18.07.2014 PLANTING DAY AT LEEKE STREET
Yesterday we got together with our client to plant up our rooftop space at Leeke Street in King's Cross. The project is nearly finished (just in time for Summer, ish) and completed photos will be posted in the next few weeks.
18.07.2014 BARKINGSIDE SITE UPDATE
Work on our Better Barkingside project has seen two exciting developments this week. The construction of the loggia, a 'straightened-out' 1:1 reproduction of the adjacent library's clerestory windows, has begun, and in our new park at Virginia Gardens the bespoke railings are being installed.
18.07.2014 DK-CM & PABLO BRONSTEIN SHORTLISTED FOR ROYAL ACADEMY 'REIMAGINING MAYFAIR' PROJECT
As reported today by The Architects' Journal, the team of DK-CM and artist Pablo Bronstein has been shortlisted in the Royal Academy of Art's 'Reimagining Mayfair' ideas competition, one of four teams to get this far. The RA describe the competition as a ‘platform for new thinking’ which seeks ‘bold new ideas for reimagining the area of Mayfair directly to the north of 6 Burlington Gardens’. Read the story in the AJ.
27.06.2014 BUILDING RIGHTS BETA LAUNCH AT THE V&A
On Friday, Building Rights launched in style at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, as part of the V&A Friday Late 'It's All Yours'. David hosted a two-part planning pub quiz in the museum's former archive room. Congratulations to the winning quiz team, 'Delegated Powers'! Photographs © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
24.06.2014 BARKINGSIDE RAILINGS ARE BEING FABRICATED
Metalworks London, based in Lougborough Junction in South London, are currently fabricating the continuous looping railings we have designed for the Better Barkingside project - and which are visible on the image of the project currently on our front page. With the loggia, we are expecting these to be installed in the next few weeks...
02.06.2014 DK-CM IN VENICE AGAIN
DK-CM are showing a pair of drawings as part of The Fittja Pavilion, presented by Botkyrka Konsthall in the Serra dei Giardini, as part of the 14th Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. In addition, David will be participating in a roundtable discussion on the subject of late-Modernist architecture and urbanism at the Fittja Pavilion at 4pm, 6 June. Please note that the DK-CM office will be closed 5-6 June so that we can attend these events.
02.06.2014 DAVID'S PUB CRAWL
On Friday, David led a pub crawl for the Architectural Association Night School programme. A devoted team of attendees staggered between seven central London pubs, arranged chronologically, to hear a partial and polemical social and architectural history of the London public house. The photo, by Sam Jacob, is of David introducing the hardy first attendees to the subterranean joys of the Olde Cheshire Cheese.
21.05.2014 LEEKE STREET FRAME
Work continues on our new rooftop space for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. This week the (currently unpainted) steel frame has gone up, prior to being partially in-filled in with wind breaks and window boxes. The bespoke timber deck is also visible in the background.
22.04.2014 TEST CAST FOR THE BARKINGSIDE LOGGIA
On Thursday we visited Evans' Derbyshire factory to see the first test casts of the loggia we have designed as a key part of the Better Barkingside project. A 1:1 'straightened out' replica of the clerestory windows designed by Frederick Gibberd for the adjacent library, the loggia is partly white to match the library's concrete shell lantern, and partly turqoise to match the copper verdigris of its roof.
10.04.2014 PLANNING PERMISSION FOR SAINT ANSELM'S
DK-CM today secured planning permission for a new public space outside Saint Anselm's Catholic Church in Southall, designed as part of the Southall Great Streets Phase 2 project. The new space will provide a new frontage to the church, new seating, signage, entrance steps and a parish noticeboard, designed with Europa. The site is one of eight public spaces reworked for Southall Great Streets Phase by DK-CM, working with Project Centre and Urban Movement.
04.04.2014 DAVID ON THE FUTURE OF LONDON'S MARKETS FOR 'CHRISP STREET ON AIR'
David will be speaking about London street markets at 'The Future Market Show', tomorrow's 'Chrisp Street on Air' event at the Lansbury Estate in East London, hosted by The Decorators. Details on the event are here.
