Extensive research into city urban blocks underpins our urban design work. Through practice and teaching we have carried out extensive research and analysis of key cities and typical urban blocks throughout Europe and the UK. We have developed an understanding of how diverse and often conflicting relationships between activities create the conditions for rich and vibrant city life. From this our urban designs are based on principles of diversification and integration rather than displacement and segregation.
In 2003 we were involved with students of the diploma at the University of Cambridge in a year long project and competition submission for a central urban site in Osaka. This developed issues investigated in a previous studio project in Barking and Dagenham - regeneration through support of the existing identity of the area, integration of local (in this case small scale) industry within a new dense framework around key public spaces. In 2004 we were runners up in the LDA development Framework competition for Belvedere followed by success in being appointed for the Development Framework for Erith, Crystal Palace Park masterplan, Poplar Riverside Delivery and Implementation Strategy and most recently The Roman Road Public Realm study.