Inclusive Spaces: Decentralizing Solar Economy


January 19, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Online Event

This session will explore how civilization can be redefined in the face of our energy crisis, and the potential of solar energy development.

About this event

What would be a version of planetary civilisation that can ‘use and store all of the energy available on its planet’ as suggested by Nikolai Kardashev? Can we imagine a planetary-scale decentralised solar economy that would help us in getting there?

This lecture will give insights on how civilization can be redefined in the face of our energy crisis, and the potential of solar energy development in compensating our modest urban capacities in renewable energy. Moreover, it will explore the challenges in decentralising solar infrastructure within cities and the opportunities in socialising an inclusive economy to form around such initiatives.

Most importantly, our speakers will explore the difficulties in planetary collaboration between cities, especially between their home cities, with a focus on the digital space and their material manifestation.


The event will be a lecture followed by Q&A session.


About the speakers:

  • Provides Ng is an architect and researcher who studies the emergence of digital tools, their applications, and impacts on urbanism. Provides currently teaches at the Bartlett School of Architecture, where she received distinction in Master of Research on Digital Theory and Architecture. She also established creative practise and researcher collective @R.E.Ar_. 


  • Alberto Fernandez is an architect UCH, MArch UCL, PhD Student at The Bartlett School of Architecture, Academic at UCH-FAU, and RIBA Chartered Architect. He has been part of UCH since 2006, where he leads Design Studio 6. Alberto is a Digital Design Tutor at The Bartlett, UCL and an advisory board member of Prospectives Journal.


  • David Doria is an architect and urbanist interested in the convergence of digital technologies and architecture - and the theoretical and political implications it has in practice. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Federal University of Sergipe and MArch Architectural Design degree from The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Currently, he acts as technical skills tutor for the Research Cluster 4 in Bartlett's Architectural Design program.


  • Nikoletta Karastathi is currently a practicing architect at Napper Architects in Newcastle whilst also teaching as a part-time design tutor at Newcastle University. She is also carrying out PhD research at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL).

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