Please upgrade your browser

For the best experience, you should upgrade your browser. Visit our accessibility page to view a list of supported browsers along with links to download the latest version.

Dr Jon Clendenning Goodbun


  • Jon Goodbun
  • Area

    School of Architecture


    Tutor, 'History and Theory' and 'Science and Technology Studies'

  • Tutor, MA

    • Architecture
  • Doctoral Training Tutor

  • Dr Jon Goodbun teaches History and Theory, Science and Technology Studies, and tutors on the MA Environmental Architecture at the RCA. His teaching and research explores the tensions between the planetary and the personal, between geo-ecological politics and neuro-ecological aesthetics, to develop sites and programmes which are both critical and operative, and which test the possibilities of spatial research and the architectural project in the contemporary period.

  • Biography

  • Dr Jon Goodbun trained as an architect, and currently is a researcher, practitioner and educator at the RCA, the University of Westminster (Msc Advanced Environmental Design), and the Bartlett (MArch). His research focuses on the intersection of ecological theory, cybernetics, anthropology and urbanism. Recent publications include Scarcity: Architecture in an Age of Depleting Resources (Wiley) and Design of Scarcity (Strelka).

  • Practice

  • Dr Jon Goodbun's practice includes architecture, ecological urbanism, and world systems planning. He can be found at and

  • External collaborations

  • Gregory Bateson archive, UC Santa Cruz

    Derailed Lab

    External Examiner University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury

    Show more
  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Selected Books

    Goodbun, J., Klein M., Runpfhuber, A., Till, J. (2014) The Design of Scarcity, Moscow: Strelka

    Goodbun, J., Till, J. and Iossifova D. (eds) (2012) Scarcity – Architecture in an age of depleting resources, London: Wiley

    Selected Book Chapters

     (2013) ‘Fuck Scarcity’, in: D. Iossifova (ed.) SCIBE, London: The Bank of Ideas/Amazon

     ‘Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment’, in: I. Berman & E. Mitchell (eds), 101st ACSA Annual Meeting Proceedings, New Constellations, New Ecologies San Francisco: ACSA

     (2013) ‘Ecological Subjects’, in: I. Berman & Edward Mitchell (eds.), 101st ACSA Annual Meeting Proceedings, New Constellations, New Ecologies, San Francisco: ACSA

    (2012) ‘Introduction’, ‘Flexibility and Ecological Planning: Gregory Bateson on Urbanism’ and ‘Architecture and Relational Resources: Towards a New Materialist Practice’ in: J. Goodbun, J. Till & D. Iossifova (eds) Scarcity – Architecture in an age of depleting resources, London: Wiley

    Selected Journal Articles and Papers

    (2015) ‘Koolhaas close up: Review of Ingrid Böck‘s ‘Six Canonical Projects by Rem Koolhaas’’, Architecture Today, 259, June

    (2013) ‘Transitional Programme – review of Eden Medina, Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile’, Radical Philosophy, 177, January/February

    (2012)‘Think Big, review of Koolhaas/Obrist Project Japan’, Architecture Today, 1 June

    (2012) ‘The Politics of the New Aesthetic: Electric Anthropology and Ecological Vision’, Creative Applications Network, April

    (2011) ‘Do architects need to be represented by a union?’, Building Design, 21 April

    (2011) ‘Wirelessness’, Radical Philosophy, 170, November/December

    (2011) ‘Neocybernetics – Properly Modern: Review of Andrew Pickering, and Bruce Clarke and Mark Hansen’, Radical Philosophy, 165, January/February

    (2011) ‘Gregory Bateson, Critical Cybernetics and Ecological Aesthetics of Dwelling’, Field Journal

    (2011) ‘What is at stake in animate design?’, Creative Applications Network, Jan

    Selected Conference Papers and Lectures


    Session chair and respondent , AHRA ‘What is this thing called theory’, Leeds, November

    Introduction to ‘What is at stake in Environmental Design?’, University of Westminster, November


    ‘Some notes on the anthropocene (or, welcome to the pre-anthropocene!)’ at ‘Cities, Politics, Law as Geological Agents Syposium, University of Westminster, November

    ‘The Design of Scarcity’ (with Jeremy Till, Andreas Rumpfhuber and Michael Klein), Central St Martins, October


    ‘Dialectical Ecologies – Architecture and Politics in the Age of Capitalist Crisis’, Beijing April

    ‘Re-imagining the Project of Planning’, Umea, Sweden and Vienna, March


    ‘Mediating the Ecological and the Neurological: An Architecture of the Extended Mind, Spatial Thinking 2’, Innsbruck, October

    ‘Dialectical Ecologies – Architecture and Politics in the Age of Capitalist Crisis’, Architectural Association, October

    ‘Relational Architectural Ecologies, Society of Architectural Historians, Detroit and Texas A&M, April

    ‘Scarcity, Critical Urban Ecology and re-imagining the Project of Planning’, Critical Urban Ecology 2

    Symposium, Brighton University, March

    ‘Landscapes, Complexity and re-imagining the Project of Planning’, Landscapes and Critical Agency

    Conference, UCL February


    ‘Rheomode and Aesthetics: An Ecology of Mind’, Towards a New Science of Consciousness conference, Stockholm, May

    ‘Re-imagining the Possibility of Planning, or, How to Become an Urban Ecologist’, The Gopher Hole, London

    ‘Design Ecologies’, Architectural Association London, February

    ‘Critical Urban Ecology’, University of Brighton, February


    Show more
  • Awards and Grants

  • RIBA research grant The Political Ecologies of Concrete

    (2012) RIBA PhD research awards final shortlist

    (2011)EU HERA Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment 

Selected work


Research interests

Dr Jon Goodbun's wide-ranging research areas include Critical Urban Ecologies, Marxism, dialectics, Gregory Bateson, cognition and space. 

Research students