02.04.2014 BETTER BARKINGSIDE: NEW TREES AND LANDSCAPING UNDERWAY
The new pocket park at Better Barkingside is coming together. New, semi-mature trees have been planted and most of the hard landscaping is complete. The new balcony for Fullwell Cross Leisure Centre is complete and awaiting its new balustrade. More updates soon!
26.03.2014 DAVID AT THE AA NIGHT SCHOOL
Yesterday evening David was an invited speaker at the AA Night School's Bike Tour of east end social housing, hosted by Andrea Klettner. Other speakers were Finn Williams, Daisy Froud and Paul Karakusevic, and the tour began with a lap of Arnold Circus on the Boundary Estate. David spoke about the Lansbury Estate in Poplar as a prototype for both post-war London and the New Towns, and the various weird and wonderful temporary architectural constructions that were built to introduce these ideas to the public. Photo: AA Night School.
19.02.2014 IMAGES FROM RCA WIP SHOW
Here are images of David and ADS2's exhibits at the now-closed RCA Work in Progress show 2014. David showed his ongoing PhD 'Making Planning Popular' in the form of paper and wall-based propoganda for the soon-to-launch website Building Rights, whilst ADS2 built a 1:25,000 model of the Metropolitan Green Belt and sited their initial proposals for the site on it.
12.02.2014 WORK IN PROGRESS AT THE RCA
There are three good reasons to visit the RCA School of Architecture Work in Progress show, which opens tonight. The first is that ADS2, taught by David with Charles Holland and Finn Williams, will be showing their work in progress in the Metropolitan Green Belt. The second is that David, Charles and Finn's essay about the Green Belt, published in the new issue of Volume, will be on show. And last but not least David's PhD research, Building Rights, will be on show in the Upper Gulbenkian Gallery, in the form of a beautiful piece of recruitment propoaganda designed by Europa. Come along!
06.02.2014 VOLUME #38 THE SHAPE OF LAW
Volume #38 has been published. Titled 'The Shape of Law', the issue features an article by David and his RCA co-tutors Charles Holland and Finn Williams on the Metropolitan Green Belt, the 'legislative space' where their students are working this year. Blog post about the issue here.
27.01.2014 PLANNING PERMISSION FOR LEEKE STREET
Our project in King's Cross for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation gained planning approval today! The scheme will provide a new outdoor space for the Foundation on the roof of their existing premises in Leeke Street in the London Borough of Camden.
27.01.2014 AA NIGHT SCHOOL: EAST END SOCIAL HOUSING
On 25 March, David will be one of the speakers at East End Social Housing, an AA Night School bicycle field trip led by Andrea Klettner of Love London Council Housing. Daisy Froud (AOC) and Paul Karakusevic (Karakusevic Carson), among others, will also be speaking. Get your tickets here! UPDATE: Tickets have now sold out, but the Night School website will offer returns nearer to the date.
22.01.2014 KINGS GARDEN, EALING
DK-CM have been commissioned to produce a masterplan and detailed landscape design for the Kings Garden, a project by St. John's Church, Southall, to rejuvenate the former church of St. John as a multi-use, multi-faith centre. The commission will relate closely to DK-CM's design for the adjacent public space, which will be delivered as part of the £1.8m Southall Great Streets Phase 2 project for Ealing Council.
06.01.2014 HAPPY 2014!
Here's a group shot by Robert Sollis of the joint DK-CM/Europa Christmas trip to Essex. It was taken at the Haven Plotland Museum in the former plotland community of Dunton, just outside Basildon.
06.12.2013 BUILDING RIGHTS AT THE SHENZHEN BIENNALE
As part of the UK Pavilion curated by Jeremy Till and Central Saint Martins, David's research 'Making Planning Popular' and its practice component buildingrights.org are on show at the Shenzhen + Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, curated by Ole Bouman. A team of MA Animation students at CSM, working to a brief written by David Knight, have produced an animation called 'The Planning Game' which examines the central themes of David's research by means of an 8-bit video game. The Royal College of Art news story is here.
