knowledge dock

Research underpins our work and provides a space in which to test ideas. As a practice we have expert knowledge in urban design and housing, in modern methods of construction and technological innovation, in policy, standards and best practice, in burial practice and its architecture.

learning resource
We lecture as a means of promoting best practice to the industry and key decision makers, to Schools of Architecture and professional audiences. Included below are selected learning resources available to download:

Design Quality
Patterns and Parameters
A talk given by Alex Ely at the University of Cambridge, October 2010
What's Social about Housing?
RIBA, July 2008
Successful apartment living: preventing urban sprawl
Institute of Public Administration conference, Dublin, September 2007
Are MMC compatible with good design?
Waterfront Modern Methods of Construction Conference, December 2005
Good design to aid sustainable mixed tenure developments
NHF Conference, July 2005, breakout session
AF Gold podcast
Michael Howe and Alex Ely in conversation with Geoffrey Darke of Darbourne and Darke Architects. An Architecture Foundation seminar

Self build in London, Not around it
DIY Urbanism forum, November 2004, lecture

Professional Practice
AND NOW WHAT: Rethinking Spatial Practice
Architecture Foundation, April 2009.
Roles in the Development Process
Part of Urban Design London's training programme
Design quality and procurement
Presentations from the HCA Design Awareness training day
design research
Mæ constantly undertakes research to inform the philosophy of our work, keep abreast of the design debate, remain critical and deliver design excellence.
The Case for Space
Alex Ely on the relationship between design quality and equalities of wellbeing April 29th 2014
10 point plan
Our principles for a sustainable city
Pattern book
A catalogue of Mæ designed HCA plan compliant house types
Flexible housing
Ongoing research into flexible and adaptable housing
Compostable architecture
Waste-free design for a compostable temporary performance space
Manifesto for streets
Mæ's analysis of urban street clutter in London
We undertake and publish research in order to inform the strategy and direction of the practice on urbanism, architecture and policy. Recent publications can be downloaded or ordered below:

Design related articles
Exploring Eye
Michael Howe writing about Delhi's Hauz Khas complex
The Architectural Review, July 2009
Review of London Metropolitan University's graduate show
Alex Ely, Architects' Journal, 9 July 2009
In our polychrome homes
Review of the 'Significant Colour' exhibition at the Aram Gallery
Barkow Leibinger - An Atlas of Fabrication
Review of an exhibition at the Architectural Association
Does London need a new vernacular for housing?
Article in Building Design, March 2009

Housing related articles
The Plan's the Thing
A review of Dutch book 'The Residential Floor Plan: standard and ideal'
The Rule of Regulations
A review by Alex Ely for the Architects' Journal on the Architecture Foundation exhibition by Finn Williams and David Knight
Accommodating diversity whilst meeting density targets
Article in Planning in London, October 2008
Evolving Norms of British Housing
Exhibition catalogue written and produced by mæ
Housing Design Awards 2007
A review for the Architect's Journal
Delivering Great Places to Live
Housing design guide written and produced for CABE
The Home Buyer's Guide: what to look and ask for when buying a new home CABE and Black Dog Publication
Better Neighbourhoods: Making higher densities work
Research managed for CABE
Housing Audit: assessing the design quality of new homes
Research managed for CABE

Public Realm related articles
Towards a smoke-free London architecture
Article for Debate London
Cemeteryscape: observations on our burial crisis
Published article

Policy related articles
Setting Standards
Michael Howe writing in the Architects' Journal on the research behind the London Housing Design Guide, July 2009
Double Standards
An essay on the state of housing policy and design standards
Where next for housing
Article for Debate London
Level Thinking
A critique of planning legislation, published article
Mæ participate in and contribute to a number of professional practice forums through our work as enablers, assessors or as steering group members. Below are forums that we are involved with:
Building for Life, we are accredited BfL Assessors
CABE, assisting their enabling programme
Transform South Yorkshire, assisting the DDQ initiative
RIBA, as a member of the RIBA Housing Group
Sustainable Placemaking Forum, as a participant
Urban Buzz, as an Innovation Fellow
British Council, assisting their international learning programme
The Housing Forum, as a steering group member
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