The Bartlett


Black History Month 2020 – The Bartlett event series

Join The Bartlett for a series of events to mark Black History Month 2020 in the UK.
Images credit: Jahnavi Inniss

We’ll highlight Black scholarship, activism and practice in the field of the built environment, and create spaces for anti-racist learning and allyship. 

Monday 19 October 13.00-14.30

‘Race’ and Space: What is ‘race’ doing in a nice field like the built environment?

Join us for the launch of The Bartlett’s ‘Race’ and Space curriculum, presented by Dr Kamna Patel, The Bartlett Vice-Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.    

View full details and register: Race and Space

Tuesday 20 October 13.00-14.00

The Uprising: A Q+A with the Director, Pravini Baboeram

Musician and activist Pravini Baboeram presents ‘The Uprising’, a music documentary that tells the story of resistance against racism in Europe.   

Join a Director’s Q+A with Pravini to for a behind-the-scenes look at this ground-breaking documentary.    

View full details and register: The Uprising

Wednesday 21 October 13:00-14:00

In conversation: Speculating cities and landscapes through QTIABPOC* art practices

Join us for a thought-provoking conversation with Ruhul Abdin, urban researcher, architectural designer and artist, and alumnus of The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, and Ama Josephine Budge, who is a speculative writer, artist, curator and pleasure activist.    

Hosted by Ben Campkin and Claire M. Tunnacliffe on behalf of B.Queer, The Bartlett's queer network for staff and students.   

View full details and register: QTIABPOC art practices 

*Queer, Trans, Intersex, Asexual, Bisexual, People of Colour

Black Urbanisms podcast series 

Black urbanisms podcast logo 800x500
The UCL Urban Laboratory Black Urbanisms podcast series will be launching soon. Please check back to this page for updates.


Designing for Black History Month 2020  

Designer Jahnavi Inniss created the visual identity for The Bartlett’s Black History Month 2020 campaign. She shares the inspiration and ideas behind her designs:  

“I drew inspiration from vernacular architecture that exists across Africa. Whilst considering imaginative urban futures, I thought it would be worthwhile to pay homage to the vernacular architecture, and rich heritage that exists across Africa. Whilst vernacular architecture relies on locally sourced materials that benefit the local people, it’s a good example of sustainability and designing with people’s needs as the primary focus. The aesthetic qualities of this architecture struck me as the ways in which each group of people decorated their buildings allowed them to affirm and take pride in their identity.   

Combining the various patterns with the geographical maps of the London UCL locations was a good way to connect the themes of the built environment, sustainability, African heritage and identity. It is also a way for people to discover the different cultural groups and identities that exist across the African continent.”