to develop a strategy for managing innovation in megaprojects.

Read more >

Day 4

Entering the experience economy era

Entering the experience economy era

Lecturer and architect Jan Kattein explains why we need to reshape our understanding of the UK high street.

Read more >

Day 5

A holistic view of heritage

A holistic view of heritage

Alumna Isabel Assaly on why she doesn’t believe in preserving for preserving's sake.

Read more >

Day 6

The Future of Energy Research

By applying epidemiology to energy, Bartlett academics at the Energy Institute are radically changing how energy consumption data is gathered and analysed.

Read more >
 The Future of Energy Research

Day 7

Re-politicising Gender Planning

Re-politicising Gender Planning

Since the 1980s, the Gender Policy and Planning Programme at The Bartlett has been on a mission to further the research and theory for achieving gender parity.

Read more >

Day 8

State Banking on a Mission

State Banking on a Mission

The Bartlett's Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose designs a new mission-oriented bank for Scotland.

Read more >

Day 9

Contemplating the City of the Future

Contemplating the City of the Future

Since 1995, the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis has studied urban environments as living laboratories to inform city planning and policy. The results have taken on a life of their own.

Read more >

Day 10

Setting the standard for street lighting

Setting the standard for street lighting

How lighting expert Peter Raynham helped usher in a shift to safer, cheaper, more energy-efficient street lights in the UK.

Read more >

Day 11

The Unburnable Carbon Paper

The Unburnable Carbon Paper

In 2012, two Bartlett researchers looked at all the world’s fossil-fuel reserves – and found that most of them would need to stay in the ground.

Read more >

Day 12

Rethinking real estate

Global property research expert Yolande Barnes explains how her industry experience will inform the work of The Bartlett’s newest institute.

Read more >
Rethinking real estate

Day 13

Pathogens vs Prosperity

Pathogens vs Prosperity

Why social scientists at The Bartlett are working with epidemiologists, immunologists and geneticists to tackle the spread of bovine TB in Ethiopia’s burgeoning dairy industry.

Read more >

Day 14

Ruth Glass and coining ‘Gentrification’

Ruth Glass and coining ‘Gentrification’

Sociologist Ruth Glass coined the term 'gentrification' in 1964 to describe change in London.

Read more >

Day 15

The life of Herbert Henry Bartlett

The life of Herbert Henry Bartlett

Our namesake, Sir Herbert Henry Bartlett, had an extraordinary life and a huge influence on shaping modern London.

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Day 16

Visualising your future

Visualising your future

Designer and alumnus Narinder Sagoo talks about his experiences at The Bartlett and his rise to Senior Partner at Foster + Partners.

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Day 17

What does climate change mean for cultural heritage?

What does climate change mean for cultural heritage?

The Institute for Sustainable Heritage has built its own NOAH'S ARK of knowledge in the fight against climate change.

Read more >

Day 18

Reimagining Lima

How drones, community mapping and 3D printers were used to influence local and national policy for the urban poor in Lima, Peru.

Read more >
Reimagining Lima

Day 19

Taking energy trading local

Taking energy trading local

How the blockchain could pave the way to a sustainable energy economy.

Read more >

Day 20

Bartlett Buildings: The Pearson Building

Bartlett Buildings: The Pearson Building

The Pearson Building in the Gower Street quadrangle has played a pivotal role in The Bartlett’s history.

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Day 21

Can Self-build Solve the Housing Crisis?

Can Self-build Solve the Housing Crisis?

Planning Lecturer Iqbal Hamiduddin says it’s time the UK turned a passive interest in self-building into an active one.

Read more >

Day 22

The Future of LGBTQ+ Night-time Spaces

The Future of LGBTQ+ Night-time Spaces

Research by the Urban Laboratory has found that the number of LGBTQ+ venues in London has more than halved in the past decade, eroding a crucial social infrastructure.

Read more >

Day 23

Why climate change is a global health issue

Why climate change is a global health issue

Professor Paul Ekins and his team’s financial analyses for medical journal 'The Lancet' reveal the health benefits of getting tough on the causes of climate change.

Read more >

Day 24

Telling Stories With Type

To celebrate 100 years of The Bartlett, we commissioned Colophon Foundry to create a custom typeface: 'Bartlett 100'.

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Telling Stories With Type

Day 25

How Building Layouts Drive Social Interaction

How Building Layouts Drive Social Interaction

Dr Kerstin Sailer explains how the design decisions of architects have an impact on people’s behaviour within buildings – and why understanding this is important.

Read more >

Day 26

Modern Industrial Strategy Should Embrace Moonshots

Modern Industrial Strategy Should Embrace Moonshots

Economists at The Bartlett are leading a commission advising UK government on how to build mission-oriented industrial strategy that's as bold as putting a man on the moon.

Read more >

Day 27

Pioneering The Science of Cities

Pioneering The Science of Cities

Architect and planner Professor Mike Batty explains how a UCL admission mix-up didn’t deter him from developing The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis.

Read more >

Day 28

Modern Art Stinks

Modern Art Stinks

Can analysing the smell of plastics help museum curators pre-empt signs of deterioration in heritage objects?

