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 Year Through a Window’ at Clerkenwell Design Week 2017

Join us for the launch of our new short film 

 'A Year Through a Window', is a new short film by Publica's Film Unit, which will be screened as part of Clerkenwell Design Week Fringe events from 23-25 May 2017.

The film is a time-lapse study of the London Plane tree canopy, captured from Publica's unique vantage point over Clerkenwell Green. Visitors are invited to pause and look up, as the film will be projected out to the green from the window of Publica’s office. 

A reception to celebrate the launch will be held on the evening of Wednesday 24 May 2017. 

Reception: 24 May 2017, starting at 7pm

Playing: 23 – 25 May 2017, from 7pm – 11pm (on a loop)

Location: Publica, 10 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DP

Posted in: Events
Date: 23 May 2017

The Big Debate

Lucy Musgrave was a featured panelist in 'The Big Debate' a lively event which brought together experts in policy and urban environments for discussion on the next London Plan. 

Lucy spoke on a panel with Ben Plowden, Loyd Grossman and Oliver Wainwright in a session focused on ‘How can we deliver better streets and public spaces?’ Throughout the event topics where hotly contested and the audience contributed through Q&As and live mobile voting. 

For more information or to see the full recording of the event click here.

Posted in: Events, Recent News
Date: 6 February 2017

Is London still the cultural centre of architecture?

Alex Arestis participated in an architecture talk called ‘Dead Centre’, part of Twins Talks - a new series recently launched by Brighton University. The talks "explore difficult alliances, strange bedfellows and new relationships." The aim of the discussions is to "bring together very different people, organisations and ideas to explore differences as well as cultivate common ground."

On 26th January, Alex was “twined” with Piers Taylor of Invisible Studio, Lee Ivett of Baxendale and Kate Goodwin of the Royal Academy to debate whether London is still the cultural centre of architecture or whether London’s financialisation is killing its culture. 

Alex defended London’s position as a cultural leader throughout a thought-provoking conversation. For more information click here.

Posted in: Events, Recent News
Date: 3 February 2017

City of London: Strengthening resilience

Lucy Musgrave will be taking part in a panel discussion at the NLA’s annual ‘On Location’ event taking place on 9 November 2016. The event will examine the future for development and infrastructure in the City of London, and will be attended by an audience of senior professionals from the built environment industry. 

The session Lucy will be included in will discuss ‘Placemaking in the City’ with a presentation from Sharon Ament (Director of the Museum of London) on the museum’s planned move to Smithfield beginning the disussion. Other members of the panel include: Emily Gee (Historic England); Simon Glynn (City of London); Stuart Adolph (Sydell Group) and Carlin Fier (Brookfied Property Partners).

Book tickets here.

Posted in: Events, Recent News
Date: 4 November 2016

How do we define ‘placemaking’ for London?

Victoria Wägner contributed to an NLA think tank session in July 2016, entitled ‘How do we define ‘placemaking’ for London?’. The event was well attended by a range of industry experts, from local authorities, architect’s practices, developers, academics and consultants. The discussion focused on what the term ‘placemaking’ means and how it could be approached in order to create great places for London.

Briefing notes from this session have been included in the most recent New London Quarterly issue and includes a brief summary of Victoria’s input to the session.


Posted in: Events, Recent News
Date: 28 October 2016

How does creative placemaking work in practice?

Anna Mansfield has been invited to co-chair the NLA’s upcoming Creative Placemaking conference, which will consider ‘How does creative placemaking work in practice?’.

The session will have presentations focusing on Masterplanning new cultural districts and the role of the temporary. Anna will chair a panel discussion with speakers: Alex Wraight (Allies and Morrison); Elliot Lipton (First Base); Dan Burr (Sheppard Robson); Henry Dimbleby (London Union) and Polly Plunket (Broadgate Estates).

For more information or to purchase tickets click here.

Posted in: Events, Recent News
Date: 24 October 2016

Research delegates from Seoul Community Support Centre

Publica explore civic participation in the planning of urban neighbourhoods, with Seoul researchers

Researchers from the Seoul Community Support Centre (SCSC) paid a visit to the Publica team this summer, to hear about our work on the Queen’s Park Neighbourhood Plan for Queen's Park Community Council (QPCC) – also meeting Queen’s Park Councillor and Chair of the Neighbourhood Planning Committee, Gill Fitzhugh. The research team came to learn from the team’s experience of community governance and civic participation, as well as the overall functioning and structure of neighbourhood planning process in the UK – to take lessons back to Seoul City.

The SCSC is an intermediary organisation set up by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, aims to support and encourage thriving community life in Seoul’s urban neighbourhoods. As a result, the researchers were interested in learning from the Publica team’s cross disciplinary experience, their insights on working with community and amenity societies, as well as consultation and community engagement. They were similarly keen to understand both the physical space, and the soft structures that need in place to enable communities to thrive, as well as how to measure the social impacts of civic participation and citizens’ capacity.

Posted in: Events, Recent News
Date: 19 September 2016

Experiencing the city: What makes London work?

Anna Mansfield has been invited to speak at 100% Design taking place at the Kensington Olympia 20-23 September. 

Anna will join a panel of experts including Deyan Sudjic, (Design Museum); Ben Rogers (Centre for London) and Tony Travers (LSE) on Thursday 22nd October to debate ‘what does it take to maintain London's attractiveness as a city in which to work and play? How do designers contribute to a city that is both liveable and lovable?’. 

For more information or to book tickets please click here.


Posted in: Events, Recent News
Date: 19 September 2016

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National Infrastructure Commission invites Publica to explore the role infrastructure plays in the growth and success of our cities

The Publica team were invited to host a special event for the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) on 7th September 2016, curating a lively and informative session exploring the key role that infrastructure plays in the growth and success of our cities.

A range of material was presented, drawn from Publica’s innovative approach and experience on transformative projects across London, as well as the practice’s social and cultural research and detailed observational analysis.

The event explored a diverse range of subjects including the relationship between infrastructure and population growth, urbanism and the creation of truly liveable cities – as well as testing the belief that the future of successful cities lies in compact, urban growth and high quality urban neighbourhoods.

International and UK case studies were also presented, as were snapshots of challenges facing many elements of London’s infrastructure – such as re-balancing investment towards funding sustainable modes of transport, and accommodating future growth.

The aim of the event was to aid the NIC in the generation of ideas and creative, strategic thinking, on how infrastructure can remain at the forefront of making our cities more liveable, sustainable, productive and resilient.


Posted in: Events, Recent News
Date: 12 September 2016

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