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[Y/N] Studio is an architecture practice based in London.  


We ask questions about the site and brief to maximise their potential. The questions are always complex but a successful answer should be as simple as Yes or No

Our talented team has experience of delivering award winning buildings and we work at all scales, across all sectors and in any location.


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COULD LONDON’S CANALS HELP TO CURATE UNDERUSED GREEN SPACES, KICKSTARTING REGENERATION IN THEIR WAKE?


By inserting a clean, safe ‘basin’ in which to swim, the ‘LidoLine’ transforms the Regents Canal back to it’s original purpose, connecting raw materials (people/workers) to the place of production, making swimming a viable alternative to cycling or walking to work. The routes could be formed by a breathable, multi- layered membrane, filtering detritus and bacteria at decreasing scales.

The LidoLine would form a new network for London, making existing spaces greater than the sum of their parts, rather than blindly multiplying under- used, functionless ‘green space’.


The Lidoline
Location: Regents Canal, London, UK
Type: Infrastructure, Research
Size: 15km
Client: Landscape Institute Ideas Competition with the Mayor of London
Status: Runner Up
Date: 2012

Project Team: Alex Smith, David Lomax

CAN OUR DISPROPORTIONATE FEAR OF DISASTER BE USED AS A TOOL TO INCREASE COMMUNITY COHESION AND BECOME A CATALYST FOR URBAN GENERATION?


What defines city living for an upmarket, but paranoid generation bombarded by iconic images of disaster?

Inspired by american studies where, post 9/11, 80% of adults said that they “had an increased appreciation for their families’ while others suddenly had the urge for intimate contact (leading to a phenomenon known as ‘teror sex’), a new form of speculative housing emerges to cater for our everyday fears.  ‘Disaster Ready’ housing offers a number of ‘better safe than sorry’ precautionary measures and cost effective architectural placebos to reassure and empower safety consious residents.  A ‘holy’ protective mesh surrounds clusters of luxury and key worker apartments.  Stage re-enactments help prepare for statistically unlikley disasters, lucky esacapes or heroic failures while landscaped antibacterial gardens fortify residents imunes systems.

Disaster Ready Housing
Type: Research
Location: Westminster, 2025
Status: Thesis Project
Date: 2012
Project Team: Alex Smith @ The Royal College of Art

Flirting with Disaster was awarded the RCA Society and Thames & Hudson ArtBook Prize, was published in the Architects Journal, Building Magazine and "Darkitecture" a new anthology edited by Iwona Blazwick