Read more >

Day 29

How lighting can power change

How lighting can power change

Alumna Florence Lam tells us why lighting design is about more than technology.

Read more >

Day 30

What can maps tell us about society?

Professor Laura Vaughan's spatial analysis of historical maps has uncovered a depth, nuance and texture to the city often missing from pure statistical data.

Read more >
What can maps tell us about society?

Day 31

Unpicking China’s Urbanisation Boom

Unpicking China’s Urbanisation Boom

In China, state entrepreneurism starts with planning. Professor Fulong Wu’s influential research group is at the forefront of exploring its effects on the nation.

Read more >

Day 32

The People’s Prescription

The People’s Prescription

The Bartlett’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose is working with UK healthcare campaigners to remind policy-makers of the importance of universal affordable healthcare.

Read more >

Day 33

Gertrude Leverkus: Architect

Gertrude Leverkus: Architect

Alumna Rebecca Spaven reflects on the life of Gertrude Leverkus – the first woman to officially enrol at The Bartlett School of Architecture, in 1915, leading the way for generations of other women architects.

Read more >

Day 34

Making a market for street food

Making a market for street food

Urban Lab alumna Petra Barran’s KERB has put the trader community at the heart of a flourishing street food project.

Read more >

Day 35

Putting management into construction

Putting management into construction

How do you transform a school of 110 students into one with 3,000 applicants a year? Be focused, be relevant, and communicate, says Professor Peter Morris.

Read more >

Day 36

Why We Need To Act Now On Urban Health

Professor Haim Yacobi says urban health needs to be a central part of every aspect of planning.

Read more >
Why We Need To Act Now On Urban Health

Day 37

Asmara’s Modernist Architecture

Asmara’s Modernist Architecture

It is unfortunate that Eritrea is more likely to evoke images of migrant crises than outstanding architectural heritage. Asmara’s listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site could change that perception.

Read more >

Day 38

What would your perfect country be like?

What would your perfect country be like?

Since 2016, The Bartlett's Institute for Global Prosperity has partnered with the BBC World Service to provide the research for its award-winning radio series exploring policies from around the world that achieve inclusive and sustainable prosperity.

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Day 39

The Positive Power of Urban Planning

The Positive Power of Urban Planning

How celebrated planner Professor Sir Peter Hall’s ideas helped shape London’s transport system.

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Day 40

How shipping got onboard with decarbonisation

How shipping got onboard with decarbonisation

The Bartlett’s Energy Institute is behind the research helping to shape shipping’s transition to a low-carbon future.

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Day 41

Bartlett Buildings: Wates House

Bartlett Buildings: Wates House

Wates House was used intensively for nearly 40 years, seeing The Bartlett go through decades of ideological, pedagogical and demographic evolution.

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Day 42

Reducing disaster risk

Reducing disaster risk

The Urban Ark project is investigating how towns in Sub-Saharan Africa can tackle building risk outside of the formal planning system.

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Day 43

Sustainable Design Is Integrated Design

Deeper collaboration between the design and engineering disciplines is inevitable, say Bartlett alumni Ricardo Moreira and Anis Abou-Zaki – and we should embrace it.

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Sustainable Design Is Integrated Design

Day 44

“What does the future look like and how are we going to get there?”

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Day 45

The Human Dimension of Space

The Human Dimension of Space

The theory and practice of ‘space syntax’ emerged at The Bartlett in the 1970s as a means to model the use of architectural and urban space scientifically.

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Day 46

Protecting Citizens’ Data Rights

Protecting Citizens’ Data Rights

Cities receive valuable personal information from their citizens every day. So do all the tech giants. Who does best by the people?

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Day 47

Bartlett Buildings: Torrington Place

Bartlett Buildings: Torrington Place

Originally built for an electronics company and once home to a Barbara Hepworth sculpture, 1–19 Torrington Place has been an important space for The Bartlett since the 1990s.

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Day 48

Not Your Average Architecture Magazine

Not Your Average Architecture Magazine

Student-led publishing continues to be a powerful vehicle for challenging mainstream perceptions of what architecture and built-environment publishing 'should be'.

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Day 49

“There is little that’s more important in our modern lives than having good buildings for living, work and leisure”

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Day 50

A Brief History of The Bartlett

Follow the evolution of The Bartlett, from its foundation to the present day, growing from one school to 12 as we became UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment.

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A Brief History of The Bartlett

Day 51

Starting Up Your Own Business

Starting Up Your Own Business

Alumna and founder of FutureBricks Arya Taware is on a mission to democratise investing in property.

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Day 52

If it’s not drawn, it can’t be discussed

If it’s not drawn, it can’t be discussed

How four alumni went from being Bartlett students to forming AHMM – one of the largest architecture practices in the UK.

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Day 53

The age of mass displacement

The age of mass displacement

The RELIEF Centre aims to radically rethink how to build a prosperous and inclusive future for communities uprooted indefinitely by wars or oppression.

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Day 54

Water Insecurity

Water Insecurity

In 2017, Bartlett researcher Carole Dalin showed that the future of food security is at risk from farmers using groundwater faster than it can be replenished.

