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


The original home of Friday Sessions - 2610 South Architects in Johannesburg - are re-launching the sessions in their new(ish) office. If you are anywhere close - drop by and pay a visit.

On our travels to Johannesburg many moons ago we met Thorsten and Anne from 2610 South Architects who hosted us at their offices. They ran informal presentations on friday evenings, people brought their own drinks and chairs. An informal and geneours platform which opened many doors for us and gave the best possible start to our work in South Africa. A perfect venue to connect and exchange outside the institution and among practitioners. Its great to see them relaunched.

We are happy to announce that Friday Sessions are being relaunched from our office space in Brixton.
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Please RSVP to by Wednesday 17 April 2013.


Can the localism agenda provide a platform for developing a community-led vision for the future of Hackney Wick and Fish Island? Can affordability be protected, gentrification avoided and the area's diverse cultures nurtured?

This session will look at the ways in which the local community can have an impact in key decisions regarding the development, regeneration and conservation of the area. The session is co-organised with Isaac Marrero-Guillamón, Editor of The Wick newspaper and co-editor of The Art of Dissent.

Friday the 19th of April 2013, 7PM
Stour Space 
7 Roach Road
Fish Island
E3 2PA 

Juliet Can will introduce Stour Space, its history, ethos, aims, challenges and future vision as a social business. Juliet's involvement with Stour Space began as a volunteer consultant supporting the organisation with its fundraising, governance and growth. Her current role as Manager is to develop services, relationships and key strategic goals within Stour Space.

Lee Wilshire. From the 'Right to Build' to 'Community Councils' via 'Neighbourhood Plans', Lee will provide a whistle stop tour of some of the measures introduced by the Localism Act, looking at what they mean for communities. As part of the team at Stour Space, Lee will provide an overview of how they are using aspects of the new legislation in their struggle for sustainability.

Sue Brownill will present findings from an ongoing research on neighbourhood planning in Oxfordshire (Woodcote and Thame) and London (Somers Town and South Bank). The project examines the experiences of these communities, in terms of the extent to which power and control is actually being devolved to localities and the varying capacities of 'neighbourhoods' to engage with the localism agenda.

Oliver Goodhall and Holly Lewis from We Made That will reflect on lessons from their recent project, The Open Office, and what relevance they might have to Hackney Wick. Operating on a walk-in basis, The Open Office was part 'Citizens Urban Advice Bureau' and part functioning practice, and offered an approachable and dynamic forum for public discussions about cities, planning, architecture and communities. The exhibition created a forum to explore topics relating to the 2011 Localism Act and the emergence of neighbourhood planning.

David Knight. Do the coalition government’s planning reforms go far enough in putting planning back into the hands of the people? Is this even their intention? ‘Beyond Localism’ will argue that more fundamental changes must take place if planning is to become something that people understand and use as part of everyday life. The talk will draw on examples of ‘popular planning’ derived from David's ongoing research at the Royal College of Art.

The Session will be followed by a 9.30pm screening of Tom Metcalfe and John Rowley's film 'The Wick' at See Studio

'The Wick - Dispatches from the Isle Wonder': Two film-makers arrive in the post industrial wasteland known as Hackney Wick to document this 'Isle of Wonder' as it falls under the shadow of the Olympic behemoth. You can watch the trailer here

The screening will take place at: 
See Studio Exhibition Space 
13 Prince Edward Rd 
E9 5LX