My final tribute to PBJ
My final tribute to PBJ
Originally commissioned by the RIBA, a piece on what might or might not constitute architectural research. Big in Spain.
My first foray into the intersection of politics and architecture. Spiky.
Spatial Agency and Design Activism
My response as to why giving the official government website 2013 Design of the Year was not so cool.
On the basis of a pitch written on an iPhone on the top of a mountain in Ethiopia, I was invited to curate the UK Pavilion at the 2013 Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. The eventual pavilion was curated, designed and produced by students and staff from Central Saint Martins, and took the theme of Liquid Boundaries - arguing the need to find ways through the hardening of space as it is being increasingly controlled, regulated and divided. The pavilion presented four films, each 129 seconds long (the average time someone spends in a national pavilion at the Venice Biennale), which interpreted briefs provided by four UK architects and spatial agents. All in their own way open up ways in which boundaries might be negotiated with, and in so doing a more democratic form of space emerges. More information, including a downloadable pamphlet and 'user manual', can be found on the Liquid Boundaries website.
A short think piece on the 2011 Occupation movement and its relevance to architecture.
A short paper for the Journal of Architectural Education which specifically links issues of scarcity with notions of agency
Edited with Peter Blundell Jones and Doina Petrescu. A collection of essays setting out the whys and hows of new approaches to participation. My chapter in the book appears to have ended up on this website. (under Biblioteca) Other chapters include work by Jon Broome, Giancarlo de Carlo, CHORA, and my two fellow editors.
Posted in honour of their 2014 RIBA Gold Medal Award. First published in Architectural Review in 2005 (and needs the drawings/pictures) A bit of a rave.
A long piece on Trump-Brexit-Architecture. I was nervous doing it because I thought everything had been said, but thought there was an urgency, so any contribution felt worthwhile
Early stuff on research and first ideas on contingency. Others like this more than I do. Big in China.
In order to get a balanced view, all reviews from the very nice to the very nasty are included here.
First of two articles setting out the preliminary argument for the book, Flexible Housing. Apparently one of arq’s top downloads.