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Day 55

How to Decarbonise the Economy

How to Decarbonise the Economy

Developed by an Energy Institute-led consortium, the UK TIMES model underpins government plans to transition the UK to a low-carbon future.

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Day 56

Histories of London

For 125 years, the Survey of London has been recording the past and present of the capital's built environment.

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Histories of London

Day 57

Engineering community

Engineering community

The brainchild of Professor Sarah Bell, the Engineering Exchange gives local communities access to pro-bono engineering and built-environment expertise when they need it most.

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Day 58

A New Way of Mapping a City

A New Way of Mapping a City

Colouring London, a groundbreaking open-data scheme led by The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, is aiming to redefine how city building data is used and shared.

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Day 59

Transport planning for social change

Transport planning for social change

The €26.8m Sintropher project, led by The Bartlett's School of Planning, shows how tram-based systems can connect cities and regions to improve prosperity.

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Day 60

Practicing Participatory Design

Practicing Participatory Design

How a collaboration between Bartlett academics and a charity founded by alumni enabled Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian residents to co-design a public space that works for everyone.

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Day 61

Inventing the Dropped Curb

Inventing the Dropped Curb

How alumnus and author of 1963's 'Designing for the Disabled', Selwyn Goldsmith, used his own life experience to bring accessible design to cities.

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Day 62

Bartlett Buildings: Hampstead Road

The conversion of 132–140 Hampstead Road into a temporary base for The Bartlett between 2014 and 2016 proved to be a test bed for designs for the faculty's headquarters at 22 Gordon Street.

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Bartlett Buildings: Hampstead Road

Day 63

Cutting the Carbon Cost of Aviation

Cutting the Carbon Cost of Aviation

Research by the Energy Institute's Andreas Schäfer in 2016 revealed cost-effective ways to cut emissions from passenger aircraft – and the aviation industry was ready to listen.

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Day 64

Diversity is a Structural Issue

Diversity is a Structural Issue

The Bartlett’s Kamna Patel is UCL’s first Vice-Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She believes it’s time to stop tinkering with procedural responses to inequality and start tackling the structures of power.

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Day 65

What makes a place great?

What makes a place great?

Formed at The Bartlett in the wake of AHRC-funded research into the impact of CABE's work, the Place Alliance has been driving an ambitious agenda for place quality in England for the past five years.

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Day 66

Changing the narrative

Changing the narrative

CJ Lim’s 'Virtually Venice' project at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2004 is still celebrated for its radical East-West narrative and three-dimensional papercut forms.

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Day 67

Launching a Citizen-led Prosperity Index

Launching a Citizen-led Prosperity Index

The Prosperity Index for London is a ground-breaking initiative from The Bartlett's Institute for Global Prosperity rethinking what prosperity means with, and for, Londoners.

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Day 68

Online Empathy

Online Empathy

How a team led by The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis digitally connected worshippers in Hackney and Cumbria.

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Day 69

Bartlett Buildings: A Walk Around Bloomsbury

Bartlett Buildings: A Walk Around Bloomsbury

The Bartlett’s history and culture has been shaped by its presence in Bloomsbury, London. Here are short stories of six buildings it still occupies today.

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Day 70

At the service of society

At the service of society

Professor Michael Edwards reflects on the value of activism in informing research and building partnerships between The Bartlett and London.

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Day 71

Engaged Urbanism

The UCL Urban Laboratory's 2016 collection, 'Engaged Urbanism', collated work from its long-running exhibition and events series 'Cities Methodologies', presenting new ways to reimagine cities and respond to urban challenges.

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Engaged Urbanism

Day 72

First Flights

First Flights

For the past four years, Drones4Good – a collaborative group from The Bartlett and UCL – has been educating young people in the use of drone technology.

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Day 73

The Economics of Climate Change

The Economics of Climate Change

Research into the economics of climate change by The Bartlett's Dr Zhifu Mi is helping cities better understand their role in the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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Day 74

Cultural resonance

Cultural resonance

Author, academic and alumna Lesley Lokko on how transplanting The Bartlett School of Architecture’s unit system to South Africa is opening up new possibilities to rewrite the country’s perception of the architect.

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Day 75

MaaS Appeal

MaaS Appeal

The MaaSLab, led by Dr Maria Kamargianni at The Bartlett's Energy Institute, is exploring how Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is ushering in the demise of car ownership and the rise of a new kind of urban traveller.

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Day 76

Go to the polls

Go to the polls

Dr Michael Walls, Senior Lecturer at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, reflects on the election monitoring mission he co-ordinated in Somaliland in November 2017.

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Day 77

Making the case for inclusive mobility

Making the case for inclusive mobility

When the West Midlands Combined Authority noticed a drop off in the number of senior citizens using its free bus service, it asked Bartlett researcher Jens Kandt to find out why.

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Day 78

Bartlett Buildings: 22 Gordon Street

Bartlett Buildings: 22 Gordon Street

Headquarters of The Bartlett faculty and home to the School of Architecture, 22 Gordon Street is the award-winning building formerly known as Wates House.

