GCSC Videos

Rethinking Transport Appraisal - 2

Developing the Approaches to Transport Appraisal

Ruth Glass & London: Aspects of Change

Discussing the legacy of Ruth Glass and London: Aspects of Change

James Cheshire on 'big data' and Ruth Glass

James Cheshire on 'big data' and Ruth Glass by Ucl Urban Laboratory on Mixcloud


Margaret Byron on migrant communities in London

Margaret Byron on migrant communities in London by Ucl Urban Laboratory on Mixcloud


Loretta Lees on the introduction of 'gentrification' to the lexicon

Loretta Lees on the introduction of 'gentrification' to the lexicon by Ucl Urban Laboratory on Mixcloud


GCSC video from Review Event

Dr Sarah Bell and Dr Jack Stilgoe on the UCLoo Festival

Jack Stilgoe and Sarah Bell discuss the UCLoo festival. Including the role of toilets, sanitation and engineers in sustainability.

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Urban Infrastructure: Drainage

UCL GCSC Urban Drainage from Charlotte Johnson on Vimeo.

A short film on London's main drainage. Starting with Bazalgette's construction of London's embankment and ending with green roofs in The City, this film explores how technical knowledge shapes our cities and creates habits of resource consumption that prove hard to break.

The narrative is driven by interviews with three UCL academics who bring historical, engineering and anthropological insights to the study of urban infrastructure. The film was shot on locations built for the Victorian sewage system including Embankment Park and Abbey Mills Pump House. Part of the film was shot on the green roof of Eversheds' London HQ.

The film uses archive images from The Wellcome Library and music by Air Tone.

Some of the points raised:
The challenge of implementing sustainable futures for cities
Sustainable urban drainage systems
Shifting cities between linear and circular metabolisms
The Thames TIdeway Tunnel (Super sewer)

Imagining the Future City: London 2062

The following videos feature interviews with the editors and some of the authors from Imagining the Future City, the book based on the London 2062 series.

Editors' introduction

Is London turning into a city where football clubs such as Arsenal and Chelsea run schools, Londoners commonly convert their roofs into "micro-farms" and people are subject to separate migration laws to the rest of the UK?

Building for climate change

Sofie Pelsmakers (UCL Environment Institute) explores how London can prepare buildings for climate change predictions. Existing building stock will need to be retrofitted and flood-appropriate buildings and square should be built.

Smart London

Dr Ed Manley (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) explores how data modelling could look in 50 years, based on the trends of data collection now. This modelling allows researchers to understand and predict any disruptions of systems like London's transport networks. 

Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities Symposium 2013

The playlist below features 21 videos from the from GCSC and the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources.

  1. Introductory Remarks, Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities Prof Raimund Bleischwitz
  2. Introductory Remarks, Dr Ian Scott, Principal Facilitator, UCL Grand Challenges programme

    Session 1 – Urban Challenges    

  3. Is sustainable consumption challenged in the global urban transition?
  4. Common Road to 2050 - Energy Scenarios
  5. Developing accessible methods for urban biodiversity monitoring
  6. Can urban greenspace & biodiversity reverse increases in chronic inflammatory disorders

    Session 2 - Resource Supply

  7. Bio Urban Design Lab - 'Cities as productive landscapes'
  8. Sustainability Profiling
  9. Integrative Sludge Management: A focus on waste production and resource recovery

  10. Should we update England's water supply planning process?

  11. Algal Bio-fuels for Sustainable Transport

    Session 3 - Resource Consumption

  12. Fuel poverty and financing methods for energy efficiency measures

  13. Developing an interactive tool to explore household resource use and how this might be reduced

  14. Phase Change Material Thermal Stores
  15. A methodology for accessing the net GHG impact of new metro rail
  16. A City Design Framework to Elucidate Urban Challenges: Energy Flows of Birmingham

    Research Mapping

  17. Mapping UCL research on sustainable cities and sustainable resources


  18. SRSC Keynote address Urban Metabolism, Prof Herbert Giradet

    Commissioned and Competition

  19. Urban Drainage by Charlotte Johnson
  20. Secret Signal - Mike Fell, UCL-Energy
  21. Squatter Settlement - Maria Ossul Vermehren, Development Planning Unit, UCL

Urban Pamphleteer Interview

Editors of Urban Pamphleteer, Rebecca Ross and Ben Campkin discuss the relationship between architecture and publishing. You can download copies of the pamphlets here.

