TOOLS FOR EAST LONDON
We are excited to launch our first ever crowd
funding campaign to set up a Tool Lending Library in East
London. Please help spread the word and donate if you can - no
contribution is too small ... or big.
The tool lending library will provide easy and affordable access
to a wide range of good quality tools. It builds on the local
lending ethos which is already strong and helps us establish an
active support network for makers in the area. The system is
simple: A small monthly fee will allow members to borrow tools and
have an active say in what tools will be stocked and how the
library will be run.
We have done our research which you can check out on our website.
More info is also available on the Indiegogo page.
The R-Urban Wick Tool Library will be the first in London and
one of the first of its kind in the UK. It will do a lot of
- stock, lend and maintain tools
- the 'tool pool' will connect makers to exchange tools and
expertise directly between themselves
- recirculate used tools which have become surplus in the
- offer a venue to host talks and workshops around making to share
skills and knowledge
We need your help to get this new and exciting facility off the
WHO GIVES WILL ALSO RECEIVE - THE PERKS!
We have a wide range of perks to reward your generousity. Perks
start from your name being inscribed on the 'Supporters Wall of
Fame' and/or having a tool named in your honour. Monthly or annual
memberships for the tool library, a collection of public works,
R-Urban Wick publication and a special series of hand made P£ANK
Furniture designed and built by our team and a special tour of
Hackney Wick on our Wick on Wheels Milk Float.
Apart from donations we mainly need your help in setting up a
community of like minded who want to be involved with the Tool
It would be fantastic if you could help spread the word by simply
clicking the Facebook and Twitter links on our Indiegogo
We leave you with a picture (above) of the Berkley Tool Lending
Library in California which started in a small caravan and has
since grown into a successful public resource.
Saturday the 28th of June from 11am till late
Sunday the 29th of June from 11am - 6pm
Over a four month-long period ten students from the Royal
Collage of Art became architects in residence in the Wembley
Triangle, investigating community-led regeneration by mobilising
local knowledge and by acting as a force multiplier. Through a
multilayered programme of events and collaborations the Civic
University explored and initiated new types for community spaces
leading towards a series of proposals to increase the capacity for
community-led regeneration in the Wembley Triangle, a strategic
area critical to the wider regeneration of Wembley,
The University is led by ten first year students from
Architectural Design Studio 3 run by public works with Francesco
Sebregondi, at the Royal College of Art. Commissioned by Brent
Council the outcomes will be published through the Wembley Place
You can find the Civic University at:
Cottrell House, 53-63 Wembley Hill Road, HA9 8BU
15 minute walk away from Wembley Park (Metropolitan and Jubilee
10 minute walk from Wembley Central (Overground).
public works was one of the stops on a one-day cycle-tour by
students, staff and alumni from the University of the Arts
A curated adventure into the interior of sustainable and
resilient forms of creative practice. We will access studios and
project spaces in East London and learn from innovative
practitioners who are deploying their art and design training in
meeting the challenge of climate change'
Marsha Bradfield and Claire Heafford.
I very much enjoyed experimenting with an analog power point
presentation using objects and printed matter. Slighty messy but
worth while refining...
Thanks also to the Yard Theatre for letting us
use their stage.
public works will be hosting the fourth TERRA meeting. A two day
workshop taking place in Hackney Wick and at Abbey Gardens in Stratford.
We will be hosting app. 20 visitors from five different cultural
organisations. Guests will come from Spain, Italy, France and
Germany as part of TERRA, an adult learning exchange project. TERRA
focusses on the exchange of informal learning practices in order to
support local residents to become actively involved in making
improvements to their local areas.
To find out more you can view the TERRA website here. The
organisations who come to visit are: Land
Kunst Leben (Germany), Abbey De
Noirlac (France), Saline
De Royal (France), Citema (Italy), Fundacion Santa Maria La Real
Images above from the TERRA visit to Saline de Royal in France.
(left) The Saline de Royal Heritage site. (middle) A cheese
production cooperative producing the famous Compté cheese, (right)
a green bridge in the Saline de Royal garden.
