Heat Island research residency discussed in essay in Ark

September 23rd 2021

Heat Island discuss ‘Residencies as Spatial Practice’ in an essay cowritten in Arkkitehti – Finnish Architectural Review. Available now

Luke Jones in conversation with Martha Thorne at the Future Architecture Conference

September 6th 2021

Luke Jones will be in conversation with Martha Thorne at the Future Architecture Conference at the Strelka Institute. Martha Thorne is Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize and Dean of Architecture at IE University.

Heat Island awarded Honourable mention for Cool Abu Dhabi Challenge

February 11th 2021

Very pleased to announce that our project ‘Evaplaza’ was recently awarded an honourable mention in the international Cool Abu Dhabi competition to address rising urban heat and create more habitable cities.
The project builds on ‘Evapanel’ – our porous ceramic facade system – and expands it into a low-energy approach to cooling outdoor spaces while supporting sustainable planting and drainage.

Heat Island Research Residency 2020

October 7th 2020

Please join us for the public presentations of the 2020 Heat Island Research Residency projects.

5:30 PM (UTC+01) – 7:30 PM (UTC+01)

We face an impending climate crisis in a moment of global upheaval. How do we address the impacts of construction and buildings is a complex and urgent problem, requiring an industry wide reorganisation of the principles and challenges of designing, constructing and using spaces?

The Heat Island Research Residency is a self-initiated project to explore how architectural practice can reshape itself around the major questions we face.

On the 7th of October each of the three participants, Rosa Whiteley, Phoebe Walton and Zoe Panayi, will present the outcomes of their research projects focused on infrastructure, architecture, energy and the global ecological crisis.

Residency Website

Zoom Link

Luke Jones presents Fluxopia at The Terraforming 2020

July 7th 2020

Fluxopia is a research project exploring urban metabolism and material flow. The project addresses the question of how planetary or urban scale processes and more localised and immediate design decisions are connected through forms of ongoing analysis and institutional formation, and of how architecture can situate itself within them. The project was developed as part of Luke’s remote fellowship during The Terraforming 2020 at the Strelka Institute.


Heat Island give lecture at AA Visiting School – The Possibility of an Island

June 24th 2020

Heat Island presented some recent research and ideas on the potentially conflicting definitions of circular design at The Possibility of an Island, AA Visiting School, Chianti, Tuscany Italy

Heat Island Lead Co-Design Workshop for Forest CLT

June 23rd 2020

Heat Island led a Co-Design workshop on Environmental approaches to construction for Forest CLT. Forest CLT is a Community Land Trust in Waltham Forest aiming to provide truly affordable, sustainable housing and community spaces for local people.

Virtual Residency and Presentations With Trust (Berlin)

May 26th 2020

Heat Island will be joining the Trust Twitch stream to present the result of our virtual residency exploring trucking, logistics and decarbonisation. The online presentation will take place Thursday 28th May at 6pm (BST) / 7pm (CET).

More info on the Trust event page.

Heat Island presents at Architecture Foundation – 100 Day Studio – Deep House Modelling Uncertainty

April 8th 2020

The 100 Day Studio is a new series of online lectures, interviews, building tours and panel discussions, organised by The Architecture Foundation.

The State of the Art of Architecture Milano –Triennale Milan, Feb 16th – March 29th

January 19th 2020

We’re very excited to be exhibiting as part of ‘The State of The Art of Architecture’ at @triennalemilano. Live installation + presentations between February 13th-15th and exhibition open from Feb 16th – March 29th.

Heat Island will contribute a new project called Deep House, exploring the decarbonisation of architecture and it’s relationship to future climate pathways, on show in the exhibition open until 29th March.

More info:

Heat Island Presenting at The New Generations Festival: ATLAS of Emerging Practices, Macro Museum Rome – 8th September, 17:00

September 1st 2019

New generations of European architects will gather to reflect on the future of the architect’s profession.

The next edition of the New Generations Festival will be held in Rome at MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma , from 6th to 8th September, with the participation of about 20 international guests.

The 3-day event comprising a series of activities open to the public, including the presentation of the book “ATLAS of emerging practices: being an architect in the 21st century”.