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Day 79

Measuring the success of mega infrastructure

Since 2005, the OMEGA Centre at The Bartlett School of Planning has been pioneering ways to appraise and evaluate critical mega infrastructure in the face of 21st century challenges.

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Measuring the success of mega infrastructure

Day 80

Powering the Zambian Economy

Powering the Zambian Economy

For Zambia's manufacturing sector, power outages can mean make or break. Bartlett PhD Researcher Imad Ahmed is working to help the government find a better way to deal with electricity crises.

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Day 81

Taking heritage on the road

Taking heritage on the road

Lecturer Josep Grau-Bove explains how the Mobile Heritage Lab aims to tackle unequal access to scientific culture by taking public engagement out of its usual venues.

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Day 82

Transforming Informal Settlements

Transforming Informal Settlements

From its base in Freetown, the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre is working to ensure residents' rights in informal settlements across the country.

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Day 83

Bartlett Buildings: Here East

Bartlett Buildings: Here East

Here East in east London is The Bartlett’s newest space – and one of its most ambitious.

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Day 84

How universities can be better neighbours

How universities can be better neighbours

In 2015, Urban Laboratory Director Clare Melhuish published five case studies on university-led regeneration that showed why higher education institutions should listen to those who are less powerful when planning expansion.

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Day 85

New ways of seeing

From 3D scans of The Bartlett's buildings to Arctic sea ice and ancient ruins, Bartlett alumni-founded ScanLAB is digitising the world one building, landscape and object at a time.

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New ways of seeing

Day 86

Next generation leaders

Next generation leaders

For nearly 10 years, The Bartlett's Energy Institute and Loughborough University have been training PhD students to solve the demand-side of the energy equation.

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Day 87

Making an impact

Making an impact

The Bartlett's Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose hit the ground running in 2018, publishing nine new working papers, three policy reports, three policy briefs and two books.

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Day 88

Sounds of the city

Sounds of the city

Bartlett Professor of Acoustics Jian Kang is developing a ground-breaking system to go beyond the decibel scale and measure noise in terms of human wellbeing.

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Day 89

Why green infrastructure means business

Why green infrastructure means business

Bartlett Real Estate Institute Chair Yolande Barnes suggests that the need for long-term income streams is changing the nature of real estate investment – and that this could make for some very different built landscapes in future.

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Day 90

What does the future of making look like?

What does the future of making look like?

Since it was founded at The Bartlett in 2011, the FABRICATE conference has set the agenda during a decade that has empowered designers with new tools and capabilities for making and remaking the built environment.

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Day 91

Building a movement

A new two-year research project led by Bartlett Professor Jacqui Glass is creating a community to transform the construction industry’s broken model.

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Building a movement

Day 92

How do you preserve an algorithm?

How do you preserve an algorithm?

Bartlett Professor Richard Sandford is putting heritage at the heart of futures thinking to help policymakers better understand what matters to society in the long term.

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Day 93

Inventing Future Cities

Inventing Future Cities

In the next 100 years, we need to get to grips with a dilemma at the heart of city planning, says Professor Michael Batty: we cannot predict the future but we can invent it – yet we cannot predict what we invent.

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Day 94

London, 2119

London, 2119

Paul Dobraszczyk imagines a dystopian future for the city in which its inhabitants' survival depends on salvaging the wastes of an economic system long gone.

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Day 95

After Nations

After Nations

What might happen as the climate breaks down and artificial intelligence rises up? David Bent explores a disrupted world where countries have been replaced by machine-human 'Integrities'.

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Day 96

Hyperservitization

Hyperservitization

What does the ultimate service offering look like? Michael Fell considers the logical extreme for the trend in 'as-a-service' business models.

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Day 97

Fully Automated Architecture

Fully Automated Architecture

Mollie Claypool on whether the fully automated production of the built environment could drive more efficient, sustainable and inclusive architecture and construction processes.

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Day 98

Deflating Africa’s urban disaster risk bubble

Deflating Africa’s urban disaster risk bubble

Emmanuel Osuteye reports from Africa 100 years from now, where a better understanding of everyday risks has spared the continent the worst impacts of its rapid urbanisation.

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Day 99

Reconciling humans and machines with nature

Reconciling humans and machines with nature

How can we make technology work for humans? Eleni Papadonikolaki reflects on what the built environment could be like if we asked a different set of questions.

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Day 100

Future-casting for a Goldilocks universe

In our 100th and final story, Dean Alan Penn asks: why does our universe have just the right number of dimensions to allow us to tie knots? And does this hold the key to forecasting the future of social and economic systems beyond ‘the singularity’?

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Future-casting for a Goldilocks universe

Day 1

What unites us? A sense of agency

What unites us? A sense of agency

The Bartlett turns 100 in 2019. This is an opportunity to reflect on our role for the next 100 years, says Dean Alan Penn.

Read more >

Day 2

We all live in Tolmers Square

We all live in Tolmers Square

In 1973, Bartlett student Nick Wates’ 3rd-year report started a campaign to prevent a speculative office development from destroying an inner London neighbourhood. It’s still talked about today.

