Values of temporary urban use

We are delighted have been awarded a Creative Works London voucher. Over the coming month public works will be working with Dr David Pinder and Dr Mara Ferreri from Queen Mary Univeristy geography department.

The research will have an early outing at the forthcoming Wick Session on the 20th of June 2014 at Swan Wharf in Hackney Wick, the session is also part of the London Festival of Architecture.

"Temporary uses of vacant spaces are an emerging part of London’s social and cultural landscape, at the intersection of competing imaginaries and material dynamics. This Wick Session brings together practitioners and urban researchers to explore the overlapping systems of values mobilised on the ground by projects of temporary use (e.g. alternative economies, voluntary labour), and their relationship to wider dynamics of urban transformation. Which value(s) are mobilised by temporary uses and who benefits from them?"



public works's project with Buddleia - the DIY COMMONS has been published in Small Change by Sevie Tsampalla - Click here to read the pdf.

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Plank Crate Swan

Low-cost and easy to produce furniture set for Swans Wharf made from surplus material.


A nice new french book on DIY systems edited by Etienne Delprat. public works features with four projects along many other interesting practices. Its all in french so you might need google translate...

Fin 2013, Le Do It Yourself occupe toute L'actualité. Focalisé sur Le développement de machines numériques (open-source, imprimante 3D, fraiseuse numérique) et de nouveaux Lieux de fabrication comme Les fablabs, Le DIY fait un retour en force dans les médias. Posture politique et économique qui replace l'homme et la communauté au centre, philosophie de l'action, appréhension du paradoxe de manque (de moyens) et du surplus (de matières, de structures) comme richesse, décloisonnement et transversalité des savoirs, Le DIY, né dans la mouvance des années 1970, a tranquillement traversé ces dernières décennies en gardant son état d'esprit. Mais sa rencontre avec les technologies actuelles et Leur modèle de pensée lui insuffle aujourd'hui une nouvelle dynamique. Le Web 2:0 lui ouvre d'autres perspectives. Le concept évolue, sa terminologie aussi: Do It Together, Do It With Other. Cet ouvrage s'inscrit dans cette nouvelle vague DIY 2:0 et propose, sous la forme d'un panorama de pratiques, une introduction ouverte et subjective à ce mouvement d'action et de pensée protéiforme. Centré sur l'action et les projets, il revêt une forme un peu hybride entre boîte à outils et à idées, catalogue classique et compilation thématisée composée et écrite à plusieurs mains. Son ambition : présenter une multitude de projets et proposer une multiplicité d'entrées et d'accroches, ouvertes et subjectives, dont chacun peut s'emparer. Son objectif : éveiller Le désir de passer à L'action et d'expérimenter.

You can get a copy here


The architecture design studio (ADS3) lead by public works with Francesco Sebregondi at the Royal Collage of Art is launching a 'school within a school' as part of this years Work in Progress Show.

The show was conceived with artist Lawrence Lek and forms the start of a longer term collaborative project with public works into site specific knowledge platforms. The events are open and free to join without RSVP. 

Saturday the 15th of February public works, Lawrence Lek, curator Rachel Falconer and students from ADS3 will host a round table discussion on 'Schools within Schools' to reflect and discuss possible futures for the Civic University in Wemble, Hackney WIck and beyond. 

The Civic University at the RCA will run from Wednesday the 12th until Saturday the 15th of February 2014

You can download a full programme here.



WICK SESSION #9  on affordable workspace with Richard Brown at Vittoria Wharf in Hackney Wick.

We will contribute to this event organised by Nancy Stevenson for the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (FABE).

Life after the Olympics:Local Events and Legacies
This event draws together practitioners and academics from a variety of professional backgrounds who will share their experiences and perspectives of events which attempt to connect and engage people in and around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

6.00 Registration
6.10 Introduction - Chair: Marion Roberts - Professor of Urban Design FABE
6.20 Nancy Stevenson – International Director FABE
Cultural Events in the Context of Change
6.40 Andreas Lang – Director public works
The Wick Sessions - Alternative Futures and Urban Resilience.
7.00 Tracie Trimmer-Platman – Chair of the Wick Award & Wick Festival, Senior Lecturer UEL
The Hackney Wick Festival – Making Connections, Developing Community Capital.
7.20 Adriana Marques - Lead for Arts and Culture, London Legacy Development Corporation
The role of Art and Events in re-animating the Park.
7.40 Questions and Discussion
8.00 Refreshments

When and Where
20 February 2014
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (FABE)
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5LS

Places are free and can be booked here


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 event:

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 Foundation)
Charles Kriel (Managing Director, 12 Stories Tall)
Keith Brewis (International Managing Partner, Grimshaw)
Andreas Lang (Director, public works) 

The Urban 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.

Grimshaw offices
57 Clerkenwell Road
London EC1M 5NG
United Kingdom



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 brewing!


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 Noble
16.00 EMBX, Joe Stillion and Matthew Jones - Inside computers
16.20 Frank Marr from the Bamboo Bicycle Club leads a presentation Q&A about their open source bamboo bike making workshops
16.40 Make-your-own Cricket Balls with Thomas Benjamin
17.00 Ends

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, 2013 
'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 mins

Planning for Protest - Lisbon Architecture Triennial.

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 Marrero-Guillamón.

You can 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).

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