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Thomas Kendall

MA work


'If you want your children to be intelligent read them fairytales. If you want them to be more intelligent read them more fairytales.'

Albert Einstein

Neo-Lit is a fictitious city slowly seeping into our reality factitious, creating its own reality by imagining its own existence, forming the ectype rather than prototype.

The original story, written by the worlds first Architectural Literologist, was discovered by a secret Cives of writers, musicians, biologists, economists, philosophers, sociologists, mathematicians, astronomers, geomancers, pataphysicians, architects – England is the 'only country where the oldest age group had higher proficiency in both literacy and numeracy than the youngest group.' - OECD, 2013

Neo-Lit is a fictitious city whose story has arisen out of the literacy crisis currently facing the UK. It is a response to the need for a new mode of literary education through letteral urbanism and establishment of Neo-Libraries, libraries acting as the interface between fairytales and reality… its eventual aim, to act as an ecological etimology for a restored literate London.

LEGI ERGO SUMUS  (I read therefore we are) 


Letteral – that which is literally written

Literality (different to the uncapitalised literality) – a reality formed from literature.

Architectural Literologist – A person exploring the notion that both text and architecture are written and built: the potential of writing as a spatial practice, and architecture as a written one.

Textopia – A syllabic substitution of the word heterotopia. It implies the same definition as heterotopia but one formed through the space within a text.


  • me
  • MA Degree


    School of Architecture


    MA Architecture, 2014

  • Degrees

  • BArch, Architecture, University College London, 2009; Foundation Art & Design, University College Falmouth, 2005