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Phoenix Lewes Project Update

The Phoenix neighbourhood received planning permission this week at County Hall in Lewes. The project aims to promote sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles. It is a game changer, tackling the climate crisis head on with flood alleviation, low and zero carbon construction, retrofit, regenerative solutions, low traffic neighbourhood, a rich mix of uses, sustainable place making and designed through a truly inclusive approach to design. We are proud to have contributed to Human Nature's vision and look forward to taking the project forward.

February 2024 Phoenix Lewes website
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Towards a Resilient Architecture Research News

Our new publication 'Towards a Resilient Architecture' is out now. Published by Quart the book is a rallying call to create more resilient cities, diverse neighbourhoods, responsible buildings, and high quality homes. The projects features work by Mæ from the last 21 years of practice.

December 2022 View Article
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Office Talk UK podcast Practice News

Office Talk UK is a fortnightly podcast hosted by Dave Sharp. A spin off of his highly successful Office Talk Australia series; the podcast is a great excuse for him to have conversations with leading UK architects about their approach to business, marketing, communications and brand strategy. In this episode he is joined by our founding director Alex Ely.

February 2024 Podcast link
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John Morden Centre wins RIBA Stirling Prize 2023 Project Update

The John Morden Centre by Mæ has been named winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize 2023, awarded to the UK's best new building.

Ellen van Loon, Chair of the RIBA Stirling Prize jury, says:

“The John Morden Centre is a place of joy and inspiration. It sensitively and seamlessly integrates medical facilities and social spaces, delivering a bold and hopeful model for the design of health and care centres for the elderly. Dedication to creating an environment that lifts the spirits and fosters community is evident at every turn and in every detail.

This robust building provides comfort and warmth, with thoughtful features designed to prevent isolation. It illustrates how buildings can themselves be therapeutic – supporting care and instilling a sense of belonging. Great architecture orients people so they can thrive, and this building is exemplary at achieving exactly that.”

October 2023 View Project
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Housing LIN Festival of Ideas Practice News

Director Alex Ely will be taking part in the Housing Learning Information Network's Festival of Ideas on 'Creating Vibrant Later Living Homes and Communities' on Thursday 27th February. Chaired by Jeremy Porteus, CEO of Housing LIN, this session delves into developments geared towards providing a lifelong home and fostering a thriving community for residents. The virtual festival takes place over three days starting Monday 26th February. The Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) is a sophisticated network bringing together housing, health and social care professionals in England, Wales, and Scotland to exemplify innovative housing solutions for an ageing population.

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Conversations on Architecture, Art, Culture, Nature, Communities, Creativity and Health Practice News

Director Alex Ely will be taking part in the seminar series “Conversations on architecture, art, culture, nature, communities, creativity and health” hosted by the University of Huddersfield on Wednesday 21st February at 4.00pm. The seminar is part of a bigger event/showcase entitled Cultures of Creative Health.

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Bath Preservation Trust presents: The Resilient City Practice News

Director Alex Ely will be speaking at the Bath Preservation Trust's ‘The Resilient City’ lecture series. The talks will explore sustainable development with a focus on socially and environmentally responsible regenerative design, landscapes and architecture, and how places and placemaking can enrich society and elevate environments for the wellbeing of people. The series includes talks by Dan Pearson Landscape Architect and David Mikhail, Riches Mikhail Architects. Date and venue: Wednesday 7th February 5.30-8pm Museum of Bath Architecture BA1 5NA

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A is for Architecture podcast Practice News

Episode Nineteen of A is for Architecture’s second season is a conversation between host Ambrose Gillick and Mæ’s founding director, Alex Ely, talking about his practice’s recent book, Towards a Resilient Architecture, published by Quart in 2022. Mæ’s work has an increasing focus on sustainability integrated into the whole life of the scheme.

February 2023 Listen to podcast here
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The eagerly awaited short film of The John Morden Centre is released Project Update

It's with great pleasure Mæ share the most recent short film of The John Morden Centre at Morden College in Blackheath, a day-care and health facility that explores solutions to the issue of loneliness amongst elderly people.

A charming video from Dezeen by Jim Stephenson Films.

"Buildings can play a major part in supporting longer, healthier and independent lives. The goal of the building is to foster a community atmosphere, allowing residents to live life to the full and have fun" Alex Ely states

Many thanks to all the team who worked on the project and film.

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