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2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism Cities Exhibition

Publica, in collaboration with The Store Studios, 180 The Strand, has produced and curated an exhibition on the creative industries in London for the inaugural Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism.

The Place, Spaces, Work 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.

In 2016, Publica was commissioned to undertake a cultural research project investigating the importance of the creative industries to London. The maps and drawings presented here are extracted from a publication titled, Place, Spaces, Work: The Creative Industries, which will launch this fall.

The Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, organised by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Design Foundation, runs from the 1st of September to the 5th of November, 2017. Visit seoulbiennale.org/en for more details. 

 

Posted in: Events
Date: 1 September 2017

Publica Away Day 2017

The Publica team travelled to Shoreham in Kent for our annual away-day, arriving by bike and train with picnics in hand. We enjoyed a day of presentations and discussions about recent and future projects, heard from many members of the team and shared insights across departments, and took in some beautiful countryside views. 

Posted in: Events, Studio
Date: 27 July 2017

London First Champions Aldwych, Hanover Square and East Mayfair Projects

London First has announced that it will be backing three transformational public realm projects in the West End at Aldwych, Hanover Square and East Mayfair. It’s hoped that by championing these schemes the group, comprised of The Portman Estate, Arup, The Crown Estate and Grosvenor Britain and Ireland, can work with the West End Business Improvement Districts to confirm funding and delivery within the next five years.​

Publica produced the public realm visions and urban design proposals for all of the selected schemes. The Northbank BID commissioned Publica’s work on Aldwych, Westminster City Council and Great Portland Estates commissioned our work on Hanover Square, and The Pollen Estate commissioned the East Mayfair project.

Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive of London First, said: “The plans for Aldwych, Hanover Square and East Mayfair promise to transform the areas, making them more open, accessible and attractive for residents, local businesses and the millions of people who visit the West End each year. To make sure they don’t get stuck on the drawing board, business is joining forces to champion the work, delivering real ambition and investment for London and our world-famous streets.”

Publica is very pleased that these projects have received recognition from London First, and look forward to continuing to work with our clients, local authorities and Transport for London to ensure that these schemes are delivered.

Posted in: Projects
Date: 13 July 2017

Lucy Musgrave has been appointed as a Mayor's Design Advocate

During an event at the London School of Economics on the evening of 10 July 2017, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan launched his Good Growth by Design programme and announced the architectural, design and built environment professionals who have been appointed as Design Advocates to help realise his vision.

Lucy is honoured to be selected alongside an exceptional group of distinguished professionals and design leaders to help support this exciting and much-needed programme over the coming months and years. 

The Good Growth by Design programme is focused on enhancing the design of buildings and neighbourhoods for all Londoners and ensuring that development across London is ‘high-quality, inclusive and sustainable.’

For more information visit: https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/mayor-sets-out-his-vision-for-the-future-of-london

Date: 10 July 2017

The British 10K

On Sunday 9th July nine Publica team members took on the challenge of running the British 10k in Central London. The run started from Wellington Arch looped through Westminster and finished at Whitehall. It was an extremely hot day which made the run even more of a challenge. There was lots of support and cheering along the route which spurred along the Publica team and everyone completed the distance with great times. Well done to everyone who took part! 

Posted in: Events, Studio
Date: 10 July 2017

The River at Night

Lucy Musgrave, Vicky Wägner and Satu Streatfield from the Publica led a guided walk for the public on the evening on 29th June as part of LFA 2017 entitled ‘The River at Night’. The tour lead participants along the river at night and allowed them to gain awareness of how darkness and lighting affect the way we see and experience riverside public space. The walk began by tracing the historic edge of the north bank, exploring the variety of after-dark environments that have evolved along the river and they examined the way in which light 'edits' views of the city after nightfall. The tour highlighted the history of civic ambition that shaped the public spaces and infrastructure along the river and encouraged participants to imagine the future potential of these spaces. Thank you to everyone who came along and joined us on this unique journey. 

