Journal

SKY GARDEN GAINS PLANNING PERMISSION – A great end to the year, we have received a planning approval for a new house in the Dartmoor National Park.

RIBAJ PiP WEBINAR – In this Sustainability themed webinar we pose the question of where and what kind of housing should we be building in the countryside, citing VeloCity principles and the need to build more sustainable housing within existing villages. Watch here.

FOUND GALLERY – The crowning glory and final phase to Found Gallery in Brecon.

HOUSE & GARDENS TOP 100 – FY are proud to be a new entry in their top 100 Architects and Designers.

RIBA BUILT ENVIRONMENT SUMMIT – Ahead of COP26 Sarah presented VeloCity at the RIBA conference and also contributed to their report presented at COP26 in Glasgow.

Love Architecture Festival  – Iris Papadatou and Sarah gave a talk on Stonecrop as part of Leicestershire and Rutland Society of Architects annual architecture festival.

STONECROP FEATURED IN HOUSE & GARDENS – A great 8 page spread on the house we designed for Matthew and Nicky Lyttelton who wanted a green retreat which offered a more sustainable way of life.

BAGGY SPACE PART 2 – Sarah joined a panel discussion as part of Tŷ Pawb’s event programme for MILQUETOAST, an exhibition of artwork by Bedwyr Williams.

LISBON CONGERENCE 2021  – Petra Marko and Sarah presented VeloCity talking about the benefits of cycling as a path towards better physical and mental health.

MESSUMS ‘DISCUSSIONS ON ARCHITECTURE’– FY gave a talk as part of the series, set in Messums Wiltshire’s wonderful 13C tithe barn. Watch here

AT IN PRACTICE – Sarah talks to Architecture Today from FY’s Brecon studio about how their rural base allows them to focus on projects responding directly to the ecological and climate crisis.

FY WINS 4 RIBA AWARDS! – A bumper crop this year with Stonecrop winning 3 RIBA Regional Awards and Tŷ Pawb winning RIBA’s RSAW Architecture of the Year Award.

BD STRATFORD DESIGN CHALLENGE – FY contribute to BD’s series of opinion pieces on the future of retail citing Tŷ Pawb as a new alternative to the failing high street – a place where boundaries are blurred, activities mixed and retail is more experiential. Read here

AJ CLIMATE CHAMPIONS – This wonderful podcast series includes one by Jennifer and Sarah talking about VeloCity’s work with Blenheim Estate promoting walking and cycling routes in rural areas to disincentivise car-use and help tackle climate change. Listen here

POLICY FORUM FOR WALES CONFERENCE – Sarah spoke about aligning development and planning with net-zero goals.

RE-SHAPING THE HIGH STREET – Sarah and Jeremy visit Sarah’s home town, to look at important work being undertaken by Yeovil Art Space to help regenerate the town centre.

BUILDING CULTURE – Tŷ Pawb is featured as a case study in ‘Building Culture’, a publication looking at the procurement of UK Arts construction projects, with recommendations for future best practice.

PLACEMAKERS CONFERENCE – Sarah joined a panel discussion on Rural and Small Places organised by Community Housing Cymru.

Community-led Housing Festival – Sarah joined a panel discussion as part of Thames Valley Community-led Housing Festival, presenting VeloCity and the importance of where and how we build housing in the countryside. You can hear the talk here

AJ SPEC BUILDING STUDY – Features Stonecrop, a new build house in Rutland.

‘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 Rawlence Chief Executive of Black Mountains College, Petra Marko from VeloCity and Robbie Kerr from Adam Architecture.

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

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

Article – We are very excited to be working with the Black Mountains 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.

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.

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