The Bartlett


Bartlett Together Festival 2021

The Bartlett Together Festival 2021 gathered The Bartlett's new and returning student community for a week-long series of interactive virtual sessions.

The Bartlett Together Festival 2021 invited new and returning students, as well as staff, to come together for a series of inspiring, interactive virtual sessions to celebrate the start of the academic year. Throughout this week-long event, The Bartlett community took part in a series of stimulating discussions and debates, hosted by world-leading academics from The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment, to gain insights on a range of vital topics. 

Christoph Lindner, Dean of The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, opened the festival with a special session welcoming new students and outlining The Bartlett’s ‘Commitment to Change’ manifesto, and what it means for our student community. Further sessions included discussions on prototyping for change; a symposium on Flimwell Park, The Bartlett’s developing woodland and timber-based creative centre; and, entrepreneurship and regenerative design for sustainable building. The festival concluded with an in-depth exploration of the new Camden Highline as part of UCL’s Future Cities Podcast series.  

The Bartlett Together Festival is underpinned by our Commitment To Change: a 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 

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Did you miss the festival? Would you like to rewatch our events? We are excited to share with you the Bartlett Together 2021 playlist, where you can watch video recordings of all Bartlett Together events. Alternatively, you can watch each event below. 

Monday 27 September

Opening Session: The Bartlett Commitment to Change

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Christoph Lindner, Dean of The Bartlett, will open the festival by chairing this special session outlining the manifesto’s commitments, and what they mean for our student community. The Bartlett Together Festival is underpinned by our ‘Commitment to Change’, a manifesto created from 12 key building blocks from which to build a better future together.

This event will be streamed live from the HereEast studio.  


  • Christoph Lindner, Professor of Urban Studies and Dean of The Bartlett, Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL
Prototyping for change: Persuasion though making

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This session explores advancements in rapid prototyping, and the potential for industrialised manufacturing to challenge how we innovate the production of our built environment.  

During this presentation, Dr Christopher Leung discusses the impact that disruptive rapid prototyping technologies are having on the practice of design. He then explains how rapid prototyping for practical demonstration is a direct form of persuasion that contributes to constructive decision-making about our built environment.  

Finally, this session covers pathways from digital design to creation and highlights the potential for industrialised manufacturing to challenge how we innovate the production of our built environment, then this presentation will challenge your thinking.


  • Dr Christopher Leung, Associate Professor at The Bartlett School of Architecture  

Tuesday 28 September

Flimwell Park Symposium

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Learn how The Bartlett will be developing woodland and timber-based creative centres at Flimwell Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty in East Sussex.   

Steve Johnson, one of the developers of the Flimwell project, will join staff and students in delivering a short presentation about the projects they have been involved with at the centre. They will then discuss their experiences working at Flimwell, and host an open Q&A to answer any questions around the projects for prospective students interested in taking part.


  • Steve Johnson, founder and developer of Flimwell Park and the Woodland Enterprise Centre, and a teacher at The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Luke Olsen, Associate Professor at The Bartlett School of Architecture, and Programme Director of Engineering & Architectural Design MEng 
  • Peter Scully, Professional Research Fellow at The Bartlett School of Architecture, and Technical Director at The Bartlett Manufacturing + Design Exchange 
  • Blanche Cameron, Leads The Bartlett School of Architecture's Environmental Design and Greening Cities modules, tutor on the Making Cities, and Environmental Design modules in the Landscape Architecture Masters courses
Beyond Resilience: Intrinsic motivation to achieve  a fairer future

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As the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, meaningful societal change often happens as a reaction to disruptive events. But to create a sustainable society, we can no longer wait for the next crisis to change the way we live, work and operate. This interactive workshop will explore how individuals and organisations can anticipate shocks, design for resilience, and thrive in uncertainty. The session is run by design and social innovation practitioners Beatrice Bekar and Nicole Afonso Alves. 


  • Beatrice Bekar, designer and social innovation practitioner, and co-author of Make It FutureFit: Four ways to design better adult learning experiences
  • Nicole Afonso Alves Calistri, creative planner and researcher, currently working with Bright Harbour Collective, and Current Works

Wednesday 29 September

Biomimicry, entrepreneurship, and designing for natural abundance

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What kind of innovation and business models can help us shift to ecological regeneration on a planetary scale? How can we move beyond sustainability - where the goal can sometimes be to sustain extractive systems – towards designing systems that enhance biodiversity and bio-physical system function? We might refer to this as regenerative design for natural abundance, and we believe entrepreneurs can play an important role in creating this regenerative systems change. While politicians and businesses alike are looking for ways to rethink current extractive relations, progress is slow and the path beyond extractive systems is unclear.   

