Architecture Today | July/August 2019

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Metropolitan Workshop | May 2019


The Guardian: Too poor to play | March 2019

Dinah Bornat was interviewed by The Guardian in response to segregation between richer and poorer children within a London housing development.


'The women designing new London' | September 6, 2018

ZCD directors Cordula Weisser and Dinah Bornat have been listed by Open House as two female architects leading new design in London. 

City Centric Podcast | April 3, 2018

‘Talking Architecture & Cities for Children with Dinah Bornat’


ZCD features in East London’s ‘local publication’ | March 27, 2018

ZCD is delighted to say that our project Albion Drive featured in the new 'Local' Publication ran by East London's very own Barüch Boutique as one of East London's Best Home Extension Projects.

To see the full article and publication please use the link below.


Child friendly cities | August 1, 2017

Our research has been picked up by the Mayor of London and the Evening Standard to discuss the importance of London becoming more child friendly. Read the full article below. 


Salon Magazine: Hussein Chalayan | November 13, 2015

ZCD Architects' scheme for Hussein Chalayan’s first London shop on Bourdon Street was published in the Ukrainian Salon Magazine. 


Architects Journal: Argent airport city charrette | March 6, 2015

ZCD took part in the Architects' Journal’s Manchester charrette, exploring ideas for the Airport City proposals. The results have been published in this week's magazine.

See our proposals, here.

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BBC News | March 2019


Architecture Today | January 17, 2019

ZCD is delighted to say that our project Rushmore Road featured in the January edition of ‘Architecture Today’

The Developer: Estates of play | December 2018

Dinah Bornat was invited to speak with The Developer for their podcast; ‘The secrets and barriers to child-friendly places’


Hackney Gazette | May 11, 2018

De Beauvoir Primary School kids create blueprint for child-friendly Hackney project.

Creative kids are at the heart of a long-term town hall project to make Hackney a more child-friendly place to grow up.

Year 5 students from De Beauvoir Primary School have been working with a team of architects, researchers and photographers to stamp their mark on any future development in their near surroundings. Backed by Hackney Council, the students were tasked with taking photographs of the De Beauvoir Estate and working out how the area can be improved. According to the team at ZCD Architects, who have been working with the students for the past nine weeks, the overwhelming desire from the younger crowd is for more, and safer, places to play.

A survey with the students also showed just two kids in the year cycle to school, but more than a third would take up the option if they felt it was safe enough to do so.

Mayor of Hackney Phil Glanville, who was carrying out his first visit to a school since being re-elected to the role earlier this month, said: “Instead of making decisions for you as young people, we wanted to see what you thought about the area. “All too often people sit in town hall offices and say ‘this is how people are going to live on the ground’, but they never go out there and ask people. “When they do go out there and speak to people, they don’t ask young people about what they think and how they want to use those spaces. “We believe if we are going to solve some of the big problems in Hackney, you have to start with grass roots and ask young people what words like ‘play’ and ‘safe’ mean to them.”


The Times: Making spaces for play | January 11, 2018

Making spaces for play on new suburban and town developments was reviewed in the Business section of the Times.


Autonomy, Freedom & Playing with the rules | July 14, 2017

Accompanied by sociologist Dr Ben Fincham, Dinah Bornat hosted a talk at Latitude Festival examining urban environments, and exposing the disconnection between fun, joyful, self-directed, unaccompanied play and provisions for structured activity.


Architects Journal: Designing green spaces people want to use | April 21, 2016

An article on Dinah Bornat's research into how people use green spaces in new residential developments published in the Architects' Journal. 

Read more on the research, here.


Creative Review: Hussein Chalayan | September 30, 2015

ZCD Architects' London store for fashion designer Hussein Chalayan features in the September 2015 edition of Creative Review.