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Joanna Hyland

MA work

Silicon Hill

In a context of privatisation and a lack of state funding, will we once more have to rely on industry for housing provision? How can private investment be leveraged for collective gain? Silicon Hill imagines that the unprecedented expansion of the UK technology sector might supply the financial impetus for a new town along the M4 corridor, a planned settlement that explores corporate responsibility in relation to the making of new communities.

Silicon Hill is the first town to be developed by the Silicon ‘X’ Investment Partnership. Investors are entitled to waive their corporation tax in return for the financial investment. Tapping into the rich tapestry of reverence for the enlightenment and euphoria of new technologies and media, Silicon Hill is based on ancient principles derived from the multitude of Neolithic sites in the surrounding landscape of Wiltshire. Anchored by an infrastructure designed for technology development, Silicon Hill provides an ideal headquarter location for its major investors whilst making a uniquely supportive and spiritual environment for its tech-savvy residents.


  • MA Degree


    School of Architecture


    MA Architecture, 2015



  • Degrees

  • BA Architecture, University of Cambridge, 2012
  • Experience

  • Architectural assistant, KSS Design, London, 2012–13