Read more >

Day 3

How to manage a megaproject

How to manage a megaproject

The academic partnership that helped Crossrail break the mould in UK construction by becoming the first organisation to develop a strategy for managing innovation in megaprojects.

Read more >

Day 4

Entering the experience economy era

Entering the experience economy era

Lecturer and architect Jan Kattein explains why we need to reshape our understanding of the UK high street.

Read more >

Day 5

A holistic view of heritage

A holistic view of heritage

Alumna Isabel Assaly on why she doesn’t believe in preserving for preserving's sake.

Read more >

Day 6

The Future of Energy Research

 The Future of Energy Research

By applying epidemiology to energy, Bartlett academics at the Energy Institute are radically changing how energy consumption data is gathered and analysed.

Read more >

Day 7

Re-politicising Gender Planning

Re-politicising Gender Planning

Since the 1980s, the Gender Policy and Planning Programme at The Bartlett has been on a mission to further the research and theory for achieving gender parity.

Read more >

Day 8

State Banking on a Mission

State Banking on a Mission

The Bartlett's Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose designs a new mission-oriented bank for Scotland.

Read more >

Day 9

Contemplating the City of the Future

Contemplating the City of the Future

Since 1995, the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis has studied urban environments as living laboratories to inform city planning and policy. The results have taken on a life of their own.

Read more >

Day 10

Setting the standard for street lighting

Setting the standard for street lighting

How lighting expert Peter Raynham helped usher in a shift to safer, cheaper, more energy-efficient street lights in the UK.

Read more >

Day 11

The Unburnable Carbon Paper

The Unburnable Carbon Paper

In 2012, two Bartlett researchers looked at all the world’s fossil-fuel reserves – and found that most of them would need to stay in the ground.

Read more >

Day 12

Rethinking real estate

Rethinking real estate

Global property research expert Yolande Barnes explains how her industry experience will inform the work of The Bartlett’s newest institute.

Read more >

Day 13

Pathogens vs Prosperity

Pathogens vs Prosperity

Why social scientists at The Bartlett are working with epidemiologists, immunologists and geneticists to tackle the spread of bovine TB in Ethiopia’s burgeoning dairy industry.

Read more >

Day 14

Ruth Glass and coining ‘Gentrification’

Ruth Glass and coining ‘Gentrification’

Sociologist Ruth Glass coined the term 'gentrification' in 1964 to describe change in London.

Read more >

Day 15

The life of Herbert Henry Bartlett

The life of Herbert Henry Bartlett

Our namesake, Sir Herbert Henry Bartlett, had an extraordinary life and a huge influence on shaping modern London.

Read more >

Day 16

Visualising your future

Visualising your future

Designer and alumnus Narinder Sagoo talks about his experiences at The Bartlett and his rise to Senior Partner at Foster + Partners.

Read more >

Day 17

What does climate change mean for cultural heritage?

What does climate change mean for cultural heritage?

The Institute for Sustainable Heritage has built its own NOAH'S ARK of knowledge in the fight against climate change.

Read more >

Day 18

Reimagining Lima

Reimagining Lima

How drones, community mapping and 3D printers were used to influence local and national policy for the urban poor in Lima, Peru.

Read more >

Day 19

Taking energy trading local

Taking energy trading local

How the blockchain could pave the way to a sustainable energy economy.

Read more >

Day 20

Bartlett Buildings: The Pearson Building

Bartlett Buildings: The Pearson Building

The Pearson Building in the Gower Street quadrangle has played a pivotal role in The Bartlett’s history.

Read more >

Day 21

Can Self-build Solve the Housing Crisis?

Can Self-build Solve the Housing Crisis?

Planning Lecturer Iqbal Hamiduddin says it’s time the UK turned a passive interest in self-building into an active one.

Read more >

Day 22

The Future of LGBTQ+ Night-time Spaces

The Future of LGBTQ+ Night-time Spaces

Research by the Urban Laboratory has found that the number of LGBTQ+ venues in London has more than halved in the past decade, eroding a crucial social infrastructure.

Read more >

Day 23

Why climate change is a global health issue

Why climate change is a global health issue

Professor Paul Ekins and his team’s financial analyses for medical journal 'The Lancet' reveal the health benefits of getting tough on the causes of climate change.

Read more >

Day 24

Telling Stories With Type

Telling Stories With Type

To celebrate 100 years of The Bartlett, we commissioned Colophon Foundry to create a custom typeface: 'Bartlett 100'.

Read more >

Day 25

How Building Layouts Drive Social Interaction

How Building Layouts Drive Social Interaction

Dr Kerstin Sailer explains how the design decisions of architects have an impact on people’s behaviour within buildings – and why understanding this is important.

Read more >

Day 26

Modern Industrial Strategy Should Embrace Moonshots

Modern Industrial Strategy Should Embrace Moonshots

Economists at The Bartlett are leading a commission advising UK government on how to build mission-oriented industrial strategy that's as bold as putting a man on the moon.

