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

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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Bodgers and the Windsor Chair

Join us for a free series of presentations by manufacturers, designers and historians to discuss High Wycombe's famous history of bodging and the Windsor Chair.

17 April 2015 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Wrights Meadow Centre, Wrights Meadow Road
Wycombe Marsh High Wycombe
HP11 1SQ

Chairs for Arching, is a triptych of talks and discussions on the history of chairs and celebratory arches in High Wycombe. The first talk in the series looked at how the Chair Arches of High Wycombe have inspired designers internationally while locally serving as a symbol celebrating the town's industry and identity.

The second event will take place on 17th of April 2015 at the Wrights Meadow Community Centre in Wycombe Marsh. It will explore the tradition of the Windsor chair and its evolution throughout the years. We will be joined by furniture historian Dr Bernard Cotton, artist and craftsman Stuart King and professor in furniture Jake Kaner. Each speaker will give a short presentation followed by an open discussion.

public works will use the opportunity to present their proposal for the forthcoming Chair Arch made with a custom designed chair which loosely references the Windsor tradition.

The final event of the series will coincide with the construction of the new Chair Arch on the new Wye Dene development.

The event is part of Masterclasses in Sitting, an art commission lead by public works for the Wye Dene development in High Wycombe. Taking as the starting point High Wycombe's rich history as the centre for furniture production, public works proposes a project, which uses 'sitting' as a way of relating and connecting the new Wye Dene estate with High Wycombe, its past and future. 

The project is lead by Andreas Lang from the artist group public works, it forms part of an art commission for Wye Dene, curated by Futurecity on behalf of Berkeley Homes


Dr Bernard 'Bill' Cotton is a furniture historian who has pioneered the study of vernacular furniture in both the UK and in Countries where the British settled. He has travelled widely, often with his wife Gerry, to record the regional traditions of furniture made for the homes of working people , over a forty year period. His extensive archive is a major resource of design and social history information and his collection of some four hundred English regional chairs is now gifted to the Geffrye museum.
His published work includes 'The English Regional Chair' (ACC. 1990 ). More recently he has completed his major work 'Scottish Vernacular Furniture' (Thames and Hudson. 2008 ) which for the first time identifies the chair and other furniture designs made there.
He was co founder, with Christopher Gilbert, of the Regional Furniture Society and is presently the society's Emeritus President.

Jake Kaner is professor in furniture at Bucks New University. He has been involved with documenting the furniture industry through the curation of the High Wycombe Furniture Archive. Funding awarded form the arts and humanities research council supported the digitisation project which captured 16,000 images and text from the archive. The material covers the High Wycombe manufacturers, Ercol, Gomme (G-Plan) and Skull. The website that disseminates the material has been highly successful receiving an average of 100,000 hits per month since its launch in 2009. Currently Jake is working to digitise the William Birch archive in partnership with the Wycombe Museum. This material illustrates design books for art furniture that was made for Liberty's of London between 1890 and 1910. A further project involving the designs of Ib Kofod-Larsen, a Danish designer who worked for G-Plan in the 1960s, involves creating computer based models of furniture that was never put into production. Jake is also a trustee for Wycombe Heritgae and Arts Trust.

Stuart King was born in the Buckinghamshire village of Holmer Green in 1942, and played as a child in the local Beech woods. The countryside and the trades and traditions of those that shaped it over centuries have always fascinated him and influenced his work.
Stuart spent a lifetime researching, recording and collecting anything about the rural past and today is recognised as a well-known artist craftsman, demonstrator, international lecturer and photo-journalist. He is still actively recording traditional crafts, local landscape and history via photography and video and occasionally appears on TV.

LMB Artists-in-Residence

Appointment of 30 Bird and public works as Artists-in-Residence at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Left to right: Mehrdad Seyf (30bird) Sir Hugh Pelham (Director of LMB) Torange Khonsari (public works) Image: MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Left to right: Mehrdad Seyf (30bird) Sir Hugh Pelham (Director of LMB) Torange Khonsari (public works) Image: MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is pleased to announce the appointment of 30 Bird and public works as LMB Artists-in-Residence starting in April 2015. They are a collaborative team made up of a Cambridge based performance company led by Mehrdad Seyf (30 Bird) and a participatory art and architecture practice led by Torange Kohnsari (public works).

They are ground breaking artists who will engage with members of the LMB with the aim to inspire new perspectives and understanding of the LMB's research, both amongst LMB staff, and the general public.
The residency is scheduled to run over 12months.
Mehrdad and Torange were selected by the LMB's Public Art Steering Panel, made up of LMB staff and external advisors, who were impressed by their enthusiasm about the LMB's science and their diverse and engaging response to the brief.
The LMB is one of the world's leading research institutes, whose scientists are studying biology on a tiny scale to understand fundamental biological processes and diseases.

"We were attracted to this residency because it provided us with the opportunity to bring together art and science in an innovative and interesting way challenging the more traditional notions of public art", said Mehrdad Seyf.

He added "The research at the LMB involves work at the minutest detail, with the aim of extracting information that influences life on earth on an epic scale. It is the marriage of these two, the minute and the epic, the scientific research deep within organisms and its physical and social consequences that make the research at the LMB work so exciting to us."

The LMB residency is the first in a new Artist-in-Residence programme that forms part of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC) Public Art Programme. The Programme is led and funded by property developers Countryside Properties and Liberty Property Trust under the s106 agreement with Cambridge City Council to deliver public art across the CBC expansion land. The Programme is curated and co-ordinated on the developers' behalf by cultural agency, Futurecity.

