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. The ambition of the project is to become the primary source of planning expertise in the UK.

Building Rights is the practice component of David Knight's ongoing 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 view below.

In collaboration with Europa and Afonso Martins.

Visit the 'beta' site at