Location: Kadhimiya,  Iraq
Client: Baghdad Mayoralty
Consultants: Adamson Associates, AECOM, Davis Langdon, Max Fordham, Schumann Smith, Ihsan Fethi, Akram Ogaily
Contract Sum: £500M

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Major regeneration scheme for the holy town of Kadhimiya, Iraq. Inspired by the morphology and poetics of the Baghdadi house, the design successfully resolves a complex matrix of religious, infrastructure, and conservation demands.The masterplan protects Kadhimiya’s rich architectural and urban legacy via the strategic insertion of new elements and allocating large floor-plate programme to vacant land west of the Shrine centre. A ‘necklace’ of new local centres carry regeneration and services deep into existing communities.


Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Client: Federal Government of Iraq
Consultants: Adamson Associates, Buro Happold, Schumann Smith
Contract Sum: £275M

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New parliament buildings and master-plan in Baghdad, Iraq. The project includes a large complex of buildings in addition to the parliamentary chambers, and a master-plan for the adjacent part of the city. The scheme is approached as urban design and not as one architectural object, with the majority of the complex formed as a pattern of streets (indoor and outdoor) green courtyards, key landmark buildings, and plazas.


Location: Iraq
Clients: Iraq Government, United Nations
Construction cost: £20M

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Winning international competition scheme for the Iraq government and UN-HABITAT (United Nations Agency for Human Settlements). A fully integrated settlement for 3000 people is proposed including schools, markets, health centres, and a variety of green spaces and playing fields. Building designs are low cost, architecturally advanced, use local resources, and have sustainability ratings rivalling western standards. Novel approaches to vehicle parking and circulation allow a safe, fully pedestrian landscaped centre.


Location: Dhī Qār, Iraq
Clients: Ministry of Housing and Construction, Iraq
Construction cost: £35M

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Location: Al TajeyatIraq
Clients: Ministry of Housing and Construction, Iraq
Construction cost: £65M

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Location: North Lawndale, Chicago, USA
Client: Chicago Architectural Club
Collaborator: Adam Lubinsky

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Competition for new housing in Lawndale, Chicago, USA. The scheme proposes urban ‘strings’ of new mews-like streets threading across Chicago’s wide grey-stone street grid, bringing much-needed density and services to the impoverished Lawndale area. Lined with economical low rise housing, the strings align to form protected routes to proposed schools at the neighbourhood scale.

The Neighbourhood Network asserts that the combination of family housing and strong schools creates sustainable neighbourhoods. This proposal develops a site-specific strategy for a pedestrianised network of new family housing and small schools as a means to supporting North Lawndale's diverse population of many cultures and incomes. 


The Neighbourhood Network begins with an urban increment that links through and across city blocks with the development of clusters of vacant lots. This increment reinvents the "mews" - originally stables created behind the houses facing the street. While mews have historically been converted into houses, this proposal makes the modern mews an essential element in linking clusters of family housing along walkable paths to neighbourhood schools. 

The mews has been applied in three variations.

  • The first variation is a string of two-storey family units. These units form an intimate social grouping of homes overlooking a pedestrian route through the block with new pocket parks at the block's perimeter. Each two-storey unit is efficiently designed to contain three bedrooms and a terrace garden with the potential to expand upward.
  • The second variation utilises the mews for family housing and where there are additional vacant lots adjacent to the mews employs L-shaped apartment buildings along the street-front. These buildings, employing unit types for singles and couples, would begin to fill out the blocks. 
  • The third variation employs the mews for new schools. Drawing from the 'Small Schools' movement, these schools - for 200 students and grades K-4 or 5-8 - would link to the new housing and be open to all residents. Each school would offer a unique facility, allowing public use and fitting within a network of services shared by surrounding existing schools.


Location: Thamesmead, Bexley & Greenwich, London, UK
Client: London Boroughs of Bexley & Greenwich, Design for London
Consultants: Urban Practitioners, Colin Buchanan, Landscape Partnership

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Area-wide vision for the town and associated landscape of Thamesmead, London. The study involves an extensive analysis of existing urban conditions, and proposals for new and existing developments across Thamesmead. Outputs include a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), providing an area-wide spatial framework and key principles guiding all future development. 