Read more >

Day 27

Pioneering The Science of Cities

Pioneering The Science of Cities

Architect and planner Professor Mike Batty explains how a UCL admission mix-up didn’t deter him from developing The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis.

Read more >

Day 28

Modern Art Stinks

Modern Art Stinks

Can analysing the smell of plastics help museum curators pre-empt signs of deterioration in heritage objects?

Read more >

Day 29

How lighting can power change

How lighting can power change

Alumna Florence Lam tells us why lighting design is about more than technology.

Read more >

Day 30

What can maps tell us about society?

What can maps tell us about society?

Professor Laura Vaughan's spatial analysis of historical maps has uncovered a depth, nuance and texture to the city often missing from pure statistical data.

Read more >

Day 31

Unpicking China’s Urbanisation Boom

Unpicking China’s Urbanisation Boom

In China, state entrepreneurism starts with planning. Professor Fulong Wu’s influential research group is at the forefront of exploring its effects on the nation.

Read more >

Day 32

The People’s Prescription

The People’s Prescription

The Bartlett’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose is working with UK healthcare campaigners to remind policy-makers of the importance of universal affordable healthcare.

Read more >

Day 33

Gertrude Leverkus: Architect

Gertrude Leverkus: Architect

Alumna Rebecca Spaven reflects on the life of Gertrude Leverkus – the first woman to officially enrol at The Bartlett School of Architecture, in 1915, leading the way for generations of other women architects.

Read more >

Day 34

Making a market for street food

Making a market for street food

Urban Lab alumna Petra Barran’s KERB has put the trader community at the heart of a flourishing street food project.

Read more >

Day 35

Putting management into construction

Putting management into construction

How do you transform a school of 110 students into one with 3,000 applicants a year? Be focused, be relevant, and communicate, says Professor Peter Morris.

Read more >

Day 36

Why We Need To Act Now On Urban Health

Why We Need To Act Now On Urban Health

Professor Haim Yacobi says urban health needs to be a central part of every aspect of planning.

Read more >

Day 37

Asmara’s Modernist Architecture

Asmara’s Modernist Architecture

It is unfortunate that Eritrea is more likely to evoke images of migrant crises than outstanding architectural heritage. Asmara’s listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site could change that perception.

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Day 38

What would your perfect country be like?

What would your perfect country be like?

Since 2016, The Bartlett's Institute for Global Prosperity has partnered with the BBC World Service to provide the research for its award-winning radio series exploring policies from around the world that achieve inclusive and sustainable prosperity.

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Day 39

The Positive Power of Urban Planning

The Positive Power of Urban Planning

How celebrated planner Professor Sir Peter Hall’s ideas helped shape London’s transport system.

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Day 40

How shipping got onboard with decarbonisation

How shipping got onboard with decarbonisation

The Bartlett’s Energy Institute is behind the research helping to shape shipping’s transition to a low-carbon future.

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Day 41

Bartlett Buildings: Wates House

Bartlett Buildings: Wates House

Wates House was used intensively for nearly 40 years, seeing The Bartlett go through decades of ideological, pedagogical and demographic evolution.

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Day 42

Reducing disaster risk

Reducing disaster risk

The Urban Ark project is investigating how towns in Sub-Saharan Africa can tackle building risk outside of the formal planning system.

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Day 43

Sustainable Design Is Integrated Design

Sustainable Design Is Integrated Design

Deeper collaboration between the design and engineering disciplines is inevitable, say Bartlett alumni Ricardo Moreira and Anis Abou-Zaki – and we should embrace it.

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Day 44

Co-creating prosperity

How do you create space for debate, elevate diverse voices and facilitate radical policy change for what it means to live a prosperous life?

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Day 45

The Human Dimension of Space

The Human Dimension of Space

The theory and practice of ‘space syntax’ emerged at The Bartlett in the 1970s as a means to model the use of architectural and urban space scientifically.

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Day 46

Protecting Citizens’ Data Rights

Protecting Citizens’ Data Rights

Cities receive valuable personal information from their citizens every day. So do all the tech giants. Who does best by the people?

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Day 47

Bartlett Buildings: Torrington Place

Bartlett Buildings: Torrington Place

Originally built for an electronics company and once home to a Barbara Hepworth sculpture, 1–19 Torrington Place has been an important space for The Bartlett since the 1990s.

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Day 48

Not Your Average Architecture Magazine

Not Your Average Architecture Magazine

Student-led publishing continues to be a powerful vehicle for challenging mainstream perceptions of what architecture and built-environment publishing 'should be'.

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Day 49

Building Theories of Behavioural Economics

Economist Michelle Baddeley makes the case for why understanding the built environment should be a vital part of modern economic research.

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Day 50

A Brief History of The Bartlett

A Brief History of The Bartlett

Follow the evolution of The Bartlett, from its foundation to the present day, growing from one school to 12 as we became UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment.

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Day 51

Starting Up Your Own Business

Starting Up Your Own Business

Alumna and founder of FutureBricks Arya Taware is on a mission to democratise investing in property.

