Friday Sessions are informal talks and presentations hosted by public works on Friday evenings with invited guests and friends.

FS24 - How Vermin are Shaping our Future Cities - 6.30PM - MONDAY 26 Nov. 2007 -



The speakers, the bagels and the audience


18:30 FOR 19:00 START

Hosted by public works:
2-8 Scrutton Street
London EC2A 4RT
For directions click here

This Is Not A Gateway (Salons) invites you to share beers and bagels whilst

Vermin, cities and people shape each other. Urban vermin and their varieties
are on the increase. This increase has been attributed rising density, the global
mobility of people and goods and shifting climates - micro and global.

Which species have had close to a thousand years influence over our cities?
How have vermin affected the use and inhabitation of urban space historically?
Why were vermin culturally and socially constructed as expressions of
'dirtiness, contamination and the other'?

What changes has a pest controller noticed across the last decade in London's dwellings?
Where have vermin and pests been referenced in the arts?
How do vermin affect London's development process?
What role will vermin play in 'the urban age'?

The following four compelling urbanists have been brought together to present
and lead the discussion:

Ben Campkin / Lecturer, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
Tea Mäkipää / Artist, Finland
Alan Pipe / Zoologist, Archaeology Service, Museum of London
Effie Williams / Senior Pest Controller, Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

Many thanks to chaudigital for investing in this salon

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FS_23 'Future Gallery' - Book Launch and Discussion on- Friday 2nd of Nov 2007 at 19.00



Friday Session_23 'Future Gallery' Book Launch and Discussion
Friday 2nd of Nov 2007 at 19.00

public works
Northgate House
2-8 Scrutton Street
London EC2A 4RT
For directions click here

The Future Gallery book documents and reflects on a 20 months-long touring art project developed by the art/architecture collective public works and commissioned by the Internal Cultural Communications Department of Siemens Arts Program in close cooperation with Siemens Corporate Communications UK.

The Future Gallery asked individual Siemens employees at 16 different sites across the UK to sketch their visions of the company's future. Professionals from different fields were later invited to select some of the drawings and interpret them in to the light of their particular knowledge and views on corporate visions and identity.

Hosted as a Friday Session of public works, the evening will bring together some of the selectors to discuss cultural practices within corporate structures and recall their interpretations of the Future Gallery. The discussion will be chaired by Matthew Cornford.

The publication will be launched in collaboration with Artwords Bookshop, distributor of the publication in the UK.

Future Gallery
Published by Rebekah Fitzgerald and Kay Winsper (Siemens UK), Karolin Timm-Wachter and Christine Hildebrandt (Siemens Arts Program), Kathrin Böhm, Andreas Lang and Stefan Saffer (public works) ISBN 978-3-935779-00-5

For further information contact public works


FS_22 'Ways of Learning' with Architecture sans Frontières. Friday 26th of Oct 2007 at 19.00



'Ways of Learning' is an evening of talks and discussion which will uncover three diverse ways in which architects are engaging with international development and defining their roles within it. The evening will explore experiences gained through being; facilitators of the Architecture sans Frontieres-UK international education programme; a volunteer with Shelter Center; and a tutor at the recent Global Studio in Johannesburg.

Architecture sans Frontières-UK (ASF-UK) was established to bridge the gap between the building profession and how they work in long-term development and post-disaster reconstruction.

Melissa Kinnear finished her architecture studies in South Africa 1999. She has worked in a variety of architectural offices mostly focusing on housing projects with a strong commitment to sustainable design. Melissa currently tutors at Oxford Brookes University in the Development and Emergency Practice design studio for undergraduates and is a Programme Director for ASF-UK.

Jeni Burnell completed her architecture studies in Australia 2000. Throughout her career she has been driven by the social component of the profession which has lead her to be involved with community building projects in Australia and Nepal as well as consulting for the British Red Cross for their Tsunami Recovery programme. Jeni has been involved with ASF-UK since October 2006 where she works as a Programme Director.

Shelter Centre was founded by Tom Corsellis, who co-founded the informal University of Cambridge shelterproject group, and Antonella Vitale, who worked with shelterproject ot develop the 'Transitional Settlement - Displaced Populations' guidelines published by Oxfam Publishing in May 2005.

The main aims of Shelter Centre are focused around the research, development, dissemination and operational implementation of humanitarian settlement and shelter policy, best practice, equipment and field programmes, namely working independently of, in collaboration with, or consultant to other humanitarian organisations and research institutions in research, emergency and developmental contexts.

Kiri Langmead is a fifth year architecture student at Sheffield University. During her 2 years out, she worked at Comprehensive Design Architects, in Tanzania on a design and building accommodation project for a vocational training centre. She has also been involved in landscape design and land regeneration projects at Groundwork recently completed her internship with Shelter Centre.

Global Studio is a project initiated by the UN Millennium Project Task Force on improving the Lives of Slum Dwellers in 2004. It was developed by the University of Sydney, Columbia University, and the University of Rome. Global Studio brings together city building professionals, educators and students from around the world.

