LJ Works

After working in Loughborough Junction for the past three years, public works, in collaboration with Architecture 00, are now working with local community organisations and Lambeth Council to use London Regeneration Fund funding to create 1,300sqm of affordable workspace that both safeguards an inspiring community growing project, The Loughborough Farm, and begins to address local youth unemployment. Within five years Lambeth will carry out a community asset transfer handing LJ Works to a local steering group, which public works is helping to establish, for the next 20 years. LJ Works is an experiment to test strategies for how citizens can reclaim ownership of public land. 

Main Collaborators:
Loughborough Junction Action Group (LJAG), Lambeth Council and Architecture 00

HOME - IN THE SERVICE OF SCIENCE - Performance - 28th - 30th October, Cambridge

public works and 30 Bird bring together architecture, performance and science under the same roof. Home in the Service of Science is inspired by a year of conversations with scientists, cleaners, technicians, receptionists, security guards and the catering staff at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) revealing scientific research and dialogue with LMB's everyday life. The residency centres around a structure made up of a bathroom, the space under the stairs, the parlour, the corridor and the study, sitting in the atrium at the LMB building and a series of dining room situation hostings. In an overwhelming context where we mainly build houses, the question of what the home is and what its role becomes is one to raise. As part of this Years Cambridge festival of ideas, Home in the Service of Science starts to raise such questions while thousands new homes are being built around the MRC building.

public works and 30 Bird worked with the LMB staff to develop an interdisciplinary performance by visualizing and animating the weird and wonderful content produced during the residency such as mobile Ecoli factory in form of a toilet, worm tamer crown, an experiment in piano composition, and a fridge that breeds antibodies. All creating a jarring relationship between scientific experimentation and domestic living.

Friday 28th October 6pm
Saturday 29th October 6pm
Sunday 30th October 2:30pm

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology,
Cambridge Biomedical Campus,
Francis Crick Avenue, Cambridge CB2 0QH

For more details and TICKETS see: www.homeinsci.uk
Tickets are required for entry.

The Glut Field & Barn now on show in Dublin as part of 'A Fair Land'

The courgette based economy is up and running!!!

Really pleased to see the doors have fully opened and the courgettes are being harvested at our Glut Barn and Glut Field, our collaboration with Somewhere as part of ‘A Fair Land’, the flagship summer exhibition curated by Grizedale Arts for the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin, Ireland.

Glut Field is a large shallow raised bed directly onto the ground, made from straw bales planted with vigorous plants. Conditioned and planted directly with courgettes and marrows, quickly achieving foliar coverage and producing vegetables for the project's use, in quantity.

The Glut Field was originally envisaged for the Mobile Garden City at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with the intent to create a productive conflict of having too much of one crop forcing everyone involved to become creative and generous with the single produce. Its great to see it come to live as part of A Fair Land at IMMA.

The Glut barn accompanies the field and serves as a cold kitchen to process the produce from the field. A magically floating straw bale building easily accessible at ground level for all to join in producing and making.
Below the text from the programme about the exhibition and a link to a wonderful short film in which Sarah Glennie, Director at IMMA and Adam Sutherland, Director of Grizedale Arts explain the project in detail. Well worth a watch. -> here

Envisaged, enabled and operated by a collective creative vision A Fair Land looks at how self- determination and dignity can be delivered through the inherent human function of creativity, and how its use in the everyday is a means to enable change and empowerment.

This project aims to develop a system for living derived from basic and simple resources used in a creative way. To this end a project village has been created to offer its visitors opportunities to eat, make, think or trade – and through that process to learn, copy, assimilate and teach.

With a focus on creating objects that are useful, desirable and achievable, A Fair Land will present an active and tangible representation of the place of creativity in society, creating a space for families, friends and strangers to gather, get involved, and experience alternative perspectives on living.

