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Robotic playground looks for fun

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William Bondin (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) has developed an interactive climbing frame that can roam designated play areas searching for children to play with it. Watch: BBC News

Bartlett set for Olympic park move

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UCL Bartlett has announced plans to move into 3,000m² of studio space within the transformed Olympic broadcast centre, Here East. Read: Architects Journal (£), Building Design (£)

Bartlett students create King’s Cross urban garden

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Students from the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture have created a new urban garden in the centre of Argent’s King’s Cross redevelopment in London. Read: Architects Journal (£)

Bone idol: museum's quagga skeleton restored with 3D-printed leg

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UCL Grant Museum of Zoology has completed work on its rare but neglected quagga skeleton. Jack Ashby (UCL Public and Cultural Engagement) explains how this was achieved with help from The Bartlett and the Royal Veterinary College. Read: Guardian

The Durham Moot

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Professor John Tomaney (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) explains why events like the Durham Moot are important for discussing the political, social and cultural challenges facing the region. Watch: BBC One ‘Sunday Politics North East and Cumbria’ (from 53 mins 13 secs)

The Mediterranean migrant crisis has big business and climate change at its roots

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) argues that while forced migration is framed as a political issue, climate change and inequality are fuelling the catastrophe and business has a role to play in solving it. Read: Guardian

UCL's new centre to bridge UK's digital divide

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The Government is to invest in a new facility at UCL to help cities across the country make better infrastructure investments in a bid to rebalance the British economy. The new centre will be led by Professor Alan Penn (The Bartlett, UCL Built Environment). Read: Architects' Journal, More: Gizmodo, Computer Weekly

Raising a glass to a dream

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Professor Frederic Migayro (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) comments on the inaugural exhibition of the Fondation Louis Vuitton arts centre, which he has curated.

Student architects’ annual shows: the shape of things to come?

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UCL Bartlett School of Architecture's yearly exhibition offers flights of fancy, sci-fi visions and things of beauty from those destined to shape our built environment. Read: Guardian

More action needed to meet climate targets

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A report by researchers from UCL, including Mr Steve Pye and Professor Neil Strachan (UCL Energy Institute), finds that stronger action is required to transform the UK’s energy system and reduce carbon emissions in line with 2050 targets. Read: The Engineer, More: UCL News

Maths has apparently found the answer to true love

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Dr Hannah Fry (UCL CASA) says the best predictor of a long-lasting relationship is how positive or negative a couple are to one another. Read: Metro

Why onshore wind isn’t as cheap as it should be in the UK

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Andrew Smith (UCL Bartlett School Environment, Energy & Resources) examines the steps the UK can take to make onshore wind power the country’s cheapest renewable. Read: The Conversation

Climate change threatens 50 years of progress in global health

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The second report by the UCL-Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change suggests that climate change threatens to undermine half a century of progress in global health. Read: Guardian, More: Independent, Telegraph, Daily Express, Financial Times, Mirror, Daily Mail, Guardian (2), Express & Star, Reuters, NY Times, Washington Post, TIME, Huffington Post, New Scientist, The Engineer, UCL News

Bartlett dean warns developers are in danger of repeating mistakes of 1960s

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Professor Alan Penn (UCL Built Environment Faculty Office) is leading a parliamentary inquiry into the positive effect design can have on human behaviour. Read: Building Design, More: Building Design (2)

Marshall Islands, the flag for many ships, seeks to rein in emissions

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Dr Tristan Smith (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources) says the designs of ship parts like the propeller, the hull and the engine are likely to become more efficient. Read: New York Times

Couples who regularly complain last longer

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Speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) says that couples with a low negativity-threshold tend to stay together longer. Read: Daily Mail

Slowly and steadily, Somaliland builds its health system

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Dr Michael Walls (UCL Development Planning Unit) says: “Somaliland's lack of recognition as an independent country means donors give to civil society although there is now a quasi-budget support system”. Read: Lancet

Bartlett retakes title of best university to study architecture

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The UCL Bartlett School of Architecture has returned to the top of The Guardian’s annual league of UK architecture schools. Read: Architects Journal (£)

Bartlett demolition phase completes

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Work has completed on the demolition phase of Hawkins\Brown’s revamp of the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture. Read: Architects Journal (£)

Social networks and the new art of the possible

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Foteini Valeonti (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) has created Useum, a social network for art. Read: Times (£)

To demolish or to refurbish, that is the urban question

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Professor Peter Rees (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) says “demolition is a natural part of the life cycle of cities and is necessary for urban areas to change and evolve”. Read: Financial Times

Where will nuclear power plants of the future be built?

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) looks at the future of nuclear power plants. Read: The Conversation

Shell’s record adds to the anger of those opposing Arctic drilling

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Commenting on Shell receiving US Arctic drilling approval, Dr Christophe McGlade (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) says that the costs and risks of Arctic reserves were too high, especially if climate regulations reduced the demand for fossil fuels in general. Read: New York Times

Tory victory a huge blow to UK green energy industry, campaigners warn

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) says: “The next five years will see a fascinating exercise in how to reconcile seemingly inconsistent energy and climate policy objects”. Read: Independent

Bartlett ranked second best place in world to study architecture

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The UCL Bartlett School of Architecture has been ranked second in the new QS league table of the world’s 100 best places to study architecture. Read: Architects Journal (£)

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