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Cross-faculty initiatives

Cross-faculty initiatives

The Bartlett runs a series of cross-faculty initiatives which draw upon our wide-ranging, interdisciplinary expertise across the full spectrum of the built environment.

Each of these initiatives incorporates teaching programmes, research projects and partnership activities. 

Survey of London/CASA Whitechapel Project

The Survey of London is launching an in-depth study of Whitechapel‚ the inner fulcrum of London’s East End and a district with a long and multifaceted history that is currently in the throes of intense change due to the proximity of the City.

For this project the Survey will draw on a major grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to break new methodological ground in collaboration with The Bartlett’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. 

The Whitechapel project will create an interactive website for public co-production of research‚ tapping into the insights of local communities and others to document experiences and understandings of all manner of buildings and places.

Whitechapel’s histories and circumstances make it an excellent testing ground for the formation of such a history. Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives is another partner in this initiative and support will also come from Historic England, the East London Mosque‚ the Whitechapel Art Gallery and Wilton’s Music Hall.

Find out more about the Whitechapel project.

Urban Design

As a subject, urban design is concerned with the physical form of the city, with the patterns of movement and social activities this enables, with the nurturing of distinct and liveable places for urban life, and with how all this is shaped across time and through local processes of design, development, governance and management.

Urban design operates through processes of self-consciously designing the built environment so that it better meets a set of human and environmental needs, but also through multifarious ‘natural’ processes of urban adaptation and change in the city, and through ‘planned’ governance and development activities that continuously shape the physical and social public realm.

Through our teaching and research, The Bartlett offers perhaps the most comprehensive coverage of the subject found anywhere in the world. At The Bartlett urban design is taught through seven core and nine strongly related programmes, research in urban design crosses seven broad themes, we nurture a diverse range of partnerships with practice, and have approaching 50 staff engaged in urban design and urban design-related research and practice.

Find out more about Urban Design at The Bartlett.

Practising Ethics in the Built Environment

This project, funded through a Bartlett Small Grants Scheme (July 2014–July 2015), has developed an understanding of the role ethics plays in built environment research.

The project interrogates the methodologies chosen by researchers and their relation to disciplinary procedures and institutional settings, seeking to include more engaged participants, greater clarity around how data can be used, improved public trust through greater transparency and clearer, more relevant working processes on ethics.

To do this, the research has positioned built environment research between academia and the built environment professions. 

Led by Professor Jane Rendell, who was Director of Architectural Research (2004-11) and Vice Dean Research for The Bartlett (2010-13), the project brings together researchers from across The Bartlett and UCL, whose collective expertise covers action-based, humanities, participatory, practice-led, social science and science methods.

The project has also involved seminars and a conference, and future outputs will include an edited volume, and an ethics code.  

Find out more about activities on ethics in the built environment at The Bartlett.

The Bartlett Doctoral Networks

The Bartlett Doctoral Networks have been set up to foster contact and collaboration between doctoral students and staff, on cross-cutting themes relating to the built environment: 

Knowledge is a continuum, but academia is divided into discrete fields. The built environment field is particularly cross-cutting, where research typically overlaps with arts and humanities, social sciences, physical sciences and engineering. The Bartlett Networks aim to bridge between these traditions.

All academics benefit from intellectual exchange and support from colleagues in related research areas. For doctoral students and early career researchers, networking is particularly important, especially for those who are new to London, new to academia, or who are transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Each Network aims to promote awareness of who’s who and who's doing what and where within the faculty; fostering information exchange, social support and research collaboration and hence creating synergies between doctoral students and staff in the Bartlett, elsewhere in UCL and beyond.

Find out more about The Bartlett Doctoral Networks.

Sustainable Building Design

The UCL Royal Academy of Engineering, Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design is a joint centre between The Bartlett and UCL Engineering, to produce a new stream of education for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

This includes both those with an architectural and an engineering background, designed to enable them to take a stronger technical and strategic leadership role in this area of industry.

This new Centre of Excellence will begin its work by focusing on the department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, (CEGE) and three schools from the The Bartlett; The Bartlett School of Architecture and the UCL Energy Institute.

Professor Chris Wise RDI FREng and UCL Engineering Professor of Design explains: "Our vision is for UCL’s Engineering and Built Environment faculties to work together to grow the world’s best technological thinkers and practitioners in sustainable building design. To achieve this ambitious goal from our Centre of Excellence, we must educate a new generation of technologically literate students who are up to the challenge.

"They need to be contextually aware of the world around them and the buildings they live and work within, observing, responding, and interacting with their environment and understanding how to improve it."

Find out more about Sustainable Building Design at The Bartlett and UCL Engineering.