At this event, Fast Forward 2030 coordinator Patrick Vickers speaks to Oksana Bondar, Director of Design at BIOHM, about the economics of how we relate to nature by building new interconnected business and environmental models that regenerate, rather than merely sustain.


  • Patrick Vickers, Fast Forward 2030 Coordinator 
  • Oksana Bondar, Director of Design at BIOHM
Narrating Nostalgia: Storytelling Workshop with Women of the Wick

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Narrating Nostalgia is a creative writing workshop where you will write short stories related to a place or site you long for.  

During the workshop, writer, poet and multi-media artist Sara Kärpänen will explore the themes of nostalgia (longing towards a place) and solastalgia (distress caused by the changes in the home environment), with the aim of helping you understand how these topics might manifest in our urban lives.


  • Sara Kärpänen, writer, poet, multidisciplinary artist (MA), and founder of the Women of the Wick consultancy, media and community

Thursday 30 September

Every breath you take: In pursuit of clean air

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The World Health Organisation reported that poor indoor air has a ‘substantial’ impact on people’s health, and contributes to over 9 million premature deaths per year globally. Simply knowing about a problem does not, however, lead to a solution.  

Featuring a panel of experts in indoor air quality, public health, social inequalities of air pollution exposure, and environmental justice, this session asks who should be responsible for providing good air; for whom, by when, and how?


  • Elizabeth Cooper, doctoral researcher at UCL’s Institute for Environmental Design & Engineering
  • Lauren Ferguson, PhD student at UCL’s Energy Institute and the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering 
  • Dr Clare Heaviside, NERC Independent Research Fellow at the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering  
  • Dr Duncan McLaren, Professor in Practice and Research Fellow at the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, and a Visiting Researcher at Linköping University, Sweden 
Pop-up healthcare architecture using disruptive design

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During the pandemic over 80,000 appointments were cancelled at Moorfields Eye Hospital, creating a backlog that needs to be reinstated as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary long-term visual impairments in patients.    

This session brings together clinical experts from the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital, and Bartlett researchers to discuss the concept of a high-street pop-up clinic that offers a streamlined first examination at speed and at scale. They will discuss challenges of the concept as an alternative to traditional appointments in a central London hospital, and offer insights into the design, configuration, structure, and operation of a pop-up eye clinic.   


  • Prof Kerstin Sailer, Professor in the Sociology of Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Prof Peter Scully, Professorial Research Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and Technical Director of the Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange
  • Prof Duncan Wilson, Professor of Connected Environments at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
  • Prof Grant Mills, Professor of Healthcare Infrastructure Delivery at the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction 
  • Dr Anne Symons, Senior Research Fellow in Healthcare Design at the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction 
  • Prof Paul Foster, Professor of Ophthalmic Epidemiology & Glaucoma Studies at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
  • Dr Hari Jayaram, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Clinician-Scientist, and Deputy Director of Glaucoma, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Friday 1 October 

Greatest Happiness, Digital Commons, Decolonial Urbanism

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The pandemic brought with it the increased acceleration of global datafication, which made us challenge our notion of the ‘common-good’ and explore the concept of a ‘planetary common-good'.  

During this roundtable, three Bartletter students who lived/are living in London, Eurasia, America, and beyond will explore the entanglement between digital literacy and decolonial urbanism, and their impacts on (re)structuring the idea of the ‘common good’. In particular, issues around digital poverty and inclusivity, and reconciling them with public purposes, will be discussed. The speakers parallel urban contexts from their respective home cities and their experiences in London, looking at how they reproduce, amplify, or diminish structural violence in public systems. 

By developing a literacy around how ‘the digital’ can be an opportunity to promote equity in a post-pandemic context, this roundtable will aim to answer the question: How can social innovation be reorganised? 


  • Nai Kalema, PhD student at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), and co-instructor for Professor Joia Mukherjee’s Global Health Delivery and Social Medicine course at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine (DGHSM) at Harvard Medical School (HMS)
  • Provides Ng, teacher at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL)
  • Alberto Fernandez, PhD candidate at The Bartlett School of Architecture, academic at UCH-FAU, and RIBA Chartered Architect
From New York to Camden: The High Line Effect [LIVESTREAM + IN-PERSON EVENT]

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Watch this fascinating debate with the Dean of The Bartlett, Christoph Lindner, editor of Deconstructing the High Line: Postindustrial Urbanism and the Rise of the Elevated Park, Simon Pitkeathley, CEO of Camden Town Unlimited and the Camden Highline, and Jodie Eastwood, CEO of London’s Knowledge Quarter. This session explores learnings from the New York High Line, and the impact this famous park has had on the city and people of New York. We’ll also ask how the ‘High Line effect’ might shape the future of Camden, and whether tourism, gentrification and investment can or will benefit the local community.

