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Author of controversial DC15 says planning policy misinterpreted

A controversial DC15 planning policy document is routinely misinterpreted to favour decisions that intensify development, its author has said. The Development Control Design Policy, Guidance and Standards, better known as DC15, ...
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A central mezzanine and restructured volumes lend a dramatic air to this Mellieha summer apartment

Presented with a brief to transform a seafront apartment into a tranquil summer home for the family, the team at Studjurban used the apartment’s seemingly main drawback – its restricted width – ...
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Innovative Zero-Energy Home Wins BIG SEE Architecture 2024 Award

We are delighted to announce that our innovative zero-energy semi-detached dwelling has been awarded the prestigious BIG SEE Architecture 2024 Award in the Residential-Houses category. This unique corner property maximizes ...
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“Planning policies are being rendered useless”

Dr Antoine Zammit, academic and our founder at STUDJURBAN, is a prominent figure in Malta’s urban design planning, having also authored the influential DC15 policy document. In his recent podcast ...
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Public encouraged to reduce use of vehicles in town centres

Five years ago the Local Councils Association kick-started a Slow Streets project, aimed at establishing routes in certain localities through which vehicles are driven at a reduced speed. The intention ...
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Local Councils’ Role ‘Central’ in Development of Shared Transport

STUDJURBAN recently presented its fourth Sustainable Mobility strategy document on Shared Transport on behalf of the Local Councils Association, which champions shared transport for enhanced urban living. "Shared transport is vital ...
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Removal of Mosta Trees Not Part of Studjurban’s Plans

STUDJURBAN refers to the public outcry following the removal of ficus trees from next to Mosta parish church and disassociates itself completely from this decision. In fact, we reiterate that our ...
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‘Better’ Exists And Residents Have A Right To Demand It

Studjurban Presents Walkability and Accessibility Document at Local Council Association’s Resident First Initiative Malta could be doing things much better than it is doing at the moment and citizens and their ...
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Rethinking the value of the Maltese terraced house

Earlier this year, a court decision that revoked a permit for a five-storey block in a row of terraced houses in Santa Luċija had sparked a crucial discussion about the ...
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Housing sector’s ‘severe lack of data’ leading to ‘reactive’ policy decisions

The National Statistics Office’s failure to collect a comprehensive set of data on the housing and development sector has led to “reactive” policies from government agencies and prevents the introduction ...
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This is what Mosta square will soon look like

The new Mosta square will still allow traffic through but is designed to allow the authorities to make it fully pedestrianised for a day or during the weekend, according to ...
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In defence of the Maltese terraced house

Urban planner Antoine Zammit wants to change the perception that the only value terraced houses in towns like Santa Luċija, San Gwann, Pembroke, Imtarfa and Ta’ Xbiex have is in ...
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Sustainable Mobility: Guidelines on Parking Management

Malta is the most densely populated country in the EU, with 424,904 registered vehicles at the end of December 2022 (CEIC, 2022) – most of which are passenger vehicles. Current ...
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In Balluta, a battle over how to restore a historic villa’s value

An architect who drew up plans for the proposed regeneration of the large 19th-century Villa St Ignatius in Balluta says the project will restore the building to its original glory ...
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Community Project Green: Ġnien Reġġie Cilia

We are excited to announce that our proposed redesign of Gnien Reggie Cilia in Mosta has been chosen as one of the 16 public spaces to receive funding from Project ...
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Dr Antoine Zammit represents Malta within the UM Schools of Architecture and Urban Planning

Dr Antoine Zammit, Senior Lecturer in Spatial Planning, Urban Design and Urban Governance at the Department of Spatial Planning and Infrastructure, within the Faculty for the Built Environment, has recently returned ...
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Sustainable Transport: Adaptation and Resilience in the Maltese Islands

Our founder and director discussed these pillars during Monday's Sustainable Transport conference by Transport Malta. Watch the entire conference here: https://bit.ly/3MMFPEB
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2023 MASP Awards Announcement

We’re delighted to be recognised by the MASP Awards for our work STUDJURBAN for the fourth consecutive year, this time around for our slowstreets project, which  Malta’s President GeorgeVella, further singled ...
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New website for Studjurban

Studjurban, a leading architectural and urban design boutique consultancy firm is launching its brand-new website www.studjurban.com, a compendium of the studio’s best work to date, its research projects, as well ...
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Mosta Residents Forum

Addressing hundreds of residents in person and online last Saturday, studjurban's Dr Antoine Zammit presented Mosta's Slow Streets strategy, illustrating how some of these proposals have set the scene for ...
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Pride in our profession – Architect Antoine Zammit

As, together with my team, we commemorate 10 years since the founding of our architecture studio, Studjurban, I find myself thinking not only of this journey of urban and architectural ...
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Safi residents forum

Photos taken by Lisa Attard from last week’s fruitful consultation. We met with Safi residents about their improved, more pedestrian-oriented and greener piazza design and new traffic management proposal which ...
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Studjurban founder on editorial board of Journal of Urban Design

