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Annual Social Housing Conference

Friday, December 7th, 2018

This week we attended the annual Social Housing conference in London. The conference draws together the key players in the social housing sector to ‘debate, discuss and grapple with the latest strategic challenges.’ It was great to hear about some of the emerging innovations that are improving both productivity and choice. We are excited about our continued collaborations in the sector and the role good design plays when aligned with innovative finance and delivery mechanisms.

RIBA Smart Practice Conference 2018

Monday, June 25th, 2018

We are pleased to be supporting and contributing to this years RIBA Smart Practice Conference @RIBA. This year the conference is titled Value Added: Making Design Quality Count and will be focusing on’design quality, emphasising the discernible benefits of better communicating its value to clients and the wider public.’ Snug’s Design Director, Paul Bulkeley, will be speaking.

 

To find out more and book tickets visit:

https://www.architecture.com/whats-on/riba-smart-practice-conference-2018

 

A housing odyssey

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

 

This week we went on an epic urban design odyssey with @BargateHomes in search of great new housing schemes. Our 12 hours in a landrover took us first to Newhall in Harlow before heading up to Accordia, @GreatKneighton and Trumpington Meadows in Cambridge. Ahead of schedule we were even able to fit in an old favourite in Guildford on the way home by @jtparchitects. Our quest was to search out the best urban design and the best modern house types. It was hugely rewarding, often surprising, definitely challenging, with many a well published scheme disappointing. It was certainly inspiring and well worth the effort. Scroll down to enjoy the tour and discover the winning development….

we loved seeing a car jacked up at Stirling prize winning Accordia!

on balance and after all that there was unanimous agreement…….the winner in the ‘Snug architect best new housing development where everyone is a winner’ is Trumpington Meadows by @Barrattplc and @alliesmorrison.  It really shows just what a difference the @HCA_UK can make.

Inspiring discussions with the LICC

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

LICC kingdom business

It was an inspiration to join Roland Reim and Mark Collinson from Winchester Cathedral in discussions with the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity’s Executive Director,  Mark Greene, and his team. For me, with my Business Champion for Churches Together in Winchester hat on, it was an opportunity to learn more about their resources and hear from their experience of helping people transform their work into a fruitful vocation. We are developing a short course that helps business leaders realise the potential for business to be a source of peace and prosperity in their community. Following a pilot in Lesotho next month we will be inviting local church, charity and business leaders to join the discussion in the Spring.

Making the Villa Savoye

Monday, August 10th, 2015

This weekend we made the Villa Savoye…….good old lego.

Villa savoye 2

Making villa savoye 1

making villa savoye 2

Making villa savoye 3.5 making villa savoye 3

Villa savoye 2

Villa Savoye lego 1

Villa savoye lego 3

Villa savoye lego model

The Futures of Capitalism City Walks

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Snug Architects director, Paul Bulkeley, launched the first event of Futures of Capitalism last night. The City Walks event was the first in a year-long series of events, sponsored by Winchester Cathedral, the University of Winchester and Winchester Business Improvement District, culminating in a major conference in April 2014.

The series, conceived in the wake of the Occupy protests, aims to make a positive contribution to the national debate on the reform and renewal of the economy. The series includes lectures, discussions and opportunities for informal learning, and connects to the City’s agenda for economic prosperity and wellbeing.

The walk looked at the development of the city and how the buildings and the environment are driven by and interact with the economic issues of the times, providing an opportunity to consider the future of the high street. The hour long walk was followed by a stimulating discussion on the future of the high street and generated some exciting new ideas which we now hope to progress with the city council and BID.

Key ideas were:

Increasing ‘friction’ – creating a city centre where people want to dwell, extend their stay and take their time.

Rapid Reaction Economics – a place where the institutions and entrepreneurs respond diurnally, weekly and seasonally to opportunity. Can our retail spaces react at short notice to realise the potential offered by a sunny day for example?

Pop-up – can we create the policies and infrastructure that allow pop-up shops, pop-up events and flexible opening hours that allow us to seize the extra economic opportunities offered by temporary events and build on the success of the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market, London 2012 big screens and Hat Fair.

City Living, City Working – Can we get more people to live and work in the city centre. They are the ones who will use the city centre throughout the day.

City Living Room – can we cultivate a culture where people leave the privacy of their living room and spend their evenings enjoying the city ‘living room’. A place to relax, browse and meet.

Easy Access – can we make it easier to get to town in the evening by bus, bike and foot. Perceptions are everything.

Thank you to all those who attended and to the Winchester Discovery Centre for hosting the event.

You can find out more about the upcoming events in the series at http://futuresofcapitalism.com

 

 

Goodbye SCAD

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

This week we said goodbye to the Solent Centre for Architecture and Design at the Portsmouth School of Architecture migration event. It was an enjoyable trip down memory lane, having ourselves been involved in many of the successful design advocacy, education and arts events they have delivered over the past 7 years. Particular highlights were 24hrs to Save Winchester, Places from Spaces and the Education Partner Programme.

Well done on a job well done and bon voyage in your new adventures to Paul Grover, Mark Drury and Phil Smith. It was a pleasure to work with you.

Contextual Design Workshop in Winchester

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Snug Projects delivered a successful evening workshop on contextual design for officers and members at Winchester City Council. The evening was facilitated by Paul Bulkeley with a series of presentations and interactive workshops supported by local architects and urban designers. This was a hands on workshop providing participants with an opportunity to explore the relationship between site context and design. There was a series of presentations on the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of site analysis, examples of best practice and an overview of the way in which high quality design is derived from context. Using this knowledge, participants were encouraged to take part in a live design exercise, working in small groups to develop an outline proposal for a significant site in Winchester. This provided a practical opportunity to engage first hand with the issues of contextual design and, we hope, proved to be an enjoyable and productive evening. Our thanks go to John Hearn for organising the event and DHUD, Design Engine, T2 Architects, Architecture Plb, Hampshire County Architects and CH Design for their enthusiastic involvement.

 

A copy of the presentation can be found at – http://www.slideshare.net/paulbulkeley/site-responsive-design

Snug Team Challenge 2012

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The Snug Team completed their summer challenge on Friday, kayaking around Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour. The increasingly competitive pace resulted in a time of 2.5 hours and included a tour of the Sandbanks mansions.  Our thanks to the guys at www.thewatersportsacademy.com for a great day out.

International Business Training

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Paul returned to South Asia this month to deliver two more business development conferences. A two day conference included both the MBA in a Day and Kingdom Business Course. Both days were filmed with translation and will be made into a DVD in the coming weeks.  Our aim is to help participants develop successful businesses based on ethical foundations.  To find out more about the courses call Paul at our Winchester office.

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