MAKING IT - R-URBAN-WICK IN BLUEPRINT


Our R-URBAN-WICK project is published in this month Blueprint magazine if you want to find out more about the project visit our brand new website exclusively dedicated to R-urban-Wick

To download the pdf of article from Blueprint click here or even better buy the magazine to see it in full analog glory.

VENICE COMES TO LONDON

Lets take some time for this crisis ...
Lets take some time for this crisis ...
Architecture is closed of by procedures
Architecture is closed of by procedures

The OPEN CHARTER, Our collaboration with Owen Pritchards and Urban Projects Bureau for the Venice Biennale  is coming to the London. From the 26th of February until the 27th of April it will be on display at RIBA as part of Venice Takeaway.

Open Charter Agency is a platform for discussion and action for the architecture profession and those disciplins involved with architecture to clarify, critique and act upon critical issues determining the wider role of the architect and their identity as a catalyst for change.

Open Charter Agency supports politicised and experimental practices that are searching for change within and outside of the accepted norms and codes of the established profession.

Open Charter Agency is motivated by a desire to reaffirm the social, ethical and political qualities of contemporary spatial practice that are vital to the progress of society and the architect as a valuable agent in the world.

What we are doing

Open Charter Agency was conceived after extensive direct research into the image, role and definitions of the architect around the world, collecting over 5000 voices which revealed widespread confusion and fear of architecture as a profession. You can see all these profiles and comments at the RIBA exhibition.

There are a number of ways to participate and offer your thoughts:

Open Charter Agency at the RIBA
Three afternoons a week, the OCA will be in residence at the RIBA. Here you will be able to contribute to the ideas further and look through the research that underpins our current themes.

Activism in Architecture
Empowerment
Architects in residence
Knowledge transfer and models of learning

Visitors can also feed back at the residency desk when it is unmanned. It is possible to record comments under the themes on the wall, which will be collated and incorporated into the discussion evenings.

Open Charter Agency Discussion Forums:
Over the course of five events we will be inviting speakers and guests to participate in critical conversations surrounding alternative modes of architectural engagement within the built environment. We invite you to join us to offer ideas, criticism and support for the OCA and play an integral part of forming and informing this way of working.

The four themes for the evenings have been established in response to the thousands of submissions we gathered on our research trips and through the installation at the Venice Biennale.

25th March – Opening Discussion - Open Charter Agency

9th April – Architects in Residence

16th April – Knowledge exchange and modes of learning

20th April - Empowerment

23rd April – Activism

Please check http://open-charter.net/ for research upto Venice Biennale

RIBA, 66 Portland Place London W1B 1AD 
26 February 2013 - 27 April 2013 
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

 

SEASON GREETINGS FROM ALL OF US AT PUBLIC WORKS

one (out of focus) day at a time .... taken on High Street 2012, Stratford, London.
one (out of focus) day at a time .... taken on High Street 2012, Stratford, London.

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR COLLABORATORS, SUPPORTERS,
HELPERS AND FRIENDS FOR A PRODUCTIVE 2013.

WISHING YOU A WONDERFUL X-MAS BREAK AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

FROM ALL OF US AT PUBLIC WORKS

BEYOND RECEIVED WISDOM


A VISIT TO CHARLIE SEBER'S COMFREY FIELD IN LEYTON MARSHES

WHEN: Sunday 2nd December 2012, from 1 - 3pm
WHERE: Car park outside the Lee Valley Riding Centre, 71 Lea Bridge Rd., London, E10 7QL
RSVP: Places are limited, so please book in advance: mail@household-knowledge.net

38 years ago Newham resident Charlie Seber adopted an overlooked piece of land in the Lee Valley. Ever since, he has used it to cultivate masses of comfrey. Charlie will give us a guided tour of his field, talk about comfrey' s unique qualities and his many different experiments with the plant.

The walk will set off from the Lee Valley Riding Centre car park, where a workshop will be set up within Wick On Wheels – our mobile project space made from a specially re-purposed milk float. The workshop will feature various experiments from Charlie’s home laboratory, ranging from plant regulated growing systems using recycled bath tubs to a cure for blight using garlic pulp.

This event is part of our Experiments in Household Knowledge – a series of collaborations with East London ecological and environmental innovators. The project will explore and showcase unusual and inventive ways of making and experimenting. From new gardening techniques to alternative forms of energy production or innovative recycling methods, we’ll be sharing a range of unique and often self-taught skills through walks, talks and hands-on workshops.

