Film of the Month: Lift and The Road

Two films shot in London directed by Marc Isaacs

Marc Isaacs, UK, 2001, 24mins
A Portrait of Life in a London High Rise. The filmmaker Marc Isaacs installed himself in a lift in a tower block and filmed for up to 10 hours day for ten weeks. When he first appeared in the lift the discomfort was palpable, but as the residents come to trust him they reveal the things that matter to them, creating an offbeat and moving insight into the local community.

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The Road: A Story of Life and Death
Marc Isaacs, UK, 2012, 75mins
A film that gives us a fascinating insight into the lives of people who have come to London to seek a better life. Since Roman times migrants settled on the A5, the 300 mile-long lifeline connecting Anglesey to Marble Arch in central London. The film introduced us to a collage of memorable characters: a charismatic 95-year-old Jewish widow who fled pre-war Vienna; Iqbal, an Indian poet who cleans hotel rooms by day; Keelta, an Irish singer; and Bridget, a retired air hostess.

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Image: Still from 'Lift' by Marc Isaacs

Posted in: Film Of The Month
Date: 25 January 2016

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)

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

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

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

Shaping the future of Mayfair

Lucy Musgrave has been invited to take part in a roundtable event hosted by the Royal Academy in early November. The participants, including local stakeholders, landowners and businesses will meet to discuss placemaking, the future identity of Mayfair and its role as a cultural quarter. Lucy will deliver a presentation on the current context of Mayfair to help inform discussions. An article summarising key topics and outcomes will be published in the next edition of New London Quarterly.

Posted in: Projects
Date: 11 September 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.

Please click here for press release for full details. For all further enquiries, please contact Meneesha Kellay.

Posted in: Studio
Date: 28 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? For more information and to book a place at this event, please click here.

Posted in: Events, Studio
Date: 26 October 2015

The future of Mayfair and Belgravia

Publica is currently assisting Grosvenor in the creation of a future vision for the central London district’s of Mayfair and Belgravia. As part of this process, Publica recently convened a roundtable of international experts across a range of spatial, development, creative, and environmental disciplines to share insight, best practice and help refine the vision as it develops to its next stages.

Posted in: Projects
Date: 11 October 2015

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