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Equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives Practice News

Mæ are committed to supporting a number of initiatives responding to equality, diversity and inclusion in architecture.

Re_Set_Go is a programme designed to make space for excluded voices and pilot ways to build more progressive and representative architectural communities. Employer partners are formed from the London Practice Forum, of which Mæ is a member, and we will be hosting a workplace mentoring scheme where young people are given professional experience during focussed sessions with senior staff.

In addition Mæ are currently providing workshops with PARADIGM Network, a professional network for architects which exists to support, encourage, and help talented architects from Black and Asian backgrounds.

February 2021 Read more
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Mæ appointed as masterplan architect for Meridian Water Project Update

Mæ has been appointed by London Borough of Enfield as masterplan architect for Meridian Water. The £6bn, 20-year regeneration programme will bring 10,000 homes alongside a truly mixed-use community and thousands of jobs to Enfield. As the Borough declares a climate emergency our goal is to make Meridian Water the UK’s most sustainable development and help realise their commitment to making the authority carbon neural by 2030.

April 2020 Read more
210218 Saratov Competition

Mæ shortlisted for Saratov Competition Project Update

Mæ have been shortlisted alongside an international team for the best architectural and urban planning concepts for the integrated development of Saratov's city centre, including the grounds of the former airport Saratov-Central, Green Island, Park Pobedy and Pokrovskie Peski Island.

Saratov is located in the southeast of the European part of Russia, connected to the city of Engels by Saratov Bridge. Together, these cities form the core of the Saratov metropolitan area. The areas for which architectural and urban planning concepts will be developed are located close to the centre of Saratov and have a total area of 688 hectares.

February 2021 Read more
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'From City to Room, A manifesto for better living' talk at the London Society Practice News

As part of a series of events connected to our new publication 'From City to Room, A manifesto for better living', we gave a talk hosted by the London Society at Studio Egret West.

Decades of underprovision, combined with unprecedented population growth mean that buildings have to work more efficiently than ever before, both in terms of their uses and the resources they use. The pressures of climate change also mean sustainability is no longer an add-on but the starting point for any discussion about how, where and what we build.

So how do we overcome these challenges. How can we ensure that more is also better? And what can we do to give people the homes, buildings, neighbourhoods and cities they need?

The talk explored the integrated thinking that we believe is necessary to solving today’s urban, social and environmental challenges.

February 2020 Read more
210217 Saving Tomorrows Planet Podcast

Alex Ely features on 'Saving Tomorrow's Planet' podcast Practice News

'Saving Tomorrow’s Planet' shares conversations and uncovers innovative actions that individuals and companies are taking to reduce global warming, focussing on positive action.

Alex Ely discusses Mæ's approach to sustainability and shares practical knowledge which can be used to reduce environmental impact.

February 2021 Read more
210128 Sands End Ajretrofit Awards V2

Sands End Arts and Community Centre shortlisted for an AJ Retrofit Award Project Update

Sands End Arts and Community Centre has been shortlisted for an Architects' Journal Retrofit Award in the Cultural and Religious Buildings category.

The project restores and completely retrofits the 1903 Clancarty Lodge, which forms the nucleus of a new community hub in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The existing building is surrounded by single-storey pavilions featuring large clerestory windows and saw tooth roofs. The flexible space will be run by a local community trust.

Winners will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony in February.

January 2021 Read more
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John Morden Centre wins Caring Prize in NLA Awards 2020 Project Update

Our later living scheme John Morden Centre has won the Caring Prize in the New London Architecture Awards 2020, which recognises projects that are designed to improve the health and wellbeing of Londoners.

Supported by the Mayor of London, NLA’s annual awards seek projects of the highest design quality which make a positive contribution to their surroundings and life in the capital.

November 2020 Read more

Good Quality Homes for all Londoners Research News

Today the Mayor of London has published 'Good Quality Housing for all Londoners' Supplementary Planning Guidance.

Written by Mæ with the team at the GLA and our consultants, the suite of four guidance documents embeds quality at the centre of housing delivery.

Mæ Founding Director and Mayor’s Design Advocate Alex Ely presented the guidance at GLA's 'Designing a City for All Londoners', which sought to recognise the role of design in improving development and delivering quality of life in a growing city. It celebrated the Good Growth by Design programme and the progress that has been made across a range of priority areas including the circular economy, child-friendly cities and high streets.

March 2020 Read more

Mæ selected for the masterplan of Derbent, Russia's oldest city Project Update

The competition is for the remasterplan of Derbent in Russia, Dagestan's second largest city and one of the oldest cities in Russia.

Our multi-disciplinary and international team has been selected from 144 applications, and our winning strategy is aimed at building in resilience; addressing a lack of housing, education and cultural infrastructure and creating economic opportunity.

Based on the guiding principle of a vibrant city, we have developed a forward looking vision for Derbent which respects the unique identity and qualities of the city.

Derbent is located on the western shore of the Caspian Sea, at the foothills of the Tabasaran Mountains of the Greater Caucasus. The historic city centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its citadel, ancient town, and fortress buildings.

November 2019 Read more