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Join us at the ‘Summer Show’ & Tell on 16 June

Image by Duncan McNaughton from Unstable City
Image by Duncan McNaughton from Unstable City

On Thursday 16 June, at 7 pm at the Design Museum, this year’s final Show & Tell will unveil the work of our five Design Think Tanks, all of which are offering daring new proposals for London.

Since we opened in October 2015, each month the Design Museum has hosted a Show & Tell featuring high-profile speakers from our network of collaborators. The final in this series, the ‘Summer Show’ & Tell, gives this platform to the school’s trailblazing first cohort.

Since January they have been working in five Design Think Tanks, which are practitioner-led groups all of which are offering daring new urban proposals for London.


  • Architectural Agency is ED/GY – Ethical Dwellings for Generation Y – a group of Millennials trying to solve the housing crisis for Millennials.
  • Unstable City is recalibrating Rotherhithe to benefit from new organisations of economic, political, social and environmental instability.
  • New Knowledge has formed SWARM – a cross-disciplinary network of young professionals who connect with people and places to proactively change London.
  • Emerging Tools will present how new technologies allow for greater ‘entanglement’ that enables new creative clusters for living and working
  • Adaptive Typologies creates an intergenerational city that unites older and younger citizens in an urban realm enriched by farming and wilderness.

Each Design Think Tank will talk for 10 minutes, and then the group will move downstairs to the museum’s Riverside Hall to discuss the issues over a drink. This event is presented in association with RIBA Journal and is part of the London Festival of Architecture. The London School of Architecture Show and Tells will return at the new Design Museum in 2017.


Architectural Agency explores the power of the architect. Led by Matthew Dalziel from Interrobang and Will Hunter from the LSA, its practice members are Carmody Groarke, Haworth Tompkins, Hut, Interrobang, IF_DO, Liddicoat & Goldhill, Mikhail Riches, PDP London, and Studio Octopi; and its student members are Raphael Arthur, Chiara Barrett, Ian Campbell, Jack Idle, Fabio Maiolin, Phoebe Nickols and Fiona Stewart.

Unstable City explores spatial strategies for the changing metropolis. Led by Petra Havelska and Igor Marko from Marko & Placemakers and Paolo Vimercati from Grimshaw, its practice members are AHMM, Alma-nac, Citizens Design Bureau, Grimshaw, Marko & Placemakers, Scott Brownrigg, Studio Egret West and 51% Studio; and its student members are Alaric Campbell-Garratt, Oscar Hårleman, Phelan Heinsohn, Duncan McNaughton, Ferghal Moran, Dawa Pratten and Aleksandar Stojakovic.

New Knowledge explores architecture’s critical intersection with other disciplines. Led by Javier Quintana from Idom and Lionel Real de Azúa from Red Deer, its practice members are DSDHA, Idom, Prewett Bizley, Red Deer, RSH+P, Soda, WHAT_Architecture and 5th Studio; and its student members are Rachel Bow, Maeve Dolan, Stuart Goldsworthy-Trapp, Frazer Haviz, Vanessa Jobb, Timothy Ng and Milly Salisbury.

Emerging Tools explores designing, building and making in the 21st century. Led by Dave Lomax from Waugh Thistleton and George Wade from aLL Design, its practice members are aLL Design, C.F. Moller, Farrells, Nex, Tate Harmer and Waugh Thistleton; and its student members are Nathaniel Amissah, Alexander Frehse, Daniel Lee, Timm-Laurens Lindstedt, Andrea Nolan and Roel Schiffers.

Adaptive Typologies explores building types for tomorrow’s needs and desires. Led by Carol Costello from Cullinan Studio and Emma Flynn from AStudio, its practice members are Allies and Morrison, AStudio, Aukett Swanke, Cullinan Studio, Duggan Morris, Jestico + Whiles, Orms and Solid Space; and its student members are Emily Fribbance, Nick Keen, James Mackenzie and Emiliano Zavala.