Writing

 

ON AN UNINSTAGRAMMABLE ARCHITECTURE
Dezeen, 2019
Comment on the impact of Instagram on urban spaces & architecture.
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BOWIE SEAMOUNT (2048)
2019
Short dystopian fiction relating to the environment, architecture and tourism in three decades time.
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THE SKYSCRAPER INFINITY POOL – SORRY, BUT WHERE’S THE DIVING BOARD?
The Guardian, 2019
Comment article considering luxury and novelty in neoliberal London skyscrapers in response to a grotesque but imaginary proposal for an infinity pool atop a City tower.
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WITHOUT INSTANT ACTION THE ARCHITECTS DECLARE PAPER PROMISE IS MEANINGLESS
The Architects’ Journal, 2019
Comment questioning whether the well-meaning Architects Declare environmental pledge will deliver the change it bravely promises, and what instant actions could be taken to show it means business.
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VISIONS FROM AFAR
Landscape Journal, 2019
Looking back at the futuristic 1960s Motopia scheme of Geoffrey Jellicoe, to see what did and didn’t come to pass, and what can be drawn from its approach for future urban design.
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BLACK MIRROR CRACK’D
Dirty Furniture, 2019
A deep dive into the modern day experience of the cracked mobile phone screen, thinking about it against the mirror and the break in art and culture through history.
[Forthcoming]

 

MYTH, MOURNING & MEMORY:
A WALK DOWN A PERMEABLE BOUNDARY

Journal of Civic Architecture, Issue 3, 2019
A poetic study of the Suffolk coastal landscape after WG Sebald, and taking into consideration family history and the artistic work of Maggi Hambling, Brian Eno, Benjamin Britten and John Constable amongst others.
[Forthcoming]

 

DISPOSED TOTEMS
2019
Creative essay acting as parallel piece to an exhibited project, exploring the landscape of the foreshores of the Thames river, their political nature and my artistic practice.
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BUSTER KEATON: ANARCHITECT
Lapsus Lima
, 2019
An illustrated essay looking at slapstick actor Buster Keaton’s relationship to the built environment.
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BILLBOARDS AS A SITE OF URBAN CONFLICT
2018
Illustrated essay concerned with the co-opting of urban billboards for political messaging, from Led By Donkeys’ anti-Brexit campaign to the subvertising of groups like Brandalism and Reclaim the Power.
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THE FINA OF DISNEYLAND

2018
A response to a video work by artist Pilvi Takala and Sean Baker’s feature film The Florida Project about the boundary between real and dream built space.
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LONDON: WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM CADIZ
2018
Comment piece following on from a Brian Eno talk on urban space, comparing London and Cadiz’s city fabric.
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THE BRITISH LANDSCAPE TRADITION & THE NEOLIBERAL CITY
Journal of Civic Architecture, Issue 2, 2018
An essay examining the evolution of English landscape design, drawing its principles through to modern day city building and politics of place.
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JEAN-MICHEL JARMAN: THE LAST OF DOCKLANDS
Chapter in Regeneration Songs: Sounds of Investment & Loss from East London, Repeater Books, 2018
A chapter looking back to London Docklands’ Millennium Mills building in the late 1980s as it hosted a globally mediated Jarre spectacle, was location for Jarman’s Last of England, and watched over the illegal raves, art-industry events, and neoliberal office developments of Thatcher’s wider Docklands project.
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LEARNING FROM LOS SANTOS: COMPUTER GAMES & THEIR EFFECT ON OUR READING OF SPACE
2018
Essay reflecting on Grand Theft Auto’s city of Los Santos, a satire-simulacra of Los Angeles, exploring it with a situationist eye to consider how a cyber-flâneur in a digital city can inform our physical urban citizenship.
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JEAN-MICHEL-JARMAN
The Quietus, 2018
An edited extract of the forthcoming chapter in Regeneration Songs, concentrating on Derek Jarman and London Docklands’ redevelopments.
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HEDGE WALKING: THE LAND ART OF ANDY GOLDSWORTHY
The Quietus, 2018
Review of a new Andy Goldsworthy documentary, considering it against other recent cultural renderings of rural landscape in film.
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DESTINATION DOCKLANDS: THE STORY OF JEAN-MICHEL JARRE’S 1988 LONDON SPECTACLE
Repeater Books blog, 2018
An edited extract of my chapter from Regeneration songs, concentrating on Jean-Michel Jarre’s spectacular concert, mediated across the world and a precedent for the 2012 Olympics Ceremony and modern day development’s “cultural capital”.
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CHARTISM & NEOLIBERALISM
2018
An essay exploring parallels between social and political conditions of the early 18th century Chartist uprising and situations of today.
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LONDON BRICK
Essay for UAL’s Capital City exhibition catalogue, 2018
The popular application of brick into London’s current developer-led projects, considering its meaning and value against the use of bricks in art projects from Mark Wallinger, Demelza Watts, and Carl Andre.
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COIN STREET COMMUNITY BUILDERS: HAS THE CO-OP VISION BEEN ABANDONED?
2018
An essay looking at the current situation of the celebrated 1980’s co-operative housing project on the Thames’ South Bank, wondering how the ideals have shifted as London’s urban politics has changed over the last thirty years.
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STOP, LOOK, AND LISTEN: SOUNDTRACKS AT SFMOMA
The Quietus, 2017
Review of group show of artists incorporating sound into their practice, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
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BRICK OUT HOUSE: CARL ANDRE AT THE MUSEE D’ART MODERNE
The Quietus, 2016
Review of the Carl Andre retrospective in Paris.
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VISIBLE FICTIONS: CROSSING BOUNDARIES FROM TANIA BRUGUERA TO OLYMPICOPOLIS
The Quietus, 2016
Comment piece about regeneration, art and culture following a linkup between The South London Gallery and The Guugenheim.
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LONDON’S GARDEN BRIDGE: A DAMAGING FOLLY AT PUBLIC EXPENSE
The Ecologist, 2015
Article discussing the ecological impact of the proposed Garden Bridge development.
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PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF BEING DUPED BY DEVELOPERS
Architects’ Journal, 2015
Comment around the use of misleading CGI by developers when promoting projects to the public.
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A FOLLY FOR LONDON
The New Metropolitan, 2015
To promote the launch of my art/activism project.
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CONSTRUCTION IN ART
1883 magazine, 2015
Review piece looking at exhibitions by Dig Collective, Tadashi Kawamata, Demelza Watts and Virginia Overton, each relating to architectural construction and development.
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QUAERO ERGO SUM
2014
Short personal essay from the book Extending Ley Lines which I edited to run parallel to exhibited project, To A Line. A rendering of emotional experiences of landscape and the search for meaning.
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