Academic visions for our buildings
Pool Street West: Future Living Institute
The academic vision for UCL East is deliberately innovative and ambitious. As part of this, Pool Street West will house the Future Living Institute, a new multi-disciplinary home of discovery, bringing together researchers from at least five faculties. Looking at the past, present and future of living, both locally and internationally, it will explore global challenges such as planetary sustainability, understanding nature, environment and urbanisation, global communications, and social inclusivity. It will comprise:
- A centre for Robotics & Autonomous Systems, part of a wider set of Experimental Engineering Labs covering a wide range of unique and innovative fields of study. The Centre will develop new robots looking at how they can be designed for their environments – in buildings, in the air, and in water – as well as how future urban environments might be designed for robots
- The Global Disability Innovation Hub, London’s new global research centre which will bring together the top minds in disability, design and innovation. Through collaboration and partnership, academics, innovators, corporates and the local community will explore disability from a new perspective to improve the lives of disabled people worldwide
- The Culture Lab, which will offer teaching, research and engagement spaces, underpinned by new programmes in making, media, conservation and heritage, and public history. Facilities at Pool Street West will include a new foundation studio for the Slade School, and a London Memory Archive supporting the study of UCL’s East London collections as well as oral histories of the area
- Nature-Smart Cities Labs, which will be a research and teaching centre, using the Park as a ‘living lab’ to focus on three key themes: enhancing biodiversity of cities; understanding urban ecosystem services and wellbeing benefits; and engaging urban populations with their natural environment
- The Urban Room, as part of the Global Future Cities Co-Labs, which will be a major public and community space, hosted by urban academics from across UCL, for debating the past, present and future of London. The Co-Labs will provide opportunities for the application of knowledge towards the improvement of human settlements worldwide.
The academic vision for Marshgate is still in development. Much bigger than Pool Street West, Marshgate will serve as the centre for the UCL East academic vision – bringing together Experiment, Arts, Society & Technology (EAST), as well as all of the core themes: making, originating, connecting and living. Academic activities to be accommodated in Marshgate include:
- The Culture Lab, which will offer teaching, research and engagement spaces, underpinned by new educational programmes in making, media, conservation & heritage, and public history. Activities and facilities at Marshgate will include a media lab, an object-based learning laboratory, and a suite of conservation facilities
- The Experimental Engineering Labs will comprise new academic activities in unique, innovative and multidisciplinary fields of study, including advanced propulsion, future manufacture, and applied imaging. It will support new and existing engineering programmes, and research new ways to educate and train engineers of the future
- The Institute of Making Big, a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to diamonds, socks to cities
- The Global Future Cities Co-Labs, which will be organised around a series of shared spaces, specialising in providing opportunities for in-person and virtual collaboration and application of knowledge towards the improvement of human settlements worldwide, and the strategic use of ICT in sustainable, prosperous urban futures
- The Academy of Innovative Applied Finance, which will provide leadership and training for future financial and business leaders, enabling close collaboration between research, financial innovation, industry, and government. The entrepreneur will find opportunities to use financially innovative solutions; the applied researcher will effectively gauge the practical potential of research ideas; the financial specialist will harness the power of finance to achieve sustainable outcomes and desirable social impacts.