The Bartlett


Building Better: The Bartlett Podcast

The human spaces and urban landscapes that we build worldwide have a huge impact on our daily lives, our societies, and our planet. In this podcast, we’re taking on the big question: how can we build better?

Blocks of colours made into the shape of a sound wave with white text "Building Better The Bartlett Podcast" on black background
Welcome to the brand new monthly podcast series from The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment presented by Dean of The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment and Professor in Urban Studies at UCL, Christoph Lindner.

We're calling this podcast Building Better because that's exactly what we want to do. Each episode will bring together multi-disciplinary perspectives and radical thinking from some of the world's leading experts at The Bartlett. Together, we can open up new ideas and spark innovative solutions for some of the world's most important challenges – and build a better future for everyone.

Each month we’ll be sitting down with other members of this community to explore a topic that captures a snapshot of what happens here, from innovative techniques to interdisciplinary ideas to ground-breaking results. Join us as we explore the world of the built environment, asking what needs to change, and how we can build better.

Listen on: Acast Spotify | Apple Podcast Google Podcast

New! Episode 2: Looking backwards to look forwards

Join host Christoph for Episode 2 of Building Better: The Bartlett Podcast, the brand new podcast from The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment.

This month, we want to know how research that explores the past can help us to better understand the present, and maybe even predict the future. 

Approaching the past through uniquely innovative methods, host Christoph speaks to three researchers at The Bartlett: Professor Mike Batty, Emeritus Professor of Planning and Chair of The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Dr Katherine Curran, Associate Professor at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, and Dr Judy Stephenson, Associate Professor in economics and finance of the built environment at The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management about how they study and interrogate the past to help us solve the problems we face today. 

From digital data and mapping to the heritage of plastics to the history of labour markets and construction in England, we're trying to answer the question: how can we use the history of materials and the history of people to build a better future?

SoundCloud Widget Placeholderhttps://soundcloud.com/uclsound/building-better-looking-backwards-to-loo...


Access transcript

Listen to previous episodes below...

Episode 1: Taking up Space

Join host Christoph for Episode 1 of Building Better: The Bartlett Podcast, the brand new podcast from The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment.

We wanted to know how spaces can be designed to best serve the people who need them, and what happens when spaces are designed to shut people out or divide them.
For our first episode, host Christoph is joined by Lo Marshall, urban geographer and Research Fellow at the UCL Urban Laboratory and Bartlett School of Architecture and Dr Grant Mills, Associate Professor in the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, to explore space and how communities create it.
Lo and Grant discuss their work around redesigning spaces and understanding the communities that live in them, from late-night drag venues to state of the art modern hospitals.

SoundCloud Widget Placeholderhttps://soundcloud.com/uclsound/building-better-taking-up-space?in=uclso...

Access transcript

If there’s a question  about life and research at The Bartlett you’d like our host or guests to answer, email us at bartlett.comms@ucl.ac.uk or tweet @BartlettUCL.