20.11.2013 MORE SOUTHALL SHOPFRONT IMPROVEMENTS
Window display sessions and the installation of vinyl window graphics have been taking place today on the Green Parade in Southall, as part of our Southall Great Streets Phase 2 project and the Southall Big Plan. These light-touch interventions are a precursor to a refurbished parade building and individual shopfront improvements to be delivered in the coming months.
15.11.2013 FIRST SOUTHALL SHOPFRONT IMPROVEMENTS
As part of our project Southall Great Streets Phase 2, we are renovating a parade of shops facing The Green in the centre of Southall, a new public square in front of Southall Manor House. The first part of the project are a series of light-touch window display projects, and the first of these were installed this week: exterior grocery shelves for Sandeep Food & Wine and a new display shelf for Al Baraka.
12.11.2013 NEW STUDIO & NEW NUMBER
Our move is complete and we're now settled in to our new home in Bethnal Green. Please update your records with our new address and telephone number here!
28.10.2013 SOUTHALL PROPOSALS EXHIBITED
We mounted a public exhibition today at Southall Manor House to show our various public realm projects throughout the town centre. The proposals, by DK-CM, Urban Movement and Europa, have completed 'Stage D' and we will soon be applying for the various required approvals.
15.10.2013 DK-CM ON THE MOVE
At the end of this week the practice is moving to a new studio in Bethnal Green, leaving our current home near Old Street. We'll show you our new studio soon, but in the meantime here we are, for the final time, in the old one. From left to right: David, Cristina, Morris the dog, Teo, Ellie and Ana.
11.10.2013 ADS2 AT THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART
The newly reconstituted ADS2 studio at the Royal College of Art School of Architecture has begun. It is taught by David Knight, Charles Holland and Finn Williams. Teaching page here, newly-begun blog here!
08.10.2013 BOOK OF COPIES AT THE AA
As we mentioned in an earlier post, David, Cristina and Eleanor have contributed a Book of Copies to the ongoing San Rocco project, currently on show at the Architectural Association in London. Our book is about 'Shop Windows' and sits alongside other books by Tom Emerson, Juan Herreros, OMA, Ryue Nishizawa, Denise Scott Brown, Robert Venturi, and Jan de Vylder amongst many others, hough Oliver Wainwright and Tom Greenall's 'Buildings Shaped Like Animal's is obviously the best one. Here's curator Sam Jacob flicking through our book at the private view. The exhibition is open until 2 November.
21.09.2013 FITTJA OPEN IS OPEN!
Fittja Open, curated by Botkyrka Konsthall in the satellite town of Fittja, opened today, showcasing projects by Anna Ådahl, Richard Dore, Ayhan Aydin, and DK-CM, amongst many others. We gave a talk about our work, and our commissioned project 'Fittja Centra', with Tor Lindstrand at the Mångkulturellt Centrum as part of the opening programme. The photograph shows the Kuben, a concrete cube on the roof of Fittja's former waste facility which has been repurposed as a gallery space for the event. We'll post more on DK-CM's project, 'Fittja Centra', shortly.
19.09.2013 BARKINGSIDE STARTS ON SITE
Our project in Barkingside has started on site. A key part of the project is a new public park at Virginia Gardens, on the site of a disused sundeck for the adjacent swimming pool, so its fantastic to see the wall surrounded the sun deck coming down and connecting the pool up to the high street for the first time. Follow the project on twitter at @betterbside for more updates!
05.10-02.11.2013 SAN ROCCO: BOOK OF COPIES AT THE ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION
11.09.2013 DK-CM AT FITTJA OPEN, STOCKHOLM
In September we are participating in the 2013 Fittja Open programme, commissioned by Botkyrka Konsthall. Click here for the programme. The Fittja Open programme is an ongoing engagement by the Konsthall in the suburb of Fittja, part of Sweden's extraordinary 'Million Programme' to deliver a million new homes in the postwar years. Follow us on twitter over the opening weekend for updates on our project.
11.09.2013 APPROPRIATE MEASURES AT THE ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION
David is speaking alongside Simon Ricketts (SJ Berwin), Catherine Croft (The 20th Century Society) and Iain Borden (UCL) at 'Appropriate Measures' tonight at The Architecture Foundation, as part of the Culture and Commerce season. Here's a link to the details.