Experiments in Household Knowledge is a public works project commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation anticipating the opening of the new North Park Hub building in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the summer of 2013. The project is also part of R-Urban, a two year long project establishing practices and networks of urban resilience supported by the EU Life+ programme on environmental governance.


PUBLIC WORKS AT PLANNING THE UNPLANNED - VIENNA


PUBLIC WORKS BOOK OUT NOW!

works we like to show - questions we ask ourselves


We are exicted to have self published a collection of our projects in a print on demand book. 12 selected projects, "works we like to show", illustrate and explain our take on spatial production, accompanied by an interview with us - "questions we ask ourselves". You can order a print on demand copy of the publication via LULU.

Graphic design by Villalba/Lawson


BOTTOM UP! INDEPENDENT CULTURE AND ITS IMPACT ON POLITICS AND SOCIETY


Public works will be taking part and running a workshop at BOTTOM UP! Independent Culture and its impact on policitcs and society initiated by Trans Europe Halles, a european network of independent cultural centres. The meeting will take place in Gothenburgh on the 27th-30th of September 2012.

Independent culture can be a powerful lobbying force in political discourse and in various processes of change such as urban planning, unfortunately it is not always on the agenda. Through a number of workshops and presentations at this meeting, we will investigate and develop new, far-reaching methods and approaches aiming at creating an impact on audiences, policy-makers and the public. This may involve mobilizing advocacy campaigns, learning about public policy and decision-making or how to use artistic expression as a means of attract public attention. All these action initiatives come from the Bottom Up, instead of from the Top Down, where free culture must adapt to the decisions made from above. Through examples and lively discussions, the conference will illuminate the value of culture. It will also inspire independent cultural operators to engage in direct action.

OPEN CHARTER - 13TH VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE - BRITISH PAVILION


Public works in collaboration with Urban Projects Bureau and Owen Pritchard are one of the ten UK practices in the British Pavilion.

OPEN CHARTER

is a proposal for a new platform for discussion and engagement for the architecture profession and those involved with it to clarify, critique and act upon critical issues determining the role of the architect and their identity - a catalyst for positive change.

The project was conceived within the widespread expression of confusion and fear in the UK surrounding the future of architecture as a profession, and a desire to reaffirm the qualities that are so vital to the continued progress of society and the architect as a valuable agent in the world.

We gathered responses from people around the world about what they feel an architect is and does, and how they feel they can contribute to society. This multitude of voices has been collected when searching for the image of the architect around the world. They reveal a personal perspective about the architect, of the professional and its role in society.

Please add your thoughts to the collection: www.open-charter.net

STOP THE PRESS


Join us for a concluding evening of the Union Press project which will see the launch of a multitude of publications produced over a two week period while in residence on Flat Iron Square.

Tuesday the 10th of July 2012, 6pm
Flat Iron Square
Union Street SE1 0AB
www.unionpress.cc

Union Press is ad-hoc and temporary publishing house dedicated to Union Street in South London.  An open publishing workshop examining the inns and outs of Union Street and its surrounding communities while experimenting with forms of public production and publication.

From the 21st of June until the 10th of July Union Press opened its doors on Flat Iron square from a custom designed kiosk which housed the press and became the centre of numerous activities inviting visitors and passers-by to actively get involved with the production of multitude of publications.

Each day Union Press played host to an invited collaborator took up residence on Flat Iron Square and produce a dedicated publication during the day on site. All publications will be launched on Tuesday the 10th of July, the final day of the Union Press on site at Flat Iron Square.

Following its stay on Flat Iron Square the Union Press Kiosk will move to 100 Union Street where it will join the Re-Union project by Exyzt and friends.

Union Press is a project by public works, commissioned by Better Bankside as part of Bankside Urban Forest. www.betterbankside.co.uk / www.publicworksgroup.net 

ARCHITECTURES OF SPECTACLE SYMPOSIUM

Cafe lympic on West Ham Lane in Stratford
Cafe lympic on West Ham Lane in Stratford

We have been working with the Whitechapel Gallery, Goldsmith College and TINAG to put together a one day Symposiym entitled Architectures of Spectacle.

What is at stake culturally, socially and physically in the staging of a modern Olympic Games? What does it mean for east London beyond the Games? On the day that marks seven years since London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics, architects, artists, sociologists and urban theorists consider the transformation of an area into a centre of global attention.

In association with the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, University of London, public works and This is Not a Gateway.

Friday 6 July, 10am Until 6pm
For a full list of speakers and to book tickets visit the Whitechapel Gallery website