public works and 30 Bird worked with pupils at St Matthew's Primary
School to design The Factory. This is the first of five
structures to be built by this unique partnership of performance
makers, pupils and architects. Titled MUD it is a key part of a
long-term project linked to the redevelopment of the school
premises. The structures are designed to be outdoor play structures
and also to house arts and cultural events open to the public –
playgrounds for imagination that are open to all.
Over an 18 month period public works and
30 Bird worked closely
with pupils, teachers, non-teaching staff, parents and the
surrounding community, capturing their stories and triggering their
imaginations. The children actively participated in the
architectural design process.
When asked about the project, a St Matthew's pupil said "We've
never done anything like this before. I wish we could do more"
The Factory launched on Wednesday 27 November with music from
the school choir and Mawson Street Community Orchestra.
public works will be speaking at this Urban Research Unit
Economics of the Future City will broadly explore the
influence of future economic trends on the development of London as
a city. The event aims to examine a number of topics including
community based currencies, social housing and private development,
the influence of national/ global economic conditions on urban
growth and the role of the cultural sector in recording and
responding to the dramatic changes to our urban centres.
Jackie Sadek (Chief Executive Officer, UK Regeneration)
Elizabeth Cox (Senior Economist, New Economics
Charles Kriel (Managing Director, 12 Stories Tall)
Keith Brewis (International Managing Partner, Grimshaw)
Andreas Lang (Director, public works)
Research Unit is a joint initiative that will consider and
challenge the conventional approach used to plan and develop
contemporary urban centres. Urban Research Unit (URU) is a one
year initiative of Grimshaw Architects and
Futurecity aimed at
developing a fresh approach for intelligent and creative urban
placemaking within the context of New York and London.
57 Clerkenwell Road
London EC1M 5NG
THE FLOATING CINEMA & EXPERIMENTS IN HOUSEHOLD
Extra Ordinary Knowledge provides a showcase for fantastic
examples of local knowledge and skills. To those 'in the know'
these might seem 'everyday' but to the rest of us they can seem
like magic! Come along and experience a Smörgåsbord of skills: from
sign writing to comfrey fertiliser production, bamboo bikes to
12.00 Introduction by Nina Pope, Somewhere
& Andreas Lang, public works
12.15 — 13.00 Drop-in Films on Making (left)
(on board the Floating Cinema)
13.00 Melissa Ronaldson from The Herbal Barge
presents Anti-microbials from your kitchen & towpath - a
response to the antibiotic resistance crisis
13.40 Homemade Drones with Anish Mohammed
14.10 All things Comfrey with Charlie Seber
14.30 The Beauty of Brewing with Shane
McNamara, Crate Brewery
15.10 — 15.30 Drop-in Films on Making (on
board the Floating Cinema)
15.30 Juicing Demo with The Projuicer, Alex
16.00 EMBX, Joe Stillion and Matthew Jones -
16.20 Frank Marr from the Bamboo Bicycle Club
leads a presentation Q&A about their open source bamboo bike
16.40 Make-your-own Cricket Balls with Thomas
Films on Making
Glas, Bert Haanstra, 1958, 11 min
Glas is a 1958 Dutch short documentary film by Bert Haanstra about
the glass industry in the Netherlands. It won the Academy Award for
Best Documentary Short Subject. Haanstra's camera follows the
subtle process of glass-making, from the handmade crystal glass to
the automated bottle making machines.
The Makers of Things, Anne Hollowday,
'The Makers of Things documents the work and workshops of the
Society for Model and Experimental Engineers, a sprawling
organisation with members all over the world.'Through these 4
little portraits, from the Model Engineer to The Woodworker, the
films invite us to discover those 'makers of things' and their
passion for creating.
1. The Society 3'15
2. The Problem Solver 3'58
3. The Model Engineer 3'25
4. The Woodworker 4'11
The Making of the Floating Cinema, O Production, 2013 11
If you happen to be in Lisbon over the coming weeks check out
our contribution to PLANNING FOR PROTEST, which
is a collaboration with Isaac
download our full contribution here.
Planning for Protest is a publication, exhibition and associated
project of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale.
Organized by Ben Allen, James Bae, Ricardo Gomes, Shannon Harvey
and Adam Michaels, the project will explore both the social and
architectural definitions of protest in light of the current global
financial crisis. Architectural offices witnessing these events
first-hand will provide case studies and project proposals for
contested spaces within their own cities.
Participants include: Antonas Office (Athens), Studio Miessen
(Berlin), studioBasar (Bucharest), Cluster (Cairo), Culturstruction
(Dublin), Superpool (Istanbul), Ateliermob (Lisbon), public works
with Isaac Marrero-Guillamón (London), Ecosistema Urbano (Madrid),
Srdjan Jovanović Weiss / NAO (New York), PioveneFabi with 2A+P/A
(Rome), Vapor 324 (São Paulo).
public works will be charing a talk at 'The Lake' in
Southwark by EXYZT on
Can temporary uses change the way we plan our cities?
