Journal

RIBAJ PiP WEBINAR – As author of the Infrastructure and Placemaking chapter in the RIBA Rethink Design Guide, Sarah shared insights on VeloCity’s current work with Blenheim Estates on growth and connectivity in the countryside.

MAYOR’S ‘DESIGN FUTURE LONDON’ CHALLENGE – Sarah is honoured to be mentoring teenagers from Ark Globe Academy to design solutions for the Mayor’s competition that seeks to improve our city’s public spaces.

CAREERS DAY AT HAGGERSTON SCHOOL – a month of sharing experiences saw us participate in a careers day for Years 7&8 at a local Hackney school.

GUERILLA TACTIC SPEED MENTORING – another event which saw FY sharing experiences and knowledge with young architects in the early stages of their careers.

KINGSTON UNIVERSITY ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS – FY were more than happy to share our work and approach with Year 1 architecture students who chose to study our practice as part of a course assignment.

HOME MADE – VeloCity is part of this exhibition at CID Grand Hornu in Belgium presenting new opportunities for home working in the countryside. Exhibition runs from Oct 2023 to Feb 2024.

BUILDING TOURS – two in the same month! Sarah took TAC members on a tour of the B&W Building in Shoreditch, a fully engineered timber building designed by architects Waugh Thistleton who gave us hugely informative insights into the challenges they faced. The second was to Appleby Blue Almshouse, this time arranged by Clare Treanor for our cycling friends, a brilliant reimagination of the traditional almshouse, designed by architects Witherford Watson Mann.

CIVIC TRUST JUDGING – we had a very enjoyable day visiting entries which included public realm interventions in Bromyard and an impressive renovation of Hay Castle which had a fantastic animation of the building’s history projected on the walls of the Medieval Keep, pictured here.

25 YEARS ON – we are upgrading our Voss Street office and house next door – watch this space for finished pics!

CENTRAL ST MARTINS – we took our students from MA Narrative Environments on a field trip to Thamesmead and saw an amazing transformation from dystopia to utopia.

TY HEDFAN ON MODERNIST ESTATES – delighted that our Ty Hedfan joins an impressive array of architect designed holiday lets on Stefi Orazi’s amazing Modernist Estates website. You can book to stay at Ty Hedfan here.

THE ARCHITECTURE CLUB PARIS TRIP – thanks to Narinda Sagoo, a group of us had an amazing day visiting the Foster Retrospective at the Pompidou, made even better with Birkin Haward fondly recounting his time working at Fosters.

LAND MANAGEMENT – HOW CAN IT HELP US REACH NET ZERO? – Sarah spoke about VeloCity alongside Rachel Fisher, Deputy Director of Land Use Policy at DEFRA, Sarah Cary, Exec. Director of Housing Regeneration Development, Enfield Council and rewilding expert Lulu Urquhart, hosted by The Conduit and chaired by Piers Taylor. More here.

RURAL 20 MINUTE NEIGHBOURHOODS – Judith Sykes and Sarah joined keynote speaker Professor Carlos Moreno, creator of the ’15-minute city’ concept, at the Town & Country Planning Association’s webinar focussed on how we can create compact and connected communities in rural areas. Listen here.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT WSA SHOW OPENING – we were honoured to speak about our work around the theme of ADAPT at the Welsh School of Architecture Student Show.

VENICE CYCLE TRIP – Velocity team join cycling friends on a tour around the Italian mountains, culminating in Venice for the opening of the Architecture Biennale.

BEFIRST COMPETITION– FY are very pleased to be part of the Waugh Thistleton team shortlisted for the BeFirst Framework for housing and mixed use developments in Barking and Dagenham – all fingers crossed!

PECHA KUCHA AT THE SILO – Sarah speaks about her personal vision for VeloCity at a Pecha Kucha held in the Silo at Shatwell Farm, home to Niall Hobhouse’s Drawing Matter collection in Somerset. More here.

GROWTH OR DEGROWTH? – fantastic turn out for an important debate with speakers Smith Mordak, Andrew Waugh, Eva MacNamara and Selina Mason organised by Sarah for The Architecture Club.

TALKS – a double bill with a road trip across Wales. FY speaking in Shrewsbury to the Shropshire Society of Architects and then on to the RSAW Spring Conference at Centre of Alternative Technology (CAT). More here.

BLENHEIM COMMUNITY PATH OPENS – As part of the ongoing work Blenheim Estate are doing with VeloCity, spring saw the opening of another new community walking and cycling path across the Park, linking Hanborough train station to the surrounding villages to provide a safer, traffic free route. Read more here.

PETT LEVEL BEACH HOUSE – FY have planning approval for a new build beach house on the East Sussex coastline commanding amazing views to Dungeness and the cliffs where David Bowie shot the clown sequences in his Ashes to Ashes video. Construction commences later this year.

RIBA SECOND LIVES – FY presented Tŷ Pawb in this important exhibition exploring re-use and retrofit and participated in a talk with Mikhail Riches and Ian Chalk architects. More here.

JUDGNG AJ RETROFIT AWARDS – we are delighted to be judging these important awards a second year running with some great entries supporting re-use and the reduction of our carbon footprint.

CENTRAL ST MARTINS – Sarah’s students on the MA Narrative Environment course produced a playful and compelling campaign for VeloCity deploying an ancient oak tree as the narrator.

REUSE OF MODERN AGRICULTURAL BARNS – FY are excited to be working with our good friends Dom & Kate Ash creating a rural live/work complex in the Cotswolds.

RICHARD REID – a very sad loss of a great architect, mentor and generous supporter of collaborative working.

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