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Day 52

If it’s not drawn, it can’t be discussed

If it’s not drawn, it can’t be discussed

How four alumni went from being Bartlett students to forming AHMM – one of the largest architecture practices in the UK.

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Day 53

The age of mass displacement

The age of mass displacement

The RELIEF Centre aims to radically rethink how to build a prosperous and inclusive future for communities uprooted indefinitely by wars or oppression.

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Day 54

Water Insecurity

Water Insecurity

In 2017, Bartlett researcher Carole Dalin showed that the future of food security is at risk from farmers using groundwater faster than it can be replenished.

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Day 55

How to Decarbonise the Economy

How to Decarbonise the Economy

Developed by an Energy Institute-led consortium, the UK TIMES model underpins government plans to transition the UK to a low-carbon future.

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Day 56

Histories of London

Histories of London

For 125 years, the Survey of London has been recording the past and present of the capital's built environment.

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Day 57

Engineering community

Engineering community

The brainchild of Professor Sarah Bell, the Engineering Exchange gives local communities access to pro-bono engineering and built-environment expertise when they need it most.

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Day 58

A New Way of Mapping a City

A New Way of Mapping a City

Colouring London, a groundbreaking open-data scheme led by The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, is aiming to redefine how city building data is used and shared.

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Day 59

Transport planning for social change

Transport planning for social change

The €26.8m Sintropher project, led by The Bartlett's School of Planning, shows how tram-based systems can connect cities and regions to improve prosperity.

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Day 60

Practicing Participatory Design

Practicing Participatory Design

How a collaboration between Bartlett academics and a charity founded by alumni enabled Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian residents to co-design a public space that works for everyone.

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Day 61

Inventing the Dropped Curb

Inventing the Dropped Curb

How alumnus and author of 1963's 'Designing for the Disabled', Selwyn Goldsmith, used his own life experience to bring accessible design to cities.

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Day 62

Bartlett Buildings: Hampstead Road

Bartlett Buildings: Hampstead Road

The conversion of 132–140 Hampstead Road into a temporary base for The Bartlett between 2014 and 2016 proved to be a test bed for designs for the faculty's headquarters at 22 Gordon Street.

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Day 63

Cutting the Carbon Cost of Aviation

Cutting the Carbon Cost of Aviation

Research by the Energy Institute's Andreas Schäfer in 2016 revealed cost-effective ways to cut emissions from passenger aircraft – and the aviation industry was ready to listen.

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Day 64

Diversity is a Structural Issue

Diversity is a Structural Issue

The Bartlett’s Kamna Patel is UCL’s first Vice-Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She believes it’s time to stop tinkering with procedural responses to inequality and start tackling the structures of power.

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Day 65

What makes a place great?

What makes a place great?

Formed at The Bartlett in the wake of AHRC-funded research into the impact of CABE's work, the Place Alliance has been driving an ambitious agenda for place quality in England for the past five years.

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Day 66

Changing the narrative

Changing the narrative

CJ Lim’s 'Virtually Venice' project at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2004 is still celebrated for its radical East-West narrative and three-dimensional papercut forms.

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Day 67

Launching a Citizen-led Prosperity Index

Launching a Citizen-led Prosperity Index

The Prosperity Index for London is a ground-breaking initiative from The Bartlett's Institute for Global Prosperity rethinking what prosperity means with, and for, Londoners.

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Day 68

Online Empathy

Online Empathy

How a team led by The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis digitally connected worshippers in Hackney and Cumbria.

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Day 69

Bartlett Buildings: A Walk Around Bloomsbury

Bartlett Buildings: A Walk Around Bloomsbury

The Bartlett’s history and culture has been shaped by its presence in Bloomsbury, London. Here are short stories of six buildings it still occupies today.

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Day 70

At the service of society

At the service of society

Professor Michael Edwards reflects on the value of activism in informing research and building partnerships between The Bartlett and London.

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Day 71

Engaged Urbanism

Engaged Urbanism

The UCL Urban Laboratory's 2016 collection, 'Engaged Urbanism', collated work from its long-running exhibition and events series 'Cities Methodologies', presenting new ways to reimagine cities and respond to urban challenges.

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Day 72

First Flights

First Flights

For the past four years, Drones4Good – a collaborative group from The Bartlett and UCL – has been educating young people in the use of drone technology.

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Day 73

The Economics of Climate Change

The Economics of Climate Change

Research into the economics of climate change by The Bartlett's Dr Zhifu Mi is helping cities better understand their role in the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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Day 74

Cultural resonance

Cultural resonance

Author, academic and alumna Lesley Lokko on how transplanting The Bartlett School of Architecture’s unit system to South Africa is opening up new possibilities to rewrite the country’s perception of the architect.

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Day 75

MaaS Appeal

MaaS Appeal

The MaaSLab, led by Dr Maria Kamargianni at The Bartlett's Energy Institute, is exploring how Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is ushering in the demise of car ownership and the rise of a new kind of urban traveller.

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Day 76

Go to the polls

Go to the polls

Dr Michael Walls, Senior Lecturer at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, reflects on the election monitoring mission he co-ordinated in Somaliland in November 2017.