09.08.2013 FRAMEWORKS AT NEW LONDON ARCHITECTURE
Opening on August 12th, 'Frameworks' is an exhibition of work by Sam Aitkenhead, Astrid Bois d'Enghien and Alexander Turner, three graduates from the Royal College of Art. Astrid and Alexander will be showing their thesis projects produced as part of ADS2, taught by David with Adam Khan.
08.08.2013 DK-CM LTD IS ONE!
DK-CM celebrates its first year as a limited company today. Come and join us for a drink or two at St John this evening!
17.07.2013 BRITISH PAVILION SHORTLISTING
David, working with Oliver Wainwright and Finn Williams, has been shortlisted by the British Council to curate the next British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. The Building Design article about the shortlisting can be read here.
27.06.2013 TODAY'S LESSON: DOMUS 970
David has written a piece for the new issue of Domus, on The Hayes Primary School in Croydon by Hayhurst and Company.
29.06.2013 DAVID KNIGHT AT TEDXHACKNEY
David Knight will give a TED talk at the forthcoming TEDxHackney event in Dalston on 29th June. For more information and to book a place visit tedxhackney.co.uk.
14.04.2013 BARKINGSIDE FRONTAGES DESIGN REVIEW
Today the Better Barkingside Front Room hosted a special event where all the designers working on the Barkingside Frontages project showed their work in progress ideas to each other, the client team, and to invited critics Moira Lascelles (Deputy Director, The Architecture Foundation), Oliver Wainwright (The Guardian) and Levent Kerimol (Greater London Authority). Many of the 24 proposals, for Frontage improvements throughout Barkingside, are almost ready for implementation and so they'll be appearing up and down the high street over the coming weeks and months. DK-CM are curators and managers of the Barkingside Frontages project in collaboration with the team at the London Borough of Redbridge, with support from the Mayor’s Outer London Fund.
18.06.2013 CRISTINA MONTEIRO AT BUILDING FUTURES
On Tuesday Cristina will be speaking at the RIBA Building Futures event 'This house believes that UNESCO is holding back our cities', joining John Penrose MP (former minister for Heritage and Tourism), Chris Smith OBE (director of Planning and Conservation at English Heritage) and Michael Squire, (partner, Squire and Partners). The event will be chaired by Finn Williams. Click here to reserve a place!
29.05.2013 ELEANOR HEDLEY AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY
DK-CM team member Eleanor Hedley has had two drawings selected for exhibition at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. The drawings, which form part of 'The Theatrical Landscape', Eleanor's diploma project at UCL, will be on show at the RA in London from 10th June to 18th August 2013.
28.05.2013 ADS2 AT THE RCA SHOW 2013
The work of ADS2, taught by David Knight and Adam Khan at the Royal College of Art, will be on show at the RCA Show 2013. For the first time, the School of Architecture will be exhibiting at the RCA Battersea.
ADS2 will be showing their proposals for the town of Lewes in the London Borough of East Sussex, a series of provocative and beautiful explorations of the future of the UK's town/country divide.
The dates for Show RCA 2013 are 20-30 June.
28.05.2013 UNIT 2 AT THE KINGSTON UNIVERSITY SHOW
The work of postgraduate Unit 2, taught by David Knight and Cristina Monteiro, will be on show from the 16-21 June at Kingston University's annual degree show. The private view will take place on 15 June from 1-7pm.
Within the school's overarching theme of World Heritage, Unit 2 will be showing proposals for the city of Porto which deal with the tensions of a World Heritage site that also happens to be a living piece of city. Also on display will be the school's ongoing research toward listing the London Public House as intangible cultural heritage, as shown recently at Ecobuild.
27.02.2013 DAVID KNIGHT AT THE SCHOOL OF LIFE
David will be leading a workshop event at the School of Life, London, on Wednesday 24th April, as part of the 'Future Thinking' series. Here's the link to book a place, and here's the blurb:
The UK government hopes to boost business by making it easier to build. If the laws on planning do loosen up, what does that mean for the future of our shared landscape? How does my DIY extension impact on your front-lawn folly? How do we reconcile our own needs and grand designs with the common good, including that of other species? How much individual power should we have as individuals to change how our environment looks and feels? What role can we each have in creating a collective sense of place?
