Tom Holbrook will be speaking at the forthcoming ’Transforming Peripheries’ Urban Land Conference in Ulm, Germany in September.
A large segment of Europe’s population lives outside the traditional city: in towns, in suburbia or on the urban fringes. To date this territory has not received the attention it deserves (see for example our provocation here).
The conference - organised by the Institute for Architecture and Urbanism at Biberach University - will investigate strategies for shaping these marginal territories, with input from policy makers, urban designers, business leaders, academics and community groups. Other speakers include AWB’s Joachim Declerck (Brussels), Interboro’s Georgeen Theodore (Brooklyn, USA) and Christian Schmid from ETH’s Future Cities Laboratory (Zurich).
The conference is on the 26 September 2019 - more details and registration here:
Public consultation has begun on the Royal Docks strategies starting with the Newham Show and the I Love BV Summer Fun Day. A number of workshops and pop-events are taking place in LB Newham collecting valuable information for this project.
5th Studio are working with the Royal Docks Team - a joint initiative by the Mayor of London and the Mayor of Newham - on the development of a Public Realm Framework, working with stakeholders to reimagine the role of the vast water areas, to help plan for public realm improvements and to create a structure for the longer-term asset and water stewardship. 5th Studio’s work is one of three parallel studies - an economic purpose analysis led by Hatch Regeneris, and a Cultural Strategy led by Fluid with the Contemporary Arts Society.
5th Studio has created the draft Public Realm Framework with Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects, Alan Baxter, Maddison Graphic, Studio Dekka, Urban Space Management, Quod and Accertum.
To find out more about upcoming public consultation events here.
You can contribute your thoughts online here.
5th Studio is featured in the New London 2019/2020 - Best Buildings and Projects exhibition at the Building Centre London until Friday the 1st of November. The exhibition features a collection of the newest and most significant projects in London, selected for the New London Awards 2019. The New London Awards is London’s annual celebration of the best architecture, planning and construction projects that contribute to the capital’s wider social and economic wellbeing, supported by the Mayor of London.
5th Studio's featured project is our New Cross Area Strategy which was the winner of the Area Strategy category at the New London Awards 2019. Focused on a 1km area around New Cross gate station, this is a vision to maximise the benefit of infrastructure investment associated with the Bakerloo line extension to support Good Growth. Establishing an evidence base that allows insight into the life of New Cross, its economy and its built environment, the study identifies how those can be reinforced and improved through smaller projects. It will be used by the London Borough of Lewisham, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority to inform the Lewisham Local Plan and the design of new Bakerloo line infrastructure. More information about the New Cross Area Framework is available on the project page here.
More information about the exhibition can be found here.
5th Studio has opened a studio in Oxford to support our ongoing work in the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Arc and projects with Oxford-based clients who need our close attention. Look out for details of some key Oxford college projects on our Projects page soon.
The studio is at 2 King Edward Street, Oxford and we will have a formal opening in the Autumn.
The new studio is part of a rebalancing of 5th Studio’s spaces: the main London Studio at Wren Street is expanding with the addition of a great new Project Space (Unit 10). A reorganisation of the original Darkroom in Cambridge has created a fantastic event space - look out for a programme in the near future.
The New Cross Area Framwork has been announced as the winner of the Area Strategy category at the New London Awards 2019.
Focused on a 1km area around New Cross gate station, this is a vision to maximise the benefit of infrastructure investment associated with the Bakerloo line extension to support Good Growth. Establishing an evidence base that allows insight into the life of New Cross, its economy and its built environment, the study identifies how those can be reinforced and improved through smaller projects. It will be used by the London Borough of Lewisham, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority to inform the Lewisham Local Plan and the design of new Bakerloo line infrastructure. More information about the New Cross Area Framework can be found on the project page here.
New London Architecture (NLA) is the independent centre for London’s built environment, where professionals, politicians and the public can meet, learn and have a voice on the future shape of London. NLA’s annual New London Awards, presented in association with the Mayor of London, celebrate the very best architecture, planning and development schemes making the capital a better place in which to live, work and play.
5th Studio is a unique spatial design agency, working across the fields of architecture, urban design, infrastructure and landscape. The practice combines strategic thinking at the very large scale with understanding the concrete implications on the ground: we are interested in the practical skills of making and building as well as planning and infrastructure. We are currently working in some of the most challenging parts of London, Cambridge and Oxford, with a focus on masterplanning and the realisation of buildings within those larger plans.
5th Studio is seeking talented and enthusiastic Part 1 & 2 designers to join our London and Cambridge studios. We are currently seeking applications for positions starting summer 2019.
Applicants should be:
Please send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org, to include the following:
No hard copy applications. Please note that due to the volume of applications we can only respond to shortlisted applicants.
5th Studio is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.
