Building Rights is a popular repository of planning knowledge, a user-generated forum where the rules of what is built and what is not are shared, tested and generated in public.
Building Rights was the practice component of David Knight’s PhD at the Royal College of Art, London. The PhD, ‘Making Planning Popular’, aims to re-establish a popular discourse about planning, one rooted in the agency of popular activity and founded on ideas of socially organised systemic knowledge.
The ideas behind ‘Building Rights’ are explored in the essays Making Planning Popular (2012) What planning can learn from aspirin (2012) and Planning without Planners (2011), and in David’s TEDxHackney talk from June 2013, which you can watch via the link.
- Collaborators: Europa, Afonso Martins.
- Status: Ongoing
- Watch: David’s TEDxHackney talk
An engagement study which captures the use and perceptions of the canal at Old Oak and Park Royal.
A series of films made with local young people captures a diverse and varied portrait of Bruce Grove.
Both a practical guide for the householder and an exploration of the limits of legislation.
Guide to the Wastelands of the Lea Valley: 12 empty spaces await the London Olympics is a polemical guidebook to the pre-Olympic lower Lea Valley.
A research study into the social and historical context of the industrial areas of Barking & Dagenham through a series of interviews with local creatives, produced by DK-CM, Create London and the New Economics Foundation.
DK-CM’s contribution to San Rocco’s Book of Copies project in 2013, compiling 50 photocopies on the theme of ‘Shop Windows.’
King’s Cross Urban Actions Field Guide for the London Festival of Architecture 2012.
A exhibition exploring the aesthetics and consequences of housing regulation.