They aim to work with and learn from communities and individuals experiencing disadvantage and/or social exclusion; develop appropriate participatory design and planning skills; encourage participants to take home lessons learned; Create global networks of professionals, educators and students; Encourage universities and professional organizations to address the MDGs, through educational programs and practice; Stimulate on-going research and action; contribute to the effective implementation of the MDGs.

Elena Pascolo tutored at the Johannesburg Global Studio in 2007.

Post Salon Essay by Joost Beunderman



Joost Beunderman (Researcher, Demos) was asked by TINAG to write a brief post salon essay, highlighting the audience and speakers key points in a format that can be used to contribute to further debate and policy formulation. His essay can now be downloaded here -> tinag-public-air-space-post-salon-essay.pdf

The next TINAG SALON in the lead up to the October 2008 Festival is on Monday 26th November - 'How Vermin Are Shaping our Future Cities'


FS_21 Public Air Space with 'This is not a Gateway' Salon, Monday 24th Sep 2007 at 19.00




Monday 24TH September 2007
18:30 for 19:00 Start

From Stonehenge, to churches to university spires; houses of parliament to central railway stations and public housing projects; tall buildings have been expressions of public, civil and religious life. There is no doubt this has changed. Does this change matter? What is their new potential?

London's skyline has transformed in the last five years and is likely to continue to do so for another five. Only a few times each century do cities go through such focussed and prolific production and re-development. In its rush, each "boom" forges a transformation on the morphology of the city for future generations to read.

This Is Not A Gateway (TINAG) asks should everyone in the city have access to a horizon? Should this access be policy in the London Plan? Might these spaces articulate the new multiculturalism and 24hr clock of cities? Could "public spaces in the sky" be our new Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest or Queen's Park?

Dedicated to creating arenas for emerging voices related to cities, across cultures and disciplines TINAG coordinates bimonthly salons, annual festival, publications and an online library.

On this occasion we are delighted to be joined by four outstanding urbanists to consider and reconsider the relationships between tall buildings, amenity and public spaces - what they might be, what they might mean; in the air, up in the sky, in the city. PUBLIC AIR SPACE speakers:

Léa Ayoub (Researcher, Robert Tavernor Consultancy, LSE)
Paul Goodwin (Re-visioning Black Urbanism, CUCR Goldsmiths College)
Lina Gudmundsson (Urban Designer, Design for London )
Indy Johar (Architect, Zero Zero Architects)

To download a pdf press release click here ->tinag-public-air-space-salon-press.pdf

FS_20 together with Book Works and supportstructure on Friday 14th Sep 2007 at 19.00



public works together with Book Works and supportstructure invite you to a Friday Session to launch

The so-called utopia of the centre beauborg - an interpretation by Luca Frei,
co-published by Book Works and Casco
A FanFiction by public works and supportstructure:

Where does the speculation start and finish?
We are asking a number of artists/architects/urbanists who are/have been involved in participatory and/or self managed public programmes, to revisit that particular project's initial ambitions and concepts in relation to the reality of its lived appropriation.
What could have happened next?
The invitation is to fictionalise the future of the project, after it has already gone through multiple speculations by the different authors and users involved; this is meant as a light hearted opportunity to assess what has taken place so far, and to push it into a (probably) unrealistic direction.

Luca Frei will be joined by Alun Rowlands, Emily Pethick, Kathrin Böhm, Andreas Lang and Celine Condorelli, for an informal presentation and discussion.

Friday 14 September 2007
19.00 to 21.00
public works
Northgate House
2-4 Scrutton Street
UK London



FS_19 - with Justine Graham and Antonio Lipthany from Imbarquitectos, Santiage de Chile, on Friday 20th July at 19.00

Cerro Toro: Public Space Improvements for the Community

The Santiago de Chile based photographer/urbanist Justine Graham, and architect Antonio Lipthany from LMB Architects are going to present one of their current projects Cerro Toro in Valparaiso, Chile.

The Chilean government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) signed an agreement in 2004 to create and fund the Valpo Mio programme, whose main objective is to implement urban renewal for specific areas of the port city of Valparaiso. After 2 years, Valpo Mio has not yet been able to deliver any concrete projects, mainly due to the enormous bureaucracy impeding them to spend the allocated money. However, in September 2006 they launched the first 4 tenders
1. Mercado Puerto (port market)
2. Plaza Civica (civic plaza)
3. Cerro Santo Domingo (public spaces Santo Domingo Hill)
4. Cerro Toro (public spaces Cerro Toro Hill)

LMB Arquitectos applied to the hills’ public space renovation projects in collaboration with architect Cecilia Puga, photographer/urbanist Justine Graham, and the Department of Geography form Universidad Católica de Chile, winning both bids.

The team’s philosophy offers a much more comprehensive approach to the initial urban design brief and includes a multi-disciplinary team of architects, engineers, social scientists, and a photographer. In March 2007 we began the design and community participation work on Cerro Toro and in August 2007 we will begin work for Cerro Santo Domingo.

The Cerro Toro project consists of the design and building of over 9,000 sq.m of public space of one of Valparaiso’s poorest and most socially excluded hills with a population of 2,500 people. Project Director, Antonio Lipthay and Community Participation coordinator, Justine Graham, will present the work to date of the Cerro Toro Project.

