PRESENTATION Sarah gives talk at CAT (Centre of Alternative Technology) and meets legendary eco self-build heroes Pat Borer and David Lea.

Conference – Sarah and Jo Marsh present Ty Pawb at the RSAW 25th Anniversary Conference in Cardiff.

Book launch – Sarah speaks at the book launch of Future of Museums and Galleries at Central St Martins. Es re nientendit red. Pales! Seridi sulvitermium do.

RESEARCH TRIP Velocity team visits Copenhagen to look at innovative highdensity car-free housing typologies.

PROJECT UPDATE Work progressing well on our new gallery, Found in Brecon, opening July 2019.

Triennial 2019 VeloCity selected to exhibit at the Oslo Architecture Triennial 2019 opening in September.

Awards – Stonecrop and Ty Pawb are both shortlisted for the RIBA Regional Awards, but the judges’ visits are postponed until 2021 due to Coronavirus.

Project – Blenheim Estate publish VeloCity’s green vision for the Estate.

PROJECT COMPLETION Our new gallery Found opens, promoting Brecon as a town of creatives.

TORINO-NICE RALLY Jeremy completes an epic cycle following the Turin to Nice Rally route with mates Joe Morris & Will Lee.

FUTURE AWARDS Sarah judges excellent student work for Blueprint for the Future awards.

Talk – Architecture Foundation 100 Day Studio series – Day 68, Sarah and Annalie Riches talk about their collaboration on VeloCity

AWARD WINNER Ty Pawb receives the prestigious National Eisteddfod Gold Medal in Architecture and is shortlisted in the AJ Retrofit Awards for 2019.

Event – Wrexham’s Mayor launches the Civic Pride initiative with Ty Pawb’s award success’s marking the first inaugural celebrations.

OVERALL WINNER Ty Pawb is Overall Winner of AJ Retrofit Award 2019 as well as winning Best Cultural Building under £5m.

Everybody’s House Wrexham celebrates Ty Pawb’s successes with a special Civic Pride Event in Wrexham.

Article – Stonecrop goes global and is featured in Abitare!

MANIFESTO LAUNCH We launch our VeloCity manifesto, Growing Villages Differently at the Oslo Architecture Triennale – this year’s theme is Degrowth tackling important issues around climate change and reshaping our society.

Consultation – Early discussions with residents of Cassington took place to share ideas to improve the village allotments and provide new affordable and energy efficient housing.

Opinion – Oxford Open Thought showcases VeloCity’s Vision on their open platform inviting ideas to shape the county as part of the Oxfordshire Plan 2050.

PROJECT REVIEW

“It was designed around the needs of the family… but, more than that, the house was designed around the idea of framing the landscape.” – New house within Haslemere featured in Saturday Times.

Project launch – VeloCity are one of the partners behind the Bridport Community Railway & Renewal Corridor which looks to reverse Beeching and utilise an old rail line for a new very light rail and cycle and walking route. Launched at a Zero Carbon Dorset presentation the new route will see greater connectivity and benefits for both tourism and the many villages along its route.

RSAW 2020 Conference ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ – Sarah talks about light-touch living and designing in ‘baggy’ space

Awards – We judged an amazing selection of projects for FX International Design Awards 2020, congratulations to all winning and shortlisted schemes.

Press – Final phase of Stonecrop is complete with great coverage in RIBAJ, Divisare,
Sunday Times and AJ.

Award – Ty Pawb makes the RIBAJ MacEwan Award Longlist.

Article – Three years on and Owen Hatherley in the Guardian cites Tŷ Pawb as offering a brighter future for the struggling high street READ HERE

FX Design Talking Spaces Podcast – Sarah and Petra Marko join the “Close to Home’ series to discuss how not enough architectural attention is focussed on the countryside highlighting our VeloCity vision to tackle isolation and poor quality housing. READ HERE

Planning approval – The stunning Grade II Clymping Mill complex located on the coast of West Sussex gets planning for the first phase of a strategy to retrofit and add new buildings that will support a self-sufficient rural settlement.

Articles – VeloCity is featured in Blueprint’s Transport issue and Sarah is profiled in FX and quoted as saying, “What makes a successful project is when you passionately believe in it.”

Publication – Places for Life 2 published by the Design Commission for Wales includes a chapter we wrote on rural placemaking based on our VeloCity principles.

Rethink Book Launch – This new Design Guide draws together expert guidance on designing in the immediate aftermath of the pandemic. We wrote the chapter on infrastructure and civic placemaking which covers the challenges of rural isolation and how radical change can tackle this and other pressing issues making the world a happier and more resilient place.

ANNIVERSARY Annual change of Wal Pawb billboard artwork in preparation for Ty Pawb’s 1 year birthday celebrations next month.

Article – Stonecrop receives more coverage in Dezeen and Elle Deco Country

RIBA Research & Panel discussion – Petra Marko and Sarah introduce a new evidence– based research report, The Modern Day Picturesque, and host a panel discussion with Alicia Pivaro, Hana Loftus and Meredith Bowles as part of the RIBA series, Perspectives on Architecture.

RIBAJ MacEwen Award – Ty Pawb is commended in the RIBAJ MacEwen Award which recognises architecture for the common good.

Article – We are very excited to be working with the Black Mountain College a new university dedicated to addressing the unfolding climate and ecological crisis. The AJ article tells you all about the ethos and design brief to re-purpose a Welsh farmstead located in the Brecon Beacons National Park, and the benefits of its rural location both for the students and the local economy.

Awards – Sarah was one of this years judges for the AJ Retrofit Awards, probably the most important award in architecture as it addresses climate emergency by promoting the re-use of existing buildings.

AWARD WINNER Bay 20 Community Centre & Boxing Club wins RICS Community Benefit Award, “it is a welcoming refuge for the local community”, said the judges.

More can be read on the project in RIBAJ, AJ & Dezeen.

Article – The rise of Reuse unleashes a wave of brilliant buildings, featuring Ty Pawb in Concrete Finishes

Opinion piece – Coronavirus: What next for Architecture? Sarah and Judith Sykes of VeloCity discuss the long term impact Covid will have on the industry in a feature for Building Design 14/04/20

Conference – AJ Summit on Climate Emergency Sarah talks about growing villages differently.

Opinion piece – BBC Wales News interviews us on our approach to placemaking in the countryside. READ HERE

Urban Design London ‘Tomorrow’s Market’ – We joined a round-table conversation on the future of markets citing Ty Pawb as an exemplar case study

FACTORY VISIT VeloCity visit Brompton bike factory and partner up on co-mobility strategies.

Project –Opinion piece – As a panel member of the Design South East Sarah was invited to respond to the new National Design Guide, contributing to the Homes & Buildings section
READ HERE

‘Gentle Radicalism’ – Sarah curated the Architecture Club Spring Forum debate, ‘Gentle Radicalism’ which discussed new approaches to growing vibrant and viable communities in the countryside with speakers including Rob Hopkins of Transition Towns, Ben Rawlinson Director of Black Mountain College, Petra Marko from VeloCity and Robby Kerr from Adam Architecture.

Award – VeloCity is a finalist in the World Architecture News Female Frontier Award in Team of the Year category

PRESENTATION Sarah joins Negroni Talks #10 – Borderlands – and shares her view on “baggy space” as part of London Festival of Architecture