public works is contributing with the Folkestonomy project to a new book on mapping and maps:
"Atlas. Geography, Architecture and Change in an Interdependent World"
, edited by Melissa Butcher, Nigel Clark, Joe Smith, Renata Tyszczukpublished by Blackdog Publishing.

To see the web-version click here.


We are invited by Meike Schalk who works at the School of Architecture & the Built Environment in Stockholm, and is part of the Fatale initiative there, to give a presentation, workshop and take part in informal discussions. The presentation will be part of a one day conference on March 7th on the "Miljonprogrammet" - a large scale housing development in Sweden between1965 and 1975. public works will be talking about local cultural projects and their spatial manifestations.

"Miljonprogrammet – the city of the future" is organised by Spridd / Småstugebyrån / KTH / Delegation for Sustainable Cities / Färgfabriken.

It will be live broadcast on


St Matthews Primary School in Cambridge is currently undergoing an ambitious regeneration programme to cater for increasing numbers of young people wanting to attend the school. public works together with Cambridge based performing arts company 30 Bird Productions and Dr. Luke Skinner, research fellow at the Royal Society University are working with the school on MUD a project which tries to capture the moments of this recent development and unearth the heritage of the school and local area to be celebrated by future generations of staff, pupils and the wider community.

The project will collect oral stories and memories that go beyond the school itself, which will travel through the city of Cambridge and beyond. We want to hear from present and former pupils, teaching and non-teaching staff and the local community. We need your memories and stories, people's photographs, objects and anything that contributes to a history of the school and immediate area. This will translate into a fantastic resource for the school and the local area.'
Head teacher Tony Davies call for people's involvement


Committee of lost memories cafe - West Bromwich - Birmingham

Sunday service on the skittle alley

Sunday service on the skittle alley

39 steps

39 steps

Showing the film 39 steps, leading lady West Bromwich born and Bred Madeline Carol

Closing time

Closing time

Collected memories and stories

Collected memories and stories

Tea and cakes with Terry Price local historian with lots of stories to tell

Tea and cakes with Terry Price local historian with lots of stories to tell

Cafe was set up last week ........

Cafe was set up last week ........

Committee of Lost memories cafe - ONSITE

Cafe was set up last week ........

Cafe was set up last week ........

Cafe was set up last week ........

Leading up to The Committee of Lost Memories Café – West Bromwich- Birmingham

Torange from public works has been collaborating with Katy Beinart as described in previous post.

Black Country Living Museum
Katy visited the museum and photographed various relevant items. She talked to the people running 'shops' including the bakery, confectioners, pub and homes. This was useful to find out what the traditional cakes and bread would have been so we make them for the cafe. Katy also met with the education officer who was really keen to be involved in some way and was going to check budgets and timings and get back to us.

Sandwell Farm Museum
Katy visited the museum and spoke with John Stokes, who is an archivist and historian, based there, and also responsible for natural history of the area. He was very interested in hearing about the project and in finding out more about the history of Charlemont. He also said he could do a talk as part of the shop programme. He has since been in touch with further information about the history of the area.

For more updates also check and


public works in collaboration with Katy Beinart

first community meeting wednesday 18th Jan at 4pm

We are proposing a pop-up shop and cafe in Charlemont's row of shops, which will take place over 2 weeks in February 2012. Leading on from our previous research, the shop would have multiple functions including: an archive space for collecting and displaying artefacts and memories about the estate; holding classes and activities for adults which reflect the lost trades and knowledge of the community (and providing a space for 'local experts'; holding games nights to re-enact lost games; and generating funds through a cafe which people can then pitch for to make small local projects happen.

Flower arranging

Butcher – how to use cuts of meat and sausage making



Barry – wildlife talk

using locally grown produce

re-enacting old games

other artists working in the area/with particular skills

We will design the space and furniture using reclaimed and locally sourced furniture and objects, with help from student or local volunteers.


public works is invited to take part in a workshop in the suburb of Copenhagen - as part of the preparation for a local festival in summer 2012.

Tingbjerg is a multicultural community and suburb in the north-west part of Copenhagen. It is a small village and a meltingpot of human experiences from all over the world meeting Danish inhabitants in a condensed housing area builded in the 50's as an ideal social housing project in a beautiful surrounding landscape with approximately 6000 inhabitants.
Today, a stigmatized (and failed) version of the multicultural society. At the same time Tingbjerg functions as a test site for the multicultural society in its most condensed version. What we learn in places like Tingbjerg will probably guide the future decisionmaking of the Danish Welfare State e.g. Tingbjerg is generally surrounded by a distorted, fear-based, prejudicial mediation driven by ghetto terms with a public and political focus on conflicts.

That's what VISIT TINGBJERG wants to discuss through an extensive presentation of different experiences, images and stories based on new recognitions fostered by a group of twenty contemporary artists working in this public, socio-political art field. The title VISIT TINGBJERG refers strongly to the Danish Official Travel Guide, Visitdenmark ( and VisitCopenhagen ( – official guides that focus on the good stories, the spectacular sites, the prosporus city, the luxurious experiences. When you arrive in the Copenhagen Airport the signs simply proclaim: "Welcome to the land of luxury and passion".

Organised by Matthias Hvass Borello and Kenneth A. Balfelt


Matilde Martinett, who currently works with public works sent this very cool gift-drawing - worth publishing! Merry Christmas to all friends and colleagues of public works and see you again in 2012.


On Thursday 15th December form 3 - 7 pm in front of the new firstite building in Colchester.
As part of the ongoing Colchester Inn project.

This is a first get together to find out more about who is using the space in front of the gallery. Skaters are obviously making good use of the new hard-edge landscpaing, and there is a very regular group of EMOs in one corner. We have linked up with Buffalo Jonny from Buffalo Tank to invite more members of the Colchester Skater's scene, and there will be video screenings, some mapping and lovely hot chocolate from Matt who is running the Bike Guru Cafe on the square.