Publica has developed an innovative research programme to inform and improve the processes of urban change. Our creative and rigorous approach utilises a range of primary methods, including surveys, literature review, interviews, observations, mapping and ethnographic research, framed within broader social, economic, cultural, and spatial contexts.
Both private and public sector clients commission our wide-ranging research; we have studied air quality for the City of London and produced detailed guidelines for the improvement of streets and estates for Westminster City Council. Other commissions include research on the successful integration of new development, civic amenity; social, cultural and physical infrastructure; building uses and frontages; streetscapes; housing renewal; culture and public art; transport and active travel; greenery; play; heritage and conservation; the creative economy, design quality and best practice in urban change.
We also produce standalone studies that look deeply at areas of critical importance to the city. This year, Publica published Vital Neighbourhoods: Lessons from international housing renewal, a detailed review of successful local solutions to national housing problems. The publication launched at an event at City Hall with Anne Lacaton and James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development.
Publica recently completed two research project commissioned by the National Infrastructure Commission for the Design Task Force. The research will support the Design Task Force in their overall objective to put design at the heart of the country’s future infrastructure planning and to ensure quality design in future major infrastructure projects.