Assemblage has carried out numerous analysis and urban designs across London. Below are a sample of the projects carried out for Urban Practitioners.


Dacorum, Hertfordshire, UK

  • Assessment of urban characteristics of Dacorum’s towns and villages to guide urban design policies in the Council’s new LDF. The assessment makes a rigorous analysis across an array of criteria ranging from heights, densities, and setbacks, to materials/textures and street-scape elements.
  • A series of specially selected sites were tested across the Borough for their capacity to absorb further housing. Particular account was taken of the Dacorum Urban Design Assessment in order to determine appropriate massing and plot configurations for new development. The findings of the study were used to extrapolate estimates for housing capacity for the wider Borough. The project included training of Dacorum BC planning officers with the new recommendations.

Sixfields, Northampton, UK

  • Design for a District Centre involving the formulation of new residential, retail, and industrial areas and considerable alteration of local highways. The study contributed to the Council’s Area Action Plan and assisted the determination of current applications. [ 0423 ]

Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK

  • Study addressing the development possibilities and technical problems raised by two major landslips in the sloping terrain of Cliffs Gardens at Southend-on-Sea. A public gallery and museum is proposed on one of the slip sites, taking advantage of the vigorous topography, garden setting, and extensive views. [ 0523 ]

Dover, Kent, UK

  • Analysis and masterplan strategies setting out urban principles for Dover, together with a sequence of site studies along the two main spinal routes of the central district. The studies and recommendations are for a variety of urban elements including built form, open space, axes and sight-lines, water, vegetation, and not least, the extraordinary local topography. [ 0515 ]

 Cranbrook, Kent, UK

  • A site study exploring options for redevelopment of an existing community facility. The study focuses on issues such as area and unit yields, parking, amenity, potential uses, plot distribution, and massing. [ 0701 ]

Gravesend, Kent, UK

  • Strategic design framework for Gravesend and surrounding hinterland. The study involved a careful analysis of the existing town and district and included indicative master plans of focus areas. [ 0412 ]

Black Horse Lane, Waltham Forest, London, UK

  • Alteration and further development of an existing masterplan. The study includes reconfiguring building heights and placements, calculation of dwelling unit types and densities, and resolution of parking and access configurations. [ 0615 ]

Charlton, London, UK

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Stewarts Road, Battersea, London, UK

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Leyton, Waltham Forest, London, UK

  • Future loading on the transport infrastructure of this area of London was analysed in this study by desk modelling the housing capacities of available and up coming sites in the surrounding catchment area [ 0618 ]

Eastham, Newham, London, UK

  • A development study for the historic Town Hall precinct in East Ham, London. The study area takes in a number of listed buildings over two city blocks, including the Town Hall, Old Technical College, Town Hall Annexe, and Old Gym.
  • Radically, the study proposes a new civic space parallel to Barking Road which works to group the historic buildings and focus new development. Indicative companion housing projects are also proposed. Whilst achieving required yields and meeting London Plan and Local Plan constraints, the proposed buildings maintain a dynamism and strong urban quality. [ 0611 ]

Gants Hill, London, UK

  • Housing capacity study of the Gants Hill roundabout/Tube station area. The study proposes an indicative master-plan to test and confirm proposed unit densities and massing. The study examines a number of issues in detail: access, car parking, circulation, amenity space, unit geometries; unit type mixes and architectural layout, tenure options, massing, and daylight penetration. [ 0516 ]

Tower Hamlets, London, UK

  • Part of the rejuvenation of libraries in the London borough of Tower Hamlets via the Idea Store initiative. The study scourers the borough for suitable sites and systematically reports on their suitability. Four sites were identified and feasibility studies run on each, assessing access, massing and architectural issues. [ 0513 ]

Clapham, London, UK

  • Options analysis for development of the urban block fronting Clapham High Street containing Clapham Baths. As the site is surrounded by established residential streets, contains existing mixed uses, and engages two Conservation Areas, the development options proposed strike a complex balance between market expectations and planning constraints. [ 0512 ]

Wood Green, Haringey, London, UK

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Bethnal Green, Hackney, London, UK

  • A mixed use building with small commercial at ground floor and residential to upper floors on an inner-city London site. A new ground plane of amenity space for residents is formed over the commercial parking in the central block area. Units are clustered in groups around cores and provided with generous private outdoor space.


