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Lucy Bullivant

Lucy Bullivant

London, UK

place vision strategist, author & curator


Lucy Bullivant PhD Hon FRIBA is an award-winning author, curator, place vision strategist, Built Environment Expert (BEE) for the Design Council and the founder of Urbanista.org, a webzine for liveable urbanism. Her international clients include: Enfield Council (Place Vision for Meridian Water), Tallinn Architecture Biennale, University of Qatar, Routledge and AD/Wiley. She has curated exhibitions for the Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Roca London Gallery, Vitra Design Museum, Milan Triennale, Eastern Arts Association and the British Council; conferences and talks for Tate Modern, ICA London, Archis magazine, Architectural Association and RIBA, and her most recent published books include Masterplanning Futures (2012), Book of the Year, Urban Design Awards 2014, and Hyperlocal: a Cultural Toolkit for an Open-Source City (AD/Wiley, 2017, Guest Editor).

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  • Comment on: London councils axe placemaking staff by a quarter

    Lucy Bullivant's comment 8 February, 2019 2:15 pm

    Brent Council has a Design Review Service run by the Design Council.

  • Comment on: FAT: Back from the dead to edit The Architects’ Journal

    Lucy Bullivant's comment 4 August, 2015 11:35 am

    The architect as a professional figure is, after all, able to cherish intimations of immortality - I look forward to the comeback album! Great topic!

  • Comment on: To hell with good intentions

    Lucy Bullivant's comment 8 February, 2015 6:19 pm

    What if local firms don't exist or have the skills? A country's market system may very well not have entirely what is needed to create resilient places with local people, and that is a mix of planning, architectural design, training and educational workshop leading, which seems most commonly to be organised as a collaboration with the locals, rather than as any kind of top-down operation. The work of Kéré Architects, Anna Heringer, TYIN and WORKSHOP (the student non-profit) comes to mind. Given that AfH worked in a lot of places without a local market of trained architects, or sufficient skills base in sustainable design, including with indigenous American Indian groups (and helped some members advance in their skills in sustainable design, Nathaniel Corum at AfH told me) and in the Galapagos, for example, it seems that the suggestion of pushing out existing practices seems unlikely..Just sayin' It needs to be a win-win for everyone. I don't see AfH depriving other architects of their cultural agency.

  • Comment on: Jane Duncan elected as next RIBA president

    Lucy Bullivant's comment 23 July, 2014 9:54 pm

    The numbers don't look good. Confidence in leaders/RIBA is at a low, clearly... But as someone in the field who has never met her, and only recently read up on this, I urge you to have a read of her testimonials, and see what you think of what all the people who've collaborated with Jane in some way over the years think how her abilities and character would suit this role: http://www.jane4riba.com