LMB Architects (Lipthay / Morande / Browne) was founded in September 2005 in Santiago, Chile after winning a competition for the extension of the German School in Valdivia, south of Chile. From that date LMB has developed three main areas: urban Design / Urban Studies, Residential, and Hospitals. Currently the practice has grown from the 3 founders partners, Antonio Lipthay, Sebastian Morande and Patricio Browne, to 9 architects. One of the aspects that the practice wants to emphasize is its capacity to collaborate with other disciplines and practices. “We believe that being flexible, collaborative and multi-disciplinary produces richer process and better output”.

Justine Graham is a photographic artist and urbanist, and founder of YAPO
Project, a new creative laboratory based in Santiago, Chile initiating cross-disciplinary initiatives and producing editorial content for cultural projects. Justine was previously project director and researcher for General Public Agency, London and project coordinator at The Architecture Foundation, London.

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FS_18  Cadavre Exquis Cartography with City Mine(d) on Friday 29th June



An urban game & mapping exercise
Friday 29 June 2007 from 6.30pm onwards
Outside Bank Tube station. Take the 'Cornhill North' exit and meet us on the square outside the Royal Exchange, corner of Threadneedle St. and Cornhill.

The walks will be followed by two short talks at the public works studio at 8pm by
Dr Maria Kaika of Oxford University on the continuously changing development of the City of London.
Julie Myers will present - To travel Somewhere - a mobile phone/mapping project developed from a series of walks in San Francisco, USA, Cambridge, UK and Helsinki, FIN

CADAVRE EXQUIS CARTOGRAPHY prompts people to explore and collect ground-level images of the City.

The game is played in pairs sharing one digital camera with display screen.

Player 1 starts by taking a picture with a designated building or object in the frame as well as a second object/building of any kind. After handing over the camera to player 2, both leave the first photographed object behind, moving towards the second element of the shot. Player 2 now takes a picture with this building/object in the frame, but again with something else in the background or foreground, which will be the linking element in the next image. The camera is then handed over to player 1, who takes the next photo of the series.


1. A team is only allowed 30 shots and 1 camera per walk,
2. Images have to overlap physically and can only be of ground level building or object,
3. Only take images of objects/buildings in front of the team

All images will be assembled online and will allow visitors to wander through the City from behind their computer.

Come to Bank junction on Friday 29 June at 6.30pm and bring:
-a digital camera with its download equipment (Cables!), so we can download the images after the walk at Public Works.

no worries, you will recognise us…

Following the walks there will be two short presentations at Public Works studio
By Dr Maria Kaika of Oxford University on the continuously changing development of the City of London.
Julie Myers will present - To travel Somewhere - a mobile phone/mapping project developed from a series of walks in San Francisco, USA, Cambridge, UK and Helsinki, FIN.

Julie Myers is an artist who’s practice is informed by social encounter and intervention. Her work investigate memory, gesture and narrative in relation to physical environment. Sometimes recording just a brief moment captured between strangers and at other times building sustained relationship with multiple participants over a sustained period of time. She uses film/video, mobile technologies and database formats to document and present material that exists both on the web and in site specific or exhibition space.

Julie is a senor lecturer at Middlesex and Kingston Universities and lives in London. She has exhibited and screened work extensively receiving a number of awards including an AHRB research award and an Erasmus Scholarship. Previous work has been commissioned by The Arts Council of England, NESTA, The BFI, The Institute of Contemporary Art, BAA and the National Portrait Gallery. Julie has recently completed a placement at Adobe in San Francisco as part of the ACE interact program.

public works
Northgate House
2-8 Scrutton Street
UK London EC2A 4RT
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FS_17 - The17 - FRIDAY 25 MAY AT 19.00



FS_17 will present a one off performance by The17
Friday the 25th of May at 19.00 at the public works studio.
Click here for directions.


A time has arrived where we can (in theory and almost in practise) listen to any recorded music, from the entire history of recorded music, wherever, whenever while doing whatever we want.

This has meant our relationship with music is rapidly and fundamentally changing faster than it has done for many decades.

This is good for numerous reasons.

But a by-product of this is, recorded music will no longer contain the meaning it once held for us. This will entail it no longer gives us what we need and desire from it. Once a music has lost it’s meaning it has no value.

Thus as we edge our way deeper into the 21st Century we will begin to want music that can not be listened to wherever, whenever while doing whatever. We will begin to seek out music that is both occasion and place specific, music that can never be merely a soundtrack. We will demand music where we are no longer just the consumers, unwitting or otherwise.

The era of recorded music is now passing and within the next decade it will begin to look and sound like a dated medium. Recorded music will be perceived as an art form very much of the 20th Century.

The above notions excite me. This excitement has brought about The17. The17 rejects all that the era of recorded music had to offer and attempts to embrace the unknown opportunities of what lies ahead.

Please accept my invitation to embrace the unknown opportunities of what lies ahead in whatever way excites you.

Bill Drummond