Category Archives: writing

OUTRAGE: Potemkin buildings, developers’ hoardings and the myth of Berlin

“…just as their conservation-focused cousins seem content to co-opt and reconfigure idealisations of what has gone before, so too are new developments turning to specious Berlin narratives to preordain not just the use of space but also perceptions centred around it.”

OUTRAGE: Potemkin buildings, developers’ hoardings and the myth of Berlin

“…just as their conservation-focused cousins seem content to co-opt and reconfigure idealisations of what has gone before, so too are new developments turning to specious Berlin narratives to preordain not just the use of space but also perceptions centred around it.”

EXPLORATIONS IN URBAN PRACTICE: Urban School Ruhr Series publication

Explorations in Urban Practice, the first edition in the Urban School Ruhr Series, draws from and reflects upon USR’s experiences to date whilst also looking to the future of urban practice in contemporary cities.

EXPLORATIONS IN URBAN PRACTICE: Urban School Ruhr Series publication

Explorations in Urban Practice, the first edition in the Urban School Ruhr Series, draws from and reflects upon USR’s experiences to date whilst also looking to the future of urban practice in contemporary cities.

THE IN/VISIBLE CITY: ReSITE 2017 conference unveils the infrastructural heart of urbanism

“But while the focus on infrastructure was a useful device for initiating these kinds of discussions, a danger of the approach is the predominance of an “above/below the bonnet” dichotomy; cities are not cars, nor are they computers. The speakers partaking at reSITE 2017 offered perspectives along a wide spectrum of architecture and urbanism.”

THE IN/VISIBLE CITY: ReSITE 2017 conference unveils the infrastructural heart of urbanism

“But while the focus on infrastructure was a useful device for initiating these kinds of discussions, a danger of the approach is the predominance of an “above/below the bonnet” dichotomy; cities are not cars, nor are they computers. The speakers partaking at reSITE 2017 offered perspectives along a wide spectrum of architecture and urbanism.”

BERLIN IN FIFTY DESIGN ICONS: Published by Conran Octopus for the Design Museum

“‘Potsdamer Platz’ looks like a suppurating wound,” wrote journalist and novelist Joseph Roth in 1924 of the major traffic intersection the sits just below Tiergarten.”

BERLIN IN FIFTY DESIGN ICONS: Published by Conran Octopus for the Design Museum

“‘Potsdamer Platz’ looks like a suppurating wound,” wrote journalist and novelist Joseph Roth in 1924 of the major traffic intersection the sits just below Tiergarten.”

ON LEAVING THE GROUND BEHIND: Essay for Protocol magazine

“Thinking of de Certeau’s remark that “the desire to see the city precedes the means of satisfying it”, we’ve done so – but not in the way those architects who once chose the skyscraper as a tool to satisfying that need might have imagined. It used to be that to stand upon the desired object of the city, the ground, one had to forfeit the top-down, panoramic view of it. Not so anymore. Perhaps though, in our creating of a second, digital ground, the physical ground has lost some of its appeal – despite us having the best view of it that we’ve ever had.”

ON LEAVING THE GROUND BEHIND: Essay for Protocol magazine

“Thinking of de Certeau’s remark that “the desire to see the city precedes the means of satisfying it”, we’ve done so – but not in the way those architects who once chose the skyscraper as a tool to satisfying that need might have imagined. It used to be that to stand upon the desired object of the city, the ground, one had to forfeit the top-down, panoramic view of it. Not so anymore. Perhaps though, in our creating of a second, digital ground, the physical ground has lost some of its appeal – despite us having the best view of it that we’ve ever had.”

HOUSING CAIRO: book review for world-architects

“This is ostensibly a book about architecture and urbanism. But in a sense it is fitting to describe it as first and foremost a book about language. In recent years it is the language of the informal – both in architectural form and linguistic expression – which has come to dominate discourse on future city-making across the globe.”

HOUSING CAIRO: book review for world-architects

“This is ostensibly a book about architecture and urbanism. But in a sense it is fitting to describe it as first and foremost a book about language. In recent years it is the language of the informal – both in architectural form and linguistic expression – which has come to dominate discourse on future city-making across the globe.”

CASA ABIERTA: constraint as catalyst for creativity

“…what is most striking about the project is the manner in which the parameters in question have not only have shaped but also enhanced ­the final building. The result of conditions leading to convictions, the creativity that comes from such

CASA ABIERTA: constraint as catalyst for creativity

“…what is most striking about the project is the manner in which the parameters in question have not only have shaped but also enhanced ­the final building. The result of conditions leading to convictions, the creativity that comes from such