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Day 77

Making the case for inclusive mobility

Making the case for inclusive mobility

When the West Midlands Combined Authority noticed a drop off in the number of senior citizens using its free bus service, it asked Bartlett researcher Jens Kandt to find out why.

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Day 78

Bartlett Buildings: 22 Gordon Street

Bartlett Buildings: 22 Gordon Street

Headquarters of The Bartlett faculty and home to the School of Architecture, 22 Gordon Street is the award-winning building formerly known as Wates House.

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Day 79

Measuring the success of mega infrastructure

Measuring the success of mega infrastructure

Since 2005, the OMEGA Centre at The Bartlett School of Planning has been pioneering ways to appraise and evaluate critical mega infrastructure in the face of 21st century challenges.

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Day 80

Powering the Zambian Economy

Powering the Zambian Economy

For Zambia's manufacturing sector, power outages can mean make or break. Bartlett PhD Researcher Imad Ahmed is working to help the government find a better way to deal with electricity crises.

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Day 81

Taking heritage on the road

Taking heritage on the road

Lecturer Josep Grau-Bove explains how the Mobile Heritage Lab aims to tackle unequal access to scientific culture by taking public engagement out of its usual venues.

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Day 82

Transforming Informal Settlements

Transforming Informal Settlements

From its base in Freetown, the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre is working to ensure residents' rights in informal settlements across the country.

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Day 83

Bartlett Buildings: Here East

Bartlett Buildings: Here East

Here East in east London is The Bartlett’s newest space – and one of its most ambitious.

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Day 84

How universities can be better neighbours

How universities can be better neighbours

In 2015, Urban Laboratory Director Clare Melhuish published five case studies on university-led regeneration that showed why higher education institutions should listen to those who are less powerful when planning expansion.

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Day 85

New ways of seeing

New ways of seeing

From 3D scans of The Bartlett's buildings to Arctic sea ice and ancient ruins, Bartlett alumni-founded ScanLAB is digitising the world one building, landscape and object at a time.

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Day 86

Next generation leaders

Next generation leaders

For nearly 10 years, The Bartlett's Energy Institute and Loughborough University have been training PhD students to solve the demand-side of the energy equation.

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Day 87

Making an impact

Making an impact

The Bartlett's Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose hit the ground running in 2018, publishing nine new working papers, three policy reports, three policy briefs and two books.

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Day 88

Sounds of the city

Sounds of the city

Bartlett Professor of Acoustics Jian Kang is developing a ground-breaking system to go beyond the decibel scale and measure noise in terms of human wellbeing.

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Day 89

Why green infrastructure means business

Why green infrastructure means business

Bartlett Real Estate Institute Chair Yolande Barnes suggests that the need for long-term income streams is changing the nature of real estate investment – and that this could make for some very different built landscapes in future.

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Day 90

What does the future of making look like?

What does the future of making look like?

Since it was founded at The Bartlett in 2011, the FABRICATE conference has set the agenda during a decade that has empowered designers with new tools and capabilities for making and remaking the built environment.

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Day 91

Building a movement

Building a movement

A new two-year research project led by Bartlett Professor Jacqui Glass is creating a community to transform the construction industry’s broken model.

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Day 92

How do you preserve an algorithm?

How do you preserve an algorithm?

Bartlett Professor Richard Sandford is putting heritage at the heart of futures thinking to help policymakers better understand what matters to society in the long term.

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Day 93

Inventing Future Cities

Inventing Future Cities

In the next 100 years, we need to get to grips with a dilemma at the heart of city planning, says Professor Michael Batty: we cannot predict the future but we can invent it – yet we cannot predict what we invent.

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Day 94

London, 2119

London, 2119

Paul Dobraszczyk imagines a dystopian future for the city in which its inhabitants' survival depends on salvaging the wastes of an economic system long gone.

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Day 95

After Nations

After Nations

What might happen as the climate breaks down and artificial intelligence rises up? David Bent explores a disrupted world where countries have been replaced by machine-human 'Integrities'.

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Day 96

Hyperservitization

Hyperservitization

What does the ultimate service offering look like? Michael Fell considers the logical extreme for the trend in 'as-a-service' business models.

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Day 97

Fully Automated Architecture

Fully Automated Architecture

Mollie Claypool on whether the fully automated production of the built environment could drive more efficient, sustainable and inclusive architecture and construction processes.

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Day 98

Deflating Africa’s urban disaster risk bubble

Deflating Africa’s urban disaster risk bubble

Emmanuel Osuteye reports from Africa 100 years from now, where a better understanding of everyday risks has spared the continent the worst impacts of its rapid urbanisation.

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Day 99

Reconciling humans and machines with nature

Reconciling humans and machines with nature

How can we make technology work for humans? Eleni Papadonikolaki reflects on what the built environment could be like if we asked a different set of questions.

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Day 100

Future-casting for a Goldilocks universe

Future-casting for a Goldilocks universe

In our 100th and final story, Dean Alan Penn asks: why does our universe have just the right number of dimensions to allow us to tie knots? And does this hold the key to forecasting the future of social and economic systems beyond ‘the singularity’?

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