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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

Lucy Musgrave granted Freedom of the City of London

Lucy Musgrave is delighted to have been granted Freedom of the City of London.

Lucy has been granted this title due to her appointment to the livery company, the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects. Freedom of the City of London is only granted by the City of London and is an honour bestowed by a municipality upon a valued member of the community.

Believed to have been first presented in 1237, granting Freedom of the City is one of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence today.

 

Date: 15 November 2016

Lucy Musgrave appointed to NIC Expert Advisory Group

Lucy Musgrave has been appointed as a member of the Technical Panel of the National Infrastructure Commission’s newly-formed Expert Advisory Groups.

The Expert Advisory Groups consist of two panels, Technical and Analytical, with the panel members for both groups consisting of industry experts and leading thinkers from across industry, business and academia. The panels will act as a sounding board for the Commission’s emerging thinking and methodologies and provide the NIC with a range of different perspectives and experiences on its work. Panel members will also be required to add additional level of scrutiny to Commission’s documents prior to publication, and to advise on the quality, limitations, and appropriate uses of the research carried out by - or on behalf of - the Commission, as well as specific issues and problems when necessary. The panel members will also help the NIC to establish and maintain relationships with other experts and stakeholders, where appropriate.

 Lucy’s appointment to the panel follows Publica’s recent invitation to present analysis to the Commission, exploring infrastructure’s leading role in urban development. The NIC is beginning its next phase of the UK’s first ever National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA), and the formation of the NIC’s expert advisory groups was announced alongside the launch of a 15 week call for evidence – inviting the submission of ideas and solutions to shape the development of the NIA.

 

Posted in: Recent News
Date: 3 November 2016

Publica goes to Nottingham

Publica was invited by the University of Nottingham's Department of the Built Environment to engage with its postgraduate programme in architecture, which this year is examining the buildings and spaces of London's newly-branded "Knowledge Quarter" which straddles the Euston Road. On 1 November three members of Publica, Chris Schulte, William Beeston and Matthew Hopkins travelled to Nottingham as guest tutors to lead an intensive day of teaching. Over the course of the day they presented the ethos and work of the practice, reviewed student work and ran a workshop on techniques of urban observation and mapping.

Date: 3 November 2016

Civic Urbanism for the West End?

Lucy Musgrave and Alex Arestis were delighted to be asked to contribute to Centre for London’s latest London Essays publication on the future of the West End which launched this October. Their essay urges for consideration of the West End's streets and spaces from a civic urbanist’s perspective, as a way to secure its future and ensure it continues to thrive in London's constantly changing urban landscape.

Read the full essay here.

Posted in: Studio, Recent News
Date: 11 October 2016

Illuminated River International Design Competition

Lucy Musgrave is delighted to have been appointed to the jury for the Illuminated River International Design Competition, launched in June 2016 by the Illuminated River Foundation, supported by The Rothschild Foundation. The competition is seeking multi-disciplinary creative teams with artistic vision and lighting expertise who can deliver inspirational light art on London’s bridges to reinvigorate the River Thames. The project covers 17 road, rail and pedestrian bridges over the River Thames from Albert Bridge to Tower Bridge, and will result in a series of free, permanent light installations.

Experiencing an overwhelming response to its first stage submission, 105 teams entered, made up of 346 individual firms. The teams have now been shortlisted and six finalists will go on to develop concept design lighting schemes for four specific bridges as well as an overall masterplan, which will be judged by the jury later in November 2016.

The jury comprises of a number of high-profile artists and cultural figures including: Dame Julia Peyton-Jones (formerly Director of the Serpentine Galleries); Michael Craig-Martin, (Artist); Justine Simons OBE (Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries) and Lord Rothschild OM GBE (Chairman of the Rothschild Foundation).

More information on the competition and details of the full jury here

Posted in: Recent News
Date: 2 November 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

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

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

Publica presents to Singapore Ministerial delegation

Lucy Musgrave was invited to present Publica’s recent work at Bond Street and Oxford Street to the Business Minister for Singapore and his delegation on Wednesday 12th October.

The delegation were visiting London to meet with Business Improvement District (BID), the New West End Company, to understand more about how BIDs in the city run and the scope of some of their projects - particularly public realm works. The delegation’s primary focus was how the lessons learnt in the UK may be able to translate to BIDs which are currently being introduced in Singapore. 

Posted in: Projects, Recent News
Date: 14 October 2016

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