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Energy efficient buildings – beware possible health risks

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Melissa Lott (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources) looks at whether home energy efficiency initiatives could have negative impacts on public health. Read: The Conversation

Megaprojects revolution

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Professor Andrew Davies (UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management) explains how Heathrow T5 and Crossrail have helped transform the way we design and deliver infrastructure megaprojects in the UK. Read: Times

Meeting emissions target will create jobs

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Research conducted by Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Energy Institute) and Cambridge Econometrics has found that meeting targets to cut carbon from the power sector, transport, homes and businesses could reduce imports of oil and gas by £8.5bn a year by 2030. Read: Daily Mail, More: Belfast Telegraph

Where in the UK do people swear most on Twitter?

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A study by Dr Hannah Fry and Dr Ed Manley (UCL CASA) has revealed which areas of the UK Twitter users are most likely to swear in their posts. Read: BBC News, More: Independent, Guardian, Metro, Belfast Telegraph, The Hindu, Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Future Proof' (from 30 mins 35 secs)

Qatari investment gives London developments a fillip

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Professor Peter Bishop (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) says Qatari investments in major London developments are having a beneficial impact on improving areas of capital such as the South Bank and the East End. Read: Gulf Times

Mexican energy reform may be a bridge to a low carbon economy – or a fossil fuel past

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Baltazar Solano Rodriguez (UCL Energy Institute) explains Mexico’s new energy reforms, which include opening deep-water oil and shale fields to foreign investment, as well as liberalising Mexico’s electricity industry. Read: The Conversation

London debates the virtues of high and low

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Professor Peter Rees (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) says that many high-rise building projects are aimed at foreign buyers who often buy to invest and not to live in. Read: New York Times

North-South infrastructure divide

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Professor John Tomaney (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) discusses the disparity in the amount of money spent in the North-East and in London on infrastructure. Listen: BBC Radio Newcastle 'Breakfast' (from 23 mins 49 secs)

Northern powerhouse

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Professor John Tomaney (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) discusses the Chancellor’s vision for a ‘Northern Powerhouse’. Listen: BBC Radio Cornwall ‘Mark Forrest’ (from 13 mins 55 secs)

You might be surprised to find out who is living in London’s luxury apartments

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Dr Nicola Livingstone (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) looks at how the internationalisation of education and the “flight to quality” of overseas students to highly rated institutions has changed London’s student housing market. Read: The Conversation

Get London’s infrastructure right

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Professor Tim Broyd (UCL Bartlett) comments on the London Infrastructure Plan (LIP) 2050 report and the radical changes to planning required to deliver the LIP effectively. Read: Evening Standard

Sir Peter Hall obituary

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Professor Sir Peter Hall (UCL Bartlett School of Planning), a pre-eminent geographer, town planner and social scientist, has passed away aged 82. Read: Guardian, More: Financial Times, Telegraph, Times (£), Herald Scotland, New York Times, Architects' Journal (£), UCL News

Capacity Mechanism

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) discusses the government’s Capacity Mechanism and says that the likelihood of power cuts occurring is very small. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘You and Yours’ (from 38 mins 16 secs)

What is a circular economy?

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Dr Teresa Domenech (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) 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

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