A Fair Land has been developed by a wide range of people, with the aim of making a new vision for a functioning future society. Artists and Collaborators include: Eavan Atkin / Samuel Bishop / Kat Black / Tania Bruguera / Rhona Byrne / Marcus Coates / Emily Cropton / CREATE / Coniston village building team / Michelle Darmody / Drew and Middori / Motoko Fujita / Ryan Gander / Liz Gillis / Nicola Goode / Irish Architecture Foundation / Brenda Kearney / Suzanne Lacy / Renzo Martens / Jonathan Meese / Meg Narongchai / Deirdre O’Mahony / Seoidin O’Sullivan / Debbie Paul / Niamh Riordan / Kirsty Roberts / Katie Sanderson / Sarah Staton / Francesca Ulivi / Miranda Vane / Fiona Whelan / public works / NÓS Workshop / NVA / Somewhere / Sweet Water Foundation / Villagers from the Swiss village of Leytron / Tom Watt & Tanad Williams, and many more.

Come visit and get hands on involved! See the full programme here.

The New Art of Making, 11th Dec 15 - 7th Feb 16 at Foyles

public works will be part of this new exhibition by Price & Myers, our collaborators on the Last Chair Arch for High Wycombe.

The New Art of Making, a free exhibition which explores digital craftsmanship, curated by Futurecity in partnership with Price & Myers' Geometrics, will open in The Gallery at Foyles, London, from 11 December 2015 until 7 February 2016.

How we build our world is changing. A revolution is underway in making and building art and architecture, with technology now allowing us to create and make with an unprecedented freedom.

At the centre of this change is the 'designer-maker'; a cross-disciplinary master craftsman, who fuses sophisticated digital design tools and computerised fabrication with industrial, architectural and engineering expertise to define new ways of working with traditional materials - wood, stone, steel and glass.

This emerging practice is digital craftsmanship – a radical new practice of rendering sculptural form, blurring the line between artist, designer and maker. It is an approach pioneered by Price & Myers' Geometrics team, and supported by Futurecity through an innovative approach to commissioning art in the public realm.

The New Art Of Making exhibition realised by Futurecity and Price & Myers Geometrics, charts the evolution of digital creativity and fabrication over a sequence of recent collaborations featuring key groundbreaking projects and major sculptural commissions.

Advances in computer-controlled fabrication have closed the gap between the drawing board and the real world. The development of advanced digital design and production techniques means that instead of constructing our buildings, bridges and sculptures from a set of pre-defined pieces - bricks, girders, windows - we can now manufacture our own lego® kit for each and every project. By designing each piece specifically to the project requirements, we can minimize wasteful mass production and create almost any shape imaginable. Buildings become sculpture, and sculpture is set free to explore form at the limits of imagination.

Located at the point where architecture, engineering and fabrication converge with digital technology, Price & Myers Geometrics' team of specialist engineers and architects exemplify this new model of 'digital craftsmanship'. Together with visionary placemaking agency Futurecity, and working alongside pioneering artists and architects, the practice has delivered a diverse range of cutting-edge sculptures and architectural commissions across the capital and farther afield.

'The New Art Of Making' exhibition explores the theme of digital craftsmanship via a series of projects which range in scale from a chair arch in High Wycombe by public works, to a 12m aluminium vertical shell artwork, a stainless steel bridge in Bristol and a new pier building at Southend. It culminates with the digital craftsmanship embodied within the recently completed Slipstream sculpture by Richard Wilson (RA), which traces the motion of a stunt plane as it joyfully cartwheels across 78 metres of space through the new Terminal 2 : The Queen's Terminal at Heathrow Airport.

Created using techniques from fields as diverse as film animation, architecture, computer programming and – fittingly - aerodynamics and aerospace, Slipstream is formed by a vast kit of parts comprising over 45,000 unique pieces and 200,000 rivets; both a conscious echo and celebration of the golden era in aviation design. A digitally fabricated 1:18 scale facsimile of Slipstream forms the centrepiece of the exhibition, sitting alongside digital content and development models charting its journey from the take-off of an idea to its triumphant landing in the immense space of the terminal building.

