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The Bartlett pioneers new innovations and collaborations at UCL East

23 March 2023

With the launch of UCL’s new campus in London’s East Bank development, The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment is continuing to pioneer unique innovations and collaborations.

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The UCL East campus breaks the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines, and creates new connections with the local London community and the global future of urban spaces.

Pioneering new programmes

The Connected Environments MSc from The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) and Global Urbanism MASc from UCL Urban Laboratory are teaching the latest generation of students pioneering skills.

At UCL East students are immersed in the rapidly developing urban environment of East London, and in the innovative infrastructure on campus, including the UCL Urban Room, Connected Environments Lab, People and Nature Lab, Robotic and Autonomous Systems, Global Disability Innovation Hub and School for Creative and Cultural Industries.

Ruth Glass Scholarship

Ruth Glass and cover of her book, London: Aspects of Change
A scholarship for UK home students applying to the MASc Global Urbanism degree programme at UCL East. It covers tuition fees for one year full-time study and a 52-week living stipend.

Three more new programmes from The Bartlett will be launching at UCL East in 2023, including:

Cinematic and Videogame Architecture MArch

Plus, four existing programmes from The Bartlett will be transferring to UCL East in 2023, including:

Get a student's perspective of UCL East

Instagram screenshots of young female student with text: Student Takeover UCL East and exhibition showing cuttings and posters about community action in Waterloo
See a day-in-the-life of one of our Global Urbanism MASc students, shared as part of a student takeover of The Bartlett’s Instagram channel.

Connected Environments Lab

View of Orbit from CELab

The Connected Environments Lab at UCL East is now live and sensing the world around us. Advances in digital technologies are providing the means to sense, visualise and understand our built and natural environments. These “connected environments” are the forefront of emerging urban science, linking the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, Mixed Realities and Data Science. 

The Connected Environments Lab is an initiative from The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis.

Urban Room

Urban Room exhibition materials

A partnership between UCL Urban Laboratory, the School for Creative and Cultural Industries (SCCI) and UCL’s Special Collections, UCL Urban Room is a new space for local community and global city engagement through events, exhibitions and workshops.

Its first exhibition "SE1 Stories: Community Action in a London Neighbourhood" launched in January, focusing on creative activism and archiving techniques , and bringing together a range of community groups from South London and East London, curated by Dr Kara Blackmore. 

Visit the next exhibition ‘Navigating the System’ between 24 March - 29 April 2023 to explore a UCL Grand Challenges-funded project on healthcare access issues affecting London’s transient boat-dwelling community.

The Memory Bike: Recording and archiving East London's oral histories

The Memory Bike at UCL Urban Room

Members of the public, UCL students and staff  and UCL staff are invited to use The Memory Bike, a mobile recording and listening station aimed at generating public histories, memories and narratives around the Olympic Park and surrounding neighbourhoods. 

The Memory Bike was fitted out by Architectural Design and Engineering MEng students, and from September 2023 students will begin to have some of their classes at the new UCL East campus.

Innovative live systems

CASA weather station on Nature Smart Garden at UCL East

A variety of live systems from The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis are now running at the UCL East campus, including an open hardware Birdnet-Pi monitor counting real time bird calls and making species classifications. The Shazam for Bats bat monitors feature across Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and a live weather station is in place at the Nature Smart Garden.

City Mill Skate

image of river, text reading: City Mill Skate, logo of boat and skateboard stylised to look like face

City Mill Skate is a research project from The Bartlett School of Architecture and UCL Urban Lab that brings the diverse skateboarding community into the heart of the UCL East campus by sharing the design process to build proposals for permanent skateable objects.

Through events, skate lessons and making workshops, it has brought together a diverse community of skateboarders who want to democratise the spaces between buildings, and bring fresh perspectives to the sport.

UCL East brings together nine UCL faculties to deliver nearly 60 new postgraduate and undergraduate degree programmes. Innovation, collaboration and public engagement are designed in, with students and staff working in shared environments and learning by doing.

Find out more about The Bartlett at UCL East