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Looking backwards to look forwards

Learn more about how The Bartlett is working with governments and institutions to generate new narratives of Modernist architecture and encounters outside of the West.

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How do we work with the past to improve the future? Take heritage, for example. Italy and Spain have more cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites than all 54 African countries combined. What would a truly equitable list of the world's most celebrated cultural heritage sites look like? 

Watch the animation above to find out more about how our research is making an impact in the real world, generating new narratives of Modernist architecture and encounters outside of the West, elevating other figures, regions and experiences that have been hidden from history.

Art direction & illustration: Boyle & Perks
Copywriting: George Bull, Eggcorn
Animation: Plastic Horse 
Voiceover: Poppy Chancellor

The case study featured in this animation is from The Bartlett School of Architecture.

Related programmes at The Bartlett

Architecture & Historic Urban Environments MA

This programme from the Bartlett School of Architecture pioneers a fresh and critical approach to architecture and historic urban environments at a world-leading architecture school.

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Architectural History MA

The first MA of its kind, Architectural History at The Bartlett School of Architecture enjoys a leading reputation for the intensive historical, theoretical and critical study of architecture.

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Architecture MArch (ARB/RIBA Part 2)

Architecture MArch at The Bartlett School of Architecture has an international reputation for encouraging a rigorous professional approach to architecture within a highly creative context.

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Architectural Design MPhil/PhD and Architectural & Urban History & Theory MPhil/PhD

Architectural Design MPhil/PhD

This stream within Architecture MPhil/PhD encourages the development of architectural research through the combination of designing and writing. Students present a thesis consisting of a project and a text that share a research theme and a productive relationship. The project may be drawn, filmed, built, or make use of whatever media is appropriate.

Architectural & Urban History & Theory MPhil/PhD

This stream within Architecture MPhil/PhD allows students to conduct an exhaustive, original and creative piece of research into an area of their own selection and definition. The range of research topics undertaken is broad, but most explore the history and theory of architecture and cities between 1800 and the present day.

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Heritage Evidence, Foresight and Policy MSc

Heritage Evidence, Foresight and Policy MSc at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage equips policy professionals and heritage practitioners to think critically and strategically about the long-term futures of what society values.

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Sustainable Heritage MSc

UCL's Sustainable Heritage MSc introduces you to the latest conservation policies, projects, methodologies and practices in the context of historic buildings, sites, landscapes and collections.

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Wellbeing and care in the built environment

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Learn more about how The Bartlett is working with public transport operators, regional and local governments, to show how planning can improve our urban areas and our quality of life.
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Impact at The Bartlett

Find out how through partnership, listening, engagement and cooperation, The Bartlett staff and students use ground-breaking teaching and research to change the world.