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Thinking across boundaries

Transport and the Olympic Legacy

With the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics now over, what can we learn from how transport systems coped with the unprecedented demand? This event looks at some of the innovations that allowed people in London to try using the road and rail networks more efficiently, and will ask what can be built upon to improve ways in which London's transport is delivered in the future. 


Dr Andy Chow, Lecturer in Transport Studies, UCL Centre for Transport Studies
Dr Jon Reades, Research Associate, UCL Centre for Advanced Spacial Analysis
Michele Dix, Managing Director, Planning, Transport for London
Natalie Chapman, Head of Policy, Freight Transport Association

To mark the Olympics and Paralympics, UCL has developed an exciting programme of events and exhibitions highlighting some of the world-leading research taking place at the university relevant to London in 2012. To find out more about the complete programme please visit: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/london/olympics

The Long Legacy: London 2062

As we contemplate the long-term impact of the 2012 games on London, what will the city be like 50 years from now? Drawing on the research of eminent architecture and planning specialists, this event examines different aspects of the future of London. 


  • Dr Ben Campkin, Director, UCL Urban Laboratory
  • Dr Janice Morphet, UCL Bartlett School of Planning
  • Ben Harrison, Future of London

Title: The Long Legacy: London 2062

Date: Thursday, 13th September 2012

To mark the Olympics and Paralympics, UCL has developed an exciting programme of events and exhibitions highlighting some of the world-leading research taking place at the university relevant to London in 2012. To find out more about the complete programme please visit: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/london/olympics

London 2062 - Peter Hall

Shaping Cities for Health: Complexity and the planning of urban environments in the 21st century

With almost 30 years experience from the Healthy Cities movement, the features that transform a 'city' into a 'healthy city' are increasingly evident.

What is less well understood is how to deliver the potential health benefits and how to ensure that they reach all citizens in urban contexts across the world. This is an increasingly important task given that the majority of the world’s population already live in cities and that, with current high rates of urbanisation, many millions more will soon do so.

Panel Presentations


Professor Richard Horton (Editor, The Lancet)

Professor David Price (UCL Vice Provost-Research)

Presentation of report and main findings:

Professor Yvonne Rydin, lead author (Planning, Environment & Public Policy, UCL Bartlett School of Planning)  

Additional perspectives from co-authors:

Professor Paul Wilkinson (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

Professor Nora Groce (Leonard Cheshire Chair of Disability & Inclusive Development at UCL)


Phil Nedin (Arup Global Healthcare Business Leader)

Professor Sir Andrew Haines (Public Health & Primary Care, LSTHM)

 Q&A and closing remarks


Chaired by Professor Sir John Tooke (UCL Vice-Provost, Health)

Closing remarks:

Professor Richard Horton and Professor David Price

UCL-Lancet Healthy Cities Commission

Interviews with Yvonne Rydin (chair of the UCL-Lancet Healthy Cities Commission) and Julio Davila, one of the co-authors of the commission's report.

Interview with Yvonne Rydin

60% of the world's population will live in a city by 2030. Professor Yvonne Rydin (UCL Bartlett and UCL Environment Institute, Director) gives an overview of the UCL-Lancet Commission on Healthy Cities, which explores the many issues other than health services that contribute to population health in a city environment. 


Interview with Julio Davila

In India, more people own a mobile phone than have their own toilet. Dr Julio Dávila talks about community-led approaches to sanitation in Mumbai and Accra. Julio was a co-author of the UCL-Lancet Commission on Healthy Cities.


The Healthy Cities Commission looked at the role that urban planning can and should play in delivering health improvements through reshaping the urban fabric of our cities. The project has involved 19 academics and students from a variety of disciplines led by Yvonne Rydin, Professor of Planning, Environment and Public Policy in the UCL Bartlett School of Planning.

The Commission's report, Shaping Cities for Health: the Complexity of Planning Urban Environments in the 21st Century, has now been published.

Podcast: GCSC Launch

Professor Maslin talks about the launch of Sustainable Cities, the second of UCL’s four Grand Challenges, and how we might provide a compelling vision for the future of the urban environment.

UCL visions: Sustainable Cities

Sustainable Cities – UCL visions by Nic Clear and Michael Aling (UCL Bartlett)

Cover image by Dr Charlotte Lemanski (UCL Geography)

Sustainable Cities launch

Videos from the launch of UCL's Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities from 8 July 2009.

Video: Launch participants’ perspectives

Video: The panel discussion in full

UCL Communications podcast (mp3)


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