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Businesses need better understanding of built environment

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A UCL Bartlett report has found that business leaders need to invest in sustainability and infrastructure in the built environment if they want to remain competitive on a global scale. Read: The Guardian, More: edieEnergy, FMJ

Drive to improve housing can bring unintended consequences

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Clive Shrubsole (UCL Bartlett) looks at how the reduction of household CO2 emissions can have unintended consequences on buildings, inhabitants and the environment. Read: The Conversation

Green or white? Planted or painted roofs can cool buildings

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Gurdane Virk (UCL Bartlett) looks at two potential ways of reducing the urban heat island effect - planted roofs and white painted roofs. Read: The Conversation

Goodbye to the disposable age

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Dr Andy Hudson-Smith (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) and Professor Daniel Miller (UCL Anthropology) discuss how the digital world can alter our ties to physical objects. Read: New Scientist

Navigating cities

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Panos Mavros (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) talks about using brain scanning technology to monitor how blind and partially sighted people emotionally respond to city navigation. Watch: Sky News (from 3 minutes 50 seconds)

The Country Formerly Known as London

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Professor Yvonne Rydin, Professor John Tomaney and Michael Edwards (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) feature in 'The Country Formerly Known as London' - a despatch from the future, sketching out the contours of an independent London in 2030. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'The Country Formerly Known as London' (from 11 minutes 43 seconds)

HS2 must be one of many new transport links to benefit regions

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Professor Sir Peter Hall (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) looks at the connectivity issues raised by current HS2 plans. Read: The Conversation

It’s official: government to scrap Code for Sustainable Homes

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Sofie Pelsmakers (UCL Energy Institute) comments on government plans to scrap Sustainable Homes and incorporate rules on energy efficiency into the building regulations. Read: Architects Journal 

Map: London's most popular commuter destinations

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Dr Ed Manley (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) has created a map showing the most popular destinations for the capital's millions of commuters, using data gathered from nearly 50 million Oyster Card journeys. Read: Evening Standard, More: Daily Mail

Garden Cities

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In light of new Government development plans for Ebbsfleet, Kent, Laurie Goodman (UCL Bartlett School of Graduate Studies) discusses the pros and cons of garden cities. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 2 hours 37 minutes)

Housing market faces division

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Professor Fulong Wu (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) discusses the growing housing market division in China. Read: China Daily

Peter Rees takes up a professorship at UCL

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Peter Rees will become Professor of Places and City Planning at UCL after 29 years as the City of London Corporation’s City Planning Officer. Read: Independent, More: Evening Standard, Architects' Journal (£)UCL News

Living with water: four buildings that will withstand flooding

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In light of the recent flooding experienced in some areas of the UK, Sofie Pelsmakers (UCL Energy Institute) outlines how we can adapt existing buildings and build new ones differently to minimise damage to property. Read: The Conversation

Less talk, more walk required to green the economy

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Energy Institute) discusses green economy and what actions need to be taken for it's implementation. Read: The Conversation

Cabinet meetings over North Sea oil and gas

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Energy Institute) discusses proposed changes to the UK's oil and gas industry. Listen: BBC Radio 5 Live 'Wake up to Money' (from 7 minutes)

“Like looking at an absolute truth” – the beauty of equations

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Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) discusses how mathematicians see the same beauty in complex figures and numbers as they do in art and what she sees as a ‘beautiful’ equation. Listen: BBC World Service ‘Newshour’

A Toilet for the 21st Century

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Dr Barbara Penner (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) and Dr Sarah Bell (UCL Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering) discuss ways to allow everyone to have access to safe, clean, environmentally friendly toilets. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Costing the Earth’ (from 7 mins)

Public money, private wealth and London

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Professor John Tomaney (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) says that the HS2 “will turn Birmingham into a suburb of London". Read: Guardian

The ‘Canary Wharf-isation’ Of Shoreditch

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Dr Andrew Harris (UCL Geogrpahy) says: “We’re seeing the Canary Wharf-isation of Shoreditch” in response to finding that buildings in Shoreditch are getting taller. Read: Londonist

Boris Johnson's abuse of planning power is an assault on democracy

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“The mayor is driven by entirely the wrong sort of housing targets” says Michael Edwards (UCL Bartlett School of Planning). Read: The Guardian

Explainer: whatever happened to the threat of peak oil?

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Dr Christophe McGlade (UCL Energy Institute) discusses the the principles behind the peak oil debate and whether it is still, or ever was, a relevant subject. Read: The Conversation

Building life from the bottom: Are underground cities the future?

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Professor Matthew Carmona (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) discusses the possibility of subterranean living. Read: Metro

Height and light—how schools are changing inside and out

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Lighting can affect the mood of students in education and learning says Dr Efrosyni Konstantinou (UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management). Read: CNBC 

UK planning expert: there is something wrong with Britain

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Professor Sir Peter Hall (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) reflects on his career and his thoughts on the development of the British built environment. Read: The Guardian

Emerging Woman Architect of the Year shortlist announced 

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Daisy Froud, Hannah Corlett and Yeoryia Manolopoulou (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) have all been shortlisted for Architects' Journal's Emerging Woman Architect of the Year award. Read: Architects Journal

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