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23 November 2018 Unpublished

VeloCity wins William Sutton Prize for Excellence in Social Housing Design and Placemaking

We are delighted VeloCity - our collaborative placemaking strategy for Oxford-Cambridge corridor - won the William Sutton Prize for excellence in social housing design and placemaking. More than eighty applications were received for the first ever William Sutton Prize. Launched by Clarion Housing Group, the William Sutton Prize encourages individuals and organisations to present a new concept, service or idea that will benefit social housing residents and their community. Clare Miller, Group Chief Executive of Clarion Housing Group said Clarion have been blown away by the quality and diversity of the applications from across the country. The jury panel comprised of Clare Miller, Peter Fortune, Greg Reed (Clarion Housing Group Board), Biljana Savic (Director of the Academy of Urbanism) and Peter Holbrook (Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK). Find out more about the prize here and about VeloCity team and project here.

22 November 2018 Unpublished

Young Urbanists Oxford-Cambridge Arc event

Petra Marko presented VeloCity - our winning strategy for Oxford-Cambridge corridor at the Academy of Urbanism Young Urbanists event hosted by Foster+Partners on 21st November. The evening explored future visions for future generations across the Cambridge to Oxford arc. Find out more about VeloCity team and the project here.

2 October 2018 Unpublished

RIBA Smart Practice Conference: Good Design and Infrastructure

Petra Marko will be speaking at the upcoming RIBA Smart Practice Conference in Cambridge. Together with Kay Hughes of the VeloCity team, Petra will talk about how good design can be integral to infrastructure drawing on the recently completed Value of Design report for the National Infrastructure Commission and the VeloCity Oxford-Cambridge growth corridor strategy.

24 August 2018 Unpublished

VeloCity Wins RIBA Research Funding

We have secured funding from the 2018 RIBA Research Fund to advance ideas and develop further evidence-base for VeloCity - our winning placemaking strategy for Oxford-Cambridge growth corridor. The research will focus on innovative examples of villages densification in the UK and abroad that demonstrates social, economic and health benefits within rural communities. Petra Marko and Sarah Featherstone (Featherstone Young) will lead on the research, supported by our colleagues from the VeloCity team.

7 August 2018 Unpublished

Architecture in Schools - Imagining the Shared City

by Petra Marko

This summer I had the pleasure of joining a group of judges for the Open City's Architecture in Schools initiative. This creative learning programme for primary school pupils aims to inspire the next generation of city-shapers, building an understanding how architecture informs the world around us. I was particularly pleased to be involved this year as the theme was Shared City – opening up the debate beyond architecture of buildings to all the places and spaces between them where we meet and play every day.

16 July 2018 Unpublished

Value of Design Report for National Infrastructure Commission

We have completed The Value of Design in Infrastructure Delivery report which is one of three supporting documents for the chapter Choosing and designing infrastructure of the first ever UK National Infrastructure Assessment. It shows how good design and design thinking can play a significant role in developing solutions that enhance quality of life and the environment, while helping reduce risks and adding value.

4 June 2018 Unpublished

VeloCity at Transport Systems Catapult Exhibiton in Milton Keynes

Our winning entry to the National Infrastructure Commission’s Ideas competition for Cambridge to Oxford growth corridor, will be featured at Transport Systems Catapult exhibition from 5th to 26th July. “The entries to our competition offered innovative and creative proposals for using infrastructure to support the development of well-connected and vibrant communities.” said Commissioner Sadie Morgan. 

17 May 2018 Unpublished

Petra Marko to Speak at reSITE Conference in Prague

Petra Marko will be joining a panel discussion on housing on 14th June at reSITE. reSITE brings together thought leaders, mayors, architects, planners, investors and activists from all over the world to celebrate inspiring design, development and positive impact on quality of life in cities. Petra will discuss innovative housing delivery based on our project collaboration VeloCity, alongside Florian Koehl of Fatkoehl Architekten and social impact investing expert Ruben Koekoek. We are looking forward to revisit this world-class event having been at the launch of reSITE in 2012 where Igor Marko spoke about cities and placemaking and coming back each year to get inspired and energised.

16 May 2018 Unpublished

VeloCity Wins Honorary Award at Making Cities Livable in Ottawa

VeloCity, the winning strategy for Oxford to Cambridge growth corridor for National Infrastrcuture Commission, received Honorary Award at the Designing Healthy, 10-Minute Neighbourhoods competition, which is part of International Making Cities Livable (IMCL) Conference in Ottawa, Canada. The competition call was for projects that emphasise community, health, sustainability and equity and respect the context and history of the place.

1 May 2018 Unpublished

Museum of Architecture Talk: Architecture as a Process

Petra Marko will speak at the Museum of Architecture on 14th May. The talk will examine the power of innovative, fictional approaches to design in generating new ideas about architecture. Together with Jennifer Ross of Tibbalds, Petra will present VeloCity - the Oxford to Cambridge growth corridor strategy, which proposes radical ways to deliver sustainable housing in the countryside. Book tickets and find out more here.

25 April 2018 Unpublished

Petra Marko Selected to Join National Infrastructure Commission Young Professionals Panel

Petra Marko has been selected to join the National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) Young Professionals Panel. The Panel was set up to find the brightest and the best of the UK's professionals to help inform its work. This new initiative from the Commission, the independent body tasked with advising government on the UK’s long-term infrastructure, aims to ensure a strong voice for the next generation of infrastructure leaders for the country. Over 500 entries were received from across a wide range of professions and locations and shortlisted candidates were interviewed last month with 16 being appointed onto the Panel. The Panel will support the Commission across a wide range of infrastructure programmes as well as developing their own ideas to enhance long-term infrastructure for the UK.

22 April 2018 Unpublished

Palacky Boulevard Revitalisation Study Completed

The vision for the transformation of Palacky Boulevard was presented to the public by the working group of experts on Tuesday 17th April in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Igor Marko has been the lead expert advisor for the study aiming to revitalise this important artery of Pardubice. Palackeho Boulevard currently serves as a transit link from the railway station to the city center, and has the ambition to become an attractive place for leisure and business.

21 April 2018 Unpublished

Plan Bratislava Book Published

Plan B is a vision for the transformation of Bratislava city developed by an association of over 70 professionals who joined in working groups for a better city. Igor Marko is the leader of the Urban Development group which wrote the chapter on sensible growth of the city. The book was launched and presented to the public at Nova Cvernovka creative hub in Bratislava last week.

10 March 2018 Unpublished

Petra Marko Shortlisted for NIC Young Professionals Panel

Petra Marko is shortlisted for the National Infrastructure Commission’s Young Professionals Panel (NIC YPP). The Panel was launched to find the brightest and the best of the UK’s professionals to help inform its work. Over 500 entries were received from across a wide range of professions and 30 people have been shortlisted for interviews. The NIC is the independent body tasked with identifying the UK’s long-term infrastructure needs and recommending to government strategies to address them.

9 February 2018 Unpublished

The London School of Architecture Show + Tell Social

Petra Marko and Annalie Riches (Mikhail Riches) of the VeloCity team will present their winning idea for the National Infrastructure Commission competition at the LSA Show + Tell Social on Monday 26th February. VeloCity team also includes Jennifer Ross (Tibbalds), Sarah Featherstone (Featherstone Young), Kay Hughes (Khaa) and Judith Sykes (Expedition). Find out more and book tickets here.