/ Architecture and science in dialogue - Designing Imperial College White City

What are the key ingredients needed to design a new university campus at the cutting edge of scientific research?

by Paul Eaton, Billy Choi & Laurie Hallows

At White City in west London, Imperial College London is building a campus to bring together world-class researchers, businesses and partners from academia and the local community to work, share ideas an turn cutting-edge research into benefits for society.

As part of this year's London Festival of Architecture, a unique panel of academics from Imperial College London and architects from Allies and Morrison, shared and discussed the plans for the emerging campus.

Paul Eaton, Billy Choi, Laurie Hallows and Agnese Saggia each present different aspects of Allies and Morrison's recent and ongoing work at the campus: the White City Campus South masterplan, the Sir Michael Uren Hub, the future School of Public Health, and the Invention Rooms.

They are joined by Professor Neil Alford, Associate Provost; Professor Deborah Ashby, Director of the School of Public Health; and Professor Majid Ezzati, Chair in Environmental Health; and Sowmya Parthasarathy, Urban Design Leader at Arup in a thought provoking discussion that ranges from the role of flexibility in building design to the inherent design needs of academic and scientific research to the role of the campus in both local and global outreach.