Holly Lang

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Major project:

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?


  • Previous degrees

  • BA (Hons) Architecture, University of Sheffield, 2011
  • Experiences

  • Architectural assistant, DSDHA, London, 2013–present; Architectural assistant, De Rosee Sa Architects, 2011–13
  • Awards

  • Stephen Welsh Prize, University of Sheffield Architecture Award, 2011
Royal College of Art Royal College
of Art Graduate

25 June –
5 July 2015

Royal College
of Art Graduate