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The Emperor's New Towns
We regenerate our cities, and then they regenerate us.
The Emperor’s New Towns proposes a radical shifting of parliament when, during renovations to the Palace of Westminster, an accidental turn of events prompts a last minute cross-party launch of the UK City of Politics. Under new legislation Parliament becomes a property-investing travelling circus, moving to a different city every parliamentary term, destination determined by public vote. In return for the small price of civilising a consortium of political gargoyles, Parliament’s arrival provides the impetus for urban regeneration and its departure devolves a Ministerial Department in its wake.
In 2025, Stoke-on-Trent became the first UK City of Politics, and this project charts the story of the consequences. Can the chaos, conflict and contradiction that ensue be captured as a positive force to create a landscape which accommodates ‘them’ and ‘us’ in equal measure?
School of Architecture
- BA (Hons) Architecture, University of Sheffield, 2011
- Architectural assistant, DSDHA, London, 2013–present; Architectural assistant, De Rosee Sa Architects, 2011–13
- Stephen Welsh Prize, University of Sheffield Architecture Award, 2011