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
Exploring the needs and ambitions of the Royal Docks business community.
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.
A major new book about the London pub, explored through multiple voices and perspectives and edited by David Knight and Cristina Monteiro.
An exhibition about stepping across sectors and beyond traditional architectural practice to build new forms of publicness, with Public Practice and Alison Crawshaw.
Both a practical guide for the householder and an exploration of the limits of legislation.
Exploring collective dwelling at the Society of Architectural Historians Annual International Conference 2017
Doctoral research exploring the relationship between English public planning and wider society, with a focus on online discourse and knowledge exchange.
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.
DK-CM’s contribution to San Rocco’s Book of Copies project in 2013, compiling 50 photocopies on the theme of ‘Shop Windows.’
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.
King’s Cross Urban Actions Field Guide for the London Festival of Architecture 2012.
A exhibition exploring the aesthetics and consequences of housing regulation.