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

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

Winchester Station Approach Public Realm Strategy

Publica is delighted to have been named lead consultant developing a strategy for public realm improvements for the Winchester Station Approach area. We are working with a team led by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) who were appointed by Winchester City Council (WCC) to provide architectural design and related services for the Station Approach development. 

The project consists of a masterplan framework that considers mixed-use development across the Carfax and Cattlemarket sites alongside improvements to the public realm. ​

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

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

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 in London, 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 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:

Date: 10 July 2017

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