This event was recorded as a LIVE episode in UCL’s Future Cities podcast series, which explores the complexity of urban living and examines today’s most crucial topics – across technology, climate change, health and society – and how these will shape the urban spaces of tomorrow.


  • Christoph Lindner is Professor of Urban Studies and Dean of The Bartlett, Faculty of the Built Environment, at University College London (UCL). He is an urban and cultural theorist, and his work spans the humanities, social sciences, and art and design fields. He is the author or editor of 14 books, including Deconstructing the High Line: Postindustrial Urbanism and the Rise of the Elevated Park and Aesthetics of Gentrification: Seductive Spaces and Exclusive Communities in the Neoliberal City

  • Simon Pitkeathley has been CEO of the multi-award winning Camden Town Unlimited since 2007. As well as being CEO of Camden Collective, Euston Town, Camden Highline and Alternative Camden, he is also the Co-Chair of Cross River Partnership and Chair of Camden Giving. Simon sits on the London Enterprise Action Partnership (LEAP) and is its Champion for Small Business

  • Jodie Eastwood is the CEO of London’s Knowledge Quarter, a consortium of knowledge creators within a one-mile radius of Kings Cross. As a gateway to knowledge of every kind, the Knowledge Quarter opens doors for visitors, students, researchers and people who live and work in Camden. She has worked with the Knowledge economy for the past 18 years, with roles at the British Library, Creativeworks London, Queen Mary University, London Metropolitan University and the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Site-Writing and Reading Ecopoetics

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Learn about the fascinating way of creating reflective and personal responses to the world around you while engaging with aspects of the current ecological crisis. During the session artist-poet Caroline Bergvall will read from Drift (2014), a poetic work exploring a migrant tragedy at sea, while poet and cultural geographer Tim Cresswell will read of the plastic pollution articulated in his collection Plastiglomerate (2020). They will be accompanied by readings from Chia-Ying Chou, Teagan Dorsch, Kanza Leghari, and Hamish Muir exploring the visual and verbal poetics of islands, rivers and seas by participants of the site-writing module.

This event will interest anyone thinking about writing, speaking, drawing or performing their thoughts about the built and natural environment. 


  • Caroline Bergvall is an award-winning poet and sound artist working internationally across various artforms and languages.
  • Jane Rendell is Professor of Critical Spatial Practice at the Bartlett, who has introduced concepts of ‘critical spatial practice’ and ‘site-writing’ through her research, writing and pedagogy 
  • Jacqui Glass is is Chair in Construction Management and Vice Dean Research for the Bartlett faculty. She has a research background in sustainability in construction.  
  • Polly Gould is an artist and writer who shows with Danielle Arnaud, teaches at the Bartlett and is the author of Antarctica, Art and Archive, Bloomsbury, 2020 
  • Tim Cresswell is a geographer and poet. He is the Ogilvie Professor of Geography at the University of Edinburgh. His most recent poetry collection, Plastiglomerate (Penned in the Margins, 2020) has been longlisted for the Laurel Prize for eco-poetry.  
  • David Roberts is a Lecturer in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, part of collaborative art practice Fugitive Images and of architecture collectives Involve and BREAK//LINE.  
  • Chia-Ying Chou is a student on the MA Situated Practice at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Her works anchors on issues of the blurred boundaries in-between cities, nature, humanities and social contexts. She is one of the writers of Junction, an art and design platform from Taiwan.  
  • Teagan Dorsch is a student on the MA Situated Practice at the Bartlett School of Architecture. His current work focuses on spectrality and the spectral gesture as a method for developing ecological notation of veteran trees in Abney Park.  
  • Kanza Leghari is a student on the MA Situated Practice at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Her work engages with South Asian postcolonial theories through site-based visual, aural and collaborative practice.  
  • Hamish Muir is a PhD candidate at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, in association with Central School of Speech and Drama. He researches the environmental sustainability of theatre and the performing arts through a design practice of playwriting. In 2017, he set up a production studio, Arctic Lion, which explores the intersection between environmentalism and theatre