The fantastical image of a burning house in the clouds can be grounded in Automist: a burning house producing its own cloud, or mist, of water utilising existing taps rather than a sprinkler system. Thanks to our client Julia for the google research.


Our client designs planes; we design houses. Flying houses? Refer Laurent Chehere.


A compulsory purchase order is a legal function (CPO in the United Kingdom) that allows certain bodies which need to obtain land or property to do so without the consent of the owner. It may be enforced if a proposed development is considered one for public betterment – for example – when building motorways where a land owner does not want to sell. An elderly couple in the Chinese province of Zhejiang refused to sign an agreement to allow their house to be demolished. They say that compensation offered is not enough to cover rebuilding costs. As a result their house sits awkwardly in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling.


195don_Donga Town

Australia has been shielded from the global recession due to the frantic demand from a fast-industrialising China for commodities. Australia is the world’s leading producer of bauxite and iron ore; the second largest producer of alumina, lead and manganese; the third largest producer of brown coal, gold, nickel, zinc and uranium; the fourth largest producer of aluminium, black coal and silver; and the fifth largest producer of tin. When times got tough, Aussies “just dig deeper”.  Mines are found in isolated contexts, a long way from the city stock exchanges and so mining companies claim to make huge efforts to keep workers comfortable and happy when living five weeks out of seven, thousands of kilometres away from their families. These efforts are seemingly manifest in the ‘donga’: a transportable modular building (read bedsit) that has its own air-conditioning system, ensuite bathroom, television, desk, wardrobe, chair, telephone and internet connection. Listen to citizen Trent talking Donga Of course, Australia is not alone in its pop-up urbanism. Corporación GEO, a leading affordable housing builder in Mexico, makes homeowning dreams a go for low-to middle-income families and workers in 33 cities across 19 states.  GEO designs, constructs, and sells horizontal planned communities…

000off_open office

Given the daily knocks on the office door from passerby wondering if we are a shop, a gallery, an office we decided to go totally public as a 24-7/365 open office. As a trigger to start this reflexive practice, we used Amine’s desktop screensaver as a trigger… Computer name: CONCEPCION / User: Amine Computer name: BERLIN / User: Anthony Computer name: CONCEPCION / User: Amine


Tweed housing is terrace housing with extra dimensions: a faceted bay, a stacked terrace.


The recent collapse of HMV, Jessops (and a 140 other High Street retailers according to BBC’s NewsNight) should remind us all that ‘big does not mean better’? In today’s public procurement;, companies are scaled according to financial turnover. Big is better because it less risk. It won’t sink. But big ships do s ink (Titanic). If TfL, LA, BAA, EL AL, ET AL  equate size with risk then perhaps it is time to recall. When you go (home, restaurant, catered upon) for dinner tonight will you go big? A super market? An organic farm? Or are you being served? McDonalds? A Franchise, indeed Frenchise culinary delight: Patisserie Valerie perhaps? Or Michelin-star buy in? Waitrose begerts Sainsburys begets Tesco begets Iceland. In business today, SMEs offer bespoke, handshaker-free, connectivity.


With the 048per_ project in Auckland, the relationship between car and house is omnipresent. In the inner city Auckland suburbs, houses built at the turn of the 19th century preceded the arrival (and thus accommodation) of the automobile. Today houses have been re-parked: jacked up, pushed back and shoved sideways to house off-road in-situ cars. The logical extension of this development (gasoline consumption v urban density) is the total subsumption of the car into the house.