Public lecture on March 25th 2015
"With an evening of provocations and discussion, Theatrum Mundi launches
Designing the Urban Commons, an ideas competition calling for
new ways to stimulate the city's public and collective life. Three
groups engaged in live projects in London and Paris will present
their work, describing how commoning emerges through the spaces
they have created or occupied and also examining the issues and
opportunities presented by commons as an approach to urban design.
The competition brief, which also goes live on 25th March, will ask
for existing land, architecture, or infrastructures in
neighbourhoods across London to be re-imagined as common spaces, or
for new urban commons to be carved out in the city or online.
Commons are not static pieces of architecture. We are seeking
designs through which the social act of commoning could take shape,
by enabling citizens to co-produce urban resources from culture
& knowledge to housing, energy or democratic processes."
SE8 was formed out of a collective need to transform a
space in limbo. The site of an old school where the group live as
property guardians also became the centre for an active engagement
with the idea of the 'commons'. Utilising the schools vast
playground, wildlife garden and the school itself, the group opened
up this once private space for the local community to explore and
engage with. A whole variety of projects and people have passed
through this space, each informing the context and practise of
using a space with few rules and no predetermined use.
d'architecture autogérée (studio for self-managed
architecture) is a collective platform which conducts explorations,
actions and research concerning urban mutations and emerging
cultural, social and political practices in the contemporary city.
aaa acts through 'urban tactics', encouraging the participation of
inhabitants at the self-management of disused urban spaces,
overpassing contradictions and stereotypes by proposing nomad and
reversible projects, initiating interstitial practices which
explore the potential of contemporary city (in terms of population,
mobility, temporality). Their current project R-URBAN in the Parisian suburb of
Colombes proposes the creation of a local network of short circuits
of ecological, economic, social and cultural nature. It consists of
AgroCite, a civic agricultural centre, RecycLab, a platform for
recycling and eco-construction, and EcoHab, a cooperative
residential unit of 7 habitations currently under construction.
Public Works is a non for profit
organisation working between the fields of art, architecture and
design. All public works projects explore how the urban public
realm can be shaped by its users and how participation and
collaboration can inform a more open design process Projects span
across different scales and address the relation between the
informal and formal aspects of a site. They produce social,
architectural and discursive spaces: outputs include socio-spatial
and physical structures, public events and publications. The group
is based in London and operates as a not-for-profit company.
Current members are Torange Khonsari, Andreas Lang who work with an
extended network of project related collaborators.
18.30 – 20.00, Wednesday 25th March, 2015
Hong Kong Lecture Theatre, LSE Clement House, 99 Aldwych, WC2B
Free and open to all, seats allocated on a first come first served
Read more on Theatrum Mundi
The artist as activist in public space
"Critical art (...) is constituted by a manifold of artistic
practices aiming at giving a voice to all those who are silenced
within the framework of the existing hegemony." Chantal Mouffe
public spaces as a common space for all: a new generation of
artists in post soviet countries positions itself on the line of
defense of public interest, inviting citizens to claim their right
to the city through art interventions.
The project SPACES
assembles curators, artists, activists and researchers in Chisinau,
Kiev, Tblisi and Yerevan. The discussion proceeds to looking at the
positioning of artists in current proceses of protest,activism and
change in a global context.
The SPACES project
is funded by the European Union through the Eastern partnership
public works speaking on Panel 1 - Thursday 30th October at
Future of the City:
What are the dilemmas facing cities and architecture today? What
makes a city of the future? How is the public realm shaped by its
various users through participation and collaboration? This public
event aims to address some of these questions and explore the
emergence of various social consciousness movements in architecture
and social design and how these relate to contemporary artistic
The discussion includes case studies from Latin America amongst
other examples. Speakers include Justin McGuirk author of Radical
Cities alongside Andreas Lang from public works, a London-based
non-for-profit art and architecture practice.
Andreas Lang is an architect, researcher and educator. He is a
co-founder of London based practice public works which operates in
between the fields of art, architecture and design. Public works'
projects explore how the urban public realm can be shaped by its
users, through participation and co-production.
Justin McGuirk is a writer and curator and has worked as the
Guardian's design columnist and editor of Icon magazine. He is also
the director of Strelka Press and his writing has appeared in
Observer, Times, Domus, Art Review and many other publications. In
2012 he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of
Architecture for an exhibition he curated with Urban-Think
Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium, Wednesday 29 October 2014,
18.30 – 20.00
public works wil be taking part in the
Art Moves exhibtion on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the
20th & 21st of September 2014
'The Art Moves exhibition will showcase the very best of mobile
architecture and design as part of Open House London weekend. ...
Bringing together artists from across Europe to discuss their
portable practices and explore how mobile art projects have
contributed to communities and regeneration schemes across the
A free film and talks programme will compliment the event,
screening famous artists' films such as Mike Kelley's Mobile
Homestead which toured the United States, and a talk from
internationally renowned art collective N55 from Copenhagen.'
public works will have the pleasure to
represented not with one but with three of our mobile structures.
The Mobile Porch, Wick on Wheels and the Abbey Gardens Honesty Stall.
In addition we will be hosting a Wick Session at the
show on Saturday the 20th. Times and speakers to be confirmed
Public works will give a talk at Re-appropriate talk on Monday
night 14th July at 7pm
public works will focus the talk on one of their current projects
Please join us and the discussion
TOOLS FOR EAST LONDON
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
- 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
- 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
WHO GIVES WILL ALSO RECEIVE - THE PERKS!
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
It would be fantastic if you could help spread the word by simply
clicking the Facebook and Twitter links on our Indiegogo
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.
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
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
10 minute walk from Wembley Central (Overground).
public works was one of the stops on a one-day cycle-tour by
students, staff and alumni from the University of the Arts
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'
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.
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
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.