The Bartlett


Bartlett Together Festival 2020

The Bartlett Together Festival 2020 gathered The Bartlett's new and returning student community together for a series of interactive virtual sessions

Throughout the week, our student community gathered together for a series of interactive virtual sessions as part of our annual Bartlett Together Festival. They were exposed to thought-provoking ideas, debate and insights on a range of vital topics, including climate change, post-pandemic cities, and social inclusivity in the built environment. Each session was hosted by our world-leading academics from Departments and Institutes within The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. 

The Bartlett Together Festival is underpinned by our Commitment To Change: our manifesto of 12 commitments to build a better future, together. Dean Christoph Lindner will open the festival with a special session exploring the Commitment To Change, and what it means for our student community. 

Programme of events 

Monday 28 September

Opening Session: The Bartlett Commitment to Change

10:00-11:00 BST

The Bartlett Together Festival is underpinned by our Commitment To Change: our manifesto of 12 commitments to build a better future, together. Dean Christoph Lindner will open the festival with a special session exploring the Commitment To Change, and what it means for our student community.

 Recording: Opening Session: The Bartlett Commitment to Change


  • Christoph Lindner, Dean of The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment
  • Kaia and Fola, Bartlett Undergraduate Ambassadors
The post-pandemic body: Space, performance, interaction

16:30-17:30 BST

The Bartlett's Interactive Architecture Lab brings together a multi-disciplinary panel to explore notions of the body in space, and the impact of the pandemic. The panel brings a choreographer, a neuroscientist, interaction researcher, yoga instructor, architectural theorist and kinetic artist to share a variety of perspectives and demo live experiments from within UCL faculties.

Recording: The post-pandemic body: Space, performance, interaction


  • Ruairi Glynn
  • Fiona Zisch
  • Alexander Whitley
  • Deborah Hauptmann
  • Naomi Annand
  • Carey Jewitt

Tuesday 29 September

Prosperity, entrepreneurship and (re-)building the future

10:00-11:00 BST

Forward thinking entrepreneurs have the capacity to foster new business models, new business values and new relationships with society. The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed fragilities in the relationship between society and business, and more challenges, like the climate crisis, are coming in the future. We not only need to build back better – we need to build back differently. At The Bartlett’s Institute for Global Prosperity, we founded Fast Forward 2030 – a network of young entrepreneurs – to do exactly this. The network has grown rapidly with 300 impact-driven founders, and regular events which inspire and equip people to start impact-driven businesses. This session will connect you with resources and networks within The Bartlett, and invite you to get involved with FF2030. We’ll introduce you to the aims of FF2030, its events and partners, and give you a quick taste of how you might nurture your fledgling entrepreneurial talents for good. 

Recording: Prosperity, entrepreneurship and (re-)building the future


  • Selin Yigitbasi-Ducker, Founder of Goodsted and Fast Forward 2030 Board Member 
  • Ehab Sayed, Founder of BIOHM and Fast Forward 2030 Board Member
  • Presented by Patrick Vickers 
Creating value(s): Towards a 4D space model of the UCL campus

16:30-17:30 BST

Bringing together a diverse group of researchers, educators and curators from different parts of the Bartlett and beyond, this session will shine spotlights on the current UCL campus estate consisting of more than 250 buildings, highlighting how the campus can be used as a living laboratory to further our understanding of the built environment. We are working with a four-dimensional understanding of space including physical and temporal dimensions to represent, visualise and investigate historic, social, economic and technological aspects of UCL buildings as well as the land between buildings. In this session, we will showcase the diversity of teaching and research related projects on the UCL estate including the historic development of the Bloomsbury campus and how it looks today; ongoing investigations into space usage patterns and modelling buildings as connected networks, energy usage, sensors and sensemaking and a look into the future of real estate.

Recording: Creating value(s): Towards a 4D space model of the UCL campus


  • Kerstin Sailer
  • Bob Sheil
  • Amy Spencer
  • Tasos Varoudis
  • Duncan Wilson
  • Dimitrios Rovas
  • Yolande Barnes

Wednesday 30 September

Landscape/Ecologies/Public Space

10:00-11:00 BST

Landscapes are composed of both ecologies and social ecologies and must be understood through the relationships they contain. These relationships are a matter of everyday life and practice and, of course, of design. This session, facilitated by Tim Waterman, is in two halves: in the first half hour we will talk with Iain Borden and Cannon Ivers. Borden’s work addresses how skateparks are designed, socially activated, and integrated into public space, and Ivers will add to the discussion about how urban landscape space is staged and practiced. In the second half we take a very different approach, seeking to ask how documentation, archives, drawing, and imagery bring lived landscapes and their geology, archaeology, and culture to life in a conversation with Aisling O’Carroll and Elise Hunchuck.