'Uneven Tangier'   Young Joon Chung UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13 

'Uneven Tangier'   Young Joon Chung UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13 

'Uneven Tangier'
Young Joon Chung UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13 

Universitat D’Alacant. Linear City Plan. 1894. Image Source Http://WWW.ALU.UA.ES/A/ARG18/WEB/ARTURO_SORIA.HTML

Universitat D’Alacant. Linear City Plan. 1894.



Location: Tangier, Morocco
Research Student: Young Joon Chung UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13 


The Tangier Urban Agency currently proposes a new urban boundary for the future expansion of the city. This new limit is a bigger radius of the present centre, without correspondence to topography. Selecting this form of growth restricts access to public transportation and sanitation. It will cause an increase in tariffs for poorer users, resulting in areas lacking connection to the basic infrastructure of the city.

The project proposes to control growth of Tangier with new quality of life from mobilising infrastructure. It aims to expand Tangier linearly towards the new town of Chrafate by legally hijacking the basic infrastructure being installed to feed the new town. In the long term, This settlement will equalise with the satellite city giving more sustainability rather than isolation from Tangier. Growth is aimed not only in connection two cities together but also suggests a new strategy of urban growth for the whole Tangier-Tetouan region.

Women smuggling goods from Ceuta/ Brignon, Arno. “The end of Europe in Ceuta.” Digital image, 2013.            Image source: http://www.arno-brignon.fr/ 

Women smuggling goods from Ceuta/ Brignon, Arno.

“The end of Europe in Ceuta.” Digital image, 2013.            Image source: http://www.arno-brignon.fr/ 


Location: Tangier, Morocco
Research Student: Iulia Fratila, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13


Every year thousands of 'irregulars' die trying to cross the Strait of Gibraltar. Every day 30,000 Moroccans cross the border of Ceuta to 'offer' themselves as cleaners, traders, smugglers. Much like other areas in Africa, this is a country which still struggles with poverty. The '97 Declaration of Barcelona brings up a new tool for fighting the root causes of migration to the north i.e. the establishment of free-trade zones in the south.

As an immediate effect, we see the apparition of the Ceuta fence in 1998 and the 'electronic wall' along the coastline as predictions of the primary special economic zones that have been set up in the past years in the Tangier-Tetuan area.

'Overlapping Territories' Iulia Fratila, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13

'Overlapping Territories' Iulia Fratila, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13

Modelling of the free zone market in this context of increasing social inequality and militarisation of borders, this project starts by questioning the city's relationship with its forbidden hinterland and how it relates to the far territories, and asks, can this spatial binary between Morocco and Spain be reversed?

The proposal acknowledges the Moroccan government's plan of building a new commercial free zone near the border of Ceuta and tries to shape it into an instrument for social development, not only economic growth. The project proposes scenarios in which this exceptional space (juridical and economical) could feed the traditional space of the street market.

Studying the rate by which Fnideq has been growing and setting
the aim of providing a new opportunity for its inhabitants in
terms of jobs and housing, the design was conceived as a
new neighbourhood of approx. 10 000 people, which could
accommodate enough commercial spaces to create the minimum
amount of 3000 new jobs.(that is the approx. number of smugglers that deal with border commerce).

'Overlapping Territories' Iulia Fratila, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13

'Overlapping Territories' Iulia Fratila, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13

'Overlapping Territories' Iulia Fratila, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13

'Overlapping Territories' Iulia Fratila, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13

Spatially, the neighbourhood occupies the valley and is defined
by two urban grids - the “carved“ one for the free-zone and the
overlaid “constructed“ one for the residential blocks.

The limit for the proposed development is set to maximum of
6% slope in the cross section, to ensure pedestrian and disabled
access even to the edges of the neighbourhood. The main spine is set through successive sections so that all the segments ensure the max 12% slope for car access, but a preferred 6% is maintained as to also accommodate the generous pedestrian side walks. The secondary streets are set perpendicular to the main commercial axis and will ensure a more “local“ character. All streets (except for the large retail area and the coastal plaza) are thought to be used as a shared space for cars and pedestrians.