DS 3.4


Paolo Zaide


Paolo Zaide is an architect, academic and curator and Course Leader for BA Architecture at the University of Westminster.


Tom Budd

Tom Budd is an architectural visualiser and designer based in London. Specialising in the production of visualisations that look beyond the 'photo real' and strive to capture the feelings and atmospheric qualities an unbuilt space could embody.


Guest Critics

Alex Borrell (Asif Khan Studio)
Ash Fridd (Nothing is Not Nothing)
Ned Scott (Bell Philipps)
David Mathewson (UoW)
Diony Kypraiou (UoW)
Era Savvides (UoW)
Laurence Blackwell-Thale (Knox Bhavan)
Rebecca Sturgess (Allies and Morrison)
Thomas Parker (UCL/AA)
Timothy Burgess (VOP Group Architects)



Asif Khan for the inspiring welcome to his studio and Studio 8 of the Landscape Architecture Course at the Bartlett for a great day together in Dungeness and Margate.


The UK Government has marked the edges of the Thames Estuary as ground for regeneration and further urbanisation. Connecting the point of Westferry in East London to the Isle of Sheppey and the pier of Southend, this 70 kilometer stretch has also been described as the Thames Gateway. Once home to many hard and commercial industries these lands are characterised by a lack of access to public transport, services and employment, whilst at the same time, the surrounding farm and wild salt marshlands host some of the country’s most fragile ecologies. With tidal flows continuously shifting this landscape, what is this a ‘Gateway’ to? This year Studio 4 explored these peri-urban and the blurred edges of the River Thames. From Gravesend out towards the Hoo Peninsula at the very edge of the Thames Estuary, the story of the river was mapped – its heritage and the unique landscape features that make up this ‘dark flat wilderness’. We challenged traditional notions of boundaries and explored analogue and digital Landscape Urbanism Strategies to plot, adapt and reimagine these unknown fields. The Studio welcomed projects with character, risk and a wonderful sense of speculation.