Athanasía Aarniosuo Interviews Luke Jones for The Helsinki International Artist Program (HIAP)

September 1st 2019

As part of his HIAP Design Residency Luke Jones has been interviewed on the subject of science fiction, comics and architectural practice.

Heat Island Selected for ATLAS of Emerging Practices / New Generations

August 20th 2019

Heat Island have been selected as of the New Generations for the ATLAS of Emerging Practices set to take place at the Macro Museum, Rome in September.

Architects Journal publishes Spectrum House

June 30th 2019

The AJ has written an article about the recent Heat Island Project, Spectrum House, the HQ for Shadow Robotics


Planning Granted for Rhyl Community Kitchen

June 20th 2019

Camden Council have granted planning permission for our outdoor kitchen classroom at Rhyl Primary School in Camden. Together with their potting shed and emerging kitchen garden, this low energy kitchen classroom will transform the school’s current car park into a space for growing, plot-to-plate teaching, community cooking and culinary events. Start on site in August. 

Heat Island Participation In The Cleaner Air Sooner Initiative, London

June 18th 2019

Members of Heat Island recently took part in the Clearer Air Sooner Initiative, a two-day assembly in Hammersmith, London bringing together representatives from the WHO, city government officials, activists, funders and air quality experts.

Social Fabrics – London Festival of Architecture

May 27th 2019

Social Fabrics: Architectures for a New Fashion Economy: A panel discussion for the London Festival of Architecture addressing the role of architecture and design in generating alternative models for the (fast) fashion industry.

The event opened with presentations from invited speakers Maria Lisogorskaya from Assemble, Maria Dada from Goldsmiths/UAL, Kash Ahmed from Project Workforce and Heat Island. We presented our research on the ready-made-garment sector in Bangladesh and proposals for a new co-working model for garment production, improving conditions for small producers and workers in the informal sector.

A panel discussion addressing the role of architecture and design in generating alternative models for the (fast) fashion industry. The event brings together experts from social enterprise, technology research and architecture to investigate how architecture might help shape new circular economic and environmental models, particularly within the often perilous conditions of the international garment industry and its supply chains.

The discussion will highlight the need to re-evaluate how architectural projects function, from the integration of emerging technologies to the building of non-traditional working partnerships in the hope of inspiring measured and just practices.

The supporting exhibition catalogues the joint work and research generated by Heat Island and Project Workforce, whose current collaboration in Bangladesh proposes a novel co-working model for garment production, improving conditions for small producers and workers in the informal sector.

The event will feature:

Heat Island, a new London based design studio focused on architecture and urban ecology.

Project Work Force, a social enterprise addressing labour, social and environmental issues in the garment industry.

Maria Dada (researcher, creative technologist and Research Fellow in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University and at the Digital Anthropology Lab at UAL.)

Assemble – Maria Lisogorskaya is a founding member of the multi-disciplinary collective founded in 2010. Assemble have since delivered a diverse award-winning body of work including a variety of unique co-fabrication spaces.

Luke Jones Selected for HIAP Residency

May 27th 2019

Luke Jones has been selected as this year’s prestigious British Council Helsinki Design Resident. He will leave in June for the first of two working and production periods in the capital researching Finnish innovations in large scale engineered timber fabrication and offsite manufacture. The research will culminate in a speculative design response and exhibition during Helsinki Design Week this September.

Heat Island @ Smart Cities, British Embassy Moscow

May 27th 2019

We took part in ‘Sustainable Architecture for a Smart City’ – a round table discussion at the British Embassy in Moscow alongside Zaha Hadid Architects, McAslan + Patners, ARUP and Mangera Yvars Architects. 

Heat Island @ The New Normal, Strelka Institute, Moscow

May 27th 2019

Our Moscow visit finished with our workshop at The New Normal, mapping global supply chains of the fast fashion industry. 

Evapanel awarded RICS Cities of our Future Global Runner Up

February 27th 2019

Evapanel, our evaporative cooling facade system for hot-arid cities, was awarded African Regional Winner and Global Runner Up in the RICS Cities of our Future Challenge. Supported by the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Association of Commonwealth Universities – the global competition received over 1,200 entries.