"The ambition for the CBC Public Art Programme is to embed the very best creative arts practice throughout the expanding campus. A combination of public realm projects alongside artist-in-residence commissions will demonstrate the impact and value created through collaboration between the art, design, science and healthcare", said Andy Robinson, director at Futurecity

JUNCTURES: UK Iran Cultural Exchange - Wednesday 25th March 2015

A day of debate &provocationsexploringinnovation&collaboration across the artsandsciences.

JUNCTURES: UK Iran Cultural Exchange
A day of debate & provocations exploring innovation & collaboration across the arts and sciences.

-Spotlighting collaboration as a model of sustainability and resilience
-Presenting examples of cross cultural and cross sectorial exchange
-Developing national and international networks
-Profiling inter disciplinary practice
-Featuring practitioners from the Iranian diaspora

Bolshevic Agitprop trains armed with public speakers, writers, stores of books and pamphlets and even printing presses: In her Peachy Coochy at JUNCTURES, architect Torange Khonsari from public works talks about performance, sculpture, architecture and their relationship to the political sciences.

Wednesday 25th March 2015
Cambridge Junction 10.15am-8pm
Tickets: £6
Box office: 01223 511 511


Public lecture on March 25th 2015

"With an evening of provocations and discussion, Theatrum Mundi launches Designing the Urban Commons, an ideas competition calling for new ways to stimulate the city's public and collective life. Three groups engaged in live projects in London and Paris will present their work, describing how commoning emerges through the spaces they have created or occupied and also examining the issues and opportunities presented by commons as an approach to urban design.
The competition brief, which also goes live on 25th March, will ask for existing land, architecture, or infrastructures in neighbourhoods across London to be re-imagined as common spaces, or for new urban commons to be carved out in the city or online. Commons are not static pieces of architecture. We are seeking designs through which the social act of commoning could take shape, by enabling citizens to co-produce urban resources from culture & knowledge to housing, energy or democratic processes."


Assembly SE8 was formed out of a collective need to transform a space in limbo. The site of an old school where the group live as property guardians also became the centre for an active engagement with the idea of the 'commons'. Utilising the schools vast playground, wildlife garden and the school itself, the group opened up this once private space for the local community to explore and engage with. A whole variety of projects and people have passed through this space, each informing the context and practise of using a space with few rules and no predetermined use.

Atelier d'architecture autogérée (studio for self-managed architecture) is a collective platform which conducts explorations, actions and research concerning urban mutations and emerging cultural, social and political practices in the contemporary city. aaa acts through 'urban tactics', encouraging the participation of inhabitants at the self-management of disused urban spaces, overpassing contradictions and stereotypes by proposing nomad and reversible projects, initiating interstitial practices which explore the potential of contemporary city (in terms of population, mobility, temporality). Their current project R-URBAN in the Parisian suburb of Colombes proposes the creation of a local network of short circuits of ecological, economic, social and cultural nature. It consists of AgroCite, a civic agricultural centre, RecycLab, a platform for recycling and eco-construction, and EcoHab, a cooperative residential unit of 7 habitations currently under construction.

Public Works is a non for profit organisation working between the fields of art, architecture and design. All public works projects explore how the urban public realm can be shaped by its users and how participation and collaboration can inform a more open design process Projects span across different scales and address the relation between the informal and formal aspects of a site. They produce social, architectural and discursive spaces: outputs include socio-spatial and physical structures, public events and publications. The group is based in London and operates as a not-for-profit company. Current members are Torange Khonsari, Andreas Lang who work with an extended network of project related collaborators.

18.30 – 20.00, Wednesday 25th March, 2015

Hong Kong Lecture Theatre, LSE Clement House, 99 Aldwych, WC2B 4JF

Free and open to all, seats allocated on a first come first served basis

Read more on Theatrum Mundi website

SPACES Conference Vienna

The artist as activist in public space

"Critical art (...) is constituted by a manifold of artistic practices aiming at giving a voice to all those who are silenced within the framework of the existing hegemony." Chantal Mouffe

public spaces as a common space for all: a new generation of artists in post soviet countries positions itself on the line of defense of public interest, inviting citizens to claim their right to the city through art interventions. 

The project SPACES assembles curators, artists, activists and researchers in Chisinau, Kiev, Tblisi and Yerevan. The discussion proceeds to looking at the positioning of artists in current proceses of protest,activism and change in a global context.

The SPACES project is funded by the European Union through the Eastern partnership cultural program

public works speaking on Panel 1 - Thursday 30th October at Kunstraum, Vienna

Radical Cities - Grassroots Perspectives

Torre David, A Pirate Utopia, Photo: Iwan Baan

Future of the City: Grassroots Perspectives

What are the dilemmas facing cities and architecture today? What makes a city of the future? How is the public realm shaped by its various users through participation and collaboration? This public event aims to address some of these questions and explore the emergence of various social consciousness movements in architecture and social design and how these relate to contemporary artistic practice.
The discussion includes case studies from Latin America amongst other examples. Speakers include Justin McGuirk author of Radical Cities alongside Andreas Lang from public works, a London-based non-for-profit art and architecture practice.

Andreas Lang is an architect, researcher and educator. He is a co-founder of London based practice public works which operates in between the fields of art, architecture and design. Public works' projects explore how the urban public realm can be shaped by its users, through participation and co-production.

Justin McGuirk is a writer and curator and has worked as the Guardian's design columnist and editor of Icon magazine. He is also the director of Strelka Press and his writing has appeared in Observer, Times, Domus, Art Review and many other publications. In 2012 he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture for an exhibition he curated with Urban-Think Tank.

Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium, Wednesday 29 October 2014, 18.30 – 20.00