109b Mare Street Studios
203-213 Mare Street
Hackney
E8 3QE

Reality Check

Reality Check

"Only one week left to enter the Real Architecture Awards. Impress clients and win more work by furnishing your office bathroom with a faux-gold loo brush presented to winners of the most honest awards in architecture." Read more here

Civic Slide

Civic Slide

"Last year alone saw three deaths that have been linked to pointless questionnaires."

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My name is nobody

My name is nobody

"I hear myself sounding ridiculous when I tell them that I believe we are in the midst of an epidemic; that all architects have my disease and we must force some sort of intervention."

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The Indlekith

The Indlekith

We’ve just published the latest Weave book, called The Indlekith. It tells the story of a Hazel and her dog Herbert, and their adventures with a community of industrious woodland folk who are busy at work but difficult to spot. The book accompanies a series of structures designed for Stratton Woods and Stanton Park, Swindon, including a time-telling tower and a half-charred footbridge.

Age Before Beauty

Age Before Beauty

"Once upon a time there were four beautiful sisters with long golden hair more radiant than the sun. The sisters grew up in a temple of childhood at the top of a mountain ­between two thick forests on a cliff edge by the saltiest sea in all the world."

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Teach Taught

Teach Taught

"I can’t accept this. I can’t accept that architecture can only be studied by the independently wealthy, and I can’t accept that architecture can’t be taught in a protected environment dedicated to imparting and exploring knowledge."

Read the full article here. And read Ruth Slavid's response to Maria's article here

The circle of life

The circle of life

“Without B for Brief, or C for Concept, without D for Developed or Detail, or even at a stretch K for Construction, the new plan of work is difficult to bond with. If only there were a way to swap its sensible numbers for a different sequence, perhaps one more associated with love or time or gods or some other emotive hook…

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Fool's Errand

Fool's Errand

"Why are we architects so loth to play the fool?...here is a seven-step plan to transform our foolishness from a weakness to a strength; to transform ourselves into great foolish architects.”

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Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

In a rare interview, Architecture talks about its big bad wolf reputation to the RIBAJ’s Maria Smith

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The Watering Pole

The Watering Pole

Watering Poles are designed as contemporary kiosks for London. They provide both a wayfinding network, and accessibility to tap water, for the city. The book will on display at the Kiosk Exhibition in The Building Centre until the 21st March. 

You can read more about our proposal here.

Why do Women Really Leave Architecture?

Why do Women Really Leave Architecture?

“But why, I hear you ask, am I saying that it’s not OK to say women can’t hack a horrible profession like architecture, but that it might be OK to say that women are less impressed by their hopes being dashed? Excellent question!”

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The Time Traveller's Life

The Time Traveller's Life

Helen: The first time is magical. I’m staring at a blank page the night before my 2nd year interim crit and then suddenly I’m in the studio without so much as a set square to cover my modesty."

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Party Poopers

Party Poopers

Raise your objections – I mean glasses – and toast planning applications gone by with the traditional song All Land’s Mine. (Sung to the tune of Auld Lang Syne)

Sing along here

The See-Through Town

The See-Through Town

We've written a Choose Your Own Adventure book for Croydon! The See-Through Town is a new choose your own adventure book for Croydon. 

You can read more about what we are up to in Croydon here

Confidence Tricks

Confidence Tricks

“I think prizes make everyone immature because winning a prize is like your Grandma just saying, ‘Congratulations!’ instead of, ‘Well done, that’s really good for you.'"

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The Octopus and the Worm?

The Octopus and the Worm?

“Once there was a boy whose adoring parents called him ­Octopus, reflecting his multiple talents. He was a fine sportsman, a cunning chess player, a virtuoso musician, and academically successful in both the arts and sciences.”

Read the full article here

Welcome to our Lullaby Factory

Welcome to our Lullaby Factory

"Our Lullaby Factory was founded in 1852 by my great, great, great, great grandfather..." 

Read more from Mr Lambert Echo and his Whispersonnel here

The Story of the Hear Heres

The Story of the Hear Heres

"The giant appeared to be offering kind and subtle messages, yet no one had ever caught sight of the oversized being, and people began to suspect that the giant was not living on the landscape and remaining hidden..." 

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Laila Climbing

Laila Climbing

"Laila looked up from the newspaper and watched the ducks drift on the pond."

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All That Glitters

All That Glitters

"Once upon a time there were two brothers, each of which were king of their own Kingdom..."

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After The Fire...

After The Fire...

"…they locked everything up. They boarded and barricaded and bolted until it was sealed tight. Then they put up around it those particular kinds of mirrors..."

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The Wild Country of Weather Mills

The Wild Country of Weather Mills

"Dear Rainmakers, Please help. It keeps raining upwards in my village and it is causing quite a nuisance. My daddy is a farmer and now that the rain is the wrong way round, he is always in a bad mood."

Read more from the letters sent to each weather-maker here

The Story of Het Huis Beiaard

The Story of Het Huis Beiaard

"Het Huis Beiaard (The House Beiaard) is named after Het Ros Beiaard (The Horse Beiaard). Het Ros Beiaard was a magic, powerful bay horse that was misunderstood and feared..."

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The Happy

The Happy

"Once upon a time there was a little building that sat on the seaside in a small town not far from here. She was a good natured building, kind and helpful, but prone to sulking a little..."

Read on here

Freya and Robin's Story

Freya and Robin's Story

"Not so long ago, not so very far from here, there lived a beautiful lady named Freya..."

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The Sorting Castle Synopsis (Spoiler Alert!!)

The Sorting Castle Synopsis (Spoiler Alert!!)

This is a story about a secret institution of bureaucratic kleptomaniacs called secretarians. 

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In the Mirror...

In the Mirror...

"There was once a boy who found a pocket mirror on the floor of a shopping centre. It was small, quite plain, brownish-grey and oval."

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A Selection of Nuggets

A Selection of Nuggets

"After a while my collection grew rather large, too big for the tool box, and my mother wanted it out of the house. This is when I decided to make a museum..." - Maria Smith, for The Design Museum

Read more nuggets of text inscribed on the furniture in London's Largest Living Room here

Binnanbrim

Binnanbrim

"A long time ago, there lived a girl called Ulla. Ulla lived in a little house with her parents. Behind the little house..."

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