As part of the series ?The Social Production of Architecture?. Didn't go too well because I asked the question: Is Design Activism bad design and bad activism? This started a debate.
An extended argument of what participation might be and mean in architecture. Probably my most ?scholarly? piece.
My response as to why giving the official government website 2013 Design of the Year was not so cool.
With Nishat Awan and Tatjana Schneider. Out of the Spatial Agency project, the book provides supporting texts to the website. A summary of the issues is in our Architecture Today article, and an early review by Luke Butcher ishere, plus nice ones in archidose and arquilecturas. A short excerpt (on ecological examples of spatial agency) was published in field. Winner 2011 RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding University based research.
Early stuff on research and first ideas on contingency. Others like this more than I do. Big in China.
A large European funded research project for which I am the project leader. Looking at the way the production of the built environment is affected under conditions of scarcity. In partnership with TU Vienna and Oslo School of Architecture, and working with Deljana Iossifova and Jon Goodbun at the University of Westminster and the SEED Foundation. A range of books, exhibitions and events will come out of it; visit the website for early outcomes.
Short piece on Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio, trying to find the line between adulation and critique.
Originally commissioned by the RIBA, a piece on what might or might not constitute architectural research. Big in Spain.
First of two articles setting out the preliminary argument for the book, Flexible Housing. Apparently one of arq’s top downloads.
A research project funded by AHRC done with Tatjana Schneider and Nishat Awan at the University of Sheffield, gathering together numerous examples of how to use architectural intelligence beyond the production of objects, and in particular in terms of social and political agency. As part of the project we curated the 2009 RIBA Research Symposium (and Jonathan Charley’s video piece on the site is wonderful), produced a book, a website & various articles, and edited two special issues one of field: the other of ARQ. The project was awarded the 2011 RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding University-based Research, making me the only person to have received this internationally important award three times.
A short think piece on the 2011 Occupation movement and its relevance to architecture.
Texts for the catalogue to the British Pavilion at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale. On ideas of scale and stories in cities.
Thoughts on the London riots. I think good.
Lightish introduction to a whole issue of field (with articles worth reading); the start of the Spatial Agency Project.