DS 18


John Cook


John Cook is an architect and researcher, recently completing work on the Monsoon Assemblages project exploring visual methods to communicate the South Asian monsoon through data, cartography and computational means.


Ben Pollock


Ben Pollock is an architect and co-founder of 4D Island, a non-profit design research studio with a focus on climate adaptation, ecology and regenerative design in collaboration with front line communities in the Global South.


Laura Nica


Laura Nica is a practicing architect, digital designer & founder of Laura Nica Studio. Working on multiple interdisciplinary projects, her broader interests extent to material research, digital fabrication and assemblage processes.


Guest Critics

Constantina Avraamides (CA Architecture)
Raul Bielsa (Prior+ Partners/ AAVS Transborder)
Roberto Bottazzi (UCL)
Lindsay Bremner (Monsoon Assemblages)
Finbar Charleson (dRMM + AA Wood Lab)
Emma Colthurst (University of Greenwich)
Katie Dechow (Jo Cowen Architects)
Fraser Morrison (Future Fields/ Architecture 00)
Christina Nan (Future Fields/TU/e)
Justin Nicholls (Fathom Architects)
Iulia Stefan (AA Ground Lab)
Rachel Wakelin (Buckley Grey Yeoman)
Izabela Wieczorek (Atmospheric Architecture Agency/ Reading University)
Oscar Villareal (Lab 10 MX/ ecoLogicStudio)
Francois Girardin (UoW)
William McLean (UOW)
Anthony Boulanger (UoW)


The context of our global climate and ecological emergency provides the foundation for all DS18 investigations. This year the studio continued its wider framing and explorations through the lens of air, whilst applying our developed research and design methodologies through a detailed, critical and urgent place-based investigation, turning our focus upon the southern coastal headland of Dungeness. This precarious region presents a microcosm of the physical, socio-economic and ecological conflicts that climate degradation presents within the UK and beyond. Internationally recognised for its remarkable morphological formations, ranging biodiversity and climatic extremes, the local economy is centred around the local Nuclear Power Station, now entering its final decommissioning phase. Amongst all this, according to even the most conservative projections, this once productive and environmentally critical landscape could be decimated or entirely lost before the end of this century through the impacts of climate change and sea level rise. What possible futures could this entail for this coastal community, its ecologies, human and non-human inhabitants? Ones of retreat, defence or adaptation? And through this impending environmental collapse, could their recoveries birth new collective typologies and public infrastructures based upon a responsibility towards our planetary limits, a just and non-extractive energy balance, or even a collaborative replenishment of our global commons?