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Film of the Month: City Limits

This short documentary is a forthright and critical analysis of the problems and virtues of North American cities by acclaimed author Jane Jacobs. Jacobs states, “the city is a complex ever-changing organism, with many elements to consider. I would like us to think of cities as ecologies, similar to the ecologies of the natural world.”

Jacobs examines the problems of cities, and the effects of the automobile, high rise buildings, and apathy on their development. She asserts that the citizens of cities can themselves solve their problems. This colourful film on urbanism, accompanied by an upbeat, jazzy soundtrack, is enjoyable and enlightening viewing. 

City Limits
Directed by Laurence Hyde, 1971, 28 mins

Watch the embedded video above courtesy of National Film Board of Canada

Posted in: Film Of The Month
Date: 23 December 2015

Merry Christmas from Publica

Many thanks to our clients and collaborators, who have helped make 2015 such a great success. We look forward to working with you in the coming year.

In December 1969 Hanover Square presented the largest Christmas display in London, photograph of 4 year-old Mark Powell of Lower Kingswood, Surrey. (Mirrorpix/Alamy)

Periferie: The G124 Project Report in Rome

Date: 14 December 2015

Launch of our updated website

We are excited to launch our updated website, we hope that you will enjoy your visit! With thanks to Studio Frith and Small Back Room.

Posted in: Studio
Date: 14 December 2015

Barbican and Golden Lane Area Strategy adopted as City of London policy

Publica is delighted to announce the City of London Court of Common Council has officially adopted the Barbican and Golden Lane Area Strategy as policy. 

This follows a successful consultation period on the strategy and accompanying Vision for the City of London Cultural Hub, which was developed over a year-long process. The strategy sets out a series of recommendations and projects for improvements to the district’s public realm in light of anticipated future changes, including the arrival of Crossrail at Farringdon and Liverpool Street in 2018, and the City’s ambition to develop the area into a London-wide cultural focal point.

Posted in: Projects, Recent News
Date: 3 December 2015

Film of the Month: Ordinary Streets

Ordinary Streets, an ethnography from local to global, is a short film based on an ethnographic and visual exploration of the spaces, economies and cultures of ‘street’.

Through the lens of Rye Lane in Peckham in South London, the film engages with issues of migration, urban multi-culture and resistance, via the stories of a trader, an activist and an artist. London School of Economics student Sophie Yetton has made this short film, based on research led by Suzanne Hall at LSE Cities. The fieldwork began in January 2012 on a 1km-long stretch of urban street, a team of researchers with backgrounds in sociology, architecture and international affairs surveyed, drew and observed the street. They found 199 formal retail units populated by proprietors from more than 20 countries including Afghanistan, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, Vietnam, Ireland and England. Almost a third of traders speak four or more languages, and a quarter of the shops are subdivided and sublet into smaller shops with shopkeepers from different parts of the globe. 

The research states, “the street is emblematic of the ordinary city, a common urban currency that transmits direct forms of exchange and expression. As a space constituted by ‘ordinary’ citizens, it has a volatile and a convivial capacity: a register for explosive protests as well as quieter, sustained transformations.”

Ordinary Streets 
Directed by Sophie Yetton, 2015, 10 mins

Watch the film here.

Image: Still from the opening sequence, the skyline view from inside the Peckham multi-storey car park.

Posted in: Film Of The Month
Date: 26 November 2015

Bank junction to be comprehensively redesigned

Publica is delighted the City of London will be undertaking a programme of improvements at Bank Junction, a major project which will take five years to complete. 

With consent from TfL an initial “Interim Traffic Order” will be in place from late 2016. A complete redesign will then be consulted on to determine the best long-term solution, which will not only improve safety pedestrians and cyclists but also create a better public space for all users. The Corporation’s Streets & Walkways Committee will meet on 30 November to approve the start of the design process for Bank Junction.

In 2011 Publica was commissioned by the City of London to develop a public realm vision for the streets and spaces of the Bank area and to suggest positive ways in which the public realm could be improved and upgraded. The Bank Area Enhancement Strategy was then developed by Publica and adopted by City members in Summer 2013. 

Following the development of this strategy over two years of extensive work and further traffic modelling was carried out by the City of London to reach this pivotal stage in the project. 

Posted in: Projects, Recent News
Date: 20 November 2015

London School of Architecture Show and Tell: Unpacking Urbanism

Lucy Musgrave will be speaking at a London School of Architecture Show and Tell event at the Design Musuem on Wednesday 25 November, with Alessandra Cianchetta of Parisian based practice AWP, discussing different approaches to urbanism and public space with Will Hunter. Click here to book tickets.

Date: 20 November 2015

Chris Schulte appointment to Publica

Publica is delighted to announce that Chris Schulte, currently Associate Director, Allies and Morrison Architects, will be joining our growing team in November 2015 as Projects Director. 

Posted in: Studio
Date: 28 October 2015

Bartlett School of Architecture, Research and Dissemination Lecture Series

Rute Ferreira, Projects Director and Aruna Ganesan, Researcher, will present to MA Architectural History students at The Bartlett School of Architecture on Wednesday 4 November. The particular session is called ‘Community: Activism and Consultation’, and will also involve Iain Borden talking about his experience as a consultant on the Southbank undercroft.

Posted in: Events, Studio
Date: 26 October 2015

NLA City of London on Location: Future-proofing the Square Mile

Anna Mansfield, Strategic Projects Director, will be speaking at the NLA's annual City of London on Location conference on Tuesday 3 November. This year the event will examine the future for development and infrastructure in the City of London and how the City is looking to ‘future proof’ the Square Mile so that it continues to evolve as one of the world’s most successful financial and business districts.

With ten tall towers planned for the City that will accommodate 50,000 additional jobs on their own, how is the City getting ready for the impact this will have on the Square Mile?

Posted in: Events, Studio
Date: 26 October 2015

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