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HANOVER SQUARE BREAKS GROUND
PUBLICA’S CHARITABLE GIVING IN 2018
This year, Publica has donated to: Haringey Migrant Support CentreHackney PlaybusThe Baobab Centre For Young Survivors in ExileWomen for Refugee WomenCentrepoint
Collectively, these charities are working towards reducing youth homelessness, improving opportunities for play for children and families in need, and supporting those that face social isolation due to their immigration or asylum status. We are proud to support these charities and their important work.
PUBLICA ATTENDS NIGHT TIME COMMISSION LAUNCH OF REPORT, ‘THINK NIGHT’
On 31st January, the Night Time Commission (NTC) launched its new report, ‘Think Night: London’s Neighbourhoods from 6pm to 6am.’
Lucy Musgrave sits on the Night Time Commission board and over the past year of the Commission’s inquiry, Publica has put forth a set of recommendations to enhance the city at night and has led the debate on civic amenity, issues around movement and biodiversity, and promoting a broader definition of evening and nighttime.
The recommendations include lighting strategies, legibility and wayfinding after dark, the development of a night strategy specific to the River Thames and the support of social and cultural infrastructure at night.
The NTC has been appointed by the Mayor of London in order to help realise his vision of London as a 24-hour global city, and Publica is delighted to contribute its expertise in culture and nightlife to redefine evening and night time in the city.
LUCY MUSGRAVE TALKS AT CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS’ ARCHITECTURE SOCIETY
On 29th January, Lucy kicked off Central Saint Martins’ Architecture Society’s new lecture series, ‘London’s Future,’ by giving a talk about Publica’s approach to urban design to a group of undergraduate and postgraduate architecture students.
In her talk, Lucy sketched Publica’s field of practice that emphasizes an evidence-based approach to studying the public realm and recognises the city both as driven by continual renewal and embedded with symbolic value. Lucy spoke about her Colombian study trips and the importance of international precedents in informing urban design, and highlighted the request to place Publica’s work and methodology in an international conversation.
GRACE CATENACCIO SPEAKS AT LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCATION’S ‘CREATING BETTER TOWNS’ MASTERCLASS
On 17th January, Publica Projects Director Grace Catenaccio presented at a masterclass organised by the Local Government Association (LGA) on the theme of ‘Creating Better Towns.’ With an audience of over 20 local authority officers and councillors from around the world, Grace spoke about Publica’s urban design methodology, which seeks to understand the constant flux of cities, towns and neighbourhoods through an evidence-based, multi-dimensional approach to the public realm.
In light of the debate around the future of town centres and high streets, Grace argued that understanding the interrelationship of use, movement and culture in urban design is fundamental to creating a strong public realm that responds to the complexity and uniqueness of place.
PUBLICA COMMISSIONED FOR RESEARCH FOR NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE COMMISSION
Publica was commissioned to undertake two research studies for the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC)’s Design Task Force: a targeted sector review of the current attitudes and perceptions towards design in infrastructure planning and delivery, and the scoping and development of an approach to the first ever design principles for national infrastructure.
VICKY WäGNER PARTICIPATES IN SOM’S PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC SPACE
Vicky Wagner was joined by Urban Land Institute’s Elizabeth Rapoport, New York City-based artist Sean Vegezzi, and SOM’s Daniel Ringelstein in a panel discussion moderated by Guardian Cities’ editor Chris Michael. Hosted by SOM, an architecture and urban planning firm, at the London Review Bookshop, the panelists discussed the varying levels of access that define public space in cities and also added nuance to the understanding of privately versus publically-owned space. Vicky argued for the importance of custodianship in ensuring the longevity of places and discussed how Publica’s evidence-based methodology informs the way that we come to know different scales of space.
LUCY MUSGRAVE SPEAKS AT INSTALLATION LUNCH FOR THE WCCA
On September 20th, Lucy Musgrave spoke at the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects (WCCA) Installation Lunch, which celebrated the inauguration of Barry Munday as Master. As the WCCA’s chosen theme for the year is Culture and the City, Lucy spoke about the tremendous change the City and its fringe has undergone in recent decades and the importance placed on culture and connectivity in City policy.
LUCY MUSGRAVE SPEAKS AT CITY ARCHITECTURE FORUM
On Tuesday evening, Lucy Musgrave gave an engaging presentation as a part of the City Architecture Forum’s panel on “Why Culture and Art Matters in the City’s Urban Environment.” She was joined by City of London Member Michael Cassidy, CEO and Founder of Future City Mark Davy, and Partner at Roger Stirk + Harbor Partners Stephen Barrett in a panel moderated by New London Architecture’s Peter Murray.
PUBLICA APPOINTED TO LEAD NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING RESEARCH
Publica has been appointed to lead Neighbourhood Planners.London’s research on the role and potential for neighbourhood planning in London, focusing on economically disadvantaged areas. The project is funded by Trust for London and aims to build an evidence base on the current state of neighbourhood planning and develop recommendations to support its continued growth across London.
Neighbourhood Planners.London is a voluntary initiative that supports neighbourhood planning in London by serving as a platform to network and share information.
ANNA MANSFIELD ON MONOCLE RADIO
Publica’s Director of Strategy and Research, Anna Mansfield, was one of four experts interviewed on the Monocle 24’s The Urbanist podcast about the recent spike of crime in London and to discuss if there is an urban solution. In an interview with presenter Andrew Tuck, and joined by guests Rory Geoghegan, Livvy Haydock and Richard Sennett, Anna discussed how urban crime disproportionally affects young people, the need to ensure that our investments in urban change benefit everyone, and the importance of funding key social services as a primary means of mitigating against crime.
Click here to listen on Monocle.com
LUCY MUSGRAVE SPEAKS AT SOUTH BANK – INVESTMENT, GOVERNANCE AND NEIGHBOURHOOD MANAGEMENT
Lucy Musgrave contributed to a discussion on the South Bank’s public realm investment needs, as part of a morning panel held at the Southbank Centre on 17 July 2018. The discussion, which was led by Professor Tony Travers, Director of LSE London and Chair of London Finance Commission, addressed aspects of capital investment, ongoing management and maintenance, and requirements around reinvestment.
PUBLICA IS SELECTED FOR THREE OF THE MAYOR OF LONDON'S ADUP2 PANELS
Publica has been selected for the Public Realm and Landscape, Urban Strategies, Spatial Policy and Research, and Cultural Strategy and Public Art categories.
LUCY MUSGRAVE APPOINTED TO NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE COMMISSION DESIGN PANEL
We are delighted to announce that our Director, Lucy Musgrave has been appointed to sit on a newly appointed design panel for National Infrastructure Commission.
LUCY MUSGRAVE HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO SIT ON THE MAYOR OF LONDON’S NIGHT TIME COMMISSION
The Night Time Commission has been appointed to assist in the realisation of the Mayor’s Vision for London as a 24-Hour City which sets out the Mayor’s plan to turn London into a leading 24-hour global city.
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.”
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.
LUCY MUSGRAVE HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS A MAYOR’S DESIGN ADVOCATE
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.’