15.02.2018On Planning – A Thought Experiment

This new publication is the outcome of an 18-month dialogue between David Chipperfield and Simon Kretz as part of the Rolex Mentor & Protégé programme.


The collaboration led to a theoretical exercise examining the forces that influence the shape of cities, using the Bishopsgate goods yard site in East London as a case study. Exploring this further with teams at ETH Zurich, they highlighted conditions under which an ideal urban development project could flourish.


The book, published by Walther Koenig, aims to positively contribute to the debate on urban development, providing a manifesto for a relational, collective and diverse future for our cities. The conclusions reached through this exercise demonstrate how future large-scale developments elsewhere could have a more positive urban impact, both at the scale of the neighbourhood and the wider metropolis.