Posted in: Events
Date: 30 June 2017

Open Studio 2017

Thank you to everyone who came along and made our LFA Open Studio 2017 such a success. This year our exhibition responded to the theme ‘Fieldwork’, with the main exhibition focused on three ‘geographies’ where Publica has undertaken extensive Fieldwork: the Oxford Street district, The Northbank and examples from our international studies. It was great to see lots of familiar faces and meet new people were interested to learn more about our practice. 

Posted in: Events, Studio
Date: 26 June 2017

Open Studio for LFA 2017 – Fieldwork

Publica invites you to join us for our Open Studio evening as part of the 2017 London Festival of Architecture. This year we present Fieldwork - a showcase of recent surveys, sketches, drawings, maps, photographs, films and reports from our projects in London and abroad. 

Fieldwork: Publica’s team of urban designers, researchers, photographers, graphic designers and filmmakers use a wide variety of investigative mapping, drawing and documentation methods to illustrate and understand the process of urban change. Over the past seven years, Publica has studied over 70 London neighbourhoods and published over 100 reports that span local, district-wide and international scales. This neutral, evidence-based body of work includes issues related to the integration of new development, public space, civic amenity, air quality, greenery, infrastructure, housing and the creative industries. 

Please join us for a drink, meet the team and see some of our work! To RSVP click here.

Time: 6pm – 9pm

Date: Friday 23 June 2017

Location: Publica, 10–11 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DP ​

Posted in: Events, Studio
Date: 21 June 2017

Launch of 'A Future for the Oxford Street District’

Publica, working with Volterra and Gerald Eve, has completed a two year study and report on Oxford Street and the surrounding area, exploring how it can be transformed from a single shopping street into a varied, entertaining and well-connected district of distinct neighbourhoods. The newly launched report, A Future for the Oxford Street District, and accompanying website, illustrates a bold aspiration for this area to become a vibrant centre for civic life and commerce with the world’s best retail and culture destination at its heart. 

Commissioned by New West End Company (NWEC), the report will be officially launched on 15 June 2017 at the 2017 London Real Estate Forum by Westminster City Council Leader, Councillor Nickie Aiken, Sue West, Director of Operations at Selfridges & Co., Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, and Jace Tyrell NWEC CEO. 

A Future for the Oxford Street District has been developed in response to the ambitious vision adopted by the West End Partnership for the wider West End and it also forms the basis for New West End Company’s response to the recent Westminster City Council and Transport for London consultation on the transformation of Oxford Street. The report is intended both to inspire and to demonstrate how the Oxford Street district can make a greater contribution to the success of the West End, and in doing so secure its future as a world-class shopping, cultural and commercial centre. Actions for delivering this future will include environmental and public realm upgrades to reduce traffic, improving air quality, and enhancing wayfinding and connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists. A dynamic mix of uses across the district will also be sensitively established, together with a vibrant district-wide programme of cultural uses, activities and events that will reinvigorate the area and safeguard its future.    

 

Posted in: Projects, Recent News
Date: 15 June 2017

44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields receives planning permission

44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, a major new development for The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), was granted planning permission by Westminster City Council on 13 June. Publica played a major role in the design of the public realm in the lead up to the submission for planning approval. 

Purchased by LSE in 2013, the largely 1960s building will be entirely demolished and will be replaced with a new building by Grafton Architects to house The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship, the academic departments of Accounting, Finance and Management, teaching facilities, as well as sports and arts rehearsal facilities including a Sports England standard multi-purpose sports hall for use by staff and students of LSE. 

Publica reviewed Grafton's overall strategy for the design of the public realm in terms of quality, viability, compliance with Westminster's vision. Our team developed initial public realm proposals to guide and shape the concept design, providing strategic guidance throughout the concept design process to help steer the design team and ensure the integration of the building with its immediate context. Publica's work included further investigation into the surrounding streets and spaces and formulating ideas for a wider public realm strategy. 

Posted in: Projects
Date: 13 June 2017

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