Open Lecture: CJ Lim

Smartcities, Resilient Landscapes + Eco-warriers

Thursday 17th October 2019, 6.30pm

Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [0003]

Summer Exhibition 2019

11 Stockwell Street
London SE10 9BD

Opening Event: Wednesday 12th June – 6PM – 9PM

Open 13-28 June
Mon – Fri: 12.00 – 6.30PM
Sat – Sun: 11AM – 4PM

Seed Bombing Project :: Landscape Research Group

The laboratory trials investigating different types of seed bombs have just been followed through with a pilot study on the grounds of South Eastern Kenya University, in Kitui provence about 150km east of Nairobi. The University has been located specially in a drylands area of Kenya and specialises in drylands issues. Over 3000 seed bombs were prepared by 3rd and 4th year students studying in the agriculture and environmental schools with around 50 students participating. A further 5000+ seed bombs were purchased, (made out of biochar) and launched by students.The type of seed bomb and grass species was marked on a flag which was placed immediately next to the seedbeds so that when germination and sprouting occurs this can be noted. The see bombing occurred on the 17th of October. This time period was chosen as it occur just before the  main rains which commences towards the end of October and end in December. The seed species used is Masai love grass (Eragrostis superba) and ​African fox tail grass (Cenchrus ciliaris). Both these species are not present in the seed bombed field and thus any siting of these species will mean that the see bombing has been successful.

Whilst at SEKU, preliminary discussions were held to initiate an aquaponics unit, using the expertise gained from the Aquaponics Lab. on the Stockwell Street roofs. Providing fresh produce all year round is a significant problem in the drylands of Kenya due to the lack of water.  Aquaponics which produces both fish and vegetables using the same recirculated  water has huge potential to create alternative livelihoods where produce can be sold at market and also prove food for individual families and communities.  A further pilot study for underground dry river bed (wadi) water storage was initiated. The lack of available water in drylands limits economic and social capacities in drylands and this novel way of collecting and storing water has huge potential in arid and drylands areas in Kenya and around the world.




Architecture and Landscape End of Year Show :: 2018

The exhibition opening night / private view will be on

  • Wednesday 13th June 2018
  • 6pm – 9pm
  • Stockwell Street S11 First Floor Studios


The show will then be open to the public:

  • Thursday 14th June – Saturday 30th June 2018
  • Monday – Friday: 12pm – 6:30pm
  • Saturday: 11am – 4pm
  • Closed on Sundays


The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2017-2018 :: TWIN PEAKS: The Redroom RED-ux :: A film by Mark Garcia

  • Friday 23rd March 2018, 6pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

Twin Peaks by David Lynch and Mark Frost (and others) is a multimedia contemporary gesamtkunstwerk spanning over 25 years, 3 television series totalling 48 episodes, a feature-length international film (Fire Walk With Me) and 5 fiction books (The Secret Diary Of Laura PalmerThe Autobiography Of Agent Dale Cooper, Welcome To Twin Peaks: An Access Guide To The Town, The Secret History Of Twin Peaks and Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier). As the first part of his forthcoming Hawksmoor Lecture: ‘Twin Peaks: Earth, Air, Water Walk With Me’, Mark Garcia will be screening his 73 minute RED-ux of THE REDROOM, the genius masterpiece of surrealism at the heart of Twin Peaks. SpOiLeRs InClUdED.

Mark Garcia is the Senior Lecturer in MArch Histories/Theories/Futures in the Department of Architecture & Landscape, University of Greenwich, London. He has worked for Branson Coates Architecture and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and has held academic research and management posts at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University and at the Royal College of Art (London). Mark is a guest-editor of Architextiles ADPatterns of Architecture ADFuture Details of Architecture AD and the editor of ‘The Diagrams of Architecture. The 2017 solo exhibition Up-Close of his photographs of the details and models of Zaha Hadid was held at the University of Cornell School of Art, Architecture & Planning.



The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2017-2018 :: Matthew Butcher :: Provocation and Performance

  • Thursday 8th March 2018, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

Matthew Butcher’s work, formed of designs, actions and events, operates as a provocation within particular social, cultural and political contexts associated with the inhabitation of suburban and rural environments. This includes coastal sites in Essex affected by rising sea levels or the industrial hinterlands in the North East of England. Manifesting as built structures, events, drawings and scaled models, the work explores spaces and forms that are performative. That is to say, the material state of the architecture changes, or is perceived to change, in relationship to conditions such as the environments in which they are located, or through the actions of the people who inhabit them. Cross referencing his practice with the work of architects and artists working across the disciplines of art, architecture and performance in the 1970’s, Butcher will seek to ask whether we can, through the re-contextualization of historical models, re-enact an architectural Avant-Garde today? And he will question what the use of this mode of practice can mean to the future of the discipline?

Matthew Butcher is an academic, writer and designer. His work has been exhibited at the V&A Museum, London; Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York; The Architecture Foundation, London and the Prague Quadrennial, Prague. Recent projects and exhibitions include ‘2EmmaToc/Writtle Calling’ a temporary radio station in Essex, ‘Flood House’ a floating architecture developed for Southend and ‘The Mansio’, a retreat for writers and poets, which was nominated for the 2017 Architects Journal Small Projects Prize. Matthew is also the editor and founder of the architectural newspaper P.E.A.R.: Paper for Emerging Architectural Research and Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture; where he is also Director of the Undergraduate Architecture Programme. He has contributed articles and papers for journals including Conditions, Architecture Research Quarterly (ARQ), the RIBA Journal and Architecture Today. He is also Guest Editor, along with Luke Pearson, of the upcoming special issue of AD titled Re-Imagining the Avant-Garde: revisiting the architecture of the 1960s and 1970s. For more information please see:


The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2017-2018 :: Michael Chapman :: Architecture and Dysfunction

  • Thursday 15th February 2018, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

This lecture will look at intersections between Michael Chapman’s research, architectural drawing and built projects across 15 years of creative practice. In this time, his work has looked to address relationships between architecture and philosophy/psychology, with a particular emphasis on architectural drawing and the legacy of surrealism. He will present a series of built and hypothetical projects that have been distilled from conceptual ideas and explore architecture as a way of engaging with the world, as a mode of both communication and survival.

Michael Chapman is Professor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle in Australia and the director of the architectural practice hrmphrdt. His research has focussed on the relationship between architecture and surrealism, with an emphasis on the way that architectural theory engages with the larger frameworks of economics, philosophy, architecture and communication. His creative work includes numerous built works, architectural drawing and collaborative art installations. His creative practice has been widely exhibited, including at the Venice Biennale, Federation Square in Melbourne, the Museum of Melbourne and the State Library of NSW in Sydney. Together with Michael Ostwald and Chris Tucker, he is the author of ‘Residue: Architecture as a Condition of Loss’, published by RMIT Press in 2007.