Using text, diagrams and models, the interpretative materials describe the featured projects from genesis to completion. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the themes of the exhibition by assembling their own models from digitally fabricated interlocking components. The New Art Of Making exhibition gives a fascinating insight into an era of momentous change for the way we build, sculpt and curate the world around us.

DATES: 11th December 2015 – 7th February 2016
PRIVATE VIEW / LAUNCH: Thursday 10th December 2015 6. 00 – 8. 30pm
OPENING HOURS: Monday – Saturday 9.30am - 9.00pm Sundays 11.30am*- 6.00pm (*11.30am - 12.00 noon browsing only). The Café closes 30 minutes before the shop ADDRESS: The Gallery at Foyles, Level 5, 107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT


Due to the success and demand, 'The Last Chair Arch' has been extended by another week and will now be on display until teh 17th of October daily from 9am - 4pm.

'The Last Chair Arch'
Go see it in High Wycombe - only this week until the10th of October.

‘The Last Chair Arch’
The lawn at the end of Carolina Drive
Wye Dene Development
High Wycombe
HP11 1LH

Photos: Thierry Bal / Future City



Over the past year public works has worked with residents of the Wye Dene, students and staff from Bucks New University and members from the furniture making industry to create a new Chair Arch for High Wycombe which will be realised in the Wye Dene. 

The chairs and arch will be assembled on site in Wye Dene with people from High Wycombe.
The Last Chair Arch will remain on site for one week after which it will be dismantled and the chairs given away for free. Residents of High Wycombe are invited to become custodians of one or more chairs.
With no additional infrastructure required to form the arch, it is entirely possible that the chairs could be arched again in the future by the residents themselves.


Help assemble the custom designed ‘Chair for Arching’ which will be used to construct the Chair Arch. The assembly process is simple and does not require specialist knowledge

or use of power tools. We welcome anyone who wants to get involved or simply wants to drop by and find out more. No RSVP is needed and participants can join at any time.
Assembly workshops will take place from 19th September to 2nd October, 10.30am - 5pm on the lawn beside the Watercress Pond

If you have any further questions please email public works here.

Construction workshops 
19 Sept - 2nd October 
Daily 10.30pm - 5.00pm  

Opening Celebration  
3rd October from 3-5pm 
Artist talk and drinks 

On display  
from the 3rd to the 17th of October


‘The Last Chair Arch’ is part of Masterclasses in Sitting, an art commission lead by artist group
public works for the Wye Dene development in High Wycombe.
The project forms part of an art commission for Wye Dene, curated by Futurecity on behalf of Berkeley Homes.

You can find out more about the project at:
www.futurecity.co.uk www.wyedene.co.uk 



For the last three years public works has been collaborating with Atelier d'Architecture Autogérée (AAA), on R-Urban an internationally acclaimed professional and citizen initiative of resilient regeneration in Colombes, near Paris and in Hackney Wick, east London.

AAA along with many local, national and international collaborators established this unique project consisting of an urban agriculture site 'Agrocite' and a recycling centre 'Recyclub'. The new municipal government of Colombes wants to replace R-Urban with a temporary car park and destroy this exemplary project as soon as September 2015.

We urgently need all your help to stop this from happening and persuade the municipality and other interested authorities to preserve this project. Please sign the petition, circulate in your networks and get people to support R-Urban.

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION HERE & CIRCULATE! ... and don't forget to write a reasons for your support along with your signature.

- Thanks you all for you support -

#saveRURBAN - Réseau de pratiques citoyennes résilientes from atelier d'architecture autogérée on Vimeo.

#TransActing: A Market of Values on 11 July 12-5pm

#TransActing: A Market of Values on 11 July 12-5 @ Chelsea College of Arts (beside Tate Britain) SW1P 4JU

The market will feature 50+ stalls that explore existing systems of evaluation and actively produce new ones: a skillshare, organ donation, an economy of promises, commoners, a fablab, a bring your own BBQ, virtuous communities, bricklaying, an economy of promises, a speakers' corner—even a kiosk buying tears. Multiple currencies will circulate, not all of them monetary.

