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 things: 
- 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 construction industry 
- 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 ground!

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 Library. 
It would be fantastic if you could help spread the word by simply clicking the Facebook and Twitter links on our Indiegogo page.

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.

Wembley Civic University - Closing Weekend 28th & 29th of June 2014

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 Agency.

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 lines)
10 minute walk from Wembley Central (Overground).

Power point in a box

public works was one of the stops on a one-day cycle-tour by students, staff and alumni from the University of the Arts London:

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'

Curated by 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.


Resilience by a Different Name - TERRA visit to Hackney Wick and Abbey Gardens

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 (Spain).

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.

Values of temporary urban use

We are delighted have been awarded a Creative Works London voucher. Over the coming month public works will be working with Dr David Pinder and Dr Mara Ferreri from Queen Mary Univeristy geography department.

The research will have an early outing at the forthcoming Wick 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 from them?"



public works's project with Buddleia - the DIY COMMONS has been published in Small Change by Sevie Tsampalla - Click here to read the pdf.

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Plank Crate Swan

Low-cost and easy to produce furniture set for Swans Wharf made from surplus material.


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 translate...

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 d'expérimenter.

You can get a copy here


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 without RSVP. 

Saturday the 15th of February public works, Lawrence Lek, curator Rachel 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 and beyond. 

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.



WICK SESSION #9  on affordable workspace with Richard Brown at Vittoria Wharf in Hackney Wick.

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 Legacies
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.

6.00 Registration
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 Community Capital.
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
8.00 Refreshments

When and Where
20 February 2014
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (FABE)
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5LS

Places are free and can be booked here