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Graham BarnfieldDaniel Ben-AmiColin DaviesMark BeachillMark HarropOwen Hatherley

James HeartfieldJohn McKeanTony Pierce

Jonathan SchwingeRoss WolfeJames Woudhuysen

Elisabeth BlanchetAndrew BrooksSusan Craig-GreeneSimon PunterAgnese SanvitoMary Turner

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audacity - We organise authoritative international research, engaging seminars, large conferences, and a provocative website mostly about planning and construction. We are particularly interested in housing.

clickIan Abley has run audacity since 2000, but not as a day job. He works hard for employers as a tenacious professional on large scale, demanding, fast-moving, and innovative projects, mostly in London. He is interested in everything between the manufacturing of vacuum insulation and the building of mile high towers. Ian edited, with James Heartfield, the collection of essays Sustaining Architecture in the Anti-Machine Age (2001). He is co-author, with James Woudhuysen, of Why is construction so backward? (2004) and edited, with Jonathan Schwinge, an edition of AD - Manmade Modular Megastructures (2006). With James Stevens and Tony Pierce he organised the experimental 250 New Towns Club.

clickKate Moorcock Abley is the Managing Director of audacity, and editor of audacity publications. Kate works as a researcher on commercial and institutional programmes. A teacher by occupation, she has also worked on the Sport Programme at the Big Lottery Fund, in the planning and monitoring of capital and social projects. Kate invites research proposals and suggestions about projects to undertake.

While Ian and Kate write for for free, and in a fully independent spirit, they charge clients full commercial rates for the exercise of that spirit elsewhere. Email us on


clickGraham Barnfield is a programme leader in journalism at the University of East London. He is an affiliate editor of Reconstruction. In 2003 Graham was Fellow of the Wilsonian-FIU, he has written widely on US Cultural politics and policy in 1930s America. Graham is a freelance writer with experience of the booming economies of the Middle East.

clickDaniel Ben-Ami is the author of Ferraris For All (2012), his book defending economic progress, and Cowardly Capitalism (2001), on global finance. He has worked as a journalist for 25 years, contributing to numerous national and international publications. Daniel argues for more growth, not less. He wants more production and consumption for all.

clickColin Davies was for many years a Professor of Architecture at London Metropolitan University. He is the author of The Prefabricated Home (2005), and Key Houses of the Twentieth Century (2006). As an architect, teacher, writer and historian, Colin believes that technology, history and theory are closer than is normally supposed and often overlap. Colin argues for the use of contemporary Pattern Books.

clickMark Beachill is currently reading for a PhD at the University of Sunderland. He can be followed on and for starters. Mark has written for UEL's journal Rising East. He graduated from the University of East London with First Class Honours in Journalism.

clickMark Harrop is an experienced self-employed fabricator-welder who works and lives in Horbury, near Wakefield in West Yorkshire. He has supported the 250 New Towns Club from the start in September 2010 and develops new events. He has an interest in photography and appreciates the pressing need to communicate fresh political ideas.

clickOwen Hatherley researched Everyday Life, Mass Production, Mass Politics and the Avant Garde in Weimar Germany and the USSR, 1917-1934, his PhD at Birkbeck College, London. Owen blogs on Architecture and Politics. He writes for Socialist Worker, Historical Materialism, BD, The Wire, New Statesman, and Archinect. A widely published author, Owen regularly contributes to The Guardian.

clickJames Heartfield was a director of audacity until 2014, with his website at James is a columnist for sp!ked. He is the author of several books, including Unpatriotic History of the Second World War (2012), Let's Build! - Why we need five million new homes in the next 10 years (2006), and Green Capitalism - Manufacturing Scarcity in an age of abundance (2008). James speaks on radio and television, enjoys public debate, and argues for industrial development.

clickJohn McKean is an architect, historian and critic, who taught for many years. He is the author of various books and many essays on architecture, but mostly about episodes in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century design. His work is in the study of architecture - of urban places, of designers, and often of individual buildings and their insides.

clickTony Pierce has over 30 years experience as a planner in local government. He consults for clients looking for a systems-thinking approach to the management and improvement of Local Authority town planning, housing, and regeneration services. He believes in planning strategically on a scale to advance the pace of architectural production.

clickJonathan Schwinge was a scholarship diploma student at the Architectural Association. His Airlander project was exhibited in the Ford Journey Zone at the Millennium Dome in 2000. Working for various commercial architects he started Schwinge Ltd in 2005, as an inventive design and technology driven office. He has designed a Mile High Tower.

clickRoss Wolfe Ross Wolfe is a writer and researcher currently living in New York whose work focuses on Soviet and European history, Marxism, and the avant-garde in architecture. His forthcoming book, The Graveyard of Utopia: Soviet Urbanism and the Fate of the International Avant-Garde, is expected to be published by Zero Books.

clickJames Woudhuysen was a director of audacity until 2014, with his website at James was for many years the Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at De Montfort University, Leicester. He is co-author, with Ian Abley, of Why is construction so backward? (2004) co-author, with Joe Kaplinsky, of Energ!se: A future for energy innovation (2009), and editor of Big Potatoes: the London Manifesto for Innovation (2012). He writes for James is an accomplished public speaker, and a columnist for sp!ked.

James Heartfield, James Woudhuysen and Ian Abley at the Mile High Tower presentation for the Building Centre


audacity organises authoritative international research, engaging seminars, large conferences, and a provocative website. Our work would have been far less successful without the support given by a number of professional photographers, who we thank, and heartily recommend.

clickElisabeth Blanchet loves taking pictures of people and places. Documenting other people's lives has become her job. Based in London she regularly works with Time Out London and other UK papers and magazines. She contributes to the continental press, such as Le Figaro, Le Soir, l'Agefi, Cote Ouest, Marie-Claire, and Groupe Bayard-Presse.

clickAndrew Brooks is a photographer, a conceptual digital artist and film maker living and working in Manchester. He says '... no matter how much digital application is going on, the atmosphere and feel of a picture is always the most important thing.' Andrew’s creative process often results in capturing hundreds of images to create a complete work.

clickSusan Craig-Greene works for The Advocacy Project. Her role is to coordinate and promote literacy projects for secondary school-aged children and adults, not only through traditional literacy classes but also by making learning more accessible through computers and online learning resources. Susan works closely with Gypsies and Travellers.

clickSimon Punter works for advertising agencies, designers, magazine and book publishers, engineers, and government agencies. He works on location and from his 500 square foot studio space in Hove, near Brighton. His work is completely colour managed, and he welcomes unusual assignments. He has recently been photographing from cranes.

clickAgnese Sanvito trained in Fine Arts at the Accademia Clementina di Belle Arti, Bologna, Italy. She studied colour photography at the London College of Communication. Her interest in the world of architecture has developed through a growing portfolio of published commissions from specialist magazines and newspapers.

clickMary Turner is an award winning photographer based in the South East of England. For the past six years she has worked for regional and national newspapers and magazines in the UK. Mary currently freelances for several clients. She is widely travelled and experienced at working with a wide variety of subjects both in the UK and abroad.

James Heartfield, James Woudhuysen and Ian Abley at the Mile High Tower presentation for the Building Centre
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