DS 18


John Cook


John Cook is an architect and research associate of Monsoon Assemblages, developing tools to process, analyse and visualise a range of global-scale physical and climatic observational and modelled data centred around three cities within the South Asian Monsoon context.


Ben Pollock


Ben Pollock is an architect and co-founder of 4D Island, a research collective investigating sustainable development and climate adaptation.


Laura Nica


Laura Nica is an architect and digital designer at Giles Miller Studio. Her broader interest's extent to material research, digital fabrication and simulation tools.


Guest Critics

Lindsay Bremner (Monsoon Assemblages)
Finbar Charleson (dRMM + AA Wood Lab)
Katie Dechow (Jo Cowen Architects)
Mitesh Dixit (Domain Office/Columbia GSAPP)
Charity Edwards (Monash University)
Fiona Grieve (Scott Brownrigg)
Dhruv Gulabchande (HFM/Narrative Practice)
Andrea Jipa (ETH Zurich)
Andrews Korner (University of Innsbruck)
James Mak (dRMM)
Oscar Mcdonald (Space Syntax)
Fraser Morrison (Future Fields)
Christina Nan (Future Fields/TU/e)
Andrew Madl (UTK Land Arch)
Michael O'Hanlon (DSDHA)
Matt Rosier (Artist)
Calvin Sin (SCI-Arc)
Iulia Stefan (AA Ground Lab)
Vlad Tenu (AHMM)
Alice Thompson (MATA Architects)
Rachel Wakelin (GBY)
Ed Wall (University of Greenwich)
Alessandro Ayuso (UoW)
Andrew Yau (UoW)
Geoff Shearcroft (UoW)
Francois Girardin (UoW)
Constance Lau (UoW)
Anthony Boulanger (UoW)
Toby Burgess (UoW)



Ben Ashby and Shahid Padhani (ARUP’s Advanced Digital Engineering Group)


The context of our global climate and ecological emergency provides the foundation for all DS18 investigations. We use the architectural project to test the effects of changing environmental processes upon life and design, and to communicate these intangible and entangled global issues to new audiences in new ways. We aim to ground projects through directed critical research using data, diagrams, cartographic imaginations and computational tools to record, analyse and represent the vast connections between project scales, actors, processes and material. This year DS18 continued its explorations into matters of the air and atmosphere, whilst narrowing our focus to one of its more negligible but most critical ingredients - both the ‘building block of life’ and measure of our climatic decline; carbon. We study carbon as a transformative entity, one whose state shifts from solid fuel, to air-based toxin, to increasingly a quantifiable and tradeable commodity. We tracked its pathways and transitions between state, material type, energy and value - but also considered carbon as a spatial organiser, a cultural driver, and political/economic agent. The site for our investigations this year returned to the UK at a highly critical juncture. As pressures to revive the post-covid economy and secure future trade relations rely on the values of industrial advancement and commercial growth, what does de-carbonisation mean in this context, and what scales of change does this call for?