The Bartlett School of Architecture


The Bartlett CRUNCH Series – Spring 2024

12 January 2024

The Bartlett's flagship seminar series returns with a line-up of renowned speakers who will explore global challenges in the built environment. 

Image: Reggio School, Office for Political Innovation (OFFPOLINN). Photograph by José Hevia Blach. Copyright: OFFPOLINN

CRUNCH is The Bartlett’s new research-driven and practice-led seminar series, curated by the school’s Co-Directors of Public Programming, Albert Brenchat-Aguilar and Déborah López Lobato. 

This spring, the school is delighted to welcome globally renowned experts and industry leaders to share their unique insights, exploring, interrogating and challenging the built environment through a variety of social, political, ecological and economic lenses. 

Each seminar will delve into the theme for this year’s CRUNCH series, ‘Resource’, responding to urgent global challenges including the cost-of-living crisis which affects people’s access to housing, food and energy resources, as well as mental health and wellbeing. A drinks reception will follow each event.


25 January 

Transcalar Architecture

Speaker: Andrés Jaque (Office for Political Innovation) 
Respondent: Guang Yu Ren (The Bartlett)  
Chair: Amy Kulper 

01 February 

Agents for Participation

Speakers: Carles Baiges Camprubí (Lacol), Amica Dall (Assemble), Jan Kattein (Jan Kattein Architects)  
Chair: Claire McAndrew  

08 February 

Resourcing Anatomies

Speakers: Igor Bragado and Miles Gertler (Common Accounts), Dream Chittmittrapap (Xcessive Aesthetics) and Parma Ham (Serpentine Galleries) 
Chair: Daniel Ovalle Costal

22 February 

“unknown, unknown”

Speaker: Mabel O Wilson (Columbia University) 
Respondents: PhD students Sarah Akigbogun, Kirti Durelle and Feysa Poetry 
Chair: Stamatis Zografos

29 February 

Liquid Resistance in the Black Atlantic

Speakers: Imani Jacqueline Brown (Independent artist) and Dele Adeyemo (Royal College of Art) 
Chair: Peg Rawes 

21 March 

Collective Construction: From Housing to Revolution 

Speakers: Silke Kapp (Federal University of Minas Gerais), João Marcos de Almeida Lopes (Federal University of Sao Carlos)
Respondent: Anurag Verma (Rural Urban Synthesis Society) 
Chair: Megha Chand Inglis 

All events will take place from 18:30 GMT in Room G.12, The Bartlett School of Architecture, 22 Gordon Street, London unless otherwise stated.

Please note that events are first-come, first-seated and have limited capacity.

Image: Reggio School, Office for Political Innovation (OFFPOLINN). Photograph by José Hevia Blach. © OFFPOLINN