We are delighted have been awarded a
Creative Works London voucher. Over the coming month public
works will be working with Dr David Pinder
Mara Ferreri from Queen Mary Univeristy geography
The research will have an early outing at the forthcoming
Session on the 20th of June 2014 at Swan Wharf in Hackney Wick,
the session is also part of the London
Festival of Architecture.
"Temporary uses of vacant spaces are an emerging part of
London’s social and cultural landscape, at the intersection of
competing imaginaries and material dynamics. This Wick Session
brings together practitioners and urban researchers to explore the
overlapping systems of values mobilised on the ground by projects
of temporary use (e.g. alternative economies, voluntary labour),
and their relationship to wider dynamics of urban transformation.
Which value(s) are mobilised by temporary uses and who benefits
public works's project with Buddleia -
the DIY COMMONS has been published in Small Change by Sevie
Tsampalla - Click here to read the
Low-cost and easy to produce furniture set for Swans Wharf made from surplus
A nice new french book on DIY systems edited by Etienne Delprat.
public works features with four projects along many other
interesting practices. Its all in french so you might need google
Fin 2013, Le Do It Yourself occupe toute L'actualité.
Focalisé sur Le développement de machines numériques (open-source,
imprimante 3D, fraiseuse numérique) et de nouveaux Lieux de
fabrication comme Les fablabs, Le DIY fait un retour en force dans
les médias. Posture politique et économique qui replace l'homme et
la communauté au centre, philosophie de l'action, appréhension du
paradoxe de manque (de moyens) et du surplus (de matières, de
structures) comme richesse, décloisonnement et transversalité des
savoirs, Le DIY, né dans la mouvance des années 1970, a
tranquillement traversé ces dernières décennies en gardant son état
d'esprit. Mais sa rencontre avec les technologies actuelles et Leur
modèle de pensée lui insuffle aujourd'hui une nouvelle dynamique.
Le Web 2:0 lui ouvre d'autres perspectives. Le concept évolue, sa
terminologie aussi: Do It Together, Do It With Other. Cet ouvrage
s'inscrit dans cette nouvelle vague DIY 2:0 et propose, sous la
forme d'un panorama de pratiques, une introduction ouverte et
subjective à ce mouvement d'action et de pensée protéiforme. Centré
sur l'action et les projets, il revêt une forme un peu hybride
entre boîte à outils et à idées, catalogue classique et compilation
thématisée composée et écrite à plusieurs mains. Son ambition :
présenter une multitude de projets et proposer une multiplicité
d'entrées et d'accroches, ouvertes et subjectives, dont chacun peut
s'emparer. Son objectif : éveiller Le désir de passer à L'action et
You can get a copy
The architecture design studio (ADS3) lead by public works with
Francesco Sebregondi at the Royal
Collage of Art is launching a 'school within a school' as part
of this years Work in Progress Show.
The show was conceived with artist Lawrence Lek and forms the start
of a longer term collaborative project with public works into site
specific knowledge platforms. The events are open and free to join
Saturday the 15th of February public works, Lawrence Lek,
Falconer and students from ADS3 will host a round table
discussion on 'Schools within Schools' to reflect and discuss
possible futures for the Civic University in Wemble, Hackney WIck
The Civic University at the RCA will run from Wednesday the 12th
until Saturday the 15th of February 2014
You can download a full programme here.
We will contribute to this event organised by Nancy Stevenson
for the Faculty
of Architecture and the Built Environment (FABE).
Life after the Olympics:Local Events and
This event draws together practitioners and academics from a
variety of professional backgrounds who will share their
experiences and perspectives of events which attempt to connect and
engage people in and around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
6.10 Introduction - Chair: Marion Roberts -
Professor of Urban Design FABE
6.20 Nancy Stevenson – International Director FABE
Cultural Events in the Context of Change
6.40 Andreas Lang – Director public works
The Wick Sessions - Alternative Futures and Urban Resilience.
7.00 Tracie Trimmer-Platman – Chair of the Wick
Award & Wick Festival, Senior Lecturer UEL
The Hackney Wick Festival – Making Connections, Developing
7.20 Adriana Marques - Lead for Arts and Culture,
London Legacy Development Corporation
The role of Art and Events in re-animating the Park.
7.40 Questions and Discussion
When and Where
20 February 2014
of Architecture and the Built Environment (FABE)
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5LS
Places are free and can be booked