Whilst the values of competitive markets dominate contemporary life, including art and its education, other kinds can and do coexist. #TransActing will nurture and celebrate these other value relations in a spectacular one-day event.

Follow Critical Practice and #TransActing on Facebook and Twitter. For the programme and contributors, visit www.criticalpracticechelsea.org.

Critical Practice is: Metod Blejec, Marsha Bradfield, Cinzia Cremona, Neil Cummings, Neil Farnan, Angela Hodgson-Teal, Karem Ibrahim, Catherine Long, Amy McDonnell, Claire Mokrauer-Madden, Eva Sajovic, Kuba Szreder, Sissu Tarka and many more besides.

#TransActing is organised by Critical Practice and designed in collaboration with public works. It's part of Camberwell, Chelsea & Wimbledon (CCW) Graduate School's public programme.


Torange from public works will be sharing the stage with Jane Rendall and Alberto Dumas at this Tate Modern:

Tate Modern, East Room
Saturday 20 June 2015, 14.00 – 16.00 

How can we share knowledge and thoughts to create a positive vision of sustainable action and alternative ways of living?

How do we understand the increasing privatization of public space?

What is the public’s responsibility to address economic and social concerns within the city?

In response to the UK housing crisis, guest speakers Alberto Duman, Jane Rendell and Torange Khonsari each bring their own physical fragment of ‘evidence’ as a prompt to discuss the role of art, activism and architecture in politicizing, questioning and creating movements of resistance to this challenging urban context.

In this event Duman explores the increasingly important activity of redaction against the backdrop of regeneration developments.

Khonsari presents housing as an agent to public service, stimulating discussion of current planning laws and alternative housing models that negotiate between the private and the public.

Rendell examines the spaces and voices of the Public Inquiry as a site of state bureaucracy, one which operates as a key part of the decision-making process concerning whether to demolish social housing estates.

The speakers’ presentations are followed by a breakout session where you, the participant, are invited to bring and share your own forms of evidence. These forms of evidence could be photographs, objects, documents, anecdotes or memories that represent or relate to your experience of the housing crisis.

This event is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2015.

For more info or to book a ticket click here

OPEN CALL - #TransActing: A Market of Values

Public works is collaborating with Critical Pracrtice on the latest iteration of the Market of Ideas to be held at Chelsea Collage on the the 11th of July 2015.

We are seeking contributions to this international event in central London.
10 successful applicants will receive £100.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 5:00pm - 1st June 2015

About #TransActing: A Market of Values

12-5pm on Saturday, 11th July 2015 in London, at Chelsea College of Arts on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, across from Tate Britain.

This bustling pop-up market will feature artists, designers, civil-society groups, academics, ecologists, activists and others who creatively explore existing structures of evaluation and actively produce new ones. 

Organised by Critical Practice, #TransActing will take place on the historic Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, located between Tate Britain and Chelsea College of Arts.Care, trust, creativity and generosity are forms of exchange that coexist with money but cannot be made equivalent to pounds and pence. The Market will showcase skillshares, repair hubs and hacklabs, organ donation, expert and enthusiast knowledge and other resources. Diverse forms of value production will animate economies beyond the financial.  It's wealth beyond capital that will be produced at #TransActing.

The Market of Values will be hosted in bespoke structures built by Critical Practice,
public works and others. These stalls will be interspersed with other spaces of assembly and exchange: a speakers' corner, a social cinema, while multiple currencies will circulate, not all of them monetary.

Whilst the values of competitive markets dominate contemporary life, including art and its education, other kinds can and do coexist. Some even flourish in alternative communities of evaluation. #TransActing will nurture and celebrate these value relations in a spectacular one-day event.

Download the full call out here.


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