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Matthew Gregorowski

https://www.world-architects.com/en/matthew-gregorowski-london

Mare Street, London, United Kingdom
Matthew Gregorowski MA(Cantab) DipArch (*1992) was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and studied architecture at The University of Cambridge and The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design. Since 2013 he has worked at 6a architects, London, on a range of arts and public projects, and in 2018 was awarded the Young Talent Architecture Award by The Fundació Mies van der Rohe and Creative Europe.

Deplorable Framework


The National Park Settlement Trust

Deplorable Framework


The National Park Settlement Trust
Reconsider the perception, governance, and inhabitation of the British countryside after Brexit.
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Type of project
  • Systemic changes

Britain's National Parks were formed by acts of protest and activism that led to new legislation and broader access to the landscape. The radical context in which these areas were founded is today eclipsed by a drive to preserve or recreate their original appearance, embodying ideas of patriotism, nostalgia, and continuance.

Under the looming shadow of Brexit the countryside is set to face a series of stark economic and managerial issues. In this moment of change it is necessary to challenge existing ways of interacting with the landscape, recognise the nuanced quality of its history, and utilise the opportunity to propose alternative approaches to its management, funding and purpose.

Deplorable Framework views landscape as a changing and malleable resource, reflected in propositions that break from typical and conservative forms of preservation and governance. Reinventing the British countryside may lead to more meaningful interactions between the landscape and its inhabitants.



The Peak District National Park - Picturesque management policies limit meaningful encounters with the British countryside, obscuring nuance in the history and meaning of the landscape.

Recalling The Upper Derwent Valley - An imagined seance on the edge of Howden Reservoir, within The Peak District National Park, confronts hidden aspects of the surrounding landscape’s purpose, history, and inhabitation.

The Howden Estate - A perfect square of ornate oak and larch plantations form the curtilage of a new settlement, home to vast and tiny structures, custodians of an uncanny cultivated world.

Worlds Within Worlds - A series of towers and walls grow alongside the forest over several decades and housing a local, elderly population. Walls grow as columns, invisible in the forest, breaking through the tree canopy to cut the skyline as landmarks.

Deplorable Framework: The National Park Settlement Trust - A proposal for the holistic reinvention of the British Countryside.

Deplorable Framework


The National Park Settlement Trust

Deplorable Framework


The National Park Settlement Trust
Reconsider the perception, governance, and inhabitation of the British countryside after Brexit.
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

Britain's National Parks were formed by acts of protest and activism that led to new legislation and broader access to the landscape. The radical context in which these areas were founded is today eclipsed by a drive to preserve or recreate their original appearance, embodying ideas of patriotism, nostalgia, and continuance.

Under the looming shadow of Brexit the countryside is set to face a series of stark economic and managerial issues. In this moment of change it is necessary to challenge existing ways of interacting with the landscape, recognise the nuanced quality of its history, and utilise the opportunity to propose alternative approaches to its management, funding and purpose.

Deplorable Framework views landscape as a changing and malleable resource, reflected in propositions that break from typical and conservative forms of preservation and governance. Reinventing the British countryside may lead to more meaningful interactions between the landscape and its inhabitants.



The Peak District National Park - Picturesque management policies limit meaningful encounters with the British countryside, obscuring nuance in the history and meaning of the landscape.

Recalling The Upper Derwent Valley - An imagined seance on the edge of Howden Reservoir, within The Peak District National Park, confronts hidden aspects of the surrounding landscape’s purpose, history, and inhabitation.

The Howden Estate - A perfect square of ornate oak and larch plantations form the curtilage of a new settlement, home to vast and tiny structures, custodians of an uncanny cultivated world.

Worlds Within Worlds - A series of towers and walls grow alongside the forest over several decades and housing a local, elderly population. Walls grow as columns, invisible in the forest, breaking through the tree canopy to cut the skyline as landmarks.

Deplorable Framework: The National Park Settlement Trust - A proposal for the holistic reinvention of the British Countryside.


Idea by

Matthew Gregorowski
Mare Street
London
United Kingdom
Matthew Gregorowski MA(Cantab) DipArch (*1992) was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and studied architecture at The University of Cambridge and The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design. Since 2013 he has worked at 6a architects, London, on a range of arts and public projects, and in 2018 was awarded the Young Talent Architecture Award by The Fundació Mies van der Rohe and Creative Europe.