We’re really excited to hear that our recently completed Feel Good Too Centre, in Leyton, will be one of the host venues for the international Beach Volley Ball Championships in May 2019. It’s great that this fantastic new facility for the London Borough of Waltham Forest, has been selected for the Continental Cup.
5th Studio are delighted to have been so closely involved in the design and delivery of this project, including the inland beach and its six volleyball courts. We’re looking forward to the spring, when the site's landscaping will be established, and the Borough gets to fulfil the project's ambitions by hosting an international sporting event, as part of their commitment to the Olympic legacy.
More information on the coming tournament and the reaction to its announcement can be found on Volleyball England's website here.
5th Studio and urban designers We Made That have been appointed by a partnership of LB Lewisham, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority to develop a practical vision for the area.
The final draft of the New Cross Area Framework is currently out to public consultation until 14th December 2018.
There are three ways to view and comment on proposals:
Read more about our involvement on the project here.
Tom will be discussing his experience of practice-based doctoral research at a conference hosted by Virginia Tech at their Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, USA.
Virginia Tech is hosting a forum of globally distinguished practitioners and researchers in the architecture, landscape and design disciplines in order to explore Practice-Based Research. It will focus on new forms and methods of knowledge-production & innovation and investigate the potential of reducing barriers between the academy and industry.
The conference is free to attend and is at the WAAC, 601 Prince Street Alexandria, VA 22314 between the 12th and 14th November.
As part of the Venice Biennale Architettura 2018 series 'Meetings on Architecture' 5th Studio have been invited to contribute to a Symposium to be held in the Australian Pavilion on Saturday 17 November as part of a group of international participants.
'Meetings on Architecture' is a programme of events that take place during the 16th International Architecture Exhibition from May to November in 2018. The programme is curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara and explores all aspects of their FREESPACE Manifesto.
This event is part of the Repair exhibition curated by Louise Wright and Mauro Baracco with artist Linda Tegg for the Australian pavilion. The curators aim to reveal what is displaced when we occupy land, inviting one to look anew at the ground we use. This panel will extend this theme, showing and discussing projects that disclose what is displaced, replaced, altered, adapted, destroyed, repaired, not ‘seen’ or overlooked when we use the ground.
Tickets available here.
We are excited to reveal the mural for The Coalface, which is a new coworking space in Finsbury Park designed by 5th Studio. The scaffolding has just come down to reveal the full extent of the external transformation.
As a former railway coal depot, the graphics reference diagrams of geological strata. The mural was designed by Maddison Graphic (who are also collaborating on the workspace identity) and executed by Jane-lee Palmer and Keir Ralph.
Construction work on the internal transformation of the building is nearing completion and this exciting contemporary workspace will be unveiled later this Autumn.
The Lea River Park is exhibited as part of the Brussels Urban Landscape Biennial, currently at BOZAR / Centre for Fine Art, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels.
The Brussels Urban Landscape Biennial (BULB) aims to sensitise the wider public to the importance of water and its related cycles in the urban landscape. In this context the exhibition Rising Waters – Shaping Our Gardens, Street And Urban Valleys, curated by Joachim Declerck (Architecture Workroom Brussels), is held at the Palais des Beaux-Arts. It is a collaboration between Architecture Workroom Brussels, BOZAR, Bureau Bas Smets, Latitude Platform, JNC International, and Taktyk.
More information here.
Our multi-sports, community rooms and landscape regeneration project at Ive Farm for Waltham Forest was opened by Clr Clare Coghill on Friday October 5th.
The project redevelops the run-down playing fields site in Leyton, providing competition standard facilities for football, hockey, beach volleyball and athletics, along with informal jogging trails, petanque and community allotment raised growing beds. The pavilion building at the heart of the park includes changing facilities and a public cafe.
The project restates the community legacy of the 2012 Olympics and opens up this small but valuable site as Metropolitan Open Land, connecting with green infrastructure routes across the borough.
February Phillips is presenting at the 2018 RIBA Smart Practice Conference with the theme of ‘Value-added’. She will be talking about assessing the social value of refurbishing brutalist buildings using Wolfson Flats, Churchill College, a 5th Studio project, as case study.
The session will be chaired by Flora Samuel, RIBA Vice President for Research, and the key speaker is Dr. Jennifer Thomas, Head of Built Environment, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
The event is on Thursday 4th October at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
Third year student Selam joined 5th Studio’s weekly site visit to our project at Ive Farm which is currently in the final month of construction.
5th Studio runs monthly mentoring workshops as practice mentors with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust’s Building Futures Programme. Together with workshops focused on creating a portfolio and preparing for job applications, site visits like this are a great teaching opportunity, offering a practical insight into delivering public projects in London.
More information about the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust’s Building Futures Programme can be found here.