Recording: Landscape/Ecologies/Public Space


  • Tim Waterman
  • Iain Borden
  • Elise Hunchuck
  • Cannon Ivers
  • Aisling O’Carroll
Journal Launch: The Experimental and Prospective - Online Platforms for Design Research

16:30-17:30 BST

Prospectives is to be the first academic journal published by the School of Architecture for decades. LOBBY was one of the most prominent and experimental student-led magazines of the last decade to emerge from students of the Bartlett. Urban Pamphleteer is one of the most diverse and collaborative magazines on urbanism run by staff at The Bartlett and Central St Martins. Regner Ramos, the ex-Editor-in-Chief of LOBBY, now Associate Professor at University of Puerto Rico, Mollie Claypool, Managing Editor of Prospectives and Lecturer in Architecture at The Bartlett, and Professor Ben Campkin and co-editor of Urban Pamphleteer of The Bartlett (co-editor Dr Rebecca Ross, Central Saint Martins, and designer Guglielmo Rossi) come together for this event in conversation around what it means to challenge existing cultural conceptions and biases of/within publishing in architecture through format and content, discussing each project’s history and impact, and how student’s might get involved in architecture publishing platforms through conversation and interaction during the event with the speakers and each other. This will also serve as the Bartlett launch of Prospectives online.

Recording: Journal Launch: The Experimental and Prospective - Online Platforms for Design Research


  • Mollie Claypool
  • Regner Ramos
  • Ben Campkin

Thursday 1 October

Climate change: health, economics, and social justice

10:00-11:00 BST

Climate change is happening at an unprecedented rate due to excessive greenhouse gas emissions from human activity. Impacts of climate change will be varied and wide ranging, affecting the natural and built environment, and all aspects of planetary health. Adverse impacts will disproportionately affect already disadvantaged groups due to their limited ability to adapt and recover. Three Bartlett panel members will introduce the concept of climate change impacts, particularly on the health of global and local populations. Participants will discover how climate change impacts will be experienced by themselves and their networks, and learn about the social injustices of health impacts within different social groups. The economics of successful climate mitigation and adaptation strategies will be explored, from global to city levels. This session will facilitate understanding of how reducing adverse impacts of climate change should be an integral part of a built environment career. 

Recording: Climate change: health, economics, and social justice


  • Clare Heaviside
  • Aeli Roberts
  • Anna Mavrogianni
  • Zhifu Mi
Imagining sustainable and prosperous futures

16:30-17:30 BST

At the Bartlett, we make the future, and have done for a hundred years. What future will we help you create? Futures imagined in the twentieth century – focused on control, technology, and extraction – can dominate our thinking, shutting out other ways of seeing the world: as ecological systems, or as networks of relationships amongst the human and the more-than-human. This session is an opportunity for you to imagine your own vision for the future, drawing on ideas the world around us, from pop culture to politics. You’ll join internationally diverse students from across The Bartlett to share the values and priorities that our different cultures and heritages have given us. You will learn to use some practical foresight tools for developing alternative futures, and by the end of the session you will see your time at the Bartlett not just as a way of getting a degree or learning skills, but as part of you becoming a force for change in the world. 

Recording: Imagining sustainable and prosperous futures


  • Richard Sandford
  • David Bent

Friday 2 October 2020

Cities, epidemics and planning

10:30-11:30 BST

The Covid-19 pandemic has reminded us of how fragile city economies and populations can be to epidemics. And yet, epidemics and infection have been a virtually constant feature of urban life and any form of human agglomeration. The roots of modern urban planning lie, in fact, in public health concerns. This session will comprise a panel discussion offering an overview of the nature and origin of zoonotic diseases (those that jump from vertebrate animals to humans), and their impact on today's cities. It will draw on recent research on the interconnections between health, food security, poverty and planning, and examine possible responses by city governments and citizens, national governments and international aid institutions.

Recording: Cities, epidemics and planning


  • Prof. Julio D Davila, Professor of Urban Policy International Development, DPU, UCL - Chair
  • Prof. Eric Fevre, Chair of Veterinary Infectious Diseases, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Dr. Helen Pineo, Bartlett Institute of Environmental Design and Engineering, UCL
  • Prof. Haim Yacobi, Professor of Development Planning, DPU, UCL
What is the Future of the Past? Architectural History in a Global Frame

12:30-13:30 BST

The current pandemic, a global crisis, has laid bare global problems with origins often deep in the past, but whose effects will reverberate far into the future. Racial discrimination, social injustice, climate and ecological crises, economic inequalities, global and national politics, and cultural heritage and identity are just some of the issues that have been exposed and exacerbated by it, with often devastating consequences. These have played out in the toppling of statues; as calls to decolonise the university; on the streets of Hong Kong; in long-term public grievances in Beirut; or in short-lived clean blue skies. Such challenges have historical roots frequently bearing links with the built environment. As in other historical fields, architectural history too has, often, created or glorified architecture’s dominant forces and narratives, supressing others. Advocating for a hopeful future, this session explores the role, limitations and potential for architectural history to help us better understand the current global condition and glean planetary perspectives essential to become effective and responsible professionals. Join us to share a warm and welcoming moment with esteemed thinkers globally and from within the school to reflect on these themes.

Recording: What is the Future of the Past? Architectural History in a Global Frame


  • Tania Sengupta, Chair
  • Edward Denison, Chair
  • Jiat-Hwee Chang, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore

  • Murray Fraser, Professor, Bartlett School of Architecture

  • Philippa Tumubweinee, Head of the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, University of Cape Town
  • Diana Salazar, PhD student, The Bartlett School of Architecture