Category Archives: writing

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