19th September 2013 from 6.30 onwards
Over the last ten years, the "pop-up" has become a popular and
legitimate model for occupying unused spaces in London – pop-up
restaurants and bars, galleries, public spaces – opportunities on
the one-hand for squeezing commercial value out of underused
properties or land, but also to bring activity and a sense of pride
to undervalued places.
Centre for Cities carried out research in December 2012 in a
report called Size Matters, looking at the importance of the city
core for small businesses and what policies should be developed to
specifically support small enterprises.
The Bankside Neighbourhood Forum is currently looking at how to
accommodate a more flexible and adaptable approach to built spaces
in the emerging Bankside Neighbourhood Plan. Will temporary uses
provide a solution and what principles could be adopted by the
The roots of pop-up activities will provide the context for this
debate. This session will discuss the future of temporary uses,
their relevance in planning policy and their role in supporting the
introduction of small, creative enterprises in Central London.
Chair: Andreas Lang (public works)
Panellists include: Sara Muzio (EXYZT) and Finn Williams (Common Office)
The project questions whether a common needs to be legally
established or can the way its public (commoners) use it as part of
a collective resource for collective gain become a new way we
The proposal ' The DIY Common' will use the unlisted structure
of an abandoned seating shelter opposite a listed bandstand in
Cheetham park, Manchester for a temporary café. The park is used as
a resource for what the cafe produces and serves. Attached to the
café will be a Dye Garden making references to Cheetham Hill and
Manchester’s once strong identity around textiles and dyeing of
textiles, and its social structures. The common becomes a resource
for sharing and creative production.
Later this year we will harvest the dead and fallen branches in
the park to fire a stove for the café and also boiling water for
the natural dyes. The existing crab apple tree in the park
will allow us to make edible products such as pies, jams, cakes,
crumble, juice etc.
The project aims to bring together a strong community to become
its 'commoners', and manage, use and develop the park as a common
resource locally. As part of finding this community public works is
hosting series of events in Cheetham hill, to establish different
The first event on Saturday 13th July was screening of the film
'The Lost Requiem' by Iranian film maker Khosrow Sinai which
subsequently launched the project in collaboration with Anna a
local polish resident.
The project is commissioned by Buddleia.
Congratulations to AAA and the City of Colombes for launching
R-urban in Colombes with a bang.
This is a Call for young teams of architects, designers,
artists, students or professionals of ecological building, who are
interested in recycling and eco-design and who are keen to develop
full scale prototypes within the framework of a civic project in a
suburban town near Paris. They should be passionate makers and
possibly also fans of… AAA’s work.
Please have a look into this Call for Residency (bellow), which
is the first in a series that we initiate within the R-Urban
project currently developed in Colombes(http://r-urban.net/).
Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information. We
are really excited about possible collaborations and look forward
to receiving your expression of interest!
Recyclab is part of the R-urban network of projects.
PS. Please feel free to circulate the information within your
The Open Charter Agency would like to invite
you to our second public discussion forum on Tuesday 16
April at 6:30pm.
The discussion will address different forms of knowledge
exchange and modes of learning as an essential part of experimental
and engaged spatial practice, and the potential for alternative
forms of education as a driver of change within the architecture
and design professions.
16 April, 6:30pm
The White Building, Unit 7, Queens Yard, White Post Lane, London E9
This upcycling project by public works
demonstrates how, with very little material resource, one
can upcycle low value objects into higher value products.
The project was conceived and delivered by public
works, in collaboration with ROOFLESS art
practice and clothing collection, as part of SHOPPORTUNITY – a
project to improve shop frontages on Wood Street, Walthamstow,
E17. New Life Charity Shop at 135 Wood Street hosted the
project, providing 70% of the raw materials used to create a
shop window display system, and an upcycled clothing collection
called ‘A New Life’.
public works also worked
with staff and students from the Fashion Department, HND course at
Waltham Forest College to breath new life into an odd
assortment of clothing donated to the shop. Together they
have produced a range of fabulous high fashion items all with
specific stories behind them.
New Life Charity Shop is an incredible place of hidden
treasures. A bespoke window display unit aims to highlight
these treasures within old picture frames found in the shop. The
display unit was designed and built by public
works and accommodated a workbench for a short period, to
enable the design team to work in the shop window upcycling
clothing and shoes.
The upcycled clothing collection – ‘A New Life’ will be
unveiled, alongside the students’ works, at a fashion show on
Saturday 23rd March 2013 at 12 noon in Wood Street Plaza, E17. The
designers will be present to describe the project and the
stories behind each item of clothing, and share upcycling
tips. Following the fashion show items can be purchased from
New Life Charity shop itself. The proceeds of the sales will
go to New Life Charity supporting children's education and welfare
in third world countries.
Saturday 23rd March
12 noon – 1.30 p.m
Wood Street Plaza, E17