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In collaboration with Christopher King from Mabley Meadow we are collecting ideas for alternative use for Mabley Green.

On Saturday the 20th of August we will produce a giant drawing on the green illustrating all the ideas for possible use .. not just football.

Tell us what you'd really like - or always wanted to do on Mabley Green. It can be anything you like, anything at all - from the fantastical to the practical.

Then on Saturday 20 August, all of your ideas will be sketched out and painted HUGE on the grass of Mabley Green using Hackney Council's football-pitch painting machine.

Better still, your ideas will be used to help kick start a new Master Plan for Mabley Green. So get creative and help build a brand new park. The People's Pitch is a collaboration between public works and Christopher King, with support from muf and the Design for London.

All ideas will be published on the PEOPLES PITCH WEBSITE.
If you'd like to get in touch, email us on


As part of Assembles 'Folly for a flyover' project the Wick Curiosity Shop was invited down to open it's doors to the public in Hackney Wick, under the fkyover on the Eastway.

The shop becoming an interactive 'Wick Tourist Information' point at the mobile porch, inviting people to learn a little more about what makes the Wick the Wick! A guide called ON foot was created by Polly Brannan from the shop with illustrations of the Wick and it's many hero's by UAE based illustrator Khlaid Mezaina, it was given to onlookers to guide themselves around the Wick with a map and a badge! 'Tourists' contributed ideas, stories and their observations from the ON foot guide to the ever growing Wick Curiosity Shop's archive they were also encouraged to have their picture taken next to one of the large Wick landscapes created by Khalid as a postcard and piece of Wick memorabilia to to take home with them. The shop's archive was on display through out the day.


On invitation by Rochus Hinkel and Helene Frichot, we're invited to a round table to dicuss relational participation. It's part of a three day programme and on the 8th the schedule is following

1.30 to 5.00 pm a the Architecture Design Innovation Program (ADIP) at the TU Berlin, Strasse des 17. Juni.

"relationship between people and places (narrative)"


Kathrin Böhm
public works
London and Hoefen

Birgit Klauck
Architecture Design Innovation Program (ADIP), Technical University (TU) Berlin
and Thomas Arnold
workspheres / Oxford Brooks

Doina Petrescu and Constatin Petcou
atelier architecture autogérée (aaa) Paris / University of Sheffield

Andreas Rumpfhuber
Architecture Research (AR)

Gabi Schillig
Institute for Transmedia Design,
University of the Arts (UDK) Berlin

Mathias Heyden
ISPARA - Institut für Strategien partizipativer
Architektur und räumlicher

Rochus Urban Hinkel, Urban Interior
Hélène Frichot, Architecture + Philosophy
School of Architecture and Design and
Design Research Institute


30 Bird Productions is performing "Chodzenie - Siberia" on a truck revamped in close collaboration with the theatre team by Torange from public works. Dates are 30.06. - 02.07. on the High Street in Watford. The performance was first developed for the Polish festival in Southend in 2009 and refers to the large number of Polish refugees who came to Iran from Siberian workcamps. Between 1942 and 1945, Iran played host to almost 150,000 men, women and children of the "Polish Exodus from Russia". The majority of the children ended up in Isfahan.

public works studio turned laser cutting workshop

We've just got a laser cutter for the studio - mainly to produce bespoke items for the FEAST one-off dinner. It's exiting to have tools for DIY manufacturing around, like the hand press we assembled for making seed bombs. High on the wish list is a 3D printer and Kathrin is currenlty seaking a canning machine. And scissors and glue for good old cut-and-paste won't fall out of favour - promised.


Since May 2011 we have been researching, together with Khalid Mezaina and Karima al Shomely, how shopping centres - from Arab souks to British street markets, from Dubai Mall to Westfield London Shopping Centre - serve as alternative communal spaces and critical points of exchange.

It's part of a new project called Feast and we've been engaging with shoppers and shopkeepers to collect personal narratives and to document micro-communities and invisible 'networks' that exist in the mall. These narratives will be re-imagined as short animations or illustrations and used as the conceptual design for a series of unusual, yet practical 'products'.
Like the narratives that inspired them, each of these newly-designed products will complement each other; and together, set the stage for a communal feast: a table, chairs, cutlery, food. The resultant exhibition will feature an installation of the innovative products, video documentation of the feast with Shopopolis' participants, and short animations of the stories that inspired the products in The Village's main display window at Westfield London.
Feast is part of Shopopolis, an initiative by the Delfina Foundation that explores the notion of shopping centres as social spaces through reciprocal residencies and workshops in the UAE and the UK.
Shopopolis is produced by the Delfina Foundation's artist-in-residence programme for Shubbak: A window on Arab Culture, with the support of the Emirates Foundation, Westfield London, British Council, and Tashkeel.


public works' works appear in a few recently published books and magazines.

Check out the July issue of Blueprint for a feature of the Whitechapel Gift Shop, with plenty of photos and an insight into the way we work.

The South London Gallery has just launched The Cat Came as a Tomato, which includes an essay by us on the idea of slowly growing extensions.

The TRANS LOCAL ACT book is still circulating the european Rhyzom network of all partners involved in this collaborative research project. 

The Ein-Zu-Mit Decken project for the Kunststation Triemli in Zürich is documented in a small fold out brochure, and public works' involvement in the International Village Shop appears in "Raumpioniere im ländlichen Raum" (space pioneers in the rural) book by Bauhaus Dessau.

Torange is publishing a number of fanzines for her West Bromwich project " The Committee of lost Memories", and some to act as manuals for the different craft groups who have moved into the newly constructed Cultural Centres in West Bengal, designed by public works.

Numerous slogans in poster format have been produced for the Hackney Wick Curiosity Shop Spring Outing, and have later been shown in an exhibition on public art in Graz, organised by Rotor.


public works has contributed to the new MAKING PLAY publication, referring to the "everyday extensions" project from 2009, which was to map the different spatial extensions the SLG outreach programme uses and creates on an everyday basis.


Projects that have recently started include

FEAST with onsite production towards a collective dinner with employees from the Westfield Shopping Centre.

The continuation and seasonal start of 30 Bird's "Betsy the Bedford Truck" designed by public works which is prepared at the Elstree Film Studios for Chodzenie-Siberia, 30 Bird's outdoor performance piece at the Imagine Festival.

A three year long collaboration on collective sustainable urban efforts, called Life+, with aaa as the main partner in Paris and us in Hackney Wick.