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Vital Neighbourhoods launched at City Hall

Publica launched Vital Neighbourhoods: Lessons from international housing renewal at City Hall on 15 May 2018. This publication is the product of a 12-month research study of international housing renewal projects that aimed to identify lessons from successful projects around the world for application in London.

We were thrilled to have James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development help us launch the publication. Architects Anne Lacaton, Frederic Druot and Anna Page gave keynote speeches on projects in Bordeaux, Paris and Zurich, which feature in the publication. We’re also very grateful to our panellists Kate Macintosh, David Ogunmuyiwa and Adam Khan for sharing their expertise during the panel discussion.

Our special thanks to Stanhope PLC who were our partners on this project.

Read more about Vital Neighbourhoods: Lessons from international housing renewal here. 

Posted in: Events, Recent News
Date: 15 May 2018

Publica drawings selected for the RA Summer Exhibition and Association of Illustrator’s Awards

Two drawings from ‘Place, Spaces, Work: The Creative Industries in London’ have been selected to be part of the Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibition! ‘The Bussey Building by Day’ and ‘The Bussey Building by Night’ were chosen as part of Grayson Perry’s selection for the print room. The exhibtion will open to the public on 12 June. 

The full set of drawings from the ‘Spaces’ section of ‘Place, Spaces, Work: The Creative Industries in London’ made the winning shortlist of the Association of Illustrators’ International Illustration Awards. ‘The Bussey Building by Day’ and ‘The Bussey Building by Night’ will also be on display at Somerset House as part of the winners' exhibition which opens to the public on 8 June.

Huge congratulations go to Alex Arestis, Cecily Chua, Nick Green, Charlotte Lord, Jacob Neville, Victoria Wagner and all Publica team members who contributed to the project.

For more information on the RA Summer Exhibition click here.

For more information on AOI exhibtion click here.

 

Posted in: Studio, Recent News
Date: 29 May 2018

Publica joins the team led by Arup and Grimshaw Architects on the HS2 contract for London Euston Station

Arup, working with Grimshaw Architects, has been awarded a contract to help develop and refine the detailed plans for the London Euston station, due to be complete in 2026.  


The new station will be designed with input from local communities, using best practice principles from stations around the world, and guidelines and specifications endorsed by an independent panel of leading architects and designers.   


Grimshaw is leading the architecture and urban design for HS2’s Euston station in collaboration with a multidisciplinary design team including Publica; We Made That; Haptic Architects; Portland Design; LDA Design; and Future Pace.  


Working with HS2 Ltd, the team is tasked with delivering: 

- People-centred design, which offers high-quality customer experience including shopping, business facilities, and opportunities for art and leisure

- Architecture which enables accessibility for all, including step-free access from street-to-seat which is simple and easy to navigate

- ‘Timeless design’ for future-proofing and flexibility so stations accommodate changes in technology and in the population

- Respecting and contributing to the physical and cultural legacy of the location – responding to the local built and natural environment, using local materials and ensuring local people identify with their station and have pride in it  


An independent HS2 Design Panel has scrutinised HS2’s guidelines and specifications for the stations, and will continue to play a key role in reviewing the detailed designs as they develop through 2018.  


Chair of the HS2 Design Panel and founding director of dRMM architects, Professor Sadie Morgan said: “We welcome the appointment of these world class designers and look forward to working with them and HS2 to help deliver stations which set new standards in design, and passenger experience for all. This project should strive to provide a legacy of great architecture of which Britain can be truly proud.”  


Grimshaw Partner, Declan McCafferty, has said, “We are delighted to be working with Arup to steer the design of the most exciting station redevelopment in the UK. A unique aspect of our proposal is the collaboration with small and medium-sized design practices with a range of different disciplines, who will work with us to create a fantastic new station as part of an engaging and lively public realm, with a superb environment for both passengers and local communities.’

Posted in: Recent News
Date: 5 April 2018

Publica is selected for three of the Mayor of London's ADUP2 panels

Publica has been selected for three categories in the Mayor of London’s new Architecture, Design and Urbansim Panel (ADUP 2). Teams in each category were selected out of 225 shortlisted applicants. Publica has been selected for the Public Realm and Landscape, Urban Strategies, Spatial Policy and Research, and Cultural Strategy and Public Art categories.
 
The framework exists to provide local authorities and other public sector bodies with advice on how to deliver the best quality design across a range of areas including architecture, urban design and public realm. This framework replaces the previous ADUP, which was launched in 2014, and categories have been expanded to allow for expertise to be sought on a broader range of topics.

Posted in: Recent News
Date: 4 April 2018

Lucy Musgrave appointed to National Infrastructure Commission Design Panel

We are delighted to announce that our Director, Lucy Musgrave has been appointed to sit on a newly appointed design panel for National Infrastructure Commission.

The National Infrastructure Commission is aiming to put design at the heart of the country’s future infrastructure planning and will draw on the expertise of Tony Burton, who led the establishment of the HS2 Design Panel. 

