The Bartlett in London : second in the world for architecture

The Bartlett (UCL Faculty of the Built Environment) remains one of the best places in the world to study architecture. For the fourth year in a row, the Bartlett has been ranked number two in the world for architecture by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018, second only to Massachussets Institute of Technology. The Bartlett is unique in its multidisciplinary and diverse approach to the built environment. The Faculty challenge conventional divides between architecture, science, engineering, and the arts with new and innovative research and education, state-of-the-art spaces and exceptional staff. In the past 12 years, the Bartlett School of Architecture has developed an international reputation to rival the great US and European schools. Its students won the lion’s share of prizes in the UK. Lord Foster and Richard Rogers knock on its doors for graduates. Its academics are at the forefront of their field internationally. Its great architectural guru, Professor Peter Cook, who founded the group Archigram in the Sixties, won the Royal Institute of British Architects gold medal. But the Faculty is also groundbreaking in its architectural approach and has understood, very early, the major changes that architecture is now undergoing : architecture, whether it is considered as an intellectual discipline or as a practical activity, will no longer remain the only human property it has been so far. As numerous developments in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Interface Design show on a daily basis, computational machines do not simply replace humans in low-skilled jobs and activities, but profoundly disrupt the role that humans play in all domains. From industrial production chains to cancer treatment including the management of public transport, nothing seems to escape calculation and architecture is now considered as a computational discipline. Computation does not only modify the way we design and make architecture (by the use of software always including more know hows and allowing to automate a number more and more consequent of operations) but also transforms the nature of architectural practice and its possible ends…

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