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What is a circular economy?

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Dr Teresa Domenech (UCL Energy Institute) explains what a circular economy is and how one can be implemented in the EU. Read: The Conversation

Will ever more gowns blight towns?

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Professor Sir Peter Hall (UCL Bartlett) comments on how uncapping student numbers may affect the relationship between universities and their local environment. Read: THE

Rising energy costs and insecurity show EU must get real about reducing demand

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Andrew Smith (UCL Energy Institute) discusses the implications of the European Commission proposing a 30%, rather than a 40%, energy demand reduction target. Read: The Conversation

The dawn of a new Parliament?

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Professor Alan Penn (UCL Built Environment) explains how the architecture of the House of Commons contributes to the rowdiness. Read: Cosmopolitan

From Oculus Rift to Facebook: finding money and data in the crowd

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Crowdsourcing could revolutionise the way scholarly research is funded and conducted over the next few years, says Dr Andy Hudson-Smith (UCL Built Environment). Read: THE

The new map tool that has data geeks crying with joy

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Oliver O'Brien and Dr James Cheshire (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) have launched an interactive map for the 2011 census data, giving people the ability to map a range of social and economic indicators onto any area in England and Wales. Read: City AM

Anti-homeless spikes are part of a wider phenomenon of 'hostile architecture'

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Professor Iain Borden (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) says the emergence of hostile architecture suggests “we are only republic citizens to the degree that we are either working or consuming goods directly”. Read: Guardian

The trouble with miracles

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Professor Julio Davila (UCL Development Planning Unit) comments on the transformation of Medellín, Colombia and outlines some of the steps it will need to take to ensure continuing success. Read: Economist

As renewables boom, need for energy storage is more urgent

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Dr Catalina Spataru (UCL Energy Institute) explains the issues in storing energy produced from renewables. Read: The Conversation

Londoners 'priced out' of housing market

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Professor Peter Rees (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) says the mayor should be imposing height restrictions on developments and creating stronger communities within them. Watch: BBC News

How to make use of unloved urban spaces

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Bill Hodgson (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) comments on the difficulties in converting unused garages in London. Read: Economist

Hawkins\Brown submits £30m Bartlett revamp

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Hawkins/Brown has submitted a planning application to transform Wates House for The Bartlett School of Architecture. The building will be reconfigured to double the amount of teaching and research space, whilst maintaining the building’s existing structure. Read: Architects Journal, More: Building Design, UCL News

We need a new model of economic growth

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) looks at some of the challenges caused by global prosperity and how the new UCL Global Prosperity Institute will help ramp up the necessary action and debate needed in the field. Read: New Start

New building code of conduct could blight construction sector

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Alex Murray (UCL Bartlett) explains how some big construction firms could suffer under the new construction payment charter. Read: Express

Government fair payment charter could increase prices and reduce competition

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Alex Murray (UCL Bartlett) has warned that the government’s industry payment charter could put tier one contractors under threat. Read: Construction News (£)

Why Underground strikes are such a nuisance

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Research by Oliver O'Brien (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) demonstrates the growing number of people who use the London Underground. Read: The Economist

The evolution of London: the city's near-2,000 year history mapped

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Researchers at the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis have collated vast datasets to map the capital's transformation from first-century Londinium to modern megacity. Read: Guardian

The challenge of maintaining sustainable global prosperity

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) discusses the launch of the  UCL Institute for Global Prosperity and the challenges of maintaining sustainable global prosperity. Listen BBC World Service 'Business Daily' (from 6 mins 40 secs), More: UCL News

Urban renewal needs more than ‘garden city’ stamp to take root

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Professor Laura Vaughan (UCL Bartlett) looks at the steps needed to ensure 'garden cities' weather the future. Read: The Conversation

The north-east of England: Britain's Detroit?

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After an article in The Guardian compared the north-east of England with Detroit, Professor John Tomaney (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) discusses whether or not this is a suitable comparison. Listen: BBC Radio Newcastle 'Breakfast' (from 2 hours 18 mins)

The HS2 debate

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Professor John Tomaney (UCL Bartlett) joins the debate on the proposed HS2 line, questioning the effect it will have on the economy of northern towns and cities. Listen: BBC Radio Newcastle ‘Breakfast’ (from 2 hours & 2 hours 11 mins), More: BBC Radio Tees 'Breakfast' (from 1 hour 3 mins)

Could offices change from sitting to standing?

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Professor Alexi Marmot (UCL Bartlett) explains how office layouts can encourage constant sitting and the negative impact this can have on our health. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Are You Sitting Comfortably’ (from 15 mins 58 secs), Read: BBC News

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

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