Urban Collage uses references taken from visual material found in Peckham, London, in an attempt to challenge common assumptions about how contemporary urban situations should inform design. The project analyses the urban setting at two distinct times: in 1986 and 2012. The initial analysis was based on collage and informed the design of a house; the current project asks if this drawing approach is still valid, re-examines the site, and proposes a new architectural lexicon through a revised set of techniques.
Situated within the field of urban analysis and architectural design, the drawing techniques aim to reveal organic urban change together with the historic traces of human intervention. The design narrative becomes a reading of the city as a place determined by social and economic history: a form of developmental commentary not normally used within the field of architectural design.
The project was selected for Drawing by Drawing, an international group exhibition on the transformation of architectural drawing, commissioned by the Danish Architecture Centre and shown in Copenhagen in 2012, featuring work by over 30 architects associated with Norwegian architect Svein Tønsager.