Lucy, who already sits on the National Infrastructure Commission’s Technical Advisory Panel will sit alongside Hanif Kara of AKTII and Isabel Dedring of Arup on a panel chaired by Sadie Morgan of dRMM.

Posted in: Recent News
Date: 28 February 2018

Place Spaces Work - Exhibition

Publica's newest exhibition on the creative industries is open to the public from 23 February - 2 March 2018, following a special preview and panel discussion on 22 February 2018.

The Place, Spaces, Work: The Creative Industries in London exhibition explores the relationship between London's creative sector and the city's geography, history, built environment and civic life, shown through a range of mapping techniques and scales. It presents examples of the inventive reuse of buildings by the creative industries, illustrating the diverse social and economic activity they bring to London's existing building stock. 

The maps and drawings presented here are extracted from the Place, Spaces, Work: The Creative Industries in London publication, published by Store X Publica. This exhibition was first shown at the 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism Cities Exhibition
 

Location:
10-11 Clerkenwell Green
London EC1R 0DP

Opening hours:
Friday, 23 Feb 2018, 10am - 5pm
Saturday, 24 Feb 2018, 11am - 3pm
Monday, 26 Feb 2018 - Friday, 2 Mar 2018, 10am - 5pm

 

 

Posted in: Events, Recent News
Date: 19 February 2018

Publica Event: discussing the future of the creative industries

On 22 February 2018, Publica is holding an event with Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, for 100 guests from the public, private and creative industries sectors. The event will convene leading experts to discuss critical issues facing the future of the creative industries in London.  

The event marks the release of Place, Spaces, Work: The Creative Industries in London, a new publication published by Store X Publica. A panel discussion will be held alongside an exhibition of the maps and drawings from the publication that highlight the conditions that have allowed the creative industries to thrive at the centre and elsewhere in the city. 

Deputy Mayor Justine Simons will give the keynote speech. Publica’s Director, Lucy Musgrave, will present opening and closing remarks. The event will be chaired by Alex Arestis, Urban Design Director at Publica. 

Panellists will include:
Eliza Easton, Principal Policy Researcher, Creative Economy and Data Analytics, Nesta
Juliette Morgan, Head of Campus, British Land
Isabel Farchy, Founding Director, Creative Mentor Network

The exhibition is open to the public from 23 February 2018 to 2 March 2018. 

 
 
 

Posted in: Events
Date: 14 February 2018

Public realm improvements for Bond Street underway

Publica were commissioned by New West End Company and Westminster City Council in 2015 to carry out a public realm study and have since been developing the concept design and working closely with engineers WSP throughout the detailed design process. 

Click here to see a time-lapsed video of the construction that’s underway.

Posted in: Projects, Recent News
Date: 11 January 2018

Lucy Musgrave appointed to the board of Public Practice

Lucy Musgrave is delighted to sit on the board of the new social enterprise, Public Practice.

“Public Practice is placing a new generation of planners within local government to shape places for the public good. It will build the public sector’s capacity to deliver homes and growth, make better places, and share skills and knowledge across authorities.”

Public Practice is led by Finn Williams, CEO, with a board that is chaired by Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor of London for Planning, Regeneration & Skills. Other board members include Danna Walker, Director of Built by Us, Sara Cary, Head of Sustainable Places at British Land and Vincent Lacovara, Placemaking Team Leader at Croyden Council. The board is observed by Debbie Jackson, Assistant Director, GLA Regeneration and Pooja Agrawal, Senior Project Officer, GLA Regeneration. 

Public Practice is supported by the Mayor of London, Local Government Association, Future Cities Catapult, British Land, Berkeley Group and Peabody.

To learn more visit: www.publicpractice.org.uk

Posted in: Recent News
Date: 31 October 2017

Tonic Housing Design Charette

On 10 October 2017, Publica hosted and facilitated a design charette for Tonic Housing CIC (Tonic) to explore refining a set of site criteria for the UK’s first LGBT+ majority retirement community.

Supported by Publica’s CIC since 2015, Tonic is a social enterprise which aims to achieve a national demonstration project that challenges the anonymity often found in older people’s housing. Tonic’s vision is led by the belief that creativity, innovation, accessibility, affirmation and joy can help to tackle the isolation, fear and discrimination experienced within the community.

The design charette’s purpose was to focus debate about project priorities and opportunities in a low-risk, structured environment; intended as a ‘dry run’ in advance of key decisions that Tonic will make about the development in the near future, including the selection of a suitable site.

We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm to participate from our invited guests. The group of experts that attended the charette represented a broad cross-section of designers, developers and thinkers, all with extensive knowledge of the culture and constraints within which Tonic's vision will be realised.

The evening was structured around a series of exercises that allowed participants to produce a set of key design considerations for Tonic to use in their search for a suitable site. 

Attendees were representatives from architecture and design firms, including Pollard Thomas Evans, Duggan Morris Architects, Niall McLaughlin Architects, Jonathan Tuckey Designs, and Adam Khan Architects; and specialist researchers, including Veracity/Dubishere.

Posted in: Projects
Date: 16 October 2017

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