My response as to why giving the official government website 2013 Design of the Year was not so cool.
Working with colleagues at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture, most notably Prue Chiles and Carolyn Butterworth, we established the most developed live projects programme in the country, probably the world, with some truly wondrous results. For example, look at the final report (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) from a group of students that I supervised looking at the use of urine to make mud bricks in Darfur. It is remarkable what they achieved in six weeks - should be awarded a PhD for this alone IMHO.
A short think piece on the 2011 Occupation movement and its relevance to architecture.
On the dangers and vanities of form. Written when I was wading through my philosophy degree and it shows.
A bit of a cheat, because it is really the second chapter of Architecture Depends
Another introduction, this time for ARQ, to projects arising out of the Spatial Agency project.
This was my first Zoom lecture, delivered as part of the Architecture Foundation's excellent 100 Day Studio intiative during the 2020 COVID lockdown. The video is here , and the transcript linked to the title above. The lecture speculates as to where architecture might be in the face of the twin crises of climate and COVID, arguing that these challenge some of the fundaments on which the modern project of architecture has based itself.
The first book from my scarcity research project. Edited with Jon Goodbun and Deljana Iossifova, it brings together some good articles, including ones by Ezio Manzini, Erik Swyngedouw, Winy Maas, Kate Soper and more. Table of contents is here.
Originally commissioned by the RIBA, a piece on what might or might not constitute architectural research. Big in Spain.
A critique of masterplanning. On to something here, but yet to be developed.
First thoughts on spatial agency, better developed in the book.