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 and 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 for 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 & Folk in a Box 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
David presented a lecture on his RCA research and then introduced Vittorio de Sica's 1956 film Il Tetto.
09.07.2012: UTOPIA LONDON at Sugarhouse Studios
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 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.
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, New York
The Unlimited Edition #2 will be exhibited as part of the ARCHIZINES show at Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York City, 18.04.09.06.2012.
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: Guest lecturer 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' is finished!
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.
01.02.2012: GRIST at the Royal College of Art
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 III 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.
28.10.2011: 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 judging panel
David has joined the judging panel for the Campaign for Real Ale Pub Design Awards.
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.