Tonight David Knight will help us get our heads around the big philosophical and political questions that lie behind the planning rulebook. In conversation with Rebecca Bell, he’ll argue that we all need to know more about how it shapes our fundamental freedoms. He’ll also explain why it can be difficult to oppose a new development and what we can do to have more impact. Finally he’ll help us to decide, through practical thought-exercises, whether we would we better live in a landscape of total freedom or a place like Poundbury where development is tightly controlled.
Future Thinking is a series of events where leading design experts help us rethink what the future looks like and the role we want to play in shaping it.
23.02.2013 THE BARKINGSIDE FRONT ROOM IS OPEN!
The Barkingside Front Room, a project space for the duration of the Better Barkingside project and housed in Sir Frederick Gibberd's Fullwell Cross Library, opened today. The Front Room, designed by Europa, faces the high street (and the roundabout) with supergraphics which use a bespoke font based upon found typefaces in the 1968 library. The Room will host events in the coming weeks and will house an ongoing archive of the area's history and future.
11.02.2013 UPCOMING LECTURES AT FAUP & UCA
DK-CM are delivering two guest lectures this month. The first will be at FAUP, Porto's renowned architecture faculty, at 6:30pm this Friday 15th February. Sharing the bill will be the students of Unit 2, taught by David Knight and Cristina Monteiro, who will be showing their ongoing research and proposals for Porto.
The second lecture will be delivered by David at Canterbury School of Architecture on Thursday 21st February, 6pm.
14.01.2013 BARKINGSIDE FRONTAGES
'Barkingside Frontages', an open call for artists, designers, and other practitioners, has launched. The project will deliver a series of varied frontage interventions around Barkingside, from shops to public spaces and institutions. It forms part of our 'Better Barkingside' project for the London Borough of Redbridge. Click here for the Call for Submissions PDF. And follow @betterbside on twitter!
27.11.2012: DK-CM TO DELIVER A BETTER BARKINGSIDE
DK-CM, in a team with JMP and graphic designers Europa, have won a competitive tender to deliver new public spaces and frontage improvements in Barkingside for the London Borough of Redbridge. Follow Better Barkingside on Twitter for updates.
03.10.2012: NEW TEACHING UNITS 2012-13
The new academic year is underway. Diploma Unit 2 at Kingston is now taught by David Knight and Cristina Monteiro, though continuing in the spirit of the Unit built by David with Adam Khan and Bernd Schmutz. Adam and David will continue teaching together, but are now at the Royal College of Art, where they are running ADS2.
03.10.2012: THE LONDON PUBLIC HOUSE
As part of its annual 'vertical' project Kingston University School of Architecture and Landscape is compiling a listing proposal for the DCMS to have the London Pub considered for World Heritage status. This ambitious project has seen 435 architecture, landscape and interiors students document 90 London pubs through film, drawing and conversation. A review of the initial research was held in the main foyer on Friday, attended by Jamie Dean of Design for London and James Pallister of The Architects' Journal. The next stage of the work will be presented later in the year at the School Assembly. The project has been led by Daniel Rosbottom, David Knight and Jane Houghton.
02.09.2012: KEY PLAYERS IN BRITISH ARCHITECTURE
Cristina appears in The Observer's group interactive photograph taken at the 2012 Venice Biennale.
01.09.2012: DK-CM AT THE VENICE BIENNALE
DK-CM and Folk in a Box have returned from a season of performances to mark the opening of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. The box is now on static display at the David Chipperfield-curated exhibition spaces of the Arsenale and will shortly be joined by a film co-produced with Sakiko Kohashi of the box's Venetian adventure. Enormous thanks to the Folk in a Box team and to the 'Folk in a Box Venezia' roster of performers: Emily Barker, Dom Coyote, Sam Lee, Mark Ritsema, Stefano Scutari and Sofia Taliani.
