Monthly Round Up #4

Chelsea Flower Show, Corbusier, Sou Fujimoto, She's Back, RA, GDPR & Sound Mirrors

This month's editors:
James Turner & Tillman de Graaff
Image taken from Philippa Craddock's website

You'd have to have a heart of stone to not admire the flowers at the recent royal wedding. The florist Philippa Craddock created her designs in response to the the architecture of St Georges Chapel. Its a fascinating subject we've been interested in for years.

At the  Chelsea Flower Show  we loved 'Space to Grow' gardens. Silver Gilt Medal Winner Robert Barker's Skin Deep garden was one of our favourites blurring the boundaries between architecture and landscape.

We worked closely with Chelsea Gold Medalist Jane Brockbank on East London House demonstrating the importance of how landscape works to link a building to its environment.
Image of Cité Frugès by Annalie Riches
“Nature is full of colours. Colour expresses life.
Colour is an essential factor of our existence.”
Le Corbusier

We are currently selecting colours for Urban Splash's Phase 2 of Park Hill from Les Coleurs showing that this timeless palette is still informing our work today. Annalie Riches visited Cité Frugès in France with Pedelle members to see Le Corbusier's Les Coleurs in the flesh. Some colours just never go out of fashion!
Image of Croydon project models by Tim Crocker


This year's LFA has begun, which got us reminiscing about our Mikhail Riches: Stories exhibition - next year we'll have lots of stories to share! This year our Croydon projects are being exhibited in 'Suburban Identities' with BXB.

Tillmann will be attending the talk by Sou Fujimoto who tutored him while studying in Chicago.

Image by D. Khan


Annalie Riches and team VeloCity are featured in the excellent new book  She's Back - looking at how we can all navigate long and meaningful careers. It's a practical upbeat well designed guide packed with stuff you can do.

A balanced workforce improves the quality of your products and services - including building better houses. Also, who would have thought that decisions around buying new homes are made mostly by women - this figure is 91%. Trust us and grab a copy.
Image by David Mikhail


From 19,800 entries our work has been selected for this year’s Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. The Park Hill Phase 2 façade study model will be shown alongside 1,200 selected works - all handpicked by the committee led by Grayson Perry.

This year’s exhibition is the 250th - and runs from 12 June - 19 August.

Image by Wonderopolis
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Image by Ed Hemmings

Some of the office cycled to Dungeness last month - just 1 snapped hanger, 1 bent wheel, 2 flats, 1 episode of cramp, 1 broken chain, 1 dead rabbit (RIP), 1 rain storm & an uphill crash couldn't spoil the mood.

We stopped off at the amazing Romney Marsh (known as the Fifth Continent) Sound Mirrors on the way home, concrete structures designed as an early warning system to detect enemy aircraft.

05/18 - Velocity received an Award at the International Making Cities Livable Conferene in Ottawa

14/06 - Annalie will be taking about Park Hill Phase 2 at Hawkins\Brown 

21/06 - Mikhail Riches are an LSA Partner and will be attending the Summer Show this year

02/07 - Our Park Hill Phase 2 model will be featured in the RA Summer Exhibition until 19th August. 

12/07 - Annalie is speaking at the Beta Housing Conference in Manchester
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