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Dream Isle
London is a city and cities are alive. They breathe, they grow, they spawn, they die and they dream. This is London’s dream. Feeding on the memories of its visitors and cosmopolitan populace, London’s dreams traverse icons such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, Primrose Hill, Trafalgar Square and the green courts of Wimbledon, but not as we know them. In these dreams, the city itself is the protagonist. Causality and reason drift through the gargantuan proscenium windows of Buckingham Palace and across the roving kaleidoscope of the realm’s ancient mounds of tea and baked sponge. The denizens of the Dream Isle comprise puffed-up swans borne on sedans and an anarchic monarchy circled by Members of Parliament (appropriately dressed in shark costumes), while a skein of magpies unfurls the British Museum, daily revealing their horde of sequestered treasure. Dreams, like cities, shape us and are shaped by us. Architects would have us believe that the edifices that make up the city are immutable and solid, monuments to their designers’ immortality. They are not. In both London’s imaginings and reality, landmarks and events assume shifting magnitude and significance, constructing distorted maps of desire and experience. Narrative obeys no logic as London searches for an ever-changing identity imprinted by its waking life. Time, scale and relationships become fluid, and the city is forever on the brink of the strangely familiar and the familiarly strange. Output: 1 Research Projects, 2 Book Chapters, and 5 Journals; Represented the UK in the 'New Trend of Architecture in Europe + Asia Pacific 2008-2010' exhibition in Tokyo, Lisbon, and Istanbul. Commissioners include Toyo Ito, Peter Cook, Alvaro Siza and Fumihiko Maki. Supported by Embassies of EU states and European Commission, Cultural Institutes of Japan and Japan Foundation.
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  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
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