26.07.2012: MAKING PLANNING POPULAR AT SUGARHOUSE STUDIOS
09.07.2012: UTOPIA LONDON
David will be speaking at a screening of Tom Cordell's film 'Utopia London' at Sugarhouse Studios this Thursday, alongside the director and Simon Terrill. He'll present recent work by students of Kingston University's diploma Unit 2 on the theme of 'Great Estates'.
06.07.2012: KING'S CROSS URBAN ACTIONS FIELD GUIDE
David has edited the Architecture Foundation's King's Cross Field Guide to coincide with the King's Cross Hub weekend of the London Festival of Architecture, and its theme of 'urban actions'. The guide has been designed by Ken Kirton and is available free throughout the weekend.
02.07.2012: 'STAY UP' AT THE AA
27.06.2012: STUDIO CULTURES 2012
David will run a workshop with Adam Khan, James Payne and Nina Lundvall at the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design, London Metropolitan University this Friday, as part of the Studio Cultures 2012 conference funded by the UK Higher Education Academy Centre for Education in the Built Environment.
17.06.2012: KINGSTON ARCHITECTURE SHOW 2012: LEGACIES
The Kingston show opened yesterday and will run until 22nd June. Postgraduate Unit 2 have produced a publication - free at the exhibition - of our collective 'Great Estates' work. Come and get it!
04.05.2012: DK-CM AT THE VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE
David Knight & Cristina Monteiro will exhibit at 'Common Ground', the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale 29.08-25.11 curated by David Chipperfield. The news was revealed in the June 2012 issue of Icon. Link.
12.04.2012: ARCHIZINES AT STOREFRONT FOR ART AND ARCHITECTURE
15.03.2012: FOLK IN A BOX IN THE PRESS
'Folk in a Box', designed for the Folk in a Box project by Cristina, has attracted some highly enthusiastic press in the past few weeks, notably in the pages of the Daily Telegraph, Dezeen, Frame, Building Design and The Architect's Journal.
15.02.2012: LECTURE AT NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY
David will give a lecture, 'Making Planning Popular: Recent Work 2009-2012', at the School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape at Newcastle University, 15.02.2012, 5pm.
09.02.2012: FOLK IN A BOX
Work has completed on 'Folk in a Box', the unique one-on-one performance venue designed and delivered by Cristina with carpenters Aldworth James & Bond. Take a look at the project website: www.folkinabox.net
02.02.2012: MAKING PLANNING POPULAR MICROSITE
The 'Making Planning Popular' microsite has launched! Visit here.
David is exhibiting at GRIST: the Royal College of Art Work-in-Progress show 2012.
16.11.2011: TOWARD A HISTORY OF POPULAR PLANNING
David will present 'Toward a History of Popular Planning', a paper which introduces his current research at the Royal College of Art, at The Edge of Our Thinking: RCA International Conference on Research in Art and Design, 19.11.2011 (a change from the earlier date: click the link for downloadable programme).
11.11.2011: CRISTINA HAS COMPLETED HER RIBA PART 3 EXAM.
09.11.2011: ALTAB ALI PARK IN THE UNLIMITED EDITION
Cristina's work with muf on Altab Ali Park, Whitechapel, features in Issue 3 of The Unlimited Edition, edited by We Made That and distributed for free between Aldgate and Stratford, East London. The issue also features a hand drawing by David.
03.11.2011: TALK AT WYSING ARTS CENTRE
28.10.2011: UNIT 2 IN THE CREATIVE REVIEW
David and Kingston Unit 2 feature in the November 2011 issue of Creative Review. The article is 'The Nation of Shopkeepers' by James Pallister.
21.10.2011: DAVID JOINS CAMRA JURY
David has joined the judging panel for the Campaign for Real Ale Pub Design Awards.
26.09.2011: A NEW ACADEMIC YEAR
24.09.2011: WALLPAPER GUIDE LAUNCHES AT THE SERRALVES
15.09.2011: THE UNLIMITED EDITION
David has guest-edited The Unlimited Edition Issue 2: Speculation for High Street 2012.
15.09.2011: THE POSTMODERN PLAN
David has written 'The Postmodern Plan' for Architecture Today Issue 221.
03.09.2011: TRAVELLERS & SQUATTERS