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Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Initiative rolls out to Europe – funding available

$25K grants available! Bloomberg Philanthropies recently announced that their Asphalt Art Initiative is expanding in Europe, providing as many as 20 cities with $25,000 grants for visual art projects on roadways, pedestrian spaces, and public infrastructure. The European expansion builds upon two rounds Read More…

Reader’s corner book of the month: June 2022

Featuring publications of relevance to our industry, including those cited in SDS e-newsletter lead articles and suggested additional reading, we’ve recently relaunched the SDS Reader’s Corner book of the month page. Each month we will showcase a suggested read that relates to Read More…

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Looking back at 2020

By Andrew Barker What a year it has been – do I hear any disagreement with that? When 2020 began I had little idea how the year was actually going to unfold, and how little it would have to do with the Read More…

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Pascall + Watson among five firms shortlisted for stage two of Network Rail’s station design competition

Following on from the Design Council and Network Rail’s ThinkStation workshops held in late 2019 into early 2020, a three-stage competition was launched in the summer. Architects, designers and engineers were invited to: reshape the travel experience of passengers who use Network Read More…

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Did you see them? TFL’s iconic roundels transformed Oxford Circus Underground station exits to celebrate the launch of Sony’s PS5

A short-term promotional stunt by Sony Interactive Entertainment to celebrate the launch of their PS5 console on 19 November 2020,  saw some TFL Underground stations transformed for just 48 hours. Those of you who had reason to be travelling on TFL Underground Read More…

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Recent ThinkStation initiative findings to feed into the brief for an upcoming international station design competition

Some SDS members may have been fortunate to be amongst the 350 people who had the opportunity to attend one of the series of pioneering ThinkStation workshops held in recent months across the UK. Run by the Design Council in partnership with Read More…

Promotional image for the 9 July 2019 Festival of Place (London)

Festival of Place 2019 – a member’s perspective

Back in July, Festival of Place gifted the Society two tickets to their inaugural conference. The aim was to bring people that work in the built environment together to explore how to create places that thrive. The tickets were offered to two Read More…