Visions, Strategies & Masterplans
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PUBLICA ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP ROLE FOR PROFESSOR ROBERT MULL, AND THE LAUNCH OF ITS SEARCH FOR A WORLD-CLASS DESIGN DIRECTOR TO RAISE ITS INTERNATIONAL PROFILE
BOND STREET WINS AT THE 2019NEW LONDON ARCHITECTURE AWARDS
A TEAM LED BY PUBLICA HAS BEEN SHORTLISTED FOR THE BIRMINGHAM SMITHFIELD MARKET COMPETITION
Publica, working with Alejandro Echeverri; Shigeru Ban Architects; Waugh Thistleton Architects; AKT II; Doshi Levien and Nigel Dunnett, has been shortlisted in a competition run by Birmingham City Council and Lendlease to find a design-led team for the new Market at the heart of the ambitious Birmingham Smithfield development – one of the largest and most exciting city centre regeneration opportunities in Europe.
The project will create a new destination in the heart of the city centre, including new cultural and leisure attractions, lively retail markets and spaces for new and existing small businesses, as well as a residential neighbourhood with a high-quality public realm and integrated public transport links to the wider city centre. The competition attracted 75 entries from around the world, of which just five have made the shortlist.
LONDON FESTIVAL OF ARCHITECTURE 2019: BOND STREET AND THE RIVER THAMES
Last week, Publica enjoyed participating in the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) by leading two walking tours.
The first, a day time walk down iconic Bond Street on 26th June was an opportunity to share the results of the recently completed public realm improvement project, designed by Publica for Westminster City Council.
In contrast, the second walk took place at nightfall along the River Thames on 27th June and involved taking a closer look at the evolution of urban and social conditions that have shaped development alongside it.
BOND STREET SHORTLISTED FOR NEW LONDON ARCHITECTURE AWARDS
The Bond Street public realm improvement project has been shortlisted in the category of ‘Public Spaces’ for the 2019 New London Architecture (NLA) awards.
The NLA awards recognise projects across 14 sectors of the built environment that contribute towards making London a better city for all to live, work and move around.
The winners will be announced at an award ceremony on 3rd July at the Guildhall. To learn more about the Bond Street project, click here.
LUCY MUSGRAVE APPOINTED TO NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE DESIGN GROUP
Lucy Musgrave has been appointed to the National Infrastructure Commission’s new design group.
Chaired by dRMM Founding Partner Sadie Morgan, the design group will champion design excellence in national infrastructure, ensuring that high-quality design is considered at the outset and throughout delivery of major projects.
To read more information, click here.
NEW YORK CITY MAYOR DE BLASIO INCLUDES MAKE WAY FOR LOWER MANHATTAN IN NEW SUSTAINABILITY PLAN, ONENYC
Make Way for Lower Manhattan, a vision for the transformation of the Financial District in New York City, is included in Mayor Bill De Blasio’s new sustainability plan, 2019 OneNYC.
The strategic plan aims to increase mobility on the City’s streets and, in light of the vision, sets the agenda to examine options for creating new pedestrian priority spaces in Lower Manhattan.
Publica worked with BuroHappold Engineering and the Financial District Neighbourhood Association to set the vision to transform this historic district.
BOND STREET SHORTLISTED FOR 2019 CIHT AWARDS
We’re delighted to announce that the Bond Street public realm improvement project has been shortlisted for 2019 Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportations (CIHT) awards in the category for ‘Creating Better Places’.
The CIHT awards celebrate remarkable achievements within the transportation and highways industry. The winner will be announced in an award ceremony on 13th June 2019.
To learn more about the project, click here.
ANNA MANSFIELD AND EMMA BRUNSKILL-POWELL PRESENT RESEARCH FINDINGS AT NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING CONFERENCE
Publica’s Director of Strategy and Research Anna Mansfield and Researcher Emma Brunskill-Powell presented findings from their latest research at the Neighbourhood Planners.London conference, ‘Neighbourhood Planning in London – What Next?’, on 21st March.
Neighbourhood Planners.London commissioned Publica to investigate the spread of neighbourhood planning in disadvantaged areas in London, and issues affecting its potential growth. The research is currently being concluded and will be made publically available in the coming months.
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.’