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


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.


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


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:


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

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. / 


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


part of the [Spaces] project funded by European union Eastern partnership cultural programme

public works in collaboration with Jonathan Karkut (cultural tourism) and Julie Scott (Anthropologist) from London Metropolitan university undertook the project 'High Tea' in Vake Park underpass in Tbilisi-Georgia. We engaged with local retailers and residents using postcards we created about underpass stories in London. We hosted a platform for discussion through a tea trolly where we offered tea and cakes and made instant postcards of the tales of the underpasses we were told in Tbilisi. 

The 'High tea' project was funded by London metropolitan university and British council as part of the [Spaces] project lead by NGO Oikodrome based in Vienna.

The [Spaces] project looks at the recovery of public spaces for art, culture and urban residents is the core topic in spaces. the projects activities take place in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine where local artists and curators offer strong potential and represent the dynamic of change in the art world.The artists and curators put on participatory art projects that reveal conditions and differences in the ex soviet public realm.

For more information about [spaces] see. 


We are looking for contributors and collaborators for our new project on Union Street, which will go live on the 21st of June for 10days. Union Press is a temporary and small scale publishing house dedicated to Union Street in South London. It is an open publishing workshop examining the ins and outs of Union Street and it's surrounding communities while experimenting with forms of public production.

For a 10 day period in late June 2012, we will open our doors on Flat Iron Square from a custom designed billboard kiosk. A public program consisting of walks, talks and workshops will result in a multitude of publications ranging from catalogs, post cards, posters, fanzines, and more.

To keep up to date with the rapidly evolving program visit our website or get in touch directly if you would like to find out more or join the production. Union Press is a project by public works, commissioned by Better Bankside as part of Bankside Urban Forest

This is an open call for all those who would like to get involved with Union Press, contribute to the public program and help us publish Union Street. We would like to invite collaborators and contributions to make inventive, surprising and critical proposals for a small publication addressing a specific interest in Union Street.

If you would like to join in and submit a proposal we need a short description of max 500 words along with a brief bio. Ideas should explore a particular aspect of Union Street, its communities, industries, histories or futures. Proposals should suggest an inventive or experimental form of direct publishing along with a public event to take place on Flat Iron square between June 21st and July 1st 2012.

We have a limited budget for publications, print runs will be small and mono color. An honorarium of 150GBP will be paid. Deadline for ideas is wednesday the 6th of June. For any question contact

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Folkestonmy float parked up in Folkestone

Folkestonmy float parked up in Folkestone

Folkestonmy float parked up in Folkestone

A big THANK YOU to the Creative Foundation for lending the Folkestonmy Float to us on a long term basis to start roamig in Hackney Wick, East London.

I went down to Folkestone on a sunny Friday afternoon before Easter and met the Robert, Jo and Dan from the Creative Foundation to sound out if a loan was possible and inspect the float. It brought back happy memories of 2008 when the Float was originally used as a roaming mapping device for FOLKESONTOMY, public works' contribution to the first Folkestone Triennial. Back then it was transformed to have a larger cabin and a bright yellow frame to hang lots of signs on. It was a bit like seeing an old friend again, slightly dusty but still intact. Milk Floats - especially their batteries - are sensitive things (as we found out in 2008) and if not used regularly they are quite hard to get going again. On this occasion it meant we couldn't go for a celebratory reunion drive around the harbour. None the less the long term loan and the support from the Creative Foundation is the perfect start to Wick on Wheels.

The float will now travel back to CBL Electric Vehicles in Oxfordshire where we bought it for a full check up before being delivered to Hackney Wick. The maiden voyage will have to wait a little longer ... unfortunately without a celebratory sending off  from Folkestone.


Colchester Inn is a project about hosting and welcoming in Colchester, initiated by the art and architecture collective public works, and commissioned by firstsite.

Since 2009 public works have collaborated with seven different community and interest groups, exploring their specific traditions of hosting and welcoming. At the end of March the results will come together, through a temporary exhibition and series of events.

Wednesday 28th March 2012, 18.00
Whose Plaza is it anyway
To launch Colchester Inn – All Together Now firstsite will be hosting a public discussion about the use of public spaces and its multiple users, using firstsite’s plaza as an example. Speakers are Judith Merritt (firstsite), Cany Ash (Ash Sakula Architects), Marc De'ath (Creative Co-op), Kathrin Böhm and Andreas Lang (public works), Harry Wilson (Ramprage) and Howard Davies (Colchester Borough Council).

Thursday 29th March 2012, 10am – 7pm
We need more Knick Knacks, Mosaic Space
Add your knick knacks to the KNICK KNACK CLOUD. Caroline Rhys-Lewis and Sheila Madder from the 3D design students’ group will be available all day to collect your knick knacks and their stories.

Thursday 29th March 2012, 15.30 pm - 16.30
Everyone’s rail

Free skateboard lessons* and demonstration,

*for those who have never been on a skateboard before

Thursday 29th March 2012 4.30pm – 5.15 pm
Skate Culture, Mosaic Space
Films programme selected by Jonny Antrobus

Friday 30th March 2012, 3pm – 4.40 pm
Public Tea Party Instant Cakes

Fresh cakes from the Public Tea Party clay oven, Mosaic Space
Watch and learn how to make simple cakes in no time with Glynis Brown.

Friday 30th March 2012, 6pm – 7.30pm
Pub Talk, Mosaic Space
A talk by Jess Jephcott, author of The Inns, Taverns and Pubs of Colchester,
about how pubs got shaped by legislation

Saturday 31st March 2012, 11am – 1pm
Cross Stitch!
Drop-in embroidery session with the Colne & Colchester Embroiderers Guild

Saturday 31st March 2012, 3pm
Public Tea Party, Mosaic Space
Bring your favourite cake along and sample some special cakes from the clay oven.

Sunday 1st April 2012, 12 – 4pm
Various Demonstrations, Mosaic Space

You need more than can be eaten
Learn how to make Chinese dumplings with the Colchester Chinese Cultural Society

Choose a local time
Watch how to make a cardboard clock with members of the Colchester Time Bank

Doily Boards
Design and make your own doily board.

Sunday 1st April 2012, 3.30pm
Everyone’s rail
Free skateboard lessons* and demonstration,

*for those who have never been on a skateboard before

Sunday 1st April 2012, 4.30pm
Skate Culture, Mosaic Space
Film programme, selected by Jonny Antrobus