Antoine Zammit, founder of urban design studio Studjurban, was recently appointed on the editorial board of the prestigious international Journal of Urban Design, a scholarly journal addressing urban design theory, research ...
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Taste and Flair Publication: Sliema Project

"Our first step was to establish important streetscape principles," says Antoine Zammit, the lead architect on the project. "We addressed these individually and then layered them together to form the ...
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Places Magazine publication: Żebbiegħ Penthouse

"The Żebbiegħ penthouse designed by STUDJURBAN, is clean, bold and eco-conscious. But it is the U-shaped glazed recess, surrounding the pool, and its apertures - full-heigh picture frames in their ...
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Streets for All Publication

One of our recent urban design projects, the Slow Streets Malta project, has been featured in a new international publication showcasing 50 case studies from around the world! We discuss how ...
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Research Paper: Slow Streets #2

The Slow Streets project seeks the temporary closure of a number of streets to vehicular traffic, resulting in additional free and unencumbered open public space and giving priority to pedestrians ...
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Research Paper: Slow Streets #1

Slow Streets is a pioneering initiative in #Malta and #Gozo geared towards giving back streets to the people rather than cars, focusing primarily on residents’ #wellbeing. studjurban is working on this ...
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2022 MASP Awards Announcement

Watching one’s work acknowledged and valued, is always a source of pride and satisfaction. All of us at #TeamStudjurban are delighted that our project in Sliema’s Manwel Dimech Street has ...
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Keynote at ‘Greening the Grey’ conference

studjurban's Dr Antoine Zammit shall be the keynote speaker for the upcoming conference entitled ‘Greening Our Grey: Redefining Urban Spaces’, being organised by the Planning Authority on the 14 December ...
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EV Changeover Publication

We’re proud to have been entrusted to author the first of 24 documents, on behalf of the Local Councils Association, with regard to the Electric Vehicles changeover. Here we discuss ...
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Places Magazine Publication: B’Bugia House

"The plan of this 1930s seafront residence by Pretty Bay in Birżebbuġa adapted to its façade - its showpiece - rather than the other way around, contributing to the uniqueness ...
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Birgu Residents Forum

Snippets from our community workshop held for Birgu residents, wherein we presented our vision for Birgu’s beautiful piazza and engaged in a fruitful debate on its future design.
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2021 MASP Awards Announcement

Winner of Interior Architecture Award for Commercial or Public Buildings, MASP Awards 2020 for our bespoke child care centre. Special Commendation, Urban Planning Concept, MASP Awards 2020 for our Gżira Marina ...
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Atelier Magazine Interview: Designing a Sustainable Future

As we reflect on the year 2020, studjurban's director Dr Antoine Zammit offers some insights into how we can design a more sustainable future in the years to come. Read ...
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Gżira Residents Forum

Yesterday we held our Public Participation meeting for the redesign of Gzira Gardens, a project that is close to our heart and that we are excited to be working on ...
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Back to the Drawing Board

studjurban's Director Antoine Zammit has been interviewed by Money magazine on current urban planning issues in Malta. You may check out the full interview here: https://issuu.com/.../docs/money_feb-20_issue-59_online...
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2020 MASP Awards Announcement

It was a great night for STUDJURBAN at the Malta Architecture and Spatial Planning Awards 2019, held under the patronage of his excellency The President of Malta. Winners of the prestigious ...
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Malta Sustainability Forum

Dr Antoine Zammit was invited as one of the speakers at the Malta Sustainability Forum organised by APS, showcasing some of the office's sustainable rehabilitation projects that have been successfully undertaken ...
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Coronation Bar

In today’s Places Magazine, we share our experience with restoring the exterior of the icon that is Coronation Bar. Photos by the superb Ramon Portelli 
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Keynote speaker and panel discussion at the MESDC Business Breakfast, Thematic Conference: Investing in Sustainable Infrastructure: Looking ahead to 2050

Dr Antoine Zammit was the keynote speaker at the MESDC Business Breakfast, Thematic Conference: Investing in Sustainable Infrastructure: Looking ahead to 2050, on 03.06.2019. His presentation focused on understanding the ...
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Strategy for Valletta is ‘shortsighted’ – V18 study

The strategy for Valletta was a “shortsighted view” on the future of the city and was more about generating investment than helping liveability, a V18 study found. The findings are part ...
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The Urban Regeneration Debate

Dr Antoine Zammit invited panel speaker within a discussion organised by SACES, entitled STRIP - The Urban Regeneration Debate.
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ĊINE’AMBJENT #1 — Land Use

Dr Antoine Zammit invited panel speaker within a discussion organised by the Friends of the Earth Malta's as part of Ċine'Ambjent #1 dealing with the subject of 'Land Use'.
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A Tiny Town

"The brief behind the design of this childcare centre in Mosta by STUDJURBAN was to create a village setting for a community-based feel. Take a trip through the 'streets' of ...
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On Another Level

"Two properties become one through sensitive interventions and legible additions in this Mellieħa townhouse rehabilitation project by architect Antoine Zammit and his design team from STUDJURBAN, who sought to build ...
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How will science judge Valletta 2018’s legacy?

Art and culture are often deemed to be the realm of the intangible, subject to their audience’s subjectivity. Now, however, a team of researchers have stepped up to challenge this ...
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PechaKucha Night Valletta

Dr Antoine Zammit delivered a PechaKucha presentation in Valletta 2 March 2018, arguing about the need to follow the logic of life, space and buildings in order to create truly ...
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Valletta’s infrastructural boom has residents wary

Accessibility, land use and space appropriation concerns were expressed by participants in a study on the impact resulting from infrastructure connected to Valletta 2018. Antoine Zammit, who authored the study, said ...
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Living Cities, Liveable Places

Placemaking & Identity: Studjurban, along with Perit Wendy Jo Mifsud and Louise Francis from UCL’s Mapping for Change, organized a workshop at @valletta2018‘s 4th conference ‘Living Cities, Liveable Places: Placemaking & ...
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Indoor Meets Outdoor

"The rehabilitation of this Luqa townhouse by architectural and urban design studio STUDJURBAN is an example of sustainable rehabilitation and responsible architecture." STUDJURBAN has been featured in the October 2017 Places ...
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Planning Today for Tomorrow

Studjurban’s Dr Antoine Zammit delivered a keynote presentation at the Planning Authority’s conference ‘Planning Today for Tomorrow’. Entitled ‘Addressing quality in the built environment’, Antoine raised pertinent issues in relation to design ...
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Valletta 2018 Research

Title of Research: Assessing the relationship between community inclusion and space, through the impact of Valletta 2018 cultural infrastructure on various community groups. Lead Author: Dr Antoine Zammit, PhD Keywords: Involvement, accessibility, ...
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A Place to Park Design Ideas

"This office was born out of a non-descript garage - the ideal canvas to showcase a start-up architectural studio's ability to personalise a space and use it as an expression ...
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Made to Measure

"The interior design of this duplex maisonette in Attard is a fine example of flexible furniture, with well-thought-out, bespoke pieces that bring out the best out of the space, both ...
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The Joy of Places for Liveable Cities – TEDx Talk ‘The Joys of Being’

Studjurban’s Dr Antoine Zammit was invited by TEDx University of Malta to give a TEDx Talk on the theme ‘The Joys of Being’, wherein he focused on the challenge of creating ...
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ICiTy – Enhancing Places through Technology

Studjurban was proud to be supporting the international conference ‘ICiTy | Enhancing places through technology’, which was held at the Aula Magna, University of Malta Valletta Campus, Old University Building ...
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 A Positive Regeneration – Archetype Issue 8

Studjurban have been featured in the April 2016 Archetype Magazine, exploring the real meaning of ‘regeneration’.
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 Creating Meaningful Spaces – Archetype Issue 7

"Architects should always remember that whatever the scale of project they are involved in, they have a responsibility towards clients and towards current and future generations." Studjurban was featured in Archetype ...
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Development Control Design Policy, Guidance and Standards (DC15)

Penned and researched by studjurban‘s founder, Dr Antoine Zammit, the official release of Development Control Design Policy, Guidance and Standards (DC15) is a milestone for the Maltese planning system. The document ...
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Watch This Green Space – Money Magazine Issue 31

Studurbajn‘s  founder, Dr Antoine Zammit, was interviewed by Money Magazine, discussing the ‘truth about green solutions.
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‘Alive and Liveable: Adaptive reuse in Valletta’ – Valletta Heritage Public Lecture

Dr Antoine Zammit delivered a public lecture entitled ‘Alive and Liveable:  Adaptive Reuse in Valletta’ to a packed audience at the Aula Magna, as part of the Valletta Heritage Public Lecture series ...
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‘The Future of Paceville’ Seminar

Studjurban has participated in ‘The Future of Paceville’ seminar, organised by the University of Malta’s Work in Progress in Social Studies initiative. Dr Antoine Zammit presented the office’s current ongoing ...
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Reinventing a Historic City – myliveablecity Magazine Jan-Mar Issue

‘Reinventing a Historic City’ featured studjurban’s Dr Antoine Zammit in the international magazine ‘My Liveable City – The Art and Science of it’, discussing Valletta and its current challenges for reuse. ...
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Rock, Paper, City – Patron Magazine

With the pressing issue of whether the renovations are keeping in with the UNESCO Venice Convention principle that ‘the new must be in sympathy with the old’ at hand, Dr ...
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Urban Planning in Malta – MHS Lecture Series 2013-14

Dr Antoine Zammit was invited to deliver a lecture entitled ‘Urban Planning in Malta – It’s Historical Development and Influence Today’. This lecture discussed the salient, successful and unsuccessful, initiatives geared ...
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‘Good design creates places from spaces’ – Times of Malta

“The aim of good design is to create places from spaces. A space becomes a place when it has a meaning and designers should create places so people can relate to ...
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