With its industrial heritage, and diverse social and cultural infrastructure, the Olympic Park is the ideal place to develop new agendas in research-based built environment education and practice.
The Bartlett at UCL East will catalyse innovation through research, education, enterprise and public engagement bridging architecture, design, economics, engineering, project management and urbanism.
Collaborations with partners, taking advantage of emerging technologies, design-based and participatory methods, drive positive change in the built environment sector through transdisciplinary ethical practice focused on global challenges.
With the ongoing eastward trajectory of London’s creative, built environment and technology sectors, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with its industrial heritage, and diverse social and cultural infrastructure, is the ideal place to develop new agendas in research-based built environment education and practice.
“UCL East provides spaces and resources that will take our culture of transdisciplinary research, education and public engagement to the next level, accelerating our endeavour to collaborate with others to address the most pressing problems for society and the planet.” – Professor Christoph Lindner, Dean of The Bartlett
UCL faculty: The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL Urban Lab
Academic leads: Professor Ben Campkin, Luke Olsen
Buildings: Both Pool Street West and Marshgate
Focus areas: Built environment; design; urbanisation; infrastructure
Building from The Bartlett’s existing state-of-the-art facilities in Bloomsbury and at Here East, on the other side of the park, these collaborative and co-located labs will address complex global built environment challenges that require cross-sector approaches developed through local and international partnerships.
In line with The Bartlett’s history and ethos, our UCL East undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and executive courses will be practice- and design-led, featuring living labs, live projects, community co-design, and citizen science.
These cover emerging areas of transdisciplinary inquiry: the past, present and future of London, its region and connections; engineering, architectural and bio-integrated design; the social and cultural life of cities and urbanisation; sustainable development and infrastructure; heritage; cinematic and videogame architectures; connected environments and the Internet of Things; public value and global prosperity.
Four labs across the buildings will be attached to it:
1. Urban Room and Memory Workshop
A collaboration between The Bartlett, Urban Laboratory and the School for the Creative and Cultural Industries, this space is dedicated to debate and engagement around key questions of sustainable future living.
A place for practice, exhibition, performance, and immersive learning through UCL’s London collections, it will enable students, researchers and the public to explore issues around the materiality, history, infrastructure and social fabric of the urban environment - with a special focus on creating new digital, oral and public history archives with community partners.
2. Global Urban Co-Lab
This constellation of researchers and students will be advancing innovative methodologies, practices and theories of urbanism, responding to key challenges in global urbanisation processes such as: urban innovation and climate change; economic and policy development; health, housing and poverty; legal and financial frameworks; popular social mobilisation and contestation; migration and refuge; cultural practices; heritage, identity and sectarianism; urban infrastructure and services.
3. Connected Environments Lab
This living lab will be focusing on how emerging technologies such as the internet of things and cognitive computing can augment our understanding of the built and natural environment.
The Lab centres on activities around programming, data capture, visualisation and prototyping, and will work with stakeholders to support the analysis of complex systems.
4. Design, Society and Space Co-Lab
Located in new studio and collaboration spaces, this will be a forum for progressive built environment education and advanced design, construction and project management research.
Through immersive and design pedagogies, students, researchers and partners experiment in new ways of thinking, expressing, developing, and making to address global challenges.
At UCL East, The Bartlett and UCL’s cross-faculty Urban Laboratory are working with partners within and beyond the university to develop new activities from UCL’s existing depth of expertise, promoting the radically transdisciplinary approaches that are necessary to improve the built environments of the future. Whether through experimental conjunctions between architecture and engineering, or through transdisciplinary, people-centred urbanism, we will prioritise collaborative and imaginative modes of working on the most pressing local and global challenges.” – Professor Ben Campkin, UCL East Academic Lead