London, United Kingdom

Energy and Future Cities: Innovating Architecture

when 20 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

Depletion of traditional fuel stores has been accompanied by increasing pollution levels. Consequently, motivations to lower carbon-emissions have elevated and to ensure this change is achieved on a global scale a multinational agreement was achieved in 2015 at the Paris climate conference whereby 195 countries agreed a legally binding global climate deal. Much of our built environment is dependent on the energy systems that power it. To pave the way for the adoption of novel and advance energy systems, the infrastructure that underpins our cities will need to be reimagined, a fact that can already be seen in the influx of electric car charging points. This module with act both as an extension to ‘Energy and future cities, advanced energy systems’ course, as well as being as a standalone design based module, exploring the potential of our future cities. The symbiotic relationship between cities and the energy systems that drive them will be the key in unlocking the future of our built environment.

Course leader

Thomas Heenan and Thomas Budd

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area. Students must have completed at least one year of undergraduate study by the start of the module in order to enroll. The 'Energy and Future Cities' module in Session One of the UCL Summer School is the perfect lead-in for this module.

Course aim

This module’s key aim is for students to explore how the application of low-carbon energy technologies will have an effect on the redesigning of our future cities. The students will be asked to draw out speculations as to how these future ‘low-carbon’ metropolises will form and what their potential embodiment will be. This will culminate in a group-based design investigation, envisaging how infrastructure will need to be reconceptualised in order to operate efficaciously within our future cities.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students who enroll on both Sessions of the UCL Summer School will benefit from a built-in tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: There is an option to stay at the UCL Summer School residence for the duration of the three-week course. Accommodation is within walking distance to the UCL campus and features private, en suite rooms with shared kitchens. The cost is approx. £1100 per three-week session.