This is an Institution of Structural Engineers Technical Lecture.

It is the too-long-beta-version of a presentation I am trying to improve where I talk about the quest - in research and enterprise - to understand how engineers are embroiled in the repair of dwellings.

I draw on examples from the UK, Haiti, Japan and NZ to look at damage and viability assessments, thresholds and algorithms used to make decisions about the built environment and notions of choice in making a home. It touches on how processes that bypass repair come about through the ways we are taught to think, represent information and conduct ourselves and how these are being both disrupted by and absorbed into new technologies.

In the transcript, I was trying to make a meta argument about the way we engineers prefer our evidence: we like it to be presented as problem-diagnosis-solution instead of ambiguous, slippery stories.

These are ideas I am developing with the CoRisk Labs Worker Co-operative.


This a short interview in an episode of The Urbanist, a podcast by Monocle. It covers lots of interesting stuff after my bit!


Refurbishment and demolition of social housing in London

One of a series of micro films produced by the UCL Engineering Exchange on refurbishment and demolition of social housing in the UK.

Back in the day: modes of shelter in the Caribbean 400-1400 AD

Pecha Kucha presentation with Alice Samson at the UK Shelter Forum.

Urbanism in humanitarian settings

Short presentation at the Geneva Shelter Forum in October 2014.

Presentation of the (re)constructing the city project led by Alison Killing at the RIBA in July 2013.

Transitional Shelter in Japan

This is part of a longer presentation at the Institution of Structural Engineers that reported on a field visit to Japan after the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsnuami. My work was funded by